Jocelynn Drake gives her Asylum Tales series a send-off with a three part serial that begins here, with “Demon’s Fury.” It makes me sad that this is end for Gage and his crew, but at least we’re getting a real conclusion for his story.
The action picks up just a couple of months after the events of Dead Man’s Deal. Gage is adjusting to life as a Guardian and trying to figure out how he is going to tell Trixie about the deal he made to survive. These few chapters introduce us to two murder cases he must solve: one involves a killer with a foreign magic; the other is driven to kill by a super-charged alpha-tattoo.
There’s not much time to get more than our toes wet in the story. This installment is only eight chapters long. But the overall arc promises to make Gage come to terms with who and what he is. He has to figure out what kind of life he is going to live. I think the uneasy partnership with his old nemesis Gideon has the most potential here. The relationship between Gage and Trixie has always left me lukewarm and their issues don’t do much for me. But Gideon is a really interesting character; I love that he is always surprising me as Drake peels back his layers for Gage.
I really don’t think this is the story to jump into the series, but for people who have read the earlier books, I don’t think you want to skip this one. And fortunately, you won’t have to wait long between installments on the serial. There is only a week’s wait between the releases.
This offers a promising beginning to the end of the story.
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by Jocelynn Drake
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: Harper Voyager