Chosen (Alex Verus Series #4)

Chosen (Alex Verus Series #4)

by Benedict Jacka

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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…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425264928
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Series: Alex Versus Series , #4
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 191,172
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

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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"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 

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Chosen 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 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.
Caroles_Random_Life 6 months ago
This was another great installment in the Alex Verus Series. This is a series that really does need to be read in order since each book builds on the previous installments. I think that I am liking each book in the series a little more as I work my way through the series and I get to know Alex and the gang better. I worked my way through this book rather quickly because I was eager to see how everything would work out. It really was a very enjoyable listen. At the start of this story, Alex is learning to adjust to life with his two new roommates. He is spending a lot of time with the apprentices and running his shop. Alex's past comes into play and has a big impact on his present in this installment. Alex was an apprentice under a dark mage when he was younger. This is a group of adepts that wish to get revenge for Alex's actions while working with the dark mage. I really liked getting the chance to learn some of Alex's history. I had an idea that life with Richard was less than pleasant but it was very eye-opening to learn how things really were. We actually learn some rather interesting things about several characters that currently play a role in Alex's life. I thought that seeing Alex's past and how he dealt with those seeking revenge really showed what kind of man he has become. Alex wants to do what is right and does not seek to harm anyone but he will do what needs to be done when pushed into it. I really like that Alex is flawed and will cross lines when necessary but tries to be a good guy as much as he can. Gildart Jackson does a fabulous job with this book. He has become the voice of Alex for me and I am so glad that I decided to work my way through this series in audio. This narrator does a great job with all of the character voices and brings a lot of emotion into the story. He has a very pleasant voice that is easy to listen to for hours at a time. I would recommend this series to others. This book tells a very exciting story and is filled with an entire cast of fantastic characters. I can't wait to start working on the next book in this wonderful series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book rang so true for me as regards being young and making snap decisions that have lifelong negative impact repercusions. In this book Alexs' long regretted actions have come back to haunt him. How he handles a youth blinded by hatred and driven by revenge is sometimes hard to read, but it also felt all too true. After all if it were easy to lay down weapons there would be peace in the Middle East. This is fiction though and I wanted a happier resolution. So even though it's unfair of me that's why this is a 4 star review instead of a 5 star one. Now I've got to go because the Dark Mage who tortured Alex (when he was an apprentice) and used a girls death to open a gate to another dimension is back after a 10 year absence. Book 5 here I come.
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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.
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"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