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Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

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Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success.

But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful. And thanks to his abilities, Alex can predict that by taking the job, his odds of survival are about to go from slim to none…

©2012 Benedict Jacka (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Harry Dresden would like Alex Verus tremendously - and be a little nervous around him. I just added Benedict Jacka to my must-listen to list." (Jim Butcher)

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    Jessica 05-15-14
    Jessica 05-15-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom"

    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 compare 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.

    96 of 98 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Huntsville, AL, USA 03-29-15
    Richard Huntsville, AL, USA 03-29-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Do not expect the Iron Druid or Harry Dresden..."

    I bought this because one reviewer stated that if a listener likes this list of (novels I love) from Mercy Thompson to the Iron Druid to the great Harry Dresden, that this book is like those books. Hmmm, not really. It is good. Some of the plot points here parallel some of the plot points in those books. But there is a cheerful acknowledgment of the bad guys, and a sense of "bring it" I can handle you in this group of books, that is not in Fated. Fated has a sort of world weary acknowledgment that the bad guys, dark mages, etc. are out there, and ok, I have to clean up this mess one more time, that creates a different atmosphere here, less energetic than the books above, but still good. This just does not have the same atmosphere as the books to which it has been compared. The humor is there, just much lower key, and a bit gray.

    30 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 11-24-14
    Adnan Chula Vista, CA, United States 11-24-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Not an Iron Mage, but close enough"

    Book is about a ‘mage’ Alex who runs a store for magical item. Alex has magic to foresee possible variation of future at any given moment allowing him to make very clever choices giving him ability to complete tasks which are nearly impossible for normal humans/mages. Alex reside in London and there are two general factions of mages discussed in book while and dark mages. Alex does not seem to have any allegiances, but has certain history which makes the story interesting.

    At the start of this book it reminds reader of ‘Iron Druid’. Therefore, comparison to iron druid books are inevitable throughout the book. There are few distinct differences worth mentioning. Alex is not immortal (not ancient with a lot of history) and does not has incredible amount of offensive weapons. Alex is not unique in general that there are various type of mages including other mages with same capability as Alex. Furthermore, there are no deities or talking pets involved in the book either.

    Story revolves around investigation of an ancient relic of presumably immense power. All mage factions are interested and want to secure Alex’s services to unlock the relic’s secrets. Story moved at a slower pace for first half of the book, but picks up speed in later half of the book (especially the last several chapters) making up for the slow start. Investigation of relic becomes very interesting and contains several twists.

    My minor gripe about the book is lack of sense of humor (at least it is not at the same level as Iron Druid). Second, Alex’s utilization of power sometimes is slightly confusing, but overall it is clean.

    Overall, I enjoyed the book, and I will be reading the next book in series. Narration of the very well done and captures the characters well. I recommend this book even to Iron Druid fans.

    26 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    betsy Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 04-09-14
    betsy Sherman Oaks, CA, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "No Magic"

    It's hard to say why, but Fated felt long and never gripped me. Alex Verus doesn't have much personality and I really don't care about him. In a book full of characters, Verus seems to have no friends and no life and no feelings about what's happening. His divination gift is thought of as weak relative to other types of mages, but together with some tools and associates he ends up seeming overpowered, especially with the rules bounding his divination very fuzzily drawn. He sees multiple futures in some probabilistic spectrum, but he can't see past pure chance events or decisions other people haven't made yet. That description is hard to make sense of as he constantly looks at how antagonists will react to different revelations or conversational gambits.

    At one point certain characters are in a trap that's supposed to be very unpleasant and, I think, deadly. We don't care about these characters, anyway. It's not clear how they got in there, and why one person escaped already, and why nobody is dead yet. It's the least threatening trap ever, especially once you hear how they get out. It takes a while, far too long for the minor amount of plot set up and character revealed here.

    A different narrator may have been able to elevate or change the tone of the middling material. Jackson reads Alex in a clipped, didactic, flat voice, not adding much dimension even when there's humor. The youngish, nonconformist protagonist comes off as some serious bureacratic council wizard. Voices of different characters may blend together and start sounding the same even when they started off distinct; you can hear this in the dialog in the sample.

    Fated might be more interesting written from Luna's point of view. It's really her story. The problem lands in her lap in the first place, and she holds a big chunk of the solution. She experiences multiple challenges, including a noncommital mentor who keeps calling her "good girl" and may also see her as a romantic interest. Luna has the more interesting revelation at the end of the book, and greater growth.

    39 of 43 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 10-10-14
    Susan Bartonville, TX 10-10-14 Member Since 2012

    I don't usually rush out for all the "best sellers", but give each intriguing book/author a look. I have found many diamonds in the rough.

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    "Mages, Air Walkers and Shadow People"

    I would not really compare this to Dresden or to The Iron Druid Chronicles. It's more along the lines of the Septimus Heap series, with the exception of some foul language. Mages are people who can see all the possible outcomes of the immediate future as long as a choice has been made. Air walkers are fairy type ancient characters who can help humans to become air like wind and can also be invisible like air. Shadow people are similar to the Rouge character in the X-men series. Touch is a curse.

    This was a great adventure of good against evil with an exciting plot, fast moving story line and some original characters. There are different types of Mage's, (earth, air, mind and war), which makes the concept quite interesting. I am an arachnophobe but one of my favorite characters was an ageless, cloths designing, giant spider who has to get very close to you because of her bad vision. Hehe, very creepy (pun). This is a wonderfully fun walk in the mystical world without the age old wizard slant.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 01-02-14
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 01-02-14 Member Since 2016

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "If you like Dresden or Iron Druid check it out!"

