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Product Details

  • Series: An Alex Verus Novel (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Original edition (February 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781937007294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937007294
  • ASIN: 1937007294
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

About the Author

Benedict Jacka is the author of the Alex Verus series and the Ninja series. He earned a BA in philosophy from Cambridge University and has held positions ranging from civil servant to bouncer to teacher. He lives in London.

With acting credits that span stage and screen, Gildart Jackson is most often recognized for his role as Gideon on Charmed. Other notable TV roles include Jackson Palmer on Providence and Simon Prentiss on General Hospital, and his theater roles include Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, and Adrian in Private Eyes at the Old Globe. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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.

Customer Reviews

I've read the first three books of the series and have started the fourth.
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There are references to myths and supernatural creatures that are seamlessly woven into the story adding to the richness of the magical world.
The Qwillery
This was a fast book with good humor, easy imagery, and lots of twists and turns through character confrontations.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By The Qwillery on March 3, 2012
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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Wanchoo VINE VOICE on 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Candace Robinson VINE VOICE on February 29, 2012
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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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