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Chosen (Alex Verus) (An Alex Verus Novel) Mass Market Paperback – August 27, 2013
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From Publishers Weekly
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
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If you are a fan of the Dresden Files, this series is a must read. I can also recommend the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Herne if you are into the Magic aspect of the Fantasy Genre. There is plenty of sarcasm and lovable Characters in that series. It also ties in a few historical facts about the ancient Druid culture of the Celts of Brittany along with many other Pantheons.
If not for the errors, hopefully the result of the Publisher and not the Author, it would be a solid 5 Star book.
Let me explain a bit:
In both Dresden and Iron Druid, I get the feeling that the characters keep "outgrowing" the world and as such the world needs to "expand" to challenge them. Each books adds a completely new part of the world "we never knew about" to explain how / why our protagonist - who just finished vanquishing all his foes in the last book - still needs to fight.
So their world keeps expanding and that's OK, but we lose some of the "magic" of the beginning where they were just "ordinary people with some power living in an ordinary, urban, setting" and go further and further into "full" fantasy.
I've read the first 3 Alex Verus books so far, and it doesn't really happen. Maybe it's because he isn't "one of the most powerful X" as in many other books, but instead is rather weak compared to... everyone. But he doesn't seem to outgrow the world, and his challanges are pretty much the same every book. Oh, he learns and grows etc, and makes friends on the way, but the same circumstances that troubled him in the previous books could just as easily trouble him in the next.
It's a bit hard for me to articulate, but it's really good.
Also, I wanted to give a very special shoutout to the NARATION in this book (if you get the audio book in addition to the ebook). It's just done superbly. The narrator has the right accent, and just reads the book so well. If you're the k
ind of person like me who mostly "reads" books these days by listening to them on the car - then you know how bad narrators can ruin a book. Well, this one freaking makes the book. He's perfect.