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Taken (An Alex Verus Novel) Mass Market Paperback – August 28, 2012
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“An excellent novel, a gorgeously realized world with a uniquely powerful, vulnerable protagonist.”—Jim Butcher, #1 New York Times bestselling author
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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.
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....
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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The 3rd book keeps moving the series along. The cast of characters has definitely filled out and the world-building has progressed. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Dylan
This is the third book in the Alex Verus series (currently there are seven books released in this series). This was a well done investigative urban fantasy series. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Karissa Eckert
One of my new go-to authors. If you are a fan of Jim Butcher or Kevin Hearne, you should like these books.Published 2 months ago by Jonathan Freed
I really enjoy these stories and seeing the characters developed. New characters have come into the story now so it'll be interesting to see what becomes of them. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Donna J. Schur
I was glad to find this author. The characters are great and the stories were entertaining. I could not put these books down, and burned through the series quickly. Read morePublished 7 months ago by SAM
I've read them all and given the set as a gift - worth the read.Published 9 months ago by David Fox-Schreiber
Jacka weaves very interesting tales involving Alex Verus, a divining mage, and his colleagues, especially Luna and Arachne.Published 10 months ago by Melomane
The plot line and story is similar to cursed and fated in this series so had no great surprises. However the characters are engaging and the author keeps them growing through the... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Barry Lynd