When I heard the news that Jocelynn Drake would be releasing another Asylum Tales novel, I squee’d with glee and anxiously awaited to get a copy. As you know, the final story Gage has to tell is released in a serial format: Demon’s Fury, Demon’s Vow and Inner Demon. Rather than doing three reviews, I’m doing them in one. While I love the story, I’m greatly disappointed in the ending and feel there is so much more for Gage to tell.
What I loved: Jocelynn’s writing, the action. Gage is well…Gage. He dives head first and doesn’t care (or think) about the possible consequences to himself. He does it for his friends, and for the citizens of Low Town. He also has a personal stake in solving the mystery of who is behind the attacks. There is a LOT revealed through the story, and as such, there is a LOT of action going on. I love action :).
What made me sad: How the story, and the series, apparently ended. I won’t give it away, but as I kept reading, I kept thinking…OK, how is Jocelynn going to fix this? How will she make things right? All I’ll say is…I hope to hell she’s got more of Gage in her. I’d love for her to self-pub (if possible). I’m also not above begging Harper Voyager to contract one more, so we can get the real ending, the one I have to believe is there, waiting to be told.
Overall, I was just left feeling “WTH just happened?! It cannot *end* like that!” I love the series, I love the world and I adore Jocelynn and her writing style. While I absolutely recommend fans read these, just a fair warning, you may want to throw the books at the end.
Powerful warlock and tattoo artist Gage has managed to escape the magical Ivory Towers who terrorize the rest of humans and monsters – but at a price. Now he must join forces with his nemesis Gideon to stop an unknown entity who is using old magic to commit gruesome murders. And if that’s not keeping him busy enough, an investigator recruits Gage to help her track a killer … who might be targeting tattoo artists.
Tattoo artist and warlock Gage is having a rough week. He’s trying to track down a mysterious murderer in Low Town while also chasing a powerful entity using forbidden Death Magic across the nation. When Gage discovers the two forces may be trying to unite, the stakes get even higher. With Gideon’s help, Gage is determined to stop the murderers before anyone else gets hurt – including his girlfriend, Trixie.
Gage is a powerful warlock in Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, goblins, and vampires walk free among humanity. But there are two dangerous entities murdering families and children, and Gage needs to stop them before anybody else gets hurt.
When Gage discovers a demon locked away it offers him access to dark magic in exchange for its freedom – a dangerous opportunity, but one that could save his loved ones. Gage must choose between what is right and what is easy … except he’s running out of time.