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Alex Verus faces his dark side in this return to the best-selling urban fantasy series about a London-based mage.

To protect his friends, Mage Alex Verus has had to change - and embrace his dark side. But the life mage Anne has changed too and made a bond with a dangerous power. She's going after everyone she's got a grudge against - and it's a long list. 

In the meantime, Alex has to deal with his arch-enemy, Levistus. The Council's death squads are hunting Alex as well as Anne, and the only way for Alex to stop them is to end his long war with Levistus and the Council, by whatever means necessary. It will take everything Alex has to stay a step ahead of the Council and stop Anne from letting the world burn.

©2020 Benedict Jacka (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Excellent story

Still don't like Gildart Jackson's performance all that much when compared to other narrators, but the story in this one was excellent. So, still 5 stars.

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Long Awaited,,,

I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. I have loved the Alex Verus series. Trouble was i felt this book was simply more of the same. There was no real development of characters that I had seen in the pervious books.

Gildart Jackson narration was as always absolutely perfect,

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top notch

can't wait for the next one
great story, loved it
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  • Sararara
  • 05-12-2020

Action-packed but not very interesting

Yawn. Best to re-read book 11 first as there’s no recap at the start; it just goes straight into an extended fight sequence that lasts for pretty much the entire book.
No real plot development other than lots of killing, dressed up as heroic defeat of a few more bad guys.
Meanwhile, Bad Anne pops up numerous times, being generally bad and distracting Verus with her clingy dresses, bare arms and red-brown eyes.
If you like gaming then you’ll probably like this instalment but I preferred it when Jacka told stories.
This merely cleared the decks, setting the scene for the final showdown in book 12.
A generous two stars as Gildart’s familiar narration reminded me of the better episodes in the series- although he seems to have forgotten Richard Drakh’s voice.
NB: no idea what the title refers to.

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  • Martin
  • 23-12-2020

Still love the narrator but story lacking

Too many dramatic, detailed battles, not enough character time. They are the reason I stick with a series, so I want more time with them. November was a brilliant character. The narrator is brilliant

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  • Karla
  • 13-12-2020

The narrator forgets his voices

I love the narrator crisp and clear and have enjoyed the different character voices over the years of listening to the books. But in the last few he has forgotten and changed the characters voices, ie Levistus, he used to have a sickly smooth voice and this has distinctly changed in this book, same for Morden. It sounds picky but makes a difference.

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  • SL
  • 01-05-2021

love this series,

definitely at the top of my favourite series list. v sad I have to wait until December for the last one.

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  • Peter
  • 11-04-2021

A magical tale

Caught from begining to the end. Exerlent storey. Great characters
Super series to follow good characters to get involved with

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  • Benjamin kai holland
  • 19-03-2021

Wow

Best book in the series, all action 👏 if you like the Dresden files this is even better

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  • S. A
  • 16-03-2021

Wow just brilliant! What a fantastic series *****

Totally gripping , the narrator is astounding , I listen to so many books but this series is above & beyond! Mr Jacka please write faster!!

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  • roisin mc menamin
  • 12-03-2021

Amazing

Twists and turns. Always enjoyable. Going dark. Will they survive. Complicated if you weren't reading from book one.

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  • Susan R
  • 06-02-2021

forged

Another action packed adventure .
Alex is the English version of Harry Dresden although very different characters and storylines Benedict jacka's storytelling is on par with Jim Butcher....I have enjoyed Alex's adventures and cannot wait for the next book . The only positive thing about this pandemic is that we can escape into another world through books .
Thank you for imagination it's precious.

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  • Adrian Muckley
  • 18-01-2021

Excellent book

Anybody who likes fantasy will enjoy this series, well worth reading. All books in the series are good and this one is no exception, good story good narration.

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