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Diviner Alex Verus finally made one too many enemies on the Council of Mages, and now one of them is angry enough to have him executed. Fighting for his life is nothing new, but this kill order also calls for the death of Alex's dependents - and there's no way that he'll let Luna, Anne, and Vari take the heat.

With only a week before he's history, Alex will have to figure out how to disassociate himself from his friends, scrounge up allies on the council, and hopefully keep his head attached to his body. But saving himself is going to bring him into direct opposition with his former master and the Dark mages surrounding him. And this time, escaping with his life might mean losing his soul....

©2016 Benedict Jacka (P)2016 Tantor

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  • Debra
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • 04-25-16

Not the best in the series.

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 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.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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So frustrating

I'm really getting sick of all the political corruption and injustice being core to these stories. Also sick of Verus's friends/allies turning on him. These books are just the same thing getting rehashed over and over again: someone's out to get Verus, politicians are corrupt, law enforcement sees him as the enemy no matter what he does, he has to make some bad choice to save his neck, he gets condemned and mistrusted for doing so. There's really no hope here, no joy, no humor, no justice or sense of good triumphing over evil, and loyalty only among the core Verus/Anne/Verium/Luna group. It's so frustrating to read over and over and over.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Thought it was good.

I read reviews of people who didn't really care for this book. I thought it was great I kept wondering how things were going to end and I couldn't figure it out like I could with a few of the other books. It kept on the edge a lot. I really enjoy Gilbart Jackson's narration a lot.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Rob
  • Brentwood, CA United States
  • 05-31-16

Disappointing *Spoiler Alert*

What disappointed you about Burned?

I don't know how to say this without spoilers, but how is it that the leaders of the magical community can just decide someone should be killed with no evidence and no trial and everyone is ok with it? There are pretty flimsy plot lines to justify wholesale murder. Every time Alex does something good he gets no credit, no benefit of the doubt and no help from any of the power hungry mages. What was the point of going through the whole plot if at the end a mage can just threaten to kill his loved ones and he capitulates? Why didn't they just do that at the beginning?

What could Benedict Jacka have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I have loved this series up until now. Burned just seemed so incredibly contrived. The story went in odd directions for Alex to rid himself and his dependents of a death sentence and then when he did everything he could they just threatened him into cooperation. There was very little involvement of the usual cast of characters that makes the series so enjoyable.

What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

Gildart Jackson does a fantastic job with the narration. I have no complaints and hope he continues to narrate all future books.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book has the characters and world that made the series so much fun up to this point. It would be tough to make it completely horrible at this point. I hope the next books get back on track and have more realistic plot twists with a purpose.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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disappointed

What would have made Burned better?

a different ending

What was most disappointing about Benedict Jacka’s story?

the ending

Have you listened to any of Gildart Jackson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes, very well

Any additional comments?

I don't understand why author's want to leave the reader feeling crappy. This had been one of my favorite series until this book. I will not be listening to any more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Dagger nabbit

It was better than the reviews I have read, but they are also correct it is a set up book with no solution to Verus's problems, and there is not enough involvement of some of the major key players. I understand that he was forced to do some running, but he still should have had some involvement with the others. I suppose that is for the next chapter. I hope it is released sooner rather than later being as this is a cliffhanger from all get out.

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  • Kirk
  • McKinney, TX, United States
  • 04-22-16

slippery slope!

I love these books! Jacks just keeps upping the stakes! Alex is under a death sentence in this one and to see the way he is maneuvered despite his best efforts is highly entertaining. I can't wait to see what happens next!

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 04-14-16

Awesome

Alex Verus has nine lives and he has used 7. I don't know what is going to happen in the next book, but, I can't wait. There is a lot of character development among all of the characters and the relationships are shifting into twosomes instead of a foursome. This is a great book and series. I look forward to the next book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not a fun story

I like Alex Verus a lot and I really looked forward to hearing the reader again, but there was no happy in this story. The characters just reacted to what was happening - the bad guys in total control and the good guys on the run. I don't like to see characters abused, hunted, and everything taken away - no fun, no happy, no hope - no moving forward. Sometimes characters are taken so low in a story, that whatever happens next can't make up for all the suffering. And the next didn't even come in this book. The whole thing just left me with a miserable feeling - depressing. I would like to continue with the series, but I would also like to enjoy the series.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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F'n love this series

Would you listen to Burned again? Why?

Come on he's the English Jim Butcher. I have googled. I would love to know what the two authors think of one another.

Who was your favorite character and why?

All the characters are well developed

Any additional comments?

If you love Dresden you'll love these.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful