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Summary

Camden, North London: A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads, and waterways. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals and where tourists and moody teenagers mingle.

In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won't sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you're looking for, he might just be able to help. That's if he's not too busy avoiding his would-be apprentice, foiling the Dark, outwitting the Light, and investigating a mysterious relic that has just turned up at the British Museum.

Fated is the first book in a major new series starring probability mage Alex Verus, for fans of Jim Butcher and Ben Aaronovitch.

©2012 Benedict Jacka (P)2013 Tantor Media Inc.

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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. Fated is an excellent novel, a gorgeously realized world with a uniquely powerful, vulnerable protagonist. Books this good remind me why I got into the storytelling business in the first place" (Jim Butcher)
"Filled with tense and compelling writing" ( SFX)
"Jacka writes a deft thrill-ride of an urban fantasy - a stay-up-all-night read. Alex Verus is a very smart man surviving in a very dangerous world." (Patricia Briggs)
"London's hidden wizardly community spell-blast each other entertainingly in this urban fantasy romp. Fated is highly enjoyable" ( Sun)
"Fated is an excellent example of not just great urban fantasy but also of brilliant story-telling. There is a near perfect mix of everything and it has been masterfully crafted with a meticulous eye for those pieces of humanity that make a great protagonist and a fantastic story" ( FANTASY FACTION)
"A novel with a very good plotline, and fascinating characters" ( BOOKCHICKCITY)

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Hope Audible gets the rest of this series :)

Pros: great story, brilliantly written, lots of imagination, made me want to listen to the whole thing in one sitting, Patricia Briggs and Jim Butcher rec this one, I'd listen to it again and have requested the series which I'm told gets even better also, unusually for this kind of genre, there are several really well written female side characters. Cons I spent the first twenty minutes in complete frustration because the initial plot feels like a massive rip off of the Dresden Files (it soon moves away from that, keep listening as the seer aspect is really interesting) and that also led to the comparison of the narrator with James Masters and really the best you can hope for is a draw with that kind of competition. After I'd listened for a while I decided that I really liked Gilbert Jackson. I would happily buy books with Jackson as a narrator again but you need to listen to a sample for yourself as some people were very unhappy.

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A British version of Dresden

If you enjoy the Dresden files, you'll enjoy Alex Versus. An English mage who isn't quite in favour with either side and through Skill, luck and sheer determinedness gets things done. Wonderful additional to the moden magical genre. You can't help but like him.

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Better than I expected

very well written and well read. I was pleasantly surprised by how good a story it was after reading some of the reviews. while not being as London has the Rivers of London and as funny like the Iron Druid and Dresden Files. A very good book, will try the others in the series.

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Utter Rubbish

If you love Ben Aaronovitch, you'll think this is badly written. The algorithms got this recommendation way out. The stupidity of the protagonist is balanced by his all too predictable role of saviour to the 'silly girl'. Politeness restricts me from saying how truly awful it was.

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Oh dear, another series I MUST follow

Where does Fated rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Interesting concepts, good story, engaging characters, top notch narration. The story flows well and draws you in to the world. Naturally there are some bumps in the road of the plot, but this is fantasy after all. This series promises to be a great respite from my real world that is really quite a long way from the London in the story. Just what is required when I can grab a few minutes.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Fated?

As a paid up arachnophobe I really felt quite drawn to this character, which was surprising. I will say no more.

What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

Good pace and characterisations. The female characters were identifiable as such but the voices were not a pastiche.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Just when you thought it was safe!

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Good Starter to the series

I have just finished listening to the PC Peter Grant series by Ben Aranovitch which I thought was great and was looking around for something new. This is quite different to what I would normally listen to but the characters grew on me quickly, the narration was excellent and I found myself really looking forward to finding out what happened next. Will definitely be buying the next in the series.

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Oh Dear GAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWDDDDDDDDD!

I'm not sure which was more boring... the story or the narrator. Poorly written, amateur performance at best, and so boring, I almost fell asleep at the gym whilst listening.

