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Publisher's Summary

Camden, North London: A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads, and waterways. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals and where tourists and moody teenagers mingle.

In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won't sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you're looking for, he might just be able to help. That's if he's not too busy avoiding his would-be apprentice, foiling the Dark, outwitting the Light, and investigating a mysterious relic that has just turned up at the British Museum.

Fated is the first book in a major new series starring probability mage Alex Verus, for fans of Jim Butcher and Ben Aaronovitch.

©2012 Benedict Jacka (P)2013 Tantor Media Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Harry Dresden would like Alex Verus tremendously - and be a little nervous around him. I just added Benedict Jacka to my must-read list. Fated is an excellent novel, a gorgeously realized world with a uniquely powerful, vulnerable protagonist. Books this good remind me why I got into the storytelling business in the first place" (Jim Butcher)
"Filled with tense and compelling writing" (SFX)
"Jacka writes a deft thrill-ride of an urban fantasy - a stay-up-all-night read. Alex Verus is a very smart man surviving in a very dangerous world." (Patricia Briggs)
"London's hidden wizardly community spell-blast each other entertainingly in this urban fantasy romp. Fated is highly enjoyable" (Sun)
"Fated is an excellent example of not just great urban fantasy but also of brilliant story-telling. There is a near perfect mix of everything and it has been masterfully crafted with a meticulous eye for those pieces of humanity that make a great protagonist and a fantastic story" (FANTASY FACTION)
"A novel with a very good plotline, and fascinating characters" (BOOKCHICKCITY)

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Hated the fake posh English accent

Loved the book but was very disappointed with the narration, the fake Shakespearean English accent given the main character completely discredited the performance and was not at all compatible with the authors' character who is living in today's London, not the Middle ages. As a result I was not able to enjoy the audiobook. I will read the rest of the series on my Kindle.

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  • lynn
  • ADELAIDE, Australia
  • 01-15-15

Excellent gritty fantasy

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 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.

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  • Tod Werewolf
  • 04-25-16

Better than I expected

very well written and well read. I was pleasantly surprised by how good a story it was after reading some of the reviews. while not being as London has the Rivers of London and as funny like the Iron Druid and Dresden Files. A very good book, will try the others in the series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • nicole
  • 11-25-14

Hope Audible gets the rest of this series :)

Pros: great story, brilliantly written, lots of imagination, made me want to listen to the whole thing in one sitting, Patricia Briggs and Jim Butcher rec this one, I'd listen to it again and have requested the series which I'm told gets even better also, unusually for this kind of genre, there are several really well written female side characters. Cons I spent the first twenty minutes in complete frustration because the initial plot feels like a massive rip off of the Dresden Files (it soon moves away from that, keep listening as the seer aspect is really interesting) and that also led to the comparison of the narrator with James Masters and really the best you can hope for is a draw with that kind of competition. After I'd listened for a while I decided that I really liked Gilbert Jackson. I would happily buy books with Jackson as a narrator again but you need to listen to a sample for yourself as some people were very unhappy.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • EmmaHughes
  • 03-25-15

Not for me

I gave this a try thinking it might be in the same mould as ben aaronovitch. There is no humour, story line is predictable, characters are rubbish and the fact it is set in Camden has no bearing on the story whatsoever.

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  • Sue
  • 05-31-15

Huge Disappointment

I was recommended this as a fan of Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London books and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and I was in such hope of a new series. Such a disappointment. The plot is thin, the characters are two dimensional, the writing is really bad and the dialogue is just dire. To compare it to Aaronovitch is to insult Ben. It feels like a teenage girl writing in her bedroom and is on a level with Twilight and 50 Shades (badly written drivel by the barely literate). I got to the end somehow (it had to get better, surely?) but there were a lot of derisive snorts and phone thrown down in exasperation. If I could have slapped the drippy female character I would have done.
The narrator did his best but he was too old really which didn't help.
There are plenty of good reviews so it's obviously popular stuff but I wish I'd read a few of the bad ones and saved myself some time. I've given it back, which is the ultimate bad review after all.

21 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • Kitty
  • 07-28-15

Good story, weak writing and robotic narration.

Would you try another book written by Benedict Jacka or narrated by Gilbert Jackson?

Yes. The writing is a bit clumsy but the characterisation is wonderful and the world he's created is intriguing.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration of the main character was okay as Gilbert Jackson has a pleasant voice but it's a little robotic in places. He makes all the secondary characters incredibly robotic though and the women all sound like complete morons.