    This is an excellent series. I have read all the books and was glad to see it finally come out in audio format. The world is well definied and has a very deep, well organizes system of magic. In fact, the author's website has an encyclopedia online discussing all the different types of magic in this world and how it works.

    The characters are easy to like and get behind. The main character is powerful, just not in a straight up fight, so there is no sense of him being over-powered. Everyone else can throw fireballs and the like, but he can see future probabilites. While that is really powerfull it makes certain the main charachter has to really use his wits to get the job done.

    The narration was fine and compliments the book. As the title says, if you like Dresden Files or Iron Druid you will enjoy this series. It is more on the serious side than the other two series with less pop culture references.

    40 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Gypsycat Madison, WI, United States 05-14-14
    Gypsycat Madison, WI, United States 05-14-14 Member Since 2017

    audiobook addict

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    "Dresden Files-esque, but less humor and connection"

    This book did indeed remind me of the early Dresden Files book, at least on the surface. Alex Verus and Harry Dresden are similar in that they are modern-day magic-wielders, refusing to align themselves with the powerful "white" council of magic users or the more dangerous "black" magic users. Both were raised as apprentices of a dark magic user and have power that could lend itself toward darker uses. Both seem to be failures at maintaining romantic relationships and think that all women need to be protected in a annoyingly non-feminist way.

    My main disappointment with Verus is that he doesn't have the likeability or humor of Dresden, and while he has a few friends, there is little to endear him to the reader (Dresden has funny sidekicks, pets, a few friends that are very obviously forces for good in the world whose opinions make him more worthy). Maybe this will get better as the series progresses, but I have to admit that I sort of want to see Verus choose a dark mage path.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    ARenee San Clemente, CA USA 09-28-15
    ARenee San Clemente, CA USA 09-28-15
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    "NOT like The Iron Druid"

    More like Harry Potter than Iron Druid. Doesn't have the same humor nor does the main character have the same attitude toward women (Iron Druid passes the Bachdel test, this doesn't). The story is slow and begs suspension of belief. Has some good plot points that could have been expanded on to make it more enjoyable. Pass on this one till the price drops. Try the Matthew Corbett series instead.

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Massachusetts 09-19-16
    Carol Massachusetts 09-19-16

    Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!

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    "Iron Druid plus Harrys (Dresden and Potter)"

    I agree with the general tone of the other reviews of "Fated." It has similarities, as noted, with the Iron Druid books, but I liked that its pace is less frenetic than Atticus and Oberon's madcap, nonstop adventures. And it's a little less gritty (at least in this first book of the series) than Dresden.

    Perhaps pushing it, I also noted a bit of Harry Potter in the mix. There's an evil sorcerer (his one-time mentor) who Alex defeated--or at least got free of--but who is obviously lurking out there, ready to appear as a character in future books. There's even a giant spider, but in this case she's one of the good guys.

    The narration by Gildart Jackson is classic Brit, and is just right for the tone of the characters and the story. Jackson's narrative style is congruent with this book's differences from the two American series and their equally good narrators.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    C. Souza San Diego, CA United States 03-07-14
    C. Souza San Diego, CA United States 03-07-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Indeed its a bit similar to Harry Dresden"
    Where does Fated rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Harry Dresden (by Jim Butcher) is one of my favorites characters in Urban Fantasy, so I really liked Alex Verus… as someone said here its like Harry's English Cousin. Because this is the first book of four its still early to say how much I like. I guess by the book four I could be more specific how much I like.


    What other book might you compare Fated to and why?

    Once again to Harry Dresden. Though mind they are not the same. As i just started the series all I can say that Harry and Alex share a similar way of thought, how they deal with their enemies. Id say Harry is more aggressive and powerful, perhaps? Alex in other hand as being able to see the future appear more analytical and think before act… while Harry has a "Godmother",the evil Leannan sidhe to come at his aid, Alex has a female air elemental being and a mythological giant-spider to come at his aid. Harry has a female apprentice, Alex has also a female friend that come across as his apprentice. Both share a bad past with a consul of wizards (or of Mage in Alex's case). Both also had almost being killed by their evil mentors in the past and still managed to became "good guys". What else… ah while Harry struggles to make money in Chicago… Alex do own a shop in London, but he is far from being rich either. Now the most interesting thing was that Alex does mention once reading about a wizard advertising himself in the newspaper though he believes was urban legend !!! I though was really cool because gives a hint that Harry and Alex somehow lives in the same universe. In so many books I read in Urban Fantasy thats the only time a character from author is mention … well apart from comic book characters (but they were mentioned as fiction not as a person as Alex acknowledges the existence of such wizard in Chicago… clearly Harry Dresden). I guess i brought up what was similar to me. In essence i would not say they aren't the same, the story is quite different as far as I felt on the first book. Just some elements may be related.


    What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed his performance. Although he isn't James Masterson (who plays Harry Dresden), I though he did a good job with his voice. His female voices were good too. Overall was pleasant to hear as some books even though were acclaimed as excellent books if the narrator in the audiobook doesn't do a good job its hard to keep up. I have stopped listening several books because I couldn't stand horrible narrators.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hmmm … Like I said as Fated was the first book in the series, I was just trying to get into the story. To be honest though I liked the book I can't say I loved yet…maybe the second I d like better? But please dont get let me discourage to get this book. Perhaps as a Harry Dresden fan I was hoping more action? Keep in mind I've got all Harry Dresden 14 Books… so I'm a fan and Alex Verus i'm still getting to know.


    Any additional comments?

    I think most people that like Harry Dresden (Jim Butcher), Atticus O'Sullivan - The Iron Druid ( Kevin Hearne), Mercy Thompson (Patricia Briggs) and Rachel Morgan (Kim Harrison) would like this book.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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