Alex Verus has a magic shop in Camden, London, and an uncanny ability to see the future. But suddenly everyone can see Alex's future. Because the Mage's Council of Great Britain just named him a traitor and ordered his death in seven days' time, and there's no way anyone can get out of that.
Alex's friends - Luna and the other apprentices he's taken in - are tainted by association. They'll be marked for death, too, when the ruling comes into play, and Alex becomes locked in a race against time to save them. But with only seven days to work with, will he have time left over save his own skin?
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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, author of the Dresden Files)
This is an author who involves himself deeply in his characters. That means that the story flows well and, okay, has some unexpected twists. All in all, this is a story of survival and friendship. I adore the characters, their interaction and the way the story develops. In fact, I was hooked from the first book.
Seriously? It's a toss up between Alex and Anne. I love Alex's "dangerous coward" view of life and the curiosity of diviners. On the other hand, Anne is prepared to take serious risks to save those she cares about.
As I haven't read any of the books, I can't comment on that bit. Narration is excellent throughout all the books. A book heard brings the characters to life in a way that merely reading a book can't.
Several but one specifically. Towards the end, Alex touches Anne's face. No more, it would include spoilers.
Give us the next one !!!
What a fantastic book! Verus and his friends are involved in such twists and turns. You'll enjoy every minute and it will leave you wanting to jump into the next book.
Great series of books but I thought the final to this one was a bit flat.
Another one on the way?
Yes, I have already recommended these and will continue to recommend this series by Benedict Jacka. This is the seventh in the series so far and i'd definitely recommend starting with Book 1 (Fated) as although each book is a fairly self-contained tale, there is a strong over-arching story as well that is getting more intense with each hugely enjoyable book.
Previously the 'baddies' have attempted to persuade our hero, Alex, into joining them with varying degrees of persuasion, subtlety and threats, but largely verbally. Now, suddenly, the gloves are taken off and it there is no more veneer of playing nicely. This is not only terrifying and distressing for our hero, but I think will prove a major turning point as to what Alex now does in order to retain his independence, and stick the figurative boot into his enemies as well. Personally, I like the cliff-hangar ending and eagerly await book 8.
Almost anyone! I really didn't get on with this narration at all. I only purchased the audio book as a companion to the kindle version (wanted to test to the syncing/compatibility) and was hugely disappointed with the narration style finding the voice plummy and condescending, and very much out of step with the way the characters and their situations are described. I definitely won't be buying any further of these books on audible with this narrator.
Completely worth the reading time, but would not listen again as the narration-style set my teeth on edge. Painful listening.
Really looking forward to book 8 - in a readable format :-)
I have liked Benedict Jacka's books ever since I bought his first one on a whim. I hadn't heard of Mr Jacka before then, but since hearing the first one I have avidly awaited each subsequent book. Gilbert Jackson the narrator gives a brilliant performance bringing Jacka's story to life. This latest book, Burned, is fast moving and gripping and leaves you wanting more. Can't wait for the next one!
As great as all the others with outstanding narration and a nail-biting storyline. There does seem to be a growing similarly to the character development of Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files here but the comparison represents high praise indeed.
The tried and trusted 'Heroes Journey' is being closely followed as the series matures.
It's the narration by Gildert Jackson that really sells this series. I get goosebumps just by hearing his introduction to the book. It's like settling into a comfortable and much loved armchair.
Fun, exciting, interesting characters and world and a great continuation of the series. I hope the next book comes soon.
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