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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 ...

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Overview

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…

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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.)
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425264928
  • Publisher: Ace
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Series: Alex Verus Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 327,588
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2014

    Chosen: Chapter One

    "Eve!" <br>
    "Emlyn, leave her alone." <br>
    The sound of two voices made me glance up from my pod. "Yes, Emlyn?" I asked. "What is it?" <br>
    I glanved at the clock. I had approximately 14 minutes until Lynia showed to ride out with me. Over the years, one thing never seemed to change. The one torture chamber all children were forced to go through from the age of five until they were legal adults. Ten years down, two to go. <br>
    "Will you show me how to use your board today?" <br>
    I brought my eyes back to my little sister. "I can't, I've got school today, sweetheart. Maybe after I get home?" <br>
    "I heard they're choosing the Taerria send outs soon," my mother's voice drifted from the kitchen. "Who do you think they'll choose?" <br>
    I shrugged. "Probably they'll end up children of diplomats. That whole randomized nonsense is inaccurate." <br>
    My mother came into the dining area, drying off her hands with a towel. "They chose a new process," she said. "It's not randomized anymore." <br>
    Shutting off my pod, I stood, putting it inside it's slot in my bag and closing it. "What's the new process?" I asked. <br>
    "Pairing. They pick a pair of students from each state that are skilled enough to be in ghe beginning tribe." <br>
    "Brazil isn't sending anybody anymore?" I asked. <br>
    "No, it's just the states now. Every other country is saving their resources for the war." <br>
    "So only a hundred people?" I said. <br>
    Mother nodded. "Yes," she said. "The age range varies, from ten to fourty. Woudn't it be nice-" <br>
    "I'm arrived!" Came a voice from the foyer. I smiled and rolled my eyes. <br>
    "Hey, Lynia," I said as she ran in. "You do realize it's 'I've arrived' right?" <br>
    "Grammar-shmammer," Lynia said, rolling her eyes. "We gotta head out. Your board ready?" <br>
    I nodded. "Got the weight distribution system fixed yesterday," I replied.
    "Then let's go! I got people to see!" <br>
    "Yeah, yeah,' I said, going to my bag and picking it up, pulling it on. "Coming. Bye, Mum." I started towards the door, pulling my hood up. <br>
    "Bye,Evangeline!" Mother called as I stepped out the door. "Love you!" Emlyn's voice joined hers. <br>
    I shut the door, rolling my eyes. <br>
    "Yeah,"Lynia said. "C'mon Eve!" <br>
    "Coming," I said, going to the side of the porch and picking up my Water Board, looking around. I lived in one of the few places in the U.S. that was yet turned into a slum from lack of money. No country had dared attack us yet, thanks to the Barrier, but it was only a matter of time. The Barrier, constructed by a group of scientists, was an electric feild surrounding America, set in place by a series of hidden transmittors that created the feild. Nothing could get in without our permission, unless you wanted to be barbeque. The voltage had to be at least 800 per second, last I'd checked. Anyway, thanks to that, the series of unique, wavy, rounded, or lines structures that was my neighborhood was intact. I tossed down my Water Board, and it turned on, a slight humming sound coming from it. The board was sleek, a silver peice of metal, with red circles at the bottom that was the hovercraft system. My main mode of transportation since I was nine, seven years ago. <br>
    "Let's go," I said. <br>
    <p>
    <p>
    Woops, sorry I cut that off so short, I cut a little close on character allowance. Anyway, remember, three positive comments for a next one, constructive critisism welcome. If you wanna talk to me, go to 'emris' res one. Thank you for reading! ~ Emris

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Excellent

    Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Reply to Emris

    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.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Misty

    Love it!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Epicness

    XD I'm arrived instead of I've arrived. Keep going! &#12484

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    To emris

    Really good but i dont believe that you are in collage you spelled field wrong twice im in third grade an i can spell it

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    Best. Story. Everrr.

    Seriosly

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2013

    Awesome

    I like the "realism"

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted September 18, 2013

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    Posted September 2, 2013

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    Posted August 28, 2013

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