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Fated (Alex Verus Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Benedict Jacka
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future--allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success.

But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful. And thanks to his abilities, Alex can predict that by taking the job, his odds of survival are about to go from slim to none...

Editorial 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 )

About the Author

Benedict Jacka became a writer almost by accident, when at 19 he sat in his school library and began writing in the back of an exercise book. Since then he has worked for the civil service, studied philosophy at Cambridge and been a bouncer, but has always found the time to keep writing.

Product Details

  • File Size: 438 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1937007294
  • Publisher: Ace; Original edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fated is the first in a new series about a mage named Alex Verus.

Alex can see possible futures. As a diviner, he has to rely on sorting through the futures, his intelligence and the occasional use of the martial arts that he studies. He doesn't have power over the physical world (e.g., throw fire). Alex owns a magic shop in a section of London called Camden Town. He's a loner. Something happened in his past that has made him want to be on his own. We get more and more information about what happened to him and why he prefers to be a loner throughout the novel. Alex gets caught up the machinations of several factions of mages. They all want a particular relic and they all want Alex to help them get it. The mystery surrounding that relic kept me guessing.

Over the course of the novel, Mr. Jacka does a wonderful job explaining the magic system within which Alex operates. The world building (magic world in plain sight) is exceptional. There are references to myths and supernatural creatures that are seamlessly woven into the story adding to the richness of the magical world.

I really like Alex. He's intelligent, tough when he has to be, and a good guy. He also makes mistakes and gets himself into trouble out of simple curiosity, which seems to be a diviner trait. While Alex is the main character, there is a terrific supporting cast including Luna, Alex's sort of apprentice, Starbreeze, a ditzy air elemental, and many mages both Light, Dark, and scary. Luna is a great character, and I'm looking forward to reading more about her in future books.

There will be inevitable comparisons to The Dresden Files, but Alex Verus does not pale by the comparison. Fated is the start of a wonderful new Urban Fantasy series. It is well written, well-paced and a thoroughly engaging read. I'm hooked.

I give Fated 5 Qwills. Originally posted at The Qwillery.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing debut with some flaws. March 13, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Benedict Jacka's debut has received quite some hype before its release and a blurb from Jim Butcher (coming from JB, this was something special as he currently blurbs biennially). All things considered this results in tremendous expectation to arise for a debut book. Anne Sowards also had mentioned Fated as one of the books to look out for in 2012 in her Fantasy Book Critic interview. All things considered, I was very curious to see how the book would turn out to be.

Fated begins us with Alex Verus who is sitting in his magic charms shop called "Arcana Emporium" and divining the near future as that is his power. He receives a phone call from Luna who requests his help and after a quick divination, he decides to meet her. On his way however an old acquaintance comes to meet him to offer him a job of sorts wherein his divining powers are a requirement. The job offer pisses Alex off and he soon continues on his way to meet Luna. That's when things start getting hairier as readers are given a clue about Luna's unique problem and the thing she's carrying. The actual plot begins and the readers are immersed into the world of Alex Verus wherein fate might not play that strong a role as it usually does.

The good part about this debut is that the story does its best to entrance the reader, beginning from its strong prose to the narrator's distinct voice. The author unveils the story nicely and then doles out the world details very conveniently. The story is a straight forward one which though like most urban fantasies has a central mystery plot which slowly unfolds over the course of the book. The mystery aspect is a decent one and deals with a recovery of a certain object which requires the aid of divination magic.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a new series! February 29, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fabulous world building, a terrific setting, a complex and unique main character, Fated is the fabulous start to a brand new series.

On the cover Jim Butcher says that Harry Dresden would like Alex Verus. I haven't read the Harry Dresden books yet (shame on me!) but have the first seven or so. I'm quite certain that it's a series I'll adore. But I can't compare the two. I do know that Jim Butcher is suppose to be a fabulous author though and his little blurb gave me some confidence in the book. But I gotta say, this book should be able to stand on it's own without any big time author telling us it's good, cause honestly it's downright fabulous!

Alex Verus has a distinct personality. I immediately liked him and his ways. He's a mage with the ability to see into the future and no other magical abilities. I soon learned that his seer abilities are much more useful then I would have thought. He can look into the future when fighting an opponent and know which direction he/she will come from, which powers they'll use, etc. He can take things apart (think: dismantling a bomb) and see what the future outcome would be by snipping this wire, etc. This ability along with his smarts (and he's very smart!) gives him more power then you would think against mages that can shoot fire, for example. He's a very fast thinker (anyone who can be looking into futures while in battle is most definitely a fast thinker) and does quite well when put in tough situations. He's been through a lot in his past which has given him a healthy fear of the dark mages. He's quite determined but knows when he has no bargaining chips saving himself from certain disaster time and time again.

Benedict Jacka has created a very unique world. I love the mages and the history and the abilities.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I looked two minutes into the future and saw myself buying the sequels
A bragfest overheard at a panel at the 2014 Precog Convention held in Spunky Puddle, Ohio:

- Ship's Captain Ia: "...dunno, Mr. Verus. Read more
Published 1 day ago by H. Bala
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book
I'm a huge Jim Butcher fan, so when he recommended Benedict Jacka, I knew I needed to read this. It was a fun, engaging book, but it wasn't quite at the Dresden standard. Read more
Published 7 days ago by LJex
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't compare, just enjoy.
So I don't remember how I came across this series, but seeing the gazillion references to Jim Butcher's series caught my eye. Read more
Published 14 days ago by kazza
4.0 out of 5 stars Will be continuing the series.
A good read.
Published 19 days ago by yourpaintballgod
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great character to root for.
I really liked this first book of the series. The main character is easy to like, and the world he lives in is complicated by Magic. Read more
Published 25 days ago by DRRD
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating World Building But Alex Verus Reminded Me Why I'm Wary of...
I was really excited to find this exciting new urban fantasy series. Set in London amongst a world of mages, humans, and magical beings, the world Benedict Jacka has created is... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Lane Alexandria
4.0 out of 5 stars While waiting for more of Harry Dresden
I found out about this book because Jim Butcher mentioned it as something he linked. I read it while waiting for the next Dresden files book, and was not disappointed. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Siri B. L. Søberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I read several reviews before deciding to buy this book and went I to it with somewhat low expectations. Lo and behold I got a pleasant surprise when it turned out damn good. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Dedclown
4.0 out of 5 stars Fated
I checked this book out from my local library. I checked this book out due to comments saying this was similar to the Dresden character-- actually the only real resemblance is they... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tina
4.0 out of 5 stars good plot and character development
Well-written, good plot and character development. This kept reminding me of Steven Gould's books, where often the main character has some kind of trauma in his past that he just... Read more
Published 1 month ago by David L. Wilson
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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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