Hidden is the fifth book in the Alex Verus Series. So far this series has been getting better and better with each installment and while I did enjoy Hidden quite a bit it wasn’t my favorite book of the series so far, Chosen still holds that space but it is another really good story which captured my attention from start to finish and had a few characters moving in directions I wasn’t expecting.
After the events of Chosen, Anne has moved out of Alex’s life in every way possible. She was still under a little protection by being in the apprentice program, but after an incident there, Anne is left outside the magic world and vulnerable. When she disappears, Alex and Co. team up to find out what could have happened and who could have taken her. There are apparently a lot of Dark Mages ready to do dark deeds and the list of possibly suspects isn’t really short.
I enjoy how every book of this series builds on the one before it. Alex is still dealing with some of the fallout from Chosen. While Luna seems to accept Alex for who he is and has no disillusions of what he is capable of, a few of the other young people in his life are devastated by the choices he was willing to make. I really liked seeing the varying degrees of that play out with all the characters we’ve seen before.
I did get a little bored in the sub realm Alex visited, which was just me since there are shadow monsters and the threats were real. But it felt like Alex spent a lot of time there. I did like finally learning about Anne’s past and what she has done. It really helped me understand her reactions to the events in Chosen. She and Alex are more alike than she wants to admit.
With the threat of Richard coming back into the magic scene and a new push to have Dark Mages on the Council you can tell there will be a bigger story arc that will definitely involve Alex’s old master at some point. I don’t know about the rest of you gentle readers but Richard scares the crap out of me. The guy is Lex Luther smart and seems to have a very elastic morality when it comes to getting what he wants.
I did very much like where this story ended though. I can tell that the tension for the next books is really building and Alex is going to have to find some even better tricks if he is going to make it through the changes that are definitely on the horizon.
Gildart Jackson is really great in this. I like his performance for all characters and he really brings everyone to life, but especially Alex. His accent is perfect for this since the location of the story is mostly London. Fantastic flow and attention to inflection, I particularly enjoy when Alex speaks to the reader/listener. I listened to this at my usual 1.5x speed.