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Alex Verus can see the future. But he never thought he'd see this day. Manoeuvred by forces beyond his control, the probability mage has made a terrible choice: he's agreed to work for his old master once more.

Richard Drakh, the sadistic dark mage Alex escaped as an apprentice, has him in his clutches again. And this time he won't let go so easily.

©2016 Benedict Jacka (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

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I love this series!

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Great characters, fun and interesting stories. Fabulous narrator! Benedict Jacka cannot write them fast enough.

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Best series ever!!

Never have I enjoyed a book this much. The naration is out of this world. It's one of those books you wish would never end. I really really loved snd enjoyed it.

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engaging

it has tense moments and makes an engaging experience. the way he used small details in previous entries to make sense of what happens to Alex is impressive.Overall well done.

he could have explored relationships in a better way. Also the way he handles characters is inconsistent. sonder and caldera who I thought would get more space were relegated to NPC levels. even Luna to an extent.
Despite , will still look forward to next one

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A set up from the beginning

A lot happened to Alex in Bound and a lot threads were left blowing in the wind. Alex finds out that sitting on the fence and not making a choice comes with a price and that price may not be his to pay.

He continues to be a self centred bastard playing the game as if he has no one who needs him and no one he needs.

This book sets up for the next one in the series, don’t get me wrong it is worth it but you will want to get the one to find out what happens...

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Good story but narrator was average!

Good story whoever the narrator was not that good. try getting Michael Kramer next time.

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  • 04-09-17

fabulous new installment with a few irritations

As usual I was on the edge of my seat with Alex's latest tale. Gildart Jackson has been a stellar narrator but I've a few niggles - bad enough to change Helicowan's accent in a previous book (both he and Landis originally sounded like Sean Connery) but he was a minor character. why did Morden's have to change though? Something also up with Arachne's voice. It's become more sinister and slightly lower and also more mechanical rather than her usual clipped enunciation. I know it sounds minor but Gildart's made these people alive to me! it's disconcerting.

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  • Charityshopgirl
  • 04-11-17

Excellent story, shame about the voices!

This, as the previous books is an excellent story. It leaves us desperate fir the next instalment. However, at one point I had to check that it was the same narrator- mostly it sounded like him, but certain characters now had very different voices and I'm not sure I understand why. Did the producer change, did no one listen to previous recordings to check?
BUT, I would still recommend the series and this book, just hoping that it's back on track next time. It's disconcerting when every time Arachne spoke I expected her to say "Now is the winter of our discontent ........" in that voice.

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  • Sararara
  • 04-09-17

Good baddies & bad goodies

Jacka must be doing something right as with each new book I vow to take my time and read/listen slowly but then I always end up doing a weekend binge!

Plus points: Morden has a bigger role; time is passing and everyone's allowed to be a bit more grownup; darker (altho there is a moment at the end that is pure Scooby Doo); Good and Bad are blending to grey.
Meh points: Arachne's voice has developed a harsh Chinese accent; Rachel is still an undeveloped character; must there always be pages and pages of a big gun battle? Yawn.

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  • Carôle
  • 10-31-20

Game Changer

So much to say about this story, but so little desire to say it!

Still the same amount of action and adventure, but distracted by the bickering of too many of the various characters. In fact, New Year mind wandered so much that I started a discussion with myself on whether Leonardo DiCaprio could play Alex? I worked out that Alex is 31 years old, even though he sounds older (To be honest I remember thinking that he was 50-60+ when we encountered him in book 1). So that would make Leo just right for the role...

Anyway, back to the story: Now the worlds of the Light Mages and the Dark Mages are seriously blurred in terms of personalities. As in real life, everything can’t always be defined in black or white and it looks like one of our characters is slipping to the Dark side (by choice???), and maybe another by circumstance!!!

Whilst all of this is intriguing and compelling, I didn’t actually really enjoy it. There are some distasteful scenes (too many in my opinion), and some long winded scenes too! Others have commented on the changes in character voices, I agree that those are annoying (unnerving), but more irritating to me was, despite all of them (Alex’s team) reiterating that they are a team and work well together, they none of them listen to each other or rely on each other’s expertise!

Things have changed and are changing, both in the tale and in the narration. I don’t think that I’m enjoying either. Of course I’ll have to see where it goes from here, but I wonder if I’m approaching the end of this journey?

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  • Andrei
  • 02-12-18

One of the best!

Love the narrator and love this series. Definitely one of the best in the UF genre.

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  • Ian H
  • 04-09-17

Another episode in a good series.

It was good but this felt like an average episode in a good series. It didn't feel like enough of a complete story to me. I want more. The characters all moved on but it feels like they have been positioned for more interesting stories to come. I hope they have - looking forward to the next instalment already.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-28-21

Cliffhangers a Go-Go...

Damn good, it's another engaging set of unsolvable dilemmas with our favourite crew ..plus Gildart!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-20

Alex Doesn't See So Clearly

excellently paced and plotted addition to the canon. All the Vs but why? roll on next book.

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  • Christopher
  • 11-18-19

A really good series

loved this installment of the series. I was unsure how it would turn out but the end started the next book just right.

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  • Adrian Muckley
  • 02-08-19

Best of the series so far

I've enjoyed the series of Alex Versus books but must say this one was a compelling tale.