Chosen (Alex Verus Series #4)

Chosen (Alex Verus Series #4)

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by Benedict Jacka
     
 

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THE NEW ALEX VERUS NOVEL

I don’t publicly advertise that I’m a mage, but I don’t exactly hide it either, and one of the odd things I’ve learnt over the years is just how much you can get away with if you’re blatant enough. Hide something behind smoke and mirrors and make people work to find it, and they’ll tear the place

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THE NEW ALEX VERUS NOVEL

I don’t publicly advertise that I’m a mage, but I don’t exactly hide it either, and one of the odd things I’ve learnt over the years is just how much you can get away with if you’re blatant enough. Hide something behind smoke and mirrors and make people work to find it, and they’ll tear the place down looking for what’s there.
 
Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable futures—a talent that’s 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 isn’t 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 he’s afraid of what his friends—including his apprentice, Luna—will think of his past. But if they’re going to put themselves at risk, they need to know exactly what kind of man they’re fighting for…

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Jacka puts other urban fantasists to shame with the fourth Alex Verus novel (after Taken), a stellar blend of thoughtful philosophy and explosive action populated by a stereotype-defying diverse cast. Verus, who can see myriad possible futures, has carved out a niche for himself in an alternate London divided between equally self-serving “Dark” and “Light” magicians. Having taken in three troubled students—forthright curse-wielder Luna, quiet life mage Anne, and sullen fire mage Variam—he’s not quite sure how to help them find their feet. Then Verus is attacked by Will Traviss, whose sister Verus abducted back when he was a naïve Dark apprentice. Besieged by Will’s gang of adepts, Verus reluctantly enlists hard-hitting allies, wanting to protect himself and his wards while sympathizing with the vulnerable young idealists who commit violence in the name of righteousness. The protracted final battle is both dramatically destructive and emotionally brutal, with Jacka never letting any character get away with easy answers to the hard questions of life in a perpetual magical war zone. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
“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

 

Library Journal
09/15/2013
In the fourth story (Fated; Cursed; and Taken) featuring diviner Alex Verus, the former apprentice to a dark mage—now reformed—finds his past has come back to haunt him.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425264928
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/27/2013
Series:
Alex Versus Series, #4
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
204,204
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"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 

Meet 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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Chosen 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable. I love the Dresden files and this is I nice mixture of something unique and familiar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Yes, benedict jacka could probably use a better editor as there were a few grammar mistakes. But the story, characters, and world were amazing.
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Loved it!
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I like the "realism"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweetie. Constructive criticism 1st. You Seem to have an idea for a book and a passion to write. That's great. Sad news is that you can't write. Take an English class that focuses on sentence structure and grammar. You'll be better off for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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