Early Review: The Asylum Interviews: Trixie by Jocelynn Drake ★★★1/2

The Asylum Interviews: Trixie by Jocelynn Drake
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: Asylum Tales  #0.6
Publication Date: 2012
ASIN: B0083DHIOW
Page Count: 100
Rating: ★★★1/2
Review Copy: Advance Readers Copy

The second of two prequel stories to Jocelynn Drake's Angel's Ink.

Gage's ex-girlfriend is back in town and needs help escaping a master vampire. While not the easiest of tasks, he certainly didn't count of getting help from a mysterious woman with a few secrets of her own.

REVIEW


An interesting glimpse at Jocelynn Drake's new world.

So, forgive me for being dense here, but I was under the impression this was going to be all about Trixie (whoever she may be) and therefore perhaps written from her POV. Colour me puzzled then when it's actually written in 1st person POV from a manor a warlock as it happenscalled Gage.  It's about his first meeting with Trixie when she first came to Low Town, the setting for this new Urban Fantasy series. So, intrigued by this discovery I then went to read the blurb for the first full-length book, Angel's Ink, more closely (with my eyes open and everything) and saw that that is also going to be told from Gage's POV. Now, before you all start "duh"ing me, you have to admit the title and the cover art suggests a female main character. Does it or does it not? I don't read very many series with male main characters; only really my beloved Atticus from the Iron Druid Chronicles, which is also penned by a man. So this being written by a woman is doubly intriguing.

Of course, it's not the first time Drake has written from the male perspective. She did one of the books in her Dark Days series from Danaus' POV, but it still strikes me as an unusual way to go. And kinda misleading with the covers having girls on.

Anyway, once my confusion cleared I found I rather liked Gage. He seems like an interesting and likable chap. Slightly flawed in his plans to be an asshole in order to keep the beautiful Trixie at bay, but nice nonetheless. He strikes me as the reluctant hero type. He tells you he's all bad, bad, bad but his actions prove otherwise.

Other characters we met were Jo, the ex-girlfriend/vampire guitar player. Bronx, the troll and partner at Gage's tattoo parlour. A few gargoyles. A delightful Chinese fellow called Chang who seems to be able to procure almost anything magical, for a price. And of course, Trixie. A woman who seems to be hiding a few secrets and is so far unaware that Gage is on to her.

So, it all looks very promising. There's a nice mix of supernatural species and the characters I've met seem interesting but flawed, with lots of secrets yet to be uncloaked. And most especially, I was pleased to see that the overall tone of the world and characters seems lighter that her previous series. I did enjoy Dark Days and read through them very quickly, but I never really connected to the main character, Mira. She was so cold, and some of the scenes were so violent literal blood bathsthat it got too much for me. But so far, from what I've seen from this small sample, it appears this isn't going to be quite as dark; there was some nice funny dialogue and Gage seems a much warmer character. Hopefully it will be just as exciting and fast-paced, though.

I'm looking forward to getting to Angel's Ink to find out more about everyone I've just met. And there's also another novella, The Asylum Interviews: Bronx, presumably about how Gage met his Troll friend, that I might get beforehand too.

3.5 Stars ★★★1/2

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