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Good story, weak writing and robotic narration.

Would you try another book written by Benedict Jacka or narrated by Gilbert Jackson?

Yes. The writing is a bit clumsy but the characterisation is wonderful and the world he's created is intriguing.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration of the main character was okay as Gilbert Jackson has a pleasant voice but it's a little robotic in places. He makes all the secondary characters incredibly robotic though and the women all sound like complete morons.

Do you think Fated needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes I'd love to see where the characters go and learn more about the world.

Any additional comments?

What's with all the Americanisms? It's written by a British author and set in London. It's full of words like gotten, sidewalk ect. Very jarring.

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Not for me

I gave this a try thinking it might be in the same mould as ben aaronovitch. There is no humour, story line is predictable, characters are rubbish and the fact it is set in Camden has no bearing on the story whatsoever.

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Huge Disappointment

I was recommended this as a fan of Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London books and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and I was in such hope of a new series. Such a disappointment. The plot is thin, the characters are two dimensional, the writing is really bad and the dialogue is just dire. To compare it to Aaronovitch is to insult Ben. It feels like a teenage girl writing in her bedroom and is on a level with Twilight and 50 Shades (badly written drivel by the barely literate). I got to the end somehow (it had to get better, surely?) but there were a lot of derisive snorts and phone thrown down in exasperation. If I could have slapped the drippy female character I would have done.
The narrator did his best but he was too old really which didn't help.
There are plenty of good reviews so it's obviously popular stuff but I wish I'd read a few of the bad ones and saved myself some time. I've given it back, which is the ultimate bad review after all.

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  • 31-10-19

Stilted voice and Man Writes Woman

The story and characters have a lot of potential but (a) the voice actor is not good enough and (b) female characters are badly written. You can tell when the VO artist is at the end of a line, rather than the end of a sentence. He barely modulates his tone, it’s too monotonous. Female characters- oh lord I could be here all day. Dreadful. Oh? Tee hee? You big bwave man!

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  • lynn
  • 15-01-15

Excellent gritty fantasy

I came across this book/reading by accident on the audible website and I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook. I enjoyed the nature of the main character who deals with magic without the endless psychological self examination of Harry Dresden. Whilst there are a number of books in this genre I thought the author showed a great imagination in creating and populating his alternate world. I thought there were elements of Neil Gaimans Neverwherein the book. I also enjoyed the world weary voice of the presenter, I think he gave Alex Verus a complex personality which suited the text. Good audiobook.

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  • Alexandru
  • 13-03-19

Entertaining

It was a nice, relaxing fantasy. The plot was interesting and the approach on magic quite new. I saw that many persons have criticized the narrator. I almost did not get the book because of this - a bad narrator can really ruin a book. Well, after listening, in my opinion, the narrator is excellent. He can transmit quite well the characters and their feelings. He is not speaking too slow and he articulates clearly with a good intonation. Some say he does not convey a lot of emotion. He conveys some emotion but this book is not Shakespeare. I do not think he should transmit a lot of emotion. I think that his approach on the main character (a bit aloof, ironic, with dry humor) is just what the author intended.

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  • Darren Kelk
  • 31-01-18

Well that was a great first book in a series.

Would you listen to Fated again? Why?

I am coming back to this series and this book again. tore through this book and grab the next one. I am sure I miss bit of coolness in the overall awesome.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alex is the focus and at this point it must be him. Luna has promise and I wonder where that will go.

Which scene was your favorite?

The fight on the roof. So elegant in writing.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and I did.

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  • Helga Kolbeinsdottir
  • 26-02-17

Hated the fake posh English accent

Loved the book but was very disappointed with the narration, the fake Shakespearean English accent given the main character completely discredited the performance and was not at all compatible with the authors' character who is living in today's London, not the Middle ages. As a result I was not able to enjoy the audiobook. I will read the rest of the series on my Kindle.