338 pages, paperback
Available now (October 2012)
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Review copy purchased
Buyer beware . . .
Looking for a tattoo—and maybe a little something extra: a burst of good luck, a dollop of true love, or even a hex on an ex? Head to the quiet and mysterious Gage, the best skin artist in town. Using unique potions—a blend of extraordinary ingredients and special inks—to etch the right symbol, he can fulfill any heart's desire. But in a place like Low Town, where elves, faeries, trolls, werewolves, and vampires happily walk among humanity, everything has its price.
No one knows that better than Gage. Turning his back on his own kind, he left the magical Ivory Tower where cruel witches and warlocks rule, a decision that cost him the right to practice magic. And if he disobeys, his punishment—execution—will be swift.
Though he's tried to fly under the radar, Gage can't hide from powerful warlocks who want him dead—or the secrets of his own past. But with the help of his friends, Trixie, a gorgeous elf who hides her true identity, and a hulking troll named Bronx, Gage might just make it through this enchanted world alive.
Tattoos with magical properties? Yes, please. An angsty warlock with a scary past that's best forgotten? Bring it on. Excellent secondary characters? Oh, yeah. Bad guys who live in Ivory Towers and make life miserable for everyone? Eep.
ANGEL'S INK delivers an intriguing urban fantasy where the world is dark and dangerous and the creatures in it are just trying to survive. While this story has many shades of Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden, it was both highly enjoyable and different enough that I didn't notice during the reading (more when I sat down to dissect it). I'll definitely be picking up the next book in this series.
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