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Fated (Alex Verus Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Fated is the start of a wonderful new Urban Fantasy series

Fated is the first in a new series about a mage named Alex Verus.
Alex can see possible futures. As a diviner, he has to rely on sorting through the futures, his intelligence and the occasional use of the martial arts that he studies. He doesn't have power over the ph...
Fated is the first in a new series about a mage named Alex Verus.
Alex can see possible futures. As a diviner, he has to rely on sorting through the futures, his intelligence and the occasional use of the martial arts that he studies. He doesn't have power over the physical world (e.g., throw fire). Alex owns a magic shop in a section of London called Camden Town. He’s a loner. Something happened in his past that has made him want to be on his own. We get more and more information about what happened to him and why he prefers to be a loner throughout the novel. Alex gets caught up the machinations of several factions of mages. They all want a particular relic and they all want Alex to help them get it. The mystery surrounding that relic kept me guessing.
Over the course of the novel, Mr. Jacka does a wonderful job explaining the magic system within which Alex operates. The world building (magic world in plain sight) is exceptional. There are references to myths and supernatural creatures that are seamlessly woven into the story adding to the richness of the magical world.
I really like Alex. He’s intelligent, tough when he has to be, and a good guy. He also makes mistakes and gets himself into trouble out of simple curiosity, which seems to be a diviner trait. While Alex is the main character, there is a terrific supporting cast including Luna, Alex’s sort of apprentice, Starbreeze, a ditzy air elemental, and many mages both Light, Dark, and scary. Luna is a great character, and I'm looking forward to reading more about her in future books.
There will be inevitable comparisons to The Dresden Files, but Alex Verus does not pale by the comparison. Fated is the start of a wonderful new Urban Fantasy series. It is well written, well-paced and a thoroughly engaging read.

I give Fated 5 Qwills. Originally posted at The Qwillery

posted by Qwillery on March 3, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Nothing original here.

This book sounded interesting, but it was the recommendation from Jim Butcher that made me buy it. As a huge Dresden Files fan, I was excited to find something to help hold me over until the next novel. The book was mildly entertaining, but it is a light PG-13 read wi...
This book sounded interesting, but it was the recommendation from Jim Butcher that made me buy it. As a huge Dresden Files fan, I was excited to find something to help hold me over until the next novel. The book was mildly entertaining, but it is a light PG-13 read with a strait forward plot. Anyone looking for the creativity and though put into a Jim Butcher book will be thoroughly disappointed.
The real problem was the total lack of creativity. This book is actually one step from being fan fiction. Nearly everything about this book is copied right out of Jim Butcher’s books. The protagonist is a mage who has a business in a big city, and is not well liked by the ruling council of mages mostly because of something that happened while he was apprenticed to a malicious master. He has a female acquaintance who is just being introduced to the magic world, and a former female relation that he thought was dead but he later learns is alive. He practices running and martial arts for when magic won’t help. Any other Jim Butcher fans having d¿j¿-vu?

posted by DarkMynd on March 17, 2012

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

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    Fated is the start of a wonderful new Urban Fantasy series

    Fated is the first in a new series about a mage named Alex Verus.
    Alex can see possible futures. As a diviner, he has to rely on sorting through the futures, his intelligence and the occasional use of the martial arts that he studies. He doesn't have power over the physical world (e.g., throw fire). Alex owns a magic shop in a section of London called Camden Town. He’s a loner. Something happened in his past that has made him want to be on his own. We get more and more information about what happened to him and why he prefers to be a loner throughout the novel. Alex gets caught up the machinations of several factions of mages. They all want a particular relic and they all want Alex to help them get it. The mystery surrounding that relic kept me guessing.
    Over the course of the novel, Mr. Jacka does a wonderful job explaining the magic system within which Alex operates. The world building (magic world in plain sight) is exceptional. There are references to myths and supernatural creatures that are seamlessly woven into the story adding to the richness of the magical world.
    I really like Alex. He’s intelligent, tough when he has to be, and a good guy. He also makes mistakes and gets himself into trouble out of simple curiosity, which seems to be a diviner trait. While Alex is the main character, there is a terrific supporting cast including Luna, Alex’s sort of apprentice, Starbreeze, a ditzy air elemental, and many mages both Light, Dark, and scary. Luna is a great character, and I'm looking forward to reading more about her in future books.
    There will be inevitable comparisons to The Dresden Files, but Alex Verus does not pale by the comparison. Fated is the start of a wonderful new Urban Fantasy series. It is well written, well-paced and a thoroughly engaging read.

    I give Fated 5 Qwills. Originally posted at The Qwillery

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Very well written smooth storytelling and a fun and interesting

    Very well written smooth storytelling and a fun and interesting protagonist. I you liked the Iron Druid Series, or the Dresdon Series strongly recommend it. Can't wait for the next one

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Great follow up

    This novel was as fun as the first, but with greater depth. The characters, the plot, the world...all of it was just slightly more than the first. It is not jarring, but it is noticeable. The book also sets up a new dynamic to explore in future novels. A great read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Quick summer time read which may draw you in for the other 2 books.

    Alex is a particular magician whose magical skill set doesn't involve the physical manifestation of magic fireballs or stasis fields. Yet, his predictive ability set in London, U.K. will draw you toward seeking how actually powerful Alex is. Oh, watch out for the 'giant Spider'! Ha ha ha!

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    Posted January 30, 2013

    Apprenice den

    Apprentice den

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