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Fated (An Alex Verus Novel) Mass Market Paperback – February 28, 2012
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With acting credits that span stage and screen, Gildart Jackson is most often recognized for his role as Gideon on Charmed. He has also been featured on Providence and General Hospital, and his theater roles include Trigorin in The Seagull, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, and Adrian in Private Eyes at the Old Globe. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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.
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.Read more ›
Cursed follows the ramifications of Fated. Alex is no longer able to live the quiet hidden life he had become so accustomed to. Other mages have begun coming to his shop, asking him to take on cases, hoping to use him as a pawn in their own games. Of course these mages aren't the forgiving type and if they can't use him, they will make sure no one else can either. This leaves them with a very serious problem though, how do you kill a mage who can see the future?
Cursed is just bloody exciting. It is filled with action, magic, and assassination attempts. Readers will be drawn in and unable to escape until the final page. The character's (especially Alex, Sonder, and Arachne) are all well written and complex. Alex is not the white knight of a character that he tries to be, and in Cursed readers really get a chance to explore his darker side.
Of course besides interesting characters and lots of action, Cursed is full of some pretty exciting magic. Some of it is not surprising (such as typical magic like fire mages, and ice mages), but some of the new additions, such as Sonder's time magic, the monkey's paw, and while not a new addition I still think the idea of using a curse as magic is pretty cool.
All in all, Cursed is fun and exciting, exactly what I wanted out of it. Jacka lays another strong foundation for this fledgling series that has the potential to become something huge. Definitely get in on the ground floor by reading Cursed, and another plus to getting it now is that Taken, the third book in the series, comes out in August, so readers wont have to wait long to read the next in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great new series, a unique twist on magic--fun, twisting plot, great characters, and I loved how the first person narrative let the main character delude himself towards the end. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Michael C. Cain
I am an Urban Fantasy fan, love the Dresden Files and the Iron Druid series, Greywalker series,etc. this series is in a similar vein. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Deb N.
Dresden just found himself a rival as clever and cunning as he is powerful. The thought that went into Verus' abilities when dealing with foes so much better equipped than him is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marcus Nogueira
I was glad to find this author. The characters are great and the stories were entertaining. I could not put these books down, and burned through the series quickly. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SAM
Have you read Jim Butcher's Dresden Files? Did you like it? Well this book is like a watered down copy with just enough changes in it to make it non-copyright-infringed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric Stanley
This ranks up with the Dresden Files by Butcher. I love those books and enjoyed this as much. Look forward to reading the others.Published 3 months ago by clark
I'm a long time fan of The Dresden Files and a friend recommended this book to me because of how similar the two series are. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kelly