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Diviner Alex Verus and the Council that governs the magical community have never gotten along. But with his former teacher back in Britain, Alex is in desperate need of allies, and he'll do whatever it takes to get them - even if it means accepting a job with the Keepers, enforcing magical law. Alex forms an uneasy alliance with his new partner, Caldera, but his attempt at legitimacy quickly turns lethal when a mission puts him in possession of an item that factions both inside and outside of the Council would kill to get their hands on.

Once again caught in the middle of a deadly conflict, Alex will need all his abilities to figure out who his friends are - especially when enemies are hiding on all sides....

©2015 Benedict Jacka (P)2015 Tantor

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I read this in about 2 days and it cheered me up to having another Alex Verus book but it felt like Benedict need some things to happen to set up for Richard but didn't want to leave Alex out; which in many ways is his natural place in the political world. The book felt "thin" (not as much of a pun as I would like) and forced. Milestone happened but it felt a little too much like god pushing the pieces into place rather then a natural or believe pattern.

Still however willing and ready to read book 7 and very likely book 8 too.

Gildart performance remains strong.

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One of the best in the series!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Exciting, Thrilling, even after 5 other books

What was one of the most memorable moments of Veiled?

Opening the book, allows you to regain the relationship with old friends, and meet some new ones

Which character – as performed by Gildart Jackson – was your favorite?

Alex as always

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Alex put to the test like never before

Any additional comments?

After 5 books one would figure book 6 would be a filler. One would be wrong. Book 6 stands out like no other. It could be read on its own, but reading the other 5 would be a good idea and wonderful time spent. I hope this series continues to many more books and soon.

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Disappointing

This entry was very unsatisfying with respect to either its internal plot or moving the overall story forward. Once again Alex accomplished little other than surviving and adding more enemy mages to his roster. It would be nice to see some plot threads begin to wrap up.

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One of the Better Ones

This audiobook is one of the Better ones in the series. New characters and old ones are evolving into dynamic people. I recommend this one.

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Too much mage politics and squabbling

I love this series, but the dialog gets a bit tedious when mages start to squabble. More magic, less arguing, please!

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Another good one!

The Alex Verus series never fails. I just wish I didn't have to wait a year for another one. Great performance like always and the story advances in a very interesting direction. If you're a fan, you'll love it.

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His best!

I was very surprised when I reached this book to find that not only was he still going great, but that it was his best book so far.

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female characters

are treated so horribly by the narrator that it makes me cringe constantly. they mostly sound shrill or insipid. i find listening to it on a slightly faster speed removes some of the annoying emphasis and makes it more appetizing. story is getting repetitive as book follows book. i’m still hanging in there but some of the joy has faded.

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Long set up to a mere battle, not the war

Still a solid entry, however the mystery procedural was just a backdrop to the series’ story arc involving the war for control of the magical world. There’s a lot of Council politics about whether dark mages should be permitted to join, the best way to keep the magical peace, and the importance of blindly following orders. I found the machinations to be blah, blah, blah forgettable.

Also unfortunate is the absence of series regulars. Other than the very beginning and end, when Luna and Vari come into play, it’s pretty much the Alex Verus & Keeper Caldera show. Interesting folks like Araknee the spider get only cameos.

If you’ve gotten this far in the series, however, you’re invested, and trudging through the political mud pays off a bit with thrilling action at the end of this book. But,I recommend waiting for a sale, because books 5-8 are the Empire Strikes Back middle of this twelve book series. These middle books are all about dragging Alex Verus down to his pivotal, rock bottom moment. It’s all a series of losses, missteps, and Alex’s dwindling options; he doesn’t really start to fight back until the end of book 8 and then it gets real. And dark. And finally, the action and mayhem pick up and the series deliciously satisfies again.

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you'd think sometimes the good guys could win

I'm really enjoying this series. Jacka tells a really good and exciting story. Jackson does a really great job of performing it. The characters are really well described. I can really picture them in my mind. Thank you for another great story.