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Fated (An Alex Verus Novel) Mass Market Paperback – February 28, 2012
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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 an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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 the author of the Alex Verus series, including Burned, Veiled, Hidden, and Chosen.
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First off, the premise of this is great. Jacka has built a nicely formed world ala Harry Dresden, even giving the fictional wizard a nod in the beginning of the novel. I also liked the idea of having Alex running a magic shop, which gives us lots of possibilities for future novels. The character of Alex is rather nice, being both a jerk and a relatively nice guy, sometimes in the same breath. True, he's your typical world-weary-everyone-hates-him sort of character, but these types are popular for a reason. Nobody really wants to read about "Mike, the guy who was liked by everyone and never had anything bad happen to him or anyone else ever", at least not unless he's going to have some bad stuff thrown at him in the course of the story. Plus a talking spider? Awesomeness.
The only downfall is that despite some pretty good stuff going on in the book, there are also points in the book where I just felt a little bored and the plot just seems to sort of drag under its own weight. It just felt a little meh for the most part, especially towards the ending. Like I said, I liked the book well enough to where I'll buy the next book in the series and know that it deserves at least three stars, but not enough to where I feel particularly inspired to give it more than three stars.
What I like most about this series, is that the main character seems to have a very silly, useless talent when it comes to facing off with any others of his sort. He is always underestimated and laughed away, but soon no one is laughing anymore. The side characters are well built and they stand on their own. Yet again they don't possess flashy obviously dangerous gifts, but discrete and deadly ones. Verus is steadily building an army, not by strongarming but by being a morally correct person that feels like his talents should be used to help rather than seize power and gradually people start to respect and fear the silent determined mage. I have this feeling that beyond the separate book tales, a bigger picture is forming and I don't know how Jacka does it, but he builds two tensions, one for the stand alone stories but also one for the overall. I just know all this is going to come to a huge battle and conclusion with details that have been dropped and scattered in the three first installments. Hence my choice of words that Verus is gathering an army. He is unconsciously building an alliance with all types of mages, recolting favours, because I have the distinct feeling he will need them soon.
Graphically the series is more than up to par. They don't consist of pages of descriptions yet they're clear but concise. I can easily transport my thoughts into alex's world and follow him through his eyes. In depth and quirky characters make it a whole. The storyline itself is straight forward and well paced. The detective aspect is thought out and doesn't seem manipulated or worked over with a deus ex machina. Everything follows its natural course and nothing feels forced. I loved every book on its own and I am excited for book four. I am glad to have found yet another addition to my fav author list.
The character is different - not a bad-ass who blows things apart, but one who relies on finesse and cunning. That's good and original. The quality of prose is very good (no obvious favorite words being repeated over and over, no childish or stilted turn of phrases, etc). And most of of all, the story is not particularly predictable and keeps the reader engrossed.
About the only nit I could pick in the story is that there are some inconsistencies with how Alex is able to divine the future - in some cases, he can just sit and walk down each potential path. In other cases, he is unable to do so because some critical decision isnt made. Quite honestly, that just reeks of a short-cut by the author to keep the plot rolling - wouldnt do if the protagonist could sniff out everything, could it?
There are books where this sort of a short-cut or lack of development by the author ruins the tale. However, in this book, it isnt particularly jarring and is something which well able to put within the "suspension of disbelief" that I, like all readers, take up when I read fantasy or sci-fi (at some point, trying to explain every little detail means the book will get bogged down in inconsequential stuff).
Still, it is minor things like this that separate very good books from truly excellent books (eg, by Stephen Eriksson, Brandon Sanderson and Jim Butcher).
I consider myself a fairly voracious reader of the sci-fi/fantasy genre and have a fairly low tolerance for poor language skills, rambling/inconsistent storytelling (shut up already, Oberon) and poorly thought out plot-lines (most self-published authors), and so my rating is fairly tough, as you can see from my other reviews.
I rate this book 4-stars, which is a very, very solid rating (I reserve 5-stars for truly exceptional books) and makes it a no-brainer-purchase IMO. I finished Book 1 30 min ago, and Book 2 has already been downloaded into my Kindle. If Book 2 carries over the promise, the other 3 are getting purchased immediately.
Btw, to the author - big thumbs up for that "wizard in Chicago" reference. Tongue in cheek, and apt, given that the Chicago fella is the yardstick by which all modern-day mages are going to measured. Keep it up and please, for the love of Mab, dont make us wait 2 years for each new book! :)