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Cursed: Alex Verus, Book 2 | [Benedict Jacka]

Cursed: Alex Verus, Book 2

Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures-destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda. Hired to investigate, Alex realizes that not everyone on the Council wants him delving any deeper.
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Publisher's Summary

Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures-destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda. Hired to investigate, Alex realizes that not everyone on the Council wants him delving any deeper. Struggling to distinguish ally from enemy, he finds himself the target of those who would risk their own sanity for power...

©2012 Benedict Jacka (P)2014 Tantor Audio

What the Critics Say

"Jacka follows his urban fantasy debut, Fated, with an even more impressive tale of gunplay and spellcraft in present-day London...Jacka keeps the emotional tension high with a series of wakeup calls for Alex regarding his relationship with Luna, his place in London's magical social circles, and his image of himself. [Listeners] will savor this tasty blend of magic, explosions, and moral complexity." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 01-21-14
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2014

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "The second book is even better."

    If you like Harry Dresden or Iron Druid you will like this series. This is the second in the series and it has all the action of the first and expands on character development and backstory as well. Mr Jackson does an excellent job reading this book.

    The only negative (and hence the loss of stars in performance) was that the quality of the recording wasn't that good. The sound was tinny and had echoes in places. You could hear where they cut from one reading to the next. The funniest part is you could hear what was going on in the booth in a few parts. I could even hear Mr. Jackson's stomach growl twice during the reading. He's doing a great job, someone get the man a sandwhich for goodness sakes!

    Overall, great story and performance. The series is fast paced and action filled without negelecting character development. The worls is rich and well developed as is the system of magic. You can't go wrong with this one.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dana CYPRESS, TX, United States 03-22-14
    Dana CYPRESS, TX, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2014

    I was always a sci-fi fan and nerd as a young person. Currently I read more urban fantasy, now plentiful and popular, than I do true sci-fi.

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    "It maintains the quality!"

    The first book in the series was absolutely fabulous,which seems rare in a series. Most of the time I feel that the first book in a series is simply good rather than terrific because of all the background info and character building that has to happen throughout. With the first one being wonderful, I worried that it might be a bit of a let down to read the second. I should not have doubted Mr. Jacka. This book is not only as enjoyable as the first, but the storyline manages to be very original. There is certainly no feeling like a formula is being developed. The plot is original and the characters, both new and return characters, are multi-dimensional.

    As for the performance, I can be a terribly picky listener. I taught English and reading in secondary classrooms for 10 years, so every little mispronunciation, stutter or even regional dialect gets "graded" in my head. The performance of this novel, like the first one, is flawless. There was nothing to distract me from the book at all, and it often gave even greater dimension to the already fascinating characters. The narration never sounds forced, and I enjoyed every moment if it. This will definitely be a novel that I repeatedly replay in order to enjoy it again.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 09-02-14
    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 09-02-14 Member Since 2015

    audiobook addict

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    "hoping it gets edgier"

    Feels so derivitive of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. Alex is okay but the disappointing treatment of all the female characters is annoying. I want it to be snappier, sharper, and to make me care more about the characters. Arachne the giant spider steals the show with her sage wisdom. Is it bad that I want Alex to embrace his Dark Mage side?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mike newnan, GA, USA 05-27-14
    Mike newnan, GA, USA 05-27-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Good Follow-Up"


    The second book of this series takes the story to the next level. It does not wallow in what we already know from the first book. It does what a second book is suppose to do, advance the story. And the story definitely gets better.

    The performance is first rate. The narrator becomes the characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jan miller Los Angeles CA 02-02-15
    jan miller Los Angeles CA 02-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great twists & turns"

    I enjoy the way the writer comes up with the unexpected. interesting characters; excellent reader, engrossing story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DonDivaDaBoss Phoenix, AZ 01-29-15
    DonDivaDaBoss Phoenix, AZ 01-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "keep it coming!"

    oh I loved this book. it makes me excited to complete the series .

