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Mage war he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful And thanks to his abilities Alex can predict that by taking the job his odds of survival are about to go from slim to no I picked this up because it kept getting cross recommendations with Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series It has some tropes in common contemporary London with secret magic first person narrator I think it could have something of the same relationship for me as Krentz's books do for Crusie's methadone while waiting for a slower and sophisticated writer I suspect Jacka is somewhat younger than Aaronovitch I'd probably have given this 3 stars except a minor spear carrier named Barrayar flitted across the page at one point which amused meJacka also starts with his narratorprotagonist already fairly high powered and knowledgeable which means he has to catch the reader up on much backfill than Aaronovitch's Peter Grant who along with the reader begins at the beginning and learns going forward The naive character whether main or not who needs everything explained is an invaluable addition to many kinds of narratives I must say Jacka has a rather charming secondary character Luna who serves some of this functionAlex Verus runs a magic shop another excellent old trope that gives excuse for several kinds of fun in London partly as cover for his other activities Alex's particular talent is as a seer with an interestingly limited ability to see into the future This is not always as much help as could be hoped and so thereby hangs the tale Since a lot of other powerful and not necessarily nice magical people would like to make use of this talent on behalf of their own agendas bringing the plot to him Alex freuently gets to be hero and maguffin in one Luna too has unusual powers with decided downsides reuiring clever work aroundsThe magical and other world building feels a trifle generic in this first novel of the series and I'm not entirely sure why since there are plenty of inventive details I rather liked the concept of the sociopathic mages It may all grow complex as the series wends on which I am inclined to give it a chance to do

Review Fated by Benedict Jacka

Possible future allowing him to pull off operations that have a million to one chance of success But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long ago So I was just falling off the wagon and wetting my whistle with a bit of Urban Fantasy that was recommended to me recently and I can honestly say that I got really drunk Not alcohol alas but on magicI'd just been sifting through all the wonders of the Spacing Guild from Dune and the minor predictive powers of the Jedi recently so imagine my surprise when I get to read about a Dresden ish mage in London who can augur himself through all the twisty paths of time to answer important uestions like Who's going to be killing me in the next fifteen seconds and how can I get out of this damn mess or This is a pretty nasty puzzle placed before me If I can walk all the paths and figure out how to solve it without becoming a crispy critter then go meI admit I laughed loud when Mr Jacka gave an explicit literary nod to a certain mage in Chicago It warmed my cockles And it also set the tone for the mind candy treat that I was about to gobble upThe trick with these kinds of books is how to balance powerful magic against natural limitations andor outside mitigations while keeping in the reader enthralled with a good tale and he did it The plot put this poor neutral mage into the leading roll of a ping pong ball between the white mages and the black mages of London all of whom want him because of his powers of Divination and the fact that he was the only Diviner stupid enough to have not headed for the hills when the storm began to riseFun Exciting We've even got a bit of a love interest beginning to brew and I think I like her problems a lot than Alex's Oh wait this isn't her tale But I'm guessing she's going to get a lot screen time with a second book named Cursed GoodieI have no complaints about this novel It's light and fun and there's lots of action and even a bit of snark Sound like UF Wait It's Good Urban Fantasy I've only read one book so far but it's shaping up to be as good as the best stuff of that little mage in Chicago We'll see I've got high hopes

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Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight running a magic shop in London And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages he does have the advantage of foreseeing the NEW REVIEW 2018 Warning This review contains the usual random fanart and pointless comics done by me Enjoy All images can be found with better resolution here wonder how explaining these books to people would goOk ok I know people keep comparing Alex Verus to Harry Dresden But you know what now that I have finally read the first 7 books of the Dresden Files thus becoming a specialist on the topic I can safely say I like Alex Verus a LOT LOT LOOOOT betterWhyEPIC MAGIC FIGHTS POLITICS COOL PLOT TWISTS MAGIC EVERYWHERE ONE LOVE INTEREST LONDON PROTAGONIST IS A DIVINER AND IT’S AWESOME WHEN USED IN FIGHTS OR EVERYDAY LIFE MAGIIIIIIIC continues fangirling for a few minutesOk we all have reasons to resonate with some charactersstories than others Me personally I adore books filled with politics action scenes magic fights and ONE LOVE INTEREST Ok it doesn’t have to be ONE but definitely not every single person with boobs that happens to pass near the main heroBack to the point I mean back to theREVIEW THE SETTINGBest way to describe the seriesDon’t expect police investiagations or crime stories involving vampires fairies werewolves and others Nor is the protagonist a powerful avatar able to use all types of magic through martial artsBut the world IS secretly inhabited by mages who have their own governing system AND each mage can only use one type of magichmmm maybe Dresden FilesX menTypes of Magicians Cinder fire mage Anne life mage and Sonder time mