Alex Verus can see the future. But he never thought he'd see this day. Manoeuvred by forces beyond his control, the probability mage has made a terrible choice: he's agreed to work for his old master once more.
Richard Drakh, the sadistic dark mage Alex escaped as an apprentice, has him in his clutches again. And this time he won't let go so easily.
©2016 Benedict Jacka (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK
I'm the kind of person who can enjoy a book and if I really enjoy it - can start to read / hear it all over again! I blame the dyslexia.
This, as the previous books is an excellent story. It leaves us desperate fir the next instalment. However, at one point I had to check that it was the same narrator- mostly it sounded like him, but certain characters now had very different voices and I'm not sure I understand why. Did the producer change, did no one listen to previous recordings to check?
BUT, I would still recommend the series and this book, just hoping that it's back on track next time. It's disconcerting when every time Arachne spoke I expected her to say "Now is the winter of our discontent ........" in that voice.
As usual I was on the edge of my seat with Alex's latest tale. Gildart Jackson has been a stellar narrator but I've a few niggles - bad enough to change Helicowan's accent in a previous book (both he and Landis originally sounded like Sean Connery) but he was a minor character. why did Morden's have to change though? Something also up with Arachne's voice. It's become more sinister and slightly lower and also more mechanical rather than her usual clipped enunciation. I know it sounds minor but Gildart's made these people alive to me! it's disconcerting.
Jacka must be doing something right as with each new book I vow to take my time and read/listen slowly but then I always end up doing a weekend binge!
Plus points: Morden has a bigger role; time is passing and everyone's allowed to be a bit more grownup; darker (altho there is a moment at the end that is pure Scooby Doo); Good and Bad are blending to grey.
Meh points: Arachne's voice has developed a harsh Chinese accent; Rachel is still an undeveloped character; must there always be pages and pages of a big gun battle? Yawn.
I now look forward to the narration by Gildart Jackson more than the novel itself ( is that normal ) which in and of itself tells you just how good the guy is .
So far as the story goes, yes it's great stuff but it sort of ends way too early. One is left thinking wtf? Where's the rest of it?
Character development is on course and I genuinely care for the characters etc so I suppose I am going to wait and pay for the next in the series .
Please don't get me wrong, I loved it. However, I think it needed another 3 hours to flesh out this particular phase in our protagonists life .
It took a bit of time for the series to gather pace for me but it's going full steam now. This book is a wonderful addition to a well written series and Gildart is a great narrator, well suited to Verus.
The wait was worth every moment. The story takes you through so many theories and questions whilst building up the characters. As many have said that ending is not what you would expect.
It was good but this felt like an average episode in a good series. It didn't feel like enough of a complete story to me. I want more. The characters all moved on but it feels like they have been positioned for more interesting stories to come. I hope they have - looking forward to the next instalment already.
You won't be able to put this down. I listened over 2 days and just when you think you've got it sussed, you realise you've been misdirected. My only niggle is Arachne's voice has changed slightly but that's me being pedantic. The plot is very well thought out and it's fantastic to see how each detail has been tightly woven.
You are left literally craving for more!
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