With his talent for divining the future, Alex Verus should have foreseen his friends' reactions to the revelations about his previous life. Anne Walker no longer trusts him - and has also cut all ties with the mage community after getting kicked out of the apprentice program. As a favor to Luna, Alex's own apprentice and Anne's best friend, he checks in on her only to be told to leave her alone. Then Anne gets kidnapped. The Council Keepers of the Order of the Star believe that Dark mages from her past may be involved. Working with the Keepers, Alex and Luna discover that Anne has been taken into the shadow realm of Sagash, her former Dark mage mentor, and they must find a way to rescue her. But another shadow from the past has resurfaced - Alex's former master may be back in London, and Alex has no idea what his agenda is....
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It took me a long time to pick up the first book in this series and read it. The premise always seemed boring to me, but it is not. Jacka has created a really fun urban fantasy series. The series follows a diviner and his apprentice through various adventures. The protagonist is a moderate talent of one very specialized skill, and his intelligence keeps him alive. This is a book in which the reader is not just told the protagonist is intelligence and expected to accept it as a truly predictable story unfolds. The protagonist does demonstrate intelligence through his creativity. Give this series a try. You will enjoy it.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
This is the 5th book in the Alex Verus series and fans will not be dissappointed. The book is fast paced and fun. The character development is good and you gain a lot of insight on several of the characters in the story. The author also does a good job of advancing the meta-story while simulatneously producing a story that would stand up on his own. This is definitely not a transitition book. Where many of my other favorite series are starting to lose steam the Alex Verus series containues to move on at full speed. Mr. Jacka is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and this novel is excellent proof why that is the case.
I actually pre-ordered this one. After telling myself I wasn't going to do the pre-order thing.
Can't wait for the next one.
Don't be afraid to try this series. If you liked Dresden, or Nightside, I think you'll like this series.
Action, humor, good pacing, great character development.
Interesting magic system.
Sure, sounds like Dresden.
But give it a shot. I think you'll like it.
Very original after you get over the similar premise.
Still an excellent book, in an excellent series!
With every review I HAVE to mention that Gilldart Jackson (while a fine narrator) is all wrong to perform this book. Alex Verus is supposed to be in his very early thirties and yet Jackson's voice and cadence evokes images of an older David Niven or Basil Rathbone.
That being said, this is a great book and a good next step in all of the characters developments. It does drag a bit in a couple of chapters and I found my mind wandering. All in all it is a worthy book to spend your hard earned cash or credits on.
Sometimes I find myself in a desolate wasteland while searching for new and exciting stories. Stumbling upon Alex Verus has been like finding an oasis. This story just tends to suck me in and, before I know it, 10 hours have passed and I am searching to buy the next book in the series. The tale of Alex is exciting, thought provoking, and clever and has what I feel to be a "Dr. Who'ish" type composition (I could see David Tennant staring as Alex if this were made into a series).
The narrator is top notch! Gildart Jackson really brings out the personality of each character (especially Alex and Luna) that I think I would miss had I just been reading the story.
This Author and Narrator had absolutely earned a faithful fan in me!
This book was wonderful. Great characters, and love Alex's inner dilemmas that he's struggling with. It makes him so relatable and intriguing. Starting book 6 today!
This was probably the best of his books so far, but I've thought that about all of them. There was action suspense confusion and tension. But as usual Alex Verus was able to out smart everyone and save himself and his friend. I can't wait until I get to the next book.
I love it!
I like his voice. It is a big part of why I love this series.
It makes you think about what makes a person a good person. I think the whole series is a constant quest to find the answer to the nature vs nurture question.
I love this series. I have read the previous books in quick succession over the past few weeks. Now I'm dragging my feet on reading the last book because I now I have a long time to wait for the next book in the series. Benedict Jacka needs to write faster!
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