This time last year, I could go weeks without seeing another mage. In mage society I was an unknown and, all in all, that was how I liked it. It’s hard to say what changed. Whatever it was, I got involved in the magical world again and started getting myself a reputation.
Alex Verus’s insights into the future used to be the best-kept secret in London. Now, with the aid of his apprentice, Luna, his unique investigative talents are all the rage. He just has to be careful about picking his employers, because everyone - even the beautiful woman who practically begs him to run security for a prestigious tournament - has motives that can be hard to predict. And Alex doesn’t do unpredictable.
But his latest gig just might be impossible. Apprentices have been vanishing without a trace - and someone on the Council could be involved. Alex has no evidence, no witnesses, and no suspects. All he knows is that someone is keeping tabs on him. And after assassins target Luna’s classmate, Alex sees that he doesn’t know the half of it - and that he could be the next to disappear.
©2012 Benedict Jacka (P)2014 Tantor
"The action is fast and smart, playing with thriller conventions so that while [listeners] get excitement they also are encouraged to think about what magic might mean in human terms. A superb book in an outstanding, provocative series." (Publishers Weekly)
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
This is the third book in this series. I have to say that the Alex Verus series has quickly become one of my favorites. Taken is another strong entry for Mr. Jacka. This book, like the others, is stand-alone but does slowly build on the history of the main characer.
The world is complex and well-developed. The magic system is well thought out and makes sense without an inordinate amount of suspension of disbelief being required. The good guys are likeable and you want to see them succeed. The bad guys are truly evil and you look forward to see them getting what's coming to them.
I love the Verus character. He is the dark, bad-ass Harry Dresden thinks he is. Verus tries to do right, but will not hesitate a bit to kill someone in cold blood in order to survive. This brings a level of realism, and the more you learn about the protagonist the more sense his outlook makes.
This is a fun, action packed book. It doesn't have all the humor and pop-culture references most urban fantasy novels have. I think that is a good thing as it makes you focus more on the story and what is happening. It was a nice mystery that is definitely worth a credit.
I've listened to all of the Benedict Jacka books. He's a great writer. The story pacing is excellent and there's rarely a dull moment. The character development throughout all three books (and the fourth, Chosen) is appreciated as well. If there is one pet peeve that I have, it's this: London is a multicultural city. The books reflects that fact. However, every single brown-skinned character is evil or incompetent. This "unconscious?" characterization holds true in Fated, Taken, Curse, and even Chosen. So, if you're a reader with brown skin, as I am, you must overlook what I hope to be unconscious stereotyping and just enjoy the story for what it is. A fast-paced, well-written urban fantasy with a singular flaw that will only bother some of the book's audience. Others won't even notice.
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!
Jacka has created a really fun urban fantasy series which stands up to a good binge. Even after listening to three books in a row, I still enjoy Jacka's world. 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. Give this series a try. You will enjoy it.
Action, Packed Ride
I just finished the fifth book in this series and can't wait for another to come out. Each book is better than the last. I'm hooked :)
Nothing like someone reading you a story, then have a nap.
It is not another Harry Potter but still a very good read a little magic and a detective work rolled into a book
Just a fun listen
His voice is clear. He does a very good job at making the story come alive
Third book in the series so far and eagerly getting ready to devour it.
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.
This is a very good series. Good story, Good action, Good characters, and Good performance. Each book in the series just gets stronger because gooder is not a word.
I am always pleased to find an author that can keep things moving with a minimum of background explanation to set up the action. It makes the movement of the story feel more real and natural. You will find a very close relationship of the flavor of these stories to the Dresden files. Which is not a bad thing. Both authors weave a good adventure. Fun magical who-done-its are a great guilty pleasure, and I look forward to more courses in the feast. The narrator for this series is a very good match and gives just the right feel.
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