Synopses & Reviews
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.
"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.
Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future--allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success.
But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful. And thanks to his abilities, Alex can predict that by taking the job, his odds of survival are about to go from slim to none...
THE NEW ALEX VERUS NOVEL
I dont publicly advertise that Im a mage, but I dont exactly hide it either, and one of the odd things Ive learnt over the years is just how much you can get away with if youre blatant enough. Hide something behind smoke and mirrors and make people work to find it, and theyll tear the place down looking for whats there.
Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable futuresa talent thats gotten him out of many a tough scrape. But this time, he may be in over his head. Alex was once apprenticed to a Dark mage, and in his service he did a lot of things he isnt proud of.
As rumors swirl that his old master is coming back, Alex comes face to face with his misdeeds in the form of a young adept whose only goal is to get revenge. Alex has changed his life for the better, but hes afraid of what his friendsincluding his apprentice, Lunawill think of his past. But if theyre going to put themselves at risk, they need to know exactly what kind of man theyre fighting for
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 himand 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 resurfacedAlexs former master may be back in London, and Alex has no idea what his agenda is
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 themeven 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 areespecially when enemies are hiding on all sides
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 Hidden, Chosen, and Taken.