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Never look back. Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable futures - a talent that's gotten him and his friends out of many a tough scrape. But what happens when someone doesn't want Alex's help?

Alex's friend, the life mage Anne, distanced herself from him when she found out about his past as a Dark apprentice. Now she's in serious trouble but wants nothing to do with him. Alex has to start wondering if Anne's problem is really with him - or if there's a secret she's trying to hide. On top of that, rumours are swirling around London that Alex's former master may be back in town. Alex has no idea what his agenda may be or who it involves....

©2014 Benedict Jacka (P)2014 Tantor

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Series starts off as good and ends up great.

I've done a couple of reviews for books in this series recently and have said nearly everything there is to say without giving away spoilers. The plot was great, the narration keeps improving and I was pulled in from start to finish. Despite the fact that the main hero is male, there are several really strong and varied females in the cast, which makes this an equally good listen regardless if you are male or female. This review is really just to confirm that it keeps getting better and there isn't a weak or filler book in it so far. I ended up listening to the books back to back, despite the fact that I've other purchases I should be listening to first. The next book is due in August and I will definitely be pre-ordering this if it come to Audible UK.

You do need to listen in order as while each book has it's own story there are new characters introduced and an overarching plot. Since Audible now has the lot but hasn't series linked them yet, this is: Fated, Cursed, Taken, Chosen and Hidden.

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When hints become facts

What did you like most about Hidden?

Quite a few facts about characters that have been only hinted at in previous novels get an explanation. And the explanations are as riveting as the action scenes!

What did you like best about this story?

Although the story is globally very well thought out, it's the small details that flesh it out that I like the most.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

A certain allusion to the Babylon 5 universe... Funny as hell!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

As always, the story builds up in a way that enables the reader to empathize more and more with the characters.

Any additional comments?

The whole series has become 'mature'. The characters are well rounded and very human (i.e. flawed), except maybe for a certain reddish animal.

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Chapter Nine

If you’ve got to this book, you are both addicted and excited by Alex’s development. When you get to chapter 9, learn even more about him. And this is where you decide how much you actually like him... Lots are covered in this book (lots of fun in jokes - Babylon 5 and The Pink Panther)! This is a deep story and I must say that I did get tired of Ann. However, these stories are getting better with each episode. Worth pressing through on...

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My favourite of the series !

I absolutely loved this book ! for me, the other 4 had been building the story and this gave some of the answers you have wondered; about Richard and Alex's background. I don't want to give any spoilers so I wont say much more, but it felt like a Chapter in Alex life was coming to an end - but another door is opening and we have a long way to go, more of Alex,.... and his friends ! - don't want to say too much much about who and spoil it ! I hope in the next one we learn a bit more about Arexxia and Luna, *not sure of the spelling of Spiders name* Love this series !! All of the books are great, what are you waiting for, get listening !

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a good one

a well thought out story line, much better than the last few. love this series.

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Excellent as always!

Splendid story, developing a much-needed arc, only previously hinted at, or skated over, as those stories sped along. The best series I have come across in some time, and as I’ve said, it’s begging for a Netflix adaptation! Now on to the next one - lead on, Gildart, me old son, lead on! Five out of five stars (more, if only they allowed it!) ;)

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fab

Really enjoyed the journey of this story ver fast paced and exciting. A very vi I'd portrayal of a hidden world we can imagine is so tantalisingly close

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Absolutely brilliantly gripping

More twists and turns for Alex. The previous books in the series were really enjoyable but this one really kicked it up a gear. On to the next!

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well written and read.

it's best to start with book one, but you can try Hidden . great series of books.

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The best in the series so far!

Really enjoyed this book - the characters developed and there was much new. I was so into, I immediately read the next book in the series, Veiled, but it rather disappointed me. Not enough to stop me from reading more in this excellent series. I've been reading the Harry Dresden books which as is much mentioned in reviews this series is similar to - for me Jacka writes with more flair and better characterisation. In particular I enjoy that London is such a strong backdrop.