With all of the comparisons to Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne I thought I'd give it a try. In the first few minutes of the book, it's hard not to compa..Show More »re Alex Verus to Dresden and to Atticus O'Sullivan. Jacka even writes in a cheeky reference to Harry Dresden. Verus owns and operates a magic shop, ran away from his evil mentor at a young age, is shunned by most other magical practitioners and by the end of the book has a young, female apprentice. He's also friends with an air elemental- think Toot Toot or Oberon. He's a mage who is hard but with a soft-ish heart. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, both Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne should be very flattered. I wanted to hate it after the first few minutes and pick on it for being a rip off, the narrator even sort of sounds like James Marsters as Spike, but the story is well written and it drew me in. If you are even remotely a fan of the Dresden Files or the Iron Druid, you should give this book a chance. I'm glad I did.
I came across this book/reading by accident on the audible website and I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook. I enjoyed the nature of the main character ..Show More »who deals with magic without the endless psychological self examination of Harry Dresden. Whilst there are a number of books in this genre I thought the author showed a great imagination in creating and populating his alternate world. I thought there were elements of Neil Gaimans Neverwherein the book. I also enjoyed the world weary voice of the presenter, I think he gave Alex Verus a complex personality which suited the text. Good audiobook.
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 t..Show More »o 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?
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 ..Show More »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.
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 refer..Show More »ences 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.
I read this in about 2 days and it cheered me up to having another Alex Verus book but it felt like Benedict need some things to happen to set up for ..Show More »Richard but didn't want to leave Alex out; which in many ways is his natural place in the political world. The book felt "thin" (not as much of a pun as I would like) and forced. Milestone happened but it felt a little too much like god pushing the pieces into place rather then a natural or believe pattern.
Still however willing and ready to read book 7 and very likely book 8 too.
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..Show More » 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.