by Benedict Jacka

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Mage Alex Verus is back in the seventh in the “gorgeously realized”* urban fantasy series from the national bestselling author of Veiled.
I’m used to people wanting me dead. But, this time, I’m not the only one on the hit list—and time is running out...
Diviner Alex Verus finally made one too many enemies on the Council of Mages, and now one of them is angry enough to have him executed. Fighting for his life is nothing new, but this kill order also calls for the death of Alex’s dependents—and there’s no way that he’ll let Luna, Anne, and Vari take the heat.
With only a week before he’s history, Alex will have to figure out how to disassociate himself from his friends, scrounge up allies on the Council, and hopefully keep his head attached to his body.
But saving himself is going to bring him into direct opposition with his former master and the Dark mages surrounding him. And, this time, escaping with his life might mean losing his soul...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425275764
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Series: Alex Versus Series , #7
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 293,656
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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 the author of the Alex Verus series, including Veiled, Hidden, and Chosen.

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Burned 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced and brilliant! With multiple factions vying for Alex Verus, hard choices drive him from one corner to another. Can he find a way out? Seriously, Mr. Jacka. Keep them coming. You rock.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read the entire series twice now. This has grow into one of my favorites. Great characters and a well thought out story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent continuation of the story of Versus, but this one was more intense and darker as Versus' enemies get too close. Twists come rapid fire and Versus persists but he's running he' of options.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's so much wrong with this series that it out weighs the good stuff. If Jacka ever writes another series I'll give the first book a try but I won't waste my time like I did by reading 7 before I quit. The book begins with Alex being sentenced to death by the Light Council. The powerful man behind it is Mage Levistus an enemy from one of the first books. Alex goes to Arachne, a wise old friend for advice and she tells him to become more powerful, or align with someone who has power or die. Those are his choices. *SPOILER ALERT* After gating all over the world one step ahead of assasins, the killers threaten his apprentice. They show proof that they can kill her and demand his surrender. So Alex gates back to London, booby traps a derelict building, and prepares to die in lieu of surrender. He thinks about how the first wave will be no-magic soldiers armed with guns. The second wave will be constructs ( magic powered golems).He hopes he can at least take one or two mages with him when he dies. So here's my problem, if he'd killed Levistus 6 books ago he would'nt be in this spot, but no he's got scruples. In fact many people have died in these books, because the "good guys" are so scrupulous. So they let the evil mages go on to kill, and torture more and more. These books have been like a bad soap opera. They keep sucking you in but nothing ever changes for the better. If you were like me hoping Alex would finally step up to the plate and make some headway in his world, nope, doesn't happen.My advice to myself, I should have just re-read the Kate Daniels series another time. Now there is a kick-ass heroine, whose scruples and actions make some sense.
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Consistently a must read storyline that evolves with each book
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InvestedIvana More than 1 year ago
An eARC of this book was provided to me by the publisher. This in no way impacts the content of my review. Burned jumps right into the fire from the very first word and doesn’t let up until the very end. What a wild ride! I really love the Alex Verus series. I love the characters and the story and the whole idea of the good guy being persecuted by an indifferent system. Who, these days, can’t relate to that? Alex is fairly resilient, though. He rails against the stupidity of the system that “betrayed” him, but he doesn’t let it totally victimize him. He thumbs his nose at it; tries to work both within it and around it. He knows the light magic system is better than the dark magic system; but doesn’t really have any faith in either. Over and over, both systems prove him prudent in his mistrust. Especially now. A light mage wants him and all of his friends dead; a dark mage wants him alive, and threatens his friends to get his cooperation. Not seeing any happy ending for himself, Verus tries to save Luna, Anne, and Vari while he still can. Burned is very fast-paced. You know how frantic Alex must feel just by the pacing of the story. He has a very short time in which to accomplish a whole lot just to save his friends. You feel how frustrated he is by the way the story is told; for the first time in a long time, Alex truly feels doomed, feels as if he has no choices left and he’s just trying to minimize the damage. And the ending is a killer! OMG, it’s going to be an awfully long wait until the next book! Burned made me anxious and angry on Alex’s behalf (in a good way, I promise). If you’re a fan of the series, this book is quite an emotional ride.