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Thursday, 29 March 2012

Review: Fated by Benedict Jacka

by Benedict Jacka
Alex Verus #1

Alex Verus owns a magic shop, not the kind that sells trick decks of cards or top hats with bunnies attached, but magic items that actually work. He is also a diviner, able to see future choices and the consequences of them before they happen, something very useful in a fight. But Alex avoids the rest of the mage community, both Dark and Light after learning the hard way that Dark mages are truely ruthless and Light mages are more interested in internal politics then helping a young boy. But soon the mage world, both Dark and Light come knocking on his door for help, both sides threatening him and his short list of friends if he says no and for once Alex can't seem to find a path that doesn't lead to his eventual death...

I am angry at this book! I am not sure my book shelves can take anymore, I now have yet another great series that I am going to have to add to my read list. As you can tell I really enjoyed this book, it has everything I love about an Urban Fantasy. Action, magic, an interesting new world and a character that I really liked.

It is very rare I actually read a book where the lead character is male, so I wasn't sure whether I would like it, but I have found that although it is different, it is something that I have enjoyed about this book. Alex Verus is an underdog, as a Brit I love an underdog, his magic isn't as powerful as everyone elses and he doesn't have the same connections as everyone else, but what he is, is very resourceful and clever and with a mixture of cunning, divination and guts he always manages to come out on top

Although the world wasn't the most original, mages living amoungst us, it was still interesting enough that I wanted to find out more and the plot in this book was a great way of introducing us to the world of Alex Verus as we get to see the major players on both sides of the mage world.

This was a really good read, full of action and magic and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

*ARC provided by publisher


Sophia Rose said...

It does sound like a fab read.

I hear you about those sagging bookshelves. (-;

Thanks for sharing!

zcb257 said...

I've heard great things about this book. It's being compared to the Dresden files which is pretty high praise, and since the Dresden files in one of my top fav series I'm going to have to give it a try.

SacredmOOn said...

I've been seeing this one around most the book blogs I follow and they love it. I can't wait to get my hands on it finally! Hopefully soon. Great review!
DeAnna S.

Barbara E. said...

I agree with your review, I thought the book was a great read.

Christina said...

Thanks for the review.