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Summary

Alex Verus faces his dark side in this return to the best-selling urban fantasy series about a London-based mage.

To protect his friends, Mage Alex Verus has had to change - and embrace his dark side. But the life mage Anne has changed too and made a bond with a dangerous power. She's going after everyone she's got a grudge against - and it's a long list. 

In the meantime, Alex has to deal with his arch-enemy, Levistus. The Council's death squads are hunting Alex as well as Anne, and the only way for Alex to stop them is to end his long war with Levistus and the Council, by whatever means necessary. It will take everything Alex has to stay a step ahead of the Council and stop Anne from letting the world burn.

©2020 Benedict Jacka (P)2020 Hachette Audio UK

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Action-packed but not very interesting

Yawn. Best to re-read book 11 first as there’s no recap at the start; it just goes straight into an extended fight sequence that lasts for pretty much the entire book.
No real plot development other than lots of killing, dressed up as heroic defeat of a few more bad guys.
Meanwhile, Bad Anne pops up numerous times, being generally bad and distracting Verus with her clingy dresses, bare arms and red-brown eyes.
If you like gaming then you’ll probably like this instalment but I preferred it when Jacka told stories.
This merely cleared the decks, setting the scene for the final showdown in book 12.
A generous two stars as Gildart’s familiar narration reminded me of the better episodes in the series- although he seems to have forgotten Richard Drakh’s voice.
NB: no idea what the title refers to.

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Still love the narrator but story lacking

Too many dramatic, detailed battles, not enough character time. They are the reason I stick with a series, so I want more time with them. November was a brilliant character. The narrator is brilliant

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The narrator forgets his voices

I love the narrator crisp and clear and have enjoyed the different character voices over the years of listening to the books. But in the last few he has forgotten and changed the characters voices, ie Levistus, he used to have a sickly smooth voice and this has distinctly changed in this book, same for Morden. It sounds picky but makes a difference.

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Boring

I think that this one was boring. Just a long fight. Where is the story. Feels a bit like the author didn't find anything to write about and thought that describing a lot of killing was enough. Sorry I just didn't like this one. Perhaps it is time to end the story of Verus.

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Disappointing

I’m hoping the next book improves and the series has really gone down hill fast

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It. Doesn't. Stop. Goes at a gallop all the way

Another fun installment. The choices you make eh? Great to dip back into Alex's world and see what misfortune he tries to sidestep, or not, again.

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Alex Verus series

I am a listener/reader of a lot of supernatural series. I have really grown into this series and this book has developed the main character considerably. I really enjoyed the book and it certainly left me ready for the next one but I can’t help feeling it could of been a few chapters longer moving us towards the challenges to come.

Still a good instalment into the series though and you can see the very core changes to the lead characters mindset.

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love this series,

definitely at the top of my favourite series list. v sad I have to wait until December for the last one.

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A magical tale

Caught from begining to the end. Exerlent storey. Great characters
Super series to follow good characters to get involved with

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Wow

Best book in the series, all action 👏 if you like the Dresden files this is even better