I don't publicly advertise that I'm a mage, but I don't exactly hide it either, and one of the odd things I've learnt over the years is just how much you can get away with if you're blatant enough. Hide something behind smoke and mirrors and make people work to find it, and they'll tear the place down looking for what's there. Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable futures-a talent that's gotten him out of many a tough scrape. But this time, he may be in over his head. Alex was once apprenticed to a Dark mage, and in his service he did a lot of things he isn't proud of. As rumors swirl that his old master is coming back, Alex comes face to face with his misdeeds in the form of a young adept whose only goal is to get revenge. Alex has changed his life for the better, but he's afraid of what his friends - including his apprentice, Luna - will think of his past. But if they're going to put themselves at risk, they need to know exactly what kind of man they're fighting for...
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"Jacka puts other urban fantasists to shame with the fourth Alex Verus novel, a stellar blend of thoughtful philosophy and explosive action populated by a stereotype-defying diverse cast." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
This is a great series. I like this one because it is more gritty and real than others of the same genre. There isn't a lot of snarky humor, pop references or wacky side-kicks. When Alex Verus says leave me alone or else, he means or I'll see you die horribly. He's still a decent guy but has no problems doing what needs to be done to ensure his survival.
This book gives a lot of the backstory on Alex Verus. it is a fun story and action packed to boot. I haven't been sleeping much lately as several of my favvorite authors put books out at the same time. I definitely enjoyed staying up late to finish this one. Plenty of time to sleep when I am dead. I can't wait for the next one as he leaves it on an awsome cliff-hanger.
This one is definitely worth listening to and the narrarator is great. you can't go wrong with this one. If you like Dresden get this one, Verus is the dark tough guy Harry D. thinks he is.
Zzzzz. Decent start to the series meets a lack of story line. The protagonist goes from interesting to irritating. The narrator follows along with a slowing pace to match the dragging story. The climax of the story is a practice in patient, waiting for the author to get to the obvious end. Glad that's over. I'll definitely peruse reviews before investing time and money in the next book in the series.
REALLY really, high. The series has been slow to get where it's going, but man does it really come to an emotional head with the events of this book.
The Dresden Files, simply because of the Urban Fantasy genre. But really, that's as far as the comparison goes. They're nothing alike, in tone or scale, just similar genre
He's really REALLY good at conveying emotions and humor. Also, his ability to do female voices is very good. A lot of times with narrators, they struggle with doing voices of the opposite gender. Either you have women who have trouble sounding like a male without being all false-gravely voice, or men who have difficulty sounding like an actual woman, instead of a real-gravely voice. xD Mr. Jackson doesn't have this issue, he's able to bounce between genders without any trouble at all, and that's a really good thing in a narrator.
Oh man yes did I have an extreme reaction to this book. The climax of it all was gut wrenchingly powerful. I kept waiting to see how he would resolve the situation, and the resolution that happened was unexpected, and powerful as hell. It was a turning point for me in this series, where it went from a series I thought was ok, to a series that I will loyally follow for a long time. You don't see many authors take this route with their protagonists, and it's a refreshing change to see it.
Seriously, this book was great. I was on the fence about the series from the previous novels, mostly because of Luna being annoying as hell. But the books have done nothing but improve, and this one is a crowning jewel in the series. Powerful, funny, engaging, left me wanting more. It's worth your time to give this series a try, if you haven't already. You will enjoy it.
This series gets better as the emotional stakes get higher. Alex Verus finally has friends, and now he has to risk their friendship by telling them his darkest secrets and past dark history. Without their help, can he defeat the people out to kill him? If he does ask for their help, will he lose them in battle?
Lots of feel good scenes, and lots of emotional turmoil and self-doubt in this installment of the series, as well as several clever traps and battles. I felt that Alex was really vulnerable as a character as his backstory was revealed, and the reader is given a lot more insight into his character. I'm finally feeling connected to Alex as a character. Luna gets some good growth in this book too, and I enjoyed the addition of Ann and Veri to the cast of characters. I like that in this world, there is less of a black vs. white (good or bad) categorization in the classifications of the magic users, and more greyness to the moral decisions being made. Everyone makes mistakes and has to pay for them. Everybody gets lucky sometimes. Conversely, I like that the magical society has such a clear and strict framework: the master/apprentice system, the adept and journeyman levels, the Keepers and the Council governing the Light and Independant mages. It lends a sense of order and ordinariness to the whole magic world.
The book has several of the things I've complained about with the rest of the series: too much info-dumping, Arachne's magical items being a little too good to be true, some misogynistic tendencies of the main character, etc. but overall this book came a long way into making the characters feel three-dimensional and in making me invest in the series emotionally.
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Alex Verus is getting more and more interesting as we learn about his past, and watch him struggle with current problems. I really enjoy his interactions with other characters. Narrator is great. I'm going to download next book posthaste. Bravo!
This was the best of the series yet! It had me on the edge of my seat and I just couldn't stop listening. I think I know Verus better now and I think I'm in love. Each book builds momentum and just when you think they couldn't get any better, they do. Wow!!!
The author had done a good job with the story line, and though having some consistency issues, you are always cheering on the hero.
Benedict Jacka's magical world shows the dark side of a world where magic exists. Love the whole series, this is my second time thru. I bet you'll love it!
I like our protagonist, of course, and am becoming intrigued by Anna...
he does a good job of reminding you of the differences among characters by different voices and accents -- especially good making a giant spider sound friendly but inhuman.
it does suck you along, but I also don't want it to be over that fast.
Really great demonstration of what sci fi and fantasy do best -- allow you to look at Big Questions of everyday life by making them bigger than life: what does it mean to be the "good guys"? How do you deal with the possibility that your instincts can make you a "bad guy," or that just being human means being both Good and Bad? and how do you live with yourself and with the reflection of those truths in the eyes of your friends?
meantime, a good ride of adventure and politics, as this series has been providing. worth the time.
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