Blurb: BUYER BEWARE…
Looking for a tattoo — and maybe a little something extra: a burst of good luck, a dollop of love, or even a hex on an ex? Head to the quiet and mysterious Gage, the best skin artist in town. Using his 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 a price.
No one knows that better than Gage. Turning his back on his own kind, he left the magical Ivory Towers where cruel witches and warlocks rule, a decision that cost him his right to practice magic. 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 just might make it through this enchanted world alive.
Review: I really liked the concept of the magic combined with tattoos. I’ve read several stories where there is a mention of magical tattoos, but that concept is never dealt with as to how it is accomplished. This book actually addresses that and puts a twist on it that makes it even more intriguing.
It was pretty cool to have the main character and focus of the story be a guy. This was another new one for me coming from a female author. That just isn’t something that happens often. Gage is a really awesome mix of badass, with hints of imperfections and bad decisions, thrown in with someone really wanting to be a good guy, but constantly having to fight for it.
By the end of the story, there is still lots left hanging that will apparently be addressed in the next book(s). Not a huge fan of that, but am willing to put up with it. We did see a resolution to the immediate issue and that helped as well.
This is definitely one of those books where the main character is in an almost constant state of struggle/always having stuff thrown at them/forever having to battle with very little downtime for much else. Again, not always a fan of this kind of book and won’t make them my primary reads, but this one was still a really good book and worth the time.