Alex Verus is a mage who can see the future, but even he couldn't have seen this day coming. Alex has agreed to join the Keepers, the magical police force, to protect his friends from his old master, the Dark mage Richard Drakh.
Going legit was always going to be difficult for an outcast like Alex, and there are those in the Keepers who aren't keen to see an ex-Dark mage succeed. Especially when Dark mages are making a play for a seat on the council for the first time in history.
Alex finally has the law on his side - but trapped between Light and Dark politics, investigating a seedy underworld with ties to the highest of powers, will a badge be enough to save him?
©2015 Benedict Jacka (P)2015 Tantor
"Fated is an excellent novel, a gorgeously realised 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 on Fated)
"Jacka puts other urban fantasists to shame.... A stellar blend of thoughtful philosophy and explosive action." (Publishers Weekly on Chosen)
"Harry Dresden would like Alex Verus tremendously - and be a little nervous around him. I just added Benedict Jacka to my must-read list." (Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files)
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"Friggin' love this series. Obsessed."
Love the stories and colorful characters.
The narrator is king - LOVE HIM ! Highly recommend this entire series to anyone interested in being hooked with a new story !!
"Alex Verus goes to the dark err light side."
A bit if a change for Verus but definitely shows Jacka has big plans for the long suffering Mage.
"Can't wait for next book"
The series has been excellent and I've enjoyed every book. Complex plots, endless twists and turns, and believable characters in spite of being (contemporary) magicians.
"Develops the plot and sets up further sequels"
This is a good middle-of-the-series book and develops the characters and relationships in interesting ways.
The narration is expressive and engaging which I enjoyed, though I'm not sure about Luna's accent!
In summary - good fun!
"Alex Verus gets even darker"
In this book, the progression since the very first is marked at every level: the writing is very fast paced (when it Fated, although not bad at all, it seemed a bit awkward at times), the characters are well 'fleshed out' and have matured, the plot thickens ever more and even the narrator's style and voice has become deeper and darker.
The most accomplished volume of an already excellent series.
"Top notch, period."
Great series with a top notch narrator. Looking forward to the next one in early 2016.
"The story continues"
Good twists and turns in the continuing story. Definitely a lot darker in tone, but a good progression. The narration is very good.
"Each book gets better than the last"
Each one of the books in this series get a bit better. The writting less awkward and the narration less robotic. They're nothing amazing but I'm still looking forward to the next one.
He's got a lot better since the first book.
Not an emotional reaction but I'm enjoying the charactor development of the supporting cast. I like the way Luna, Anne and Vari have progressed and the interactions between them.
I feel invested in the characters and want to know where they'll end up. Although I'm reasonably sure I could predict the direction the next book or two is going to go in.
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