Do you think Fated needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes I'd love to see where the characters go and learn more about the world.

Any additional comments?

What's with all the Americanisms? It's written by a British author and set in London. It's full of words like gotten, sidewalk ect. Very jarring.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • AReader
  • 05-10-16

Not very original

I'm annoyed that I waited before listening to this because if I had heard it sooner, I would have returned it. In fact, I wondered if it was intended for young adults and I hadn't noticed. . There's nothing exactly wrong with it, it just seemed somehow rather unexciting. It's a bit like some of the other things I have listened to along the same lines, but somehow not so original. Rivers of London is great, and the Jim Duncan books are mostly good, but this one just didn't do it for me.

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  • H Jones
  • 09-25-14

Good story, odd narrator

Would you listen to Fated again? Why?

I would listen to Fated again, the story is engrossing and flows quickly. The characters are well developed and the relationships realistic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fated?

The trip to elsewhere. It was enlightening as to Verus's decision making and attitudes - and just a little creepy.

What three words best describe Gilbert Jackson’s performance?

Robotic, stilted and old (older than the character).

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

Not really.

Any additional comments?

Benedict Jacka's mage's London is dark and unnerving, Verus lives on the edge of 2 worlds and doesn't seem keen on being in either. There is none of the traditional good and bad; the individual dark and light mages appear to differ only in name of faction and the ability to co-operate with each other. Verus is neither cloyingly heroic or pathetically redemptive. Sadly the narrator is not James Marsters nor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith; while his narration is adequate he fails to make you believe it is the character speaking as Marsters and Holdbrook-Smith do. In short, if you enjoy The Dresden Files and/or the Pc Grant series, give this a try.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Mrs. Sally Moores
  • 07-20-16

Good Starter to the series

I have just finished listening to the PC Peter Grant series by Ben Aranovitch which I thought was great and was looking around for something new. This is quite different to what I would normally listen to but the characters grew on me quickly, the narration was excellent and I found myself really looking forward to finding out what happened next. Will definitely be buying the next in the series.

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  • Mrs
  • 07-17-16

A British version of Dresden

If you enjoy the Dresden files, you'll enjoy Alex Versus. An English mage who isn't quite in favour with either side and through Skill, luck and sheer determinedness gets things done. Wonderful additional to the moden magical genre. You can't help but like him.

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  • Robert
  • 05-05-16

What happens if bad people can do magic?

So this is a series based around a magical realm with Light Mages and Dark Mages in competition with one another. It brings forward the idea of what happens when someone who is indifferent at best or outright mean has power over others. In this magical society the Dark Mages believe that basically if you have the power to take or do something then you do it and to not use your power in this manner is a weakness. For a Dark Mage there is no good or evil there is only can you get away with it and is there someone else around more powerful and meaner than you that wants the same thing.

The protagonist is basically a Light Mage who has the power of precognition which is a passive power in that you can see the future and alternate futures based on the choices and decisions that people make which allows you to manipulate people and items to your advantage. He doesn't have the power to strike an opponent down with a bolt of lightning but he does have the power to get that opponent to stand in the road just when and where the lightning bolt will hit.

So far it is an enjoyable listen and I am about to get the next book in the series and will recommend this. It isn't the best book I have listened to this month but it is good.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-21-17

Loved it but....

Absolutely loved Alex, Luna and Starbreeze. The story was fast paced from the first chapter.

Hated the pompous narrator who reminded me of those voices that did documentrys in the 70's.

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  • Karen
  • 04-09-17

Promising but...

Interesting listen, but I struggled to get into it. I disliked the narrator's female voices, and I found Alex to be aloof and unsympathetic. Normally I love a hero with a hint of moral ambiguity and maybe he'd grow on me in later books, but I'm bowing out for now.

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  • Kate McMahon
  • 08-07-15

Main character is kind of rapey

At first I was a bit put off when I realised that when the story referred to a girl, it wasn't actually a child but rather a 22 year-old woman. But then things move beyond casual sexism to kind of creepy. Like when the main character decides that he has to assault and abduct a woman (sorry I mean 22 year old girl) because she's too stupid to know what's good for her. Besides being rapey, the main character is not exactly likeable so far, he has an unfortunate combination of feeling constantly hard done by while always needing to be right. The book so far kind of feels like a conversation with some pompous prat in a pub who tries to pick you up by lecturing you about the finer points of Deleuze. Not sure I can make it through.

3 of 10 people found this review helpful