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Product Details

  • Series: Alex Verus (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425264920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425264928
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,922 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Starred Review. Jacka puts other urban fantasists to shame with the fourth Alex Verus novel (after Taken), a stellar blend of thoughtful philosophy and explosive action populated by a stereotype-defying diverse cast. Verus, who can see myriad possible futures, has carved out a niche for himself in an alternate London divided between equally self-serving Dark and Light magicians. Having taken in three troubled students—forthright curse-wielder Luna, quiet life mage Anne, and sullen fire mage Variam—he's not quite sure how to help them find their feet. Then Verus is attacked by Will Traviss, whose sister Verus abducted back when he was a naïve Dark apprentice. Besieged by Will's gang of adepts, Verus reluctantly enlists hard-hitting allies, wanting to protect himself and his wards while sympathizing with the vulnerable young idealists who commit violence in the name of righteousness. The protracted final battle is both dramatically destructive and emotionally brutal, with Jacka never letting any character get away with easy answers to the hard questions of life in a perpetual magical war zone. (Sept.)


“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

“Each book in this engrossing series outshines the one preceding it…Urban fantasy readers who have not yet made Alex’s acquaintance are advised to do so immediately.”—Bitten by Books

“An outstanding, provocative series.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Benedict Jacka is a master storyteller.”—Fantasy Faction

"Alex Verus is a very smart man surviving in a very dangerous world.” — Patricia Briggs

"Alex Verus could go head to head with Harry Dresden anyday." –The Founding Fields


More About the Author

Benedict Jacka became a writer almost by accident, when at nineteen he sat in his school library and started a story in the back of an exercise book. Since then he's studied philosophy at Cambridge, lived in China, and worked as everything from civil servant to bouncer to teacher before returning to London to take up law.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Books31 on August 27, 2013
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I really liked the first three books in the Alex Verus series. I thought they were full of action, had a great protagonist, and most importantly entertaining. But I have to say compared with this newest installment in the series, Chosen, the rest of the series were all flat and dull by comparison.

I don't mean that to be an insult to the first three books, as I mentioned I really liked the Fated, Cursed, and Taken. What I mean by this is that that Chosen was just that good.

First off, Chosen has nonstop action going for it. We get to see Alex in action in what felt like every third chapter. On top of that we get to see Luna final strut her new magical skills and kick butt, heck even Sonder got into the fray a bit.

But what I found most impressive about Chosen was how well Benedict Jacka tied many of the events together from the previous three books and really started the larger story arc going. To get the larger story arc going Jacka introduces readers to Alex's past. Readers are given the dirt on Alex's dark roots as the events from his past come back to haunt him as a group of adepts attempt to hunt him down for the crimes he committed when he was younger. But most interesting about Alex's roots are not that he has them, but in how his friends and others react to his past.

Of course on top of that Jacka also does a fantastic job of confounding the distinctions of dark mages and light mages as you get in the heads of some young dark mages (I wont say who because that would give it away) and you can see the reason they behave the way they do, as well as the corruption of the light mages through the Council.

All in all, I loved Chosen. It had action, a fantastic protagonist, was fast paced, and started a larger story arc going that left me craving more of the series. If you like urban fantasy or books that leave you eagerly awaiting the next in the series, then definitely check out Chosen.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By maria dante on August 27, 2013
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Wow. I have to warn you, this review will be a bit gushy. First, background: I picked up Jacka's first Alex Verus novel, Fated, while looking for something to pass the time in between Harry Dresden books. I didn't expect much, but I really loved the world-building, and in particular, the main character. For the uninitiated, Alex Verus is a diviner--a mage who can see futures. Emphasis on the plural--Verus sees future possibilities, some more likely than others, and sorts through them (with the speed of thought) in making choices. This makes him very good at eluding danger. He is, by his own admission, not much of a fighter, nor does he have any of the flashier magics he encounters in his world. The world: at first glance, it seems a bit simplistic. Light mages, ruled by (what else?) the Council, vs. Dark mages, who act according to their own whims and will to power. There is an uneasy truce between these two factions, which works because, well, the Light mages aren't really "good" in the classic comic-book sense. They need the Dark mages in order to seem better by comparison, but they are fully capable of betrayal and unjustified violence. They are part of an Organization, and they operate according to Rules. Those rules aren't really concerned with what is morally right, only with what makes sense for the Organization. Verus, in his youth, trained under a powerful Dark mage who coerced/intimidated him into doing some bad stuff. He went rogue and left this guy, but paid a high price. No Light mage wants much to do with him, and some of the Dark ones are still out to get him. Again, somewhat formulaic--but great genre fiction makes formulas and conventions come to life, and that's what the Verus novels do.Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CB on August 27, 2013
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The story was great. I could not stop once started and had to finish it in one sitting. The plot was decent. The characters were interesting, distinct and worth becoming emotionally invested in.

Any fan of the first three will love this one and only want more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alice in Vunderland on September 14, 2013
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Alex's past comes back to haunt him as a vigilante group of adepts seek to kill him out of vengeance for something he did while apprenticing with a dark mage. Alex eludes death time and again through the help of his young friends and apprentice. What's interesting is the focus on the black and white thinking that only young adults can still cling to with certainty. The young on both sides believe their own actions to be right. The vigilantes believe in it so much, that they are willing to behave like the people they are killing to prove it. And, Alex's friends have a hard time reconciling Alex's past and present behavior with their rigid sense of morality. Adult life certainly disappoints them as they also discover that the Keepers, the rigid adult arbiters of magical correctness, are more political than moral. This is very much a coming of age book (along with the action, intrigue, magic, and violence) and so much is revealed and learned. It is interesting to see which of Alex's friends return to him at the end after the manipulation and violence he has committed...and which he has done so to save them from having to do the same. At one point Alex asks one friend why it was all right for him to kill to save her life, but not all right for him to kill to save his own life. Ack! Will children ever learn?
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