Fated (Alex Verus, #1) by Benedict Jacka

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Read Fated (Alex Verus, #1) Online Free - Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future--allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success.

But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful. And thanks to his abilities, Alex can predict that by taking the job, his odds of survival are about to go from slim to none...

Title : Fated (Alex Verus, #1)
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ISBN : 1937007294
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 295 pages


Mike (the Paladin) rated it ★★★★★

February 03, 2014

YES it gets a "Big Ol' 5"... I was intro'd to Urban Fantasy by the Harry Dresden books and (frankly) since I found them I've been trying to find other UF books I like as well. The Twenty Palaces series turned out to be pretty good...but their publisher dropped them. Rob Thurman's Leandros books ar...

Carol. rated it ★★★☆☆

May 18, 2013

One of these things is not like the other: I'm just kidding. They're all totally alike. It isn't long before you notice the first Dresden homage in Jacka's first adult UF book. Of course, my edition gives it away with the cover, where a quote from Jim Butcher plays a prominent role on the jacket. I...

Gergana rated it ★★★★★

January 22, 2018

NEW REVIEW, 2018 Warning!: This review contains the usual random fanart and pointless comics done by me. Enjoy! All images can be found with better resolution here: https://gerynh.tumblr.com/ I wonder how explaining these books to people would go? Ok, ok, I know people keep comparing Alex Verus t...

Felicia rated it ★★★★☆

May 23, 2013

An excellent addition to the urban fantasy landscape. Alex, the main character, is a mage in London who rejects the magical establishment, and can see the future. Very well handled, his abilities, and super fun world building. Def if you like Butcher's books, pick this up!

Bradley rated it ★★★★★

October 04, 2015

So I was just falling off the wagon and wetting my whistle with a bit of Urban Fantasy that was recommended to me recently, and I can honestly say that I got really drunk. (Not alcohol, alas, but on magic.) I'd just been sifting through all the wonders of the Spacing Guild from Dune and the minor...

Lorelei rated it ★★☆☆☆

June 24, 2012

A disappointing Dresden clone without the wit and sharp writing. The main character is fairly colourless and uninspiring with little to endear him and much patronising behaviour to annoy. It reads like a young adult novel with some pretty stupid propositions, such as the opening line of chapter 1...

Lois rated it ★★★★☆

April 18, 2014

I picked this up because it kept getting cross-recommendations with Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series. It has some tropes in common: contemporary London with secret magic, first person narrator. I think it could have something of the same relationship for me as Krentz's books do for Crusi...

Kelly H. (Maybedog) rated it ★★★★☆

January 06, 2016

The quote on the cover is by none other than Jim Butcher himself claiming that Harry Dresden would like the main character Alex Verus and be a little nervous around him. I'm not surprised that Butcher likes the book. It's got a very similar feel, almost too much so. The council is pathetic and he...

Jilly rated it ★★★☆☆

August 13, 2016

Alex is a mage, a seer. He owns a shop in London and sells things like crystal balls and herbs. He tries to keep a low profile in a world with dark and light forces in the magical realm. The majority (of mages) rely on word of mouth, though younger mages use the internet. I've even heard of one g...

Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) rated it ★★★★★

June 20, 2013

Fated is a fantastic debut novel. This is what urban fantasy can accomplish, taking fantasy concepts and giving them a new spin in a modern setting. Jacka uses the concept of an age-old war between Dark and Light Mages and sets it in contemporary London. While many will think of Dresden and recom...

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