Fated: The First Alex Verus Novel from the New Master of Magical London Kindle Edition
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I found the pacing better this time around, with mystery and suspense alternating nicely with nail biting action and pain. While Jacks is no (Jim) Butcher in terms of tormenting Alex, there is enough nerve to keep the pages flying by in the sun.
It is about a magician that can see the futures, and his magic abilities strengths and weaknesses is nicely explained in the book. I like the world building, and I like a urban fantasy set in London. The plot was exciting, and I was cheering for the good guys and could see the motivation of the bad guys (they were not just "bad" like Sauron in LotR is). I liked all the main characters, and I felt i got to know them and that they had distinct personalities. No one was really stupid, making stupid decisions, or really self-centered, something i do not like in a character (way to much of that in young adult these days). As a debut novel, it made me want to pick up his next books, which i did, and i can recommend this to anyone who is waiting for the next Dresden files book.
The magic system of this book is familiar, but different enough to be interesting and a little mysterious. The social and political aspects of the book are really interesting as well. This author is taking on the question of just how close we can live with evil, without becoming evil. Its interesting to see the dynamic explored in a well written way.
The lead character is well rounded and shows growth throughout the book, as do some of the supporting characters. Some of the antagonists are a bit flat, but I have hope that they may be filled out more as the series progresses.