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Praise for Fated

“An excellent novel, a gorgeously realized world with a uniquely powerful, vulnerable protagonist.”—Jim Butcher, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Benedict Jacka writes a deft, thrill ride of an urban fantasy.”—Patricia Briggs, #1 New York Times bestselling author

About the Author

Benedict Jacka is half-Australian, half-Armenian, and grew up in London. He’s worked as a teacher, bouncer, and civil servant, and spends his spare time skating and playing tabletop games. He’s currently studying to become a lawyer, on grounds that his life isn’t busy enough already.

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Product Details

  • Series: An Alex Verus Novel (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Original edition (August 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937007723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937007720
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 0.8 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Kristina on September 1, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Review Courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

TAKEN is the third book in the Alex Verus series which is fast becoming a `must read' for me. All of the books are evenly paced with action, witty dialogue, and they never spend too long on info dumps which tend to drag plots to a screeching halt. Each book expands the universe a little bit giving more insights into Alex's past and how the mage community works.

Alex's power of seeing into the future tends to give him an unfair advantage in battle so it's always scary when he encounters some barrier that makes blocks his ability. Luckily Alex is resourceful and crafty enough to make do without his power for awhile.

Alex Verus definitely reminds me of Harry Dresden in The Dresden Files being a mage working on the outside of the official magic community with a motley crew of friends helping him out of dangerous situations. One my favorite of his friend is Arachne (a giant seamstress spider) who acts as sort of mentor/mother figure for Alex and Luna. Luna, Alex's apprentice, is one of the more interesting and complex of his friends. I was curious about what Jacka was going to do with Luna's power to curse people since it seemed so unwieldy and dangerous in FATED that I had no clue about just how she could control it without killing everyone around her. In TAKEN we get to see Luna take charge of her powers in some very creative ways.

I am really enjoying the Alex Verus series with its solid writing, ever expanding universe, and its uniquely powerful hero. Unfortunately, with no diviner powers of my own, I have to patiently wait for information on the next book which, given its predecessors, will be an excellent read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Under The Covers Book Blog on August 30, 2012
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Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

After unexpectedly surviving and defeating some powerful mages Alex Verus has begun to develop a reputation again in the mage community for getting problems solved. When he is approached and asked to investigate apprentices going missing, literally vanishing into thin air and are untraceable by means both magical and mundane, what he finds are a mysterious house, a dangerous rakashasa and two apprentices who seem to be in the middle of it all.

I am really getting into this series, the previous two books have been great and this one follows suit. It is action packed and full of excitement and has a plot in it that is interesting and complex enough to keep you guessing. But what I like best about this book and series is Alex, the main character, he is a great vehicle to tell the story through, he is constantly underestimated as he has less power then most other mages, making the books more exciting as it doesn't always seem like he will prevail.

There doesn't seem to be any over arching plot on these books, but these books do seem like they are giving you a taste of the world Mr Jacka has created and with each book it gets richer, although it may not be the most original setting, it is well done and the writing is good enough for it not to really matter.

I know we mainly review romance here, and this book doesn't actually have any, although I am hoping some will develop in the future, but don't let that scare you off, it is worth trying, and what it doesn't have in romance it makes up with in other things. It was another entertaining book in the series, it kept me glued to the page trying to figure out how Alex would win this time and I can't wait for the next book.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 1, 2012
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I agree with the other reviews I've read, good but nothing really new or revealing. I am beginning to enjoy this series more and more than when I first began though. I stumbled across fated the first in the series on my recommended list decided to give it a shot and was interested but not impressed. The second book cursed was better I thought in this just continues in the same vein. Better than Simon green 's nightside or Richard kadrey 's sandman slim books but not quite as good as butcher's Dresden books or Kevin Hearne's iron druid series. If you've read any of those and note my comparisons or tastes that should give you a pretty good idea what you're getting here. I look forward to the next installment in this series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By N. Gargano VINE VOICE on September 11, 2012
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I have to say, this series by Mr. Jacka is starting to fall in the favorite series category. The first book was suggested to me by Amazon because of the other books I read of course, and I am so glad it showed up in the recommendations.
The world building has increased with each book, and I like the fact that he is unfolding it slowly. I feel like there is way more to the abilities of the main character than even he knows, and I keep thinking the author is hiding something really big from us. Maybe not, but either way, it is a fun ride.
This particular book can be read even if you have not read the others, I felt like the author explained the character's world really well for new readers, but I am a little bit of a stickler when it comes to reading series, I like to start from the beginning. Most of the time, I feel like the history of the characters and the setting makes the book more enjoyable. So either way, I think this time, but the other books are great too, worth going back and starting from the beginning.
I have really gotten to love the main character, and I can't wait to see where Mr. Jacka takes this. Again, there is great world building, great supporting characters, some good, some not so good and some I am still waiting to see....
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