Diviner Alex Verus finally made one too many enemies on the Council of Mages, and now one of them is angry enough to have him executed. Fighting for his life is nothing new, but this kill order also calls for the death of Alex's dependents - and there's no way that he'll let Luna, Anne, and Vari take the heat.
With only a week before he's history, Alex will have to figure out how to disassociate himself from his friends, scrounge up allies on the council, and hopefully keep his head attached to his body. But saving himself is going to bring him into direct opposition with his former master and the Dark mages surrounding him. And this time, escaping with his life might mean losing his soul....
©2016 Benedict Jacka (P)2016 Tantor
My least favorite kind of series installment...the one that doesn't really move the plot forward, but rather sets the stage for, one assumes, the next few books. I found the plot to be predictable, something that hasn't been true in the previous books. The set up for the next book leaves me hoping that the action and adventure will return and I'm willing to stick around for it.
If you are a fan of the series, give it a listen when you have an extra credit. If you haven't yet discovered Alex...don't start here.
I'm really getting sick of all the political corruption and injustice being core to these stories. Also sick of Verus's friends/allies turning on him. These books are just the same thing getting rehashed over and over again: someone's out to get Verus, politicians are corrupt, law enforcement sees him as the enemy no matter what he does, he has to make some bad choice to save his neck, he gets condemned and mistrusted for doing so. There's really no hope here, no joy, no humor, no justice or sense of good triumphing over evil, and loyalty only among the core Verus/Anne/Verium/Luna group. It's so frustrating to read over and over and over.
I like Alex Verus a lot and I really looked forward to hearing the reader again, but there was no happy in this story. The characters just reacted to what was happening - the bad guys in total control and the good guys on the run. I don't like to see characters abused, hunted, and everything taken away - no fun, no happy, no hope - no moving forward. Sometimes characters are taken so low in a story, that whatever happens next can't make up for all the suffering. And the next didn't even come in this book. The whole thing just left me with a miserable feeling - depressing. I would like to continue with the series, but I would also like to enjoy the series.
I don't know how to say this without spoilers, but how is it that the leaders of the magical community can just decide someone should be killed with no evidence and no trial and everyone is ok with it? There are pretty flimsy plot lines to justify wholesale murder. Every time Alex does something good he gets no credit, no benefit of the doubt and no help from any of the power hungry mages. What was the point of going through the whole plot if at the end a mage can just threaten to kill his loved ones and he capitulates? Why didn't they just do that at the beginning?
I have loved this series up until now. Burned just seemed so incredibly contrived. The story went in odd directions for Alex to rid himself and his dependents of a death sentence and then when he did everything he could they just threatened him into cooperation. There was very little involvement of the usual cast of characters that makes the series so enjoyable.
Gildart Jackson does a fantastic job with the narration. I have no complaints and hope he continues to narrate all future books.
The book has the characters and world that made the series so much fun up to this point. It would be tough to make it completely horrible at this point. I hope the next books get back on track and have more realistic plot twists with a purpose.
No. What I can't understand is he was told (books 4, 5, and 6) that Richard was controlling him and he would be working for him. So many clues and A.V. just wouldn't see it. How could he not see what would happen if he answered that phone? Jacka has tried to set it up that A.V. can't see some things - but its too thin of a justification for several events in this book. Not plausible for me. He couldn't see himself standing in the warehouse NOT DYING and ask why? Even Delio told him in plain English and he blew it off.
Probably Not book 8.
The grenades going back down the stairs and Caldera getting hit by the truck. She needed to be taken down a peg or two as well.
Ignoramous gets burned.
If Alex hates black mages so much why not put Mordin and Richard on the defensive and get Mordin off the council using the leverage he had? That would have made more sense - not bargaining with him just because Mordin wasn't going to kill him ever. Lavistas would have left him alone if that had happened. Alex could have loathed Lavistas just the same as before AND White Rose was gone. So he would have won. He's been acting like a spoiled child and deserved to get spanked. Caldera's words to him during the fight were accurate - he just had to prove how much smarter he was than everyone else. Last, Mordin wasn't going to save Alex when Lavistas was going to executive him; but, when Alex was going to kill himself he intervenes? Suspension of disbelief broken.
The narration by Gildart Jackson is flawless and is mainly the reason why I have continued to listen to the series. The series has steadily drifted towards a political battle between several different factions, the storyline seems a little lost, like someone was trying to write something more complicated than it really needed to be. I would say this is a good series for a long road trip and the first 3 books are honestly the best, everything after that just falls short.
After 7 books this ending just makes me grumpy. I know there are other books following but I feel a bit jerked around by the abrupt change of pace and Alex being left with no way out.
Of course, I'm just so mad at this one. You don't dedicate yourself through six books just to give up.
At what point does something good happen to these characters?
He's an amazing narrator,Ii have no problems with the narration.
Please, oh please, let something good happen for these characters! I get the whole plot twist and keeping it on going with the evil, but come on! Please get back on track, I'm just so disappointed in this book, but I will listen to #8. I'm not a fair-weather fan... I just want something good for the characers.
It goes to say the talent of the author to get his fans so emotionally invested into his characters tho, doesn't it?
Alex Verus has nine lives and he has used 7. I don't know what is going to happen in the next book, but, I can't wait. There is a lot of character development among all of the characters and the relationships are shifting into twosomes instead of a foursome. This is a great book and series. I look forward to the next book.
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