- Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Ace (Aug. 27 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425264920
- ISBN-13: 978-0425264928
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.1 x 17 cm
- Shipping Weight: 159 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #227,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
“Each book in this engrossing series outshines the one preceding it…Urban fantasy readers who have not yet made Alex’s acquaintance are advised to do so immediately.”—Bitten by Books
“An outstanding, provocative series.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Benedict Jacka is a master storyteller.”—Fantasy Faction
"Alex Verus is a very smart man surviving in a very dangerous world.” — Patricia Briggs
"Alex Verus could go head to head with Harry Dresden anyday." –The Founding Fields
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 currently studying to become a lawyer, on grounds that his life isn’t busy enough already. His previous Alex Verus books include Fated, Cursed, and Taken.
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If you are a fan of the Dresden Files, this series is a must read. I can also recommend the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Herne if you are into the Magic aspect of the Fantasy Genre. There is plenty of sarcasm and lovable Characters in that series. It also ties in a few historical facts about the ancient Druid culture of the Celts of Brittany along with many other Pantheons.
If not for the errors, hopefully the result of the Publisher and not the Author, it would be a solid 5 Star book.
Let me explain a bit:
In both Dresden and Iron Druid, I get the feeling that the characters keep "outgrowing" the world and as such the world needs to "expand" to challenge them. Each books adds a completely new part of the world "we never knew about" to explain how / why our protagonist - who just finished vanquishing all his foes in the last book - still needs to fight.
So their world keeps expanding and that's OK, but we lose some of the "magic" of the beginning where they were just "ordinary people with some power living in an ordinary, urban, setting" and go further and further into "full" fantasy.
I've read the first 3 Alex Verus books so far, and it doesn't really happen. Maybe it's because he isn't "one of the most powerful X" as in many other books, but instead is rather weak compared to... everyone. But he doesn't seem to outgrow the world, and his challanges are pretty much the same every book. Oh, he learns and grows etc, and makes friends on the way, but the same circumstances that troubled him in the previous books could just as easily trouble him in the next.
It's a bit hard for me to articulate, but it's really good.
Also, I wanted to give a very special shoutout to the NARATION in this book (if you get the audio book in addition to the ebook). It's just done superbly. The narrator has the right accent, and just reads the book so well. If you're the k
ind of person like me who mostly "reads" books these days by listening to them on the car - then you know how bad narrators can ruin a book. Well, this one freaking makes the book. He's perfect.