Title: Demon’s Vengeance: The Complete Final Asylum Tales
Author: Jocelynn Drake
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
The complete novel that comprises Demon’s Fury, Demon’s Vow and Inner Demon.
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 entity that is using forbidden Death Magic to commit gruesome murders across the nation. 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.
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.
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Love comes in many varied forms. There is the love of family, love of country, and love of chocolate. But for Jocelynn Drake, one truly treasured love is the love of a good story. This Midwestern native spends the majority of her time lost in the strong embrace of a good book. When she’s not hammering away at her keyboard, frowning at her monitor, or curled up with a book, she can usually be found cuddling with her cat Demona, walking her dog Max, or flinging curses at the TV while playing a video game. Outside of books, cats, and video games, she is completely enamored of Bruce Wayne, Ezio Auditore, travel, tattoos, explosions, fast cars, and Anthony Bourdain (but only when he’s feeling really cranky).
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Oh Gage, you had so much promise. I really liked your character, the setting of seedy Low Town and the imposing Towers, and I especially liked your co-workers Trixie and Bronx (and the cat too). A tattoo artist who mixed magic into his inks and used to be a warlock made you a man with an interesting past and a very promising future. Here's Gage: in one hand a tattoo gun, the other a wand. Cool. So what happened? Demon's Vengeance is comprised of the last three novellas in Gage's series, The Asylum Tales. As separate stories, they hold up, but I'm afraid as a whole and as a substitute for the final book, it didn't work for me.
I'm a fan of this series and wondered what was going on with the next book. When I saw novellas scheduled for release, I figured they had to do with sales. As a final book, Demon's Vengeance was kind of messy. I enjoyed Demon's Vow and Demon's Fury on their own but Inner Demon seemed rushed and incomplete. The ideas presented were interesting and held promise. Still, I expected more. I really wanted to see Gage grapple with his 'evil' side, especially after his childhood with his abusive mentor Simon. Trixie had the power to root him in all that is good, but still, being bad could have had its moments. I wanted to see Gage pull a Jack Nicholson. He had enough reasons.
And what was up with that Epilogue? Let's watch Gage prepare for some big butt battle with Lilith (and he was prepared, check out the new tattoo he was sporting on his chest). Then nothing. The end. What? There were many things left unanswered and I felt let down. Gage didn't get the proper send-off he deserved. Where was his HEA with Trixie? What about the comment the demon said about Gideon in the future? Does Gage take down The Towers and his warlock teacher? (It was nice to see the teacher side of Gideon for a whopping few minutes.)
Teasing us is not fair. This once happy fangirl will never know what happens. :(
Cover comment: I thought the tat was on his chest?
Book source: Edelweiss