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ISBN13: 9781937007294
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This time last year, I could go weeks without seeing another mage. In mage society I was an unknown and, all in all, that was how I liked it. It’s hard to say what changed. Whatever it was, I got involved in the magical world again and started getting myself a reputation.

Alex Verus’s insights into the future used to be the best-kept secret in London. Now, with the aid of his apprentice, Luna, his unique investigative talents are all the rage. He just has to be careful about picking his employers, because everyone—even the beautiful woman who practically begs him to run security for a prestigious tournament—has motives that can be hard to predict. And Alex doesn’t do unpredictable.

But his latest gig just might be impossible. Apprentices have been vanishing without a trace—and someone on the Council could be involved. Alex has no evidence, no witnesses, and no suspects. All he knows is that someone is keeping tabs on him. And after assassins target Luna’s classmate, Alex sees that he doesn’t know the half of it—and that he could be the next to disappear.

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"Jacka's extremely promising urban fantasy series starter introduces cheeky British diviner Alex Verus, who's caught in the middle of a conflict between Light and Dark mages over an ancient magical weapon. Alex can not only see all possible futures but can often choose which ones to make real, so both sides want to use him as a tool. Alex, alienated from other mages because he has developed empathy for the beings around him, refuses to take sides. To save himself and his dependents — Luna, a lonely, cursed young woman, and Starbreeze, an ancient air elemental who's 'dumb as a sack of rocks' — he's forced to think and move nimbly through London and its associated magical realms. Jacka deftly invents the rules of magic as he goes along, creating an emotionally satisfying story arc and a protagonist who will keep readers coming back. Agent: Sophie Hicks, Ed Victor Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

National bestselling author Benedict Jacka returns to the world of Alex Verus...

I thought Id escaped my past. But my old master is back and making a new play for power. And hes not the only one targeting me…

Diviner Alex Verus and the Council that governs the magical community have never gotten along. But with his former teacher back in Britain, Alex is in desperate need of allies, and hell do whatever it takes to get them—even if it means accepting a job with the Keepers, enforcing magical law.

Alex forms an uneasy alliance with his new partner, Caldera, but his attempt at legitimacy quickly turns lethal when a mission puts him in possession of an item that factions both inside and outside of the Council would kill to get their hands on.

Once again caught in the middle of a deadly conflict, Alex will need all his abilities to figure out who his friends are—especially when enemies are hiding on all sides…

Synopsis:

With his talent for divining the future, Alex Verus should have foreseen his friends reactions to the revelations about his previous life. Anne Walker no longer trusts him—and has also cut all ties with the mage community after getting kicked out of the apprentice program. As a favor to Luna, Alexs own apprentice and Annes best friend, he checks in on her only to be told to leave her alone.

 

Then Anne gets kidnapped. The Council Keepers of the Order of the Star believe Dark mages from her past may be involved. Working with the Keepers, Alex and Luna discover that Anne has been taken into the shadow realm of Sagash, her former Dark mage mentor, and they must find a way to rescue her.

 

But another shadow from the past has resurfaced—Alexs former master may be back in London, and Alex has no idea what his agenda is…

 

About the Author

Benedict Jacka is half-Australian, half-Armenian, and grew up in London. Hes worked as a teacher, bouncer, and civil servant, and spends his spare time skating and playing tabletop games. Hes the author of the Alex Verus series, including HiddenChosen, and Taken

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Oleofox, August 24, 2012 (view all comments by Oleofox)
Not sure if I'm liked Fated by Benedict Jacka. Was hard to get into it.

I think the overall idea of this book was good, but the execution was average. I did not get into the main character at all. He is coming across very one dimensionally and the descriptions of everything are very lengthy and sometimes repetitive. I know some people regard this as a good first start for a new author, but I've read other newbies who have done much better on their debut book in a series.

Overall it felt as if the author was personally telling a story about someone's life. I didn't really feel as if the story was being told by the main character throughout the whole story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781937007294
Author:
Jacka, Benedict
Publisher:
Ace Books
Subject:
Fantasy - Contemporary
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Contemporary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
An Alex Verus Novel
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.19 in 0.33 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 304 pages Ace Books - English 9781937007294 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Jacka's extremely promising urban fantasy series starter introduces cheeky British diviner Alex Verus, who's caught in the middle of a conflict between Light and Dark mages over an ancient magical weapon. Alex can not only see all possible futures but can often choose which ones to make real, so both sides want to use him as a tool. Alex, alienated from other mages because he has developed empathy for the beings around him, refuses to take sides. To save himself and his dependents — Luna, a lonely, cursed young woman, and Starbreeze, an ancient air elemental who's 'dumb as a sack of rocks' — he's forced to think and move nimbly through London and its associated magical realms. Jacka deftly invents the rules of magic as he goes along, creating an emotionally satisfying story arc and a protagonist who will keep readers coming back. Agent: Sophie Hicks, Ed Victor Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
National bestselling author Benedict Jacka returns to the world of Alex Verus...

I thought Id escaped my past. But my old master is back and making a new play for power. And hes not the only one targeting me…

Diviner Alex Verus and the Council that governs the magical community have never gotten along. But with his former teacher back in Britain, Alex is in desperate need of allies, and hell do whatever it takes to get them—even if it means accepting a job with the Keepers, enforcing magical law.

Alex forms an uneasy alliance with his new partner, Caldera, but his attempt at legitimacy quickly turns lethal when a mission puts him in possession of an item that factions both inside and outside of the Council would kill to get their hands on.

Once again caught in the middle of a deadly conflict, Alex will need all his abilities to figure out who his friends are—especially when enemies are hiding on all sides…

"Synopsis" by ,
With his talent for divining the future, Alex Verus should have foreseen his friends reactions to the revelations about his previous life. Anne Walker no longer trusts him—and has also cut all ties with the mage community after getting kicked out of the apprentice program. As a favor to Luna, Alexs own apprentice and Annes best friend, he checks in on her only to be told to leave her alone.

 

Then Anne gets kidnapped. The Council Keepers of the Order of the Star believe Dark mages from her past may be involved. Working with the Keepers, Alex and Luna discover that Anne has been taken into the shadow realm of Sagash, her former Dark mage mentor, and they must find a way to rescue her.

 

But another shadow from the past has resurfaced—Alexs former master may be back in London, and Alex has no idea what his agenda is…

 

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