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    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 12-25-14
    Leanna Seattle, WA United States 12-25-14 Member Since 2008

    I love to read, but I am time-limited. Audible allows me to keep up with all my favorite authors while on the hiking trail. Thanks, Audible!

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    "One specialized skill and intelligence works"
    Any additional comments?

    Jacka has created a really fun urban fantasy series. The series follows a diviner and his apprentice through various adventures. The really appealing element of this series is the protagonist is not all powerful or really even powerful. He is a moderate talent of one very specialized skill, and his intelligence keeps him out of trouble. Give this series a try. You will enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-06-14
    Bonnie Bellmore, NY, United States 12-06-14 Member Since 2013

    BJS

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    "So far story line getting better"
    What made the experience of listening to Cursed the most enjoyable?

    It reminded me of when I started Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" series. Each book in the series got better and better. More outrageous character interactions and twists and turns.


    What other book might you compare Cursed to and why?

    If you crossed "The Night Side" series bye Simon Green and "The Dresden Files" by Jim Butcher, you'd get "Alex Verus" series. can't wait to read book three(3)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    *SPOILER........The next to last one with Martin........where his wish backfires on him.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I stayed up all night until I did finish, it was so worth it.


    Any additional comments?

    So far Audible has 5 books in this series, I hope there will be more I know I'll really enjoy them if Mr Jacka keeps the story lines as interesting as the first two.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wesley Huntsville, AL, United States 12-05-14
    Wesley Huntsville, AL, United States 12-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Luna can go die in a fire thank you."
    Would you try another book from Benedict Jacka and/or Gildart Jackson?

    Eh, I dunno. I like the stories so far, but Luna is really driving me nuts.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't have much reaction to it. It ended kind of....well, it just ended really. There wasn't much conclusion to things. I mean, they were concluded, but there wasn't much catharsis to most of the plot threads.


    What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Oh his performance was great. No problems there. He was very enjoyable to listen to.


    Could you see Cursed being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No I can't see it turning into a movie or tv show. Mainly because I'm pretty sure it's already been done on something like Supernatural at some point.


    Any additional comments?

    Seriously, Luna can just go die in a fire. VERY SPOILER HEAVY REASON, SO SKIP IF YOU DON'T WANT SPOILERS.**************************

    Ok, so the whole thing with Luna and Alex, and Meredith was really damn annoying. Luna sends Martin over, and he's clearly got her curse on him, meaning she's been close to him. And it's revealed later that she clearly had feelings for him. So then, when she sees Meredith at Alex's place, she gets all bitter and cold, and angry, letting her curse lash out at her. Why? As if she were Alex's lover? To hell with that. She got mad at Alex for his attempt to keep her from messing with Martin when it was OBVIOUSLY a bad idea, but she didn't care, cuz she lubz him! And yet Alex can't have someone else? Sorry but I can't stand emotionally unstable female characters. And that's all she is. She's so self absorbed with her curse, and "omg my life is soooo terrible", she can't see anything beyond herself. And considering that the author tied her curse's power into her emotions, she's basically guaranteed to always be 1 step away from an emotional breakdown, just so they can have the threat of her unstable curse lashing out. And sorry, but I have zero time/patience/love of mentally unstable female characters. Seriously they're terrible literary tools. Every time she is in the scene, I grind my teeth and hope she leaves soon. The books would be GREAT, if Luna wasn't in them. Sadly, I know that's not going to happen, so I have to either not listen to them anymore, or suffer through her ever increasing involvement in the stories. I'm still debating on if I like the books enough to tolerate her and buy more books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 11-21-14
    Michael Seattle, WA, United States 11-21-14 Member Since 2007

    I'm an inventor and author, living in Seattle; an old man, living a full life with Kathy, my first and only wife.

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    "Has its own style."

    This is no copy of any other other author. The book has its own pace, which is pretty much breakneck; its own style, which is somewhere between hard-boiled detective novel and monster fantasy; and its own theme, with nearly all of monsters being the human variety. The story and reader are both five-star.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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