Fated

, #1

Published Aug. 7, 2012 by Ace Books.

ISBN:
978-1-937007-29-4
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4 stars (36 reviews)

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reviewed Fated by Benedict Jacka (Alex Verus, #1)

Review of 'Fated' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Fated. That's Alex Verus. His fate should be in his own hands but mages dark and light are trying to pull his fate in their hands. And it gets quite crowded with those mage types. Alex runs a shop in London and tries to keep a low profile but events (and indeed mages) decide differently for him. He's 'recruited' to locate a special artefact hidden inside a special place which can only be opened and accessed through special means.

This is the start of an exciting and at times hilarious journey that took me through 'Fated' at high speed, simply because the book was so good I didn't want to put it down.

reviewed Fated by Benedict Jacka (Alex Verus, #1)

Review of 'Fated' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Fun, easy, straight forward television style narrative. Witty and a quick enjoyment. I kept overlaying Dresden instead of Verus. I wanted to have English accents but the text really support it so its been hard to keep in my head.

Regardless if you're looking for a weekend stroll set in a recent timeline with a straight forward magical system and pretty good characters this should hit the spot.

reviewed Fated by Benedict Jacka (Alex Verus, #1)

Review of 'Fated' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was a fun read. Alex, our protagonist, is a mage. And he can tell the future. He's a bit unlucky and awkward, a bit like Harry Dresden. There's magic, mythical creatures and spider silk clothes.  What's not to like?

reviewed Fated by Benedict Jacka (Alex Verus, #1)

Review of 'Fated' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

I did enjoy this book. I really did. Its very short. Simple. Sweet. Etc. I loved the characters as well, so many different ideas and personalities.

That being said, it was somewhat predictable. After reading a feminist rant about Dresden Files, I really was hoping luna would be a more interesting character. At least she has reasons to be how she is.

I felt the book set an unrealistic pace as well. Started of amazing, then at approx the 50% mark, dropped and started to explain character histories and motivations, then left a big finish in the end.

All that being said, I'll still check out the next books 'cause i enjoy this one, it just felt a bit lacking (to me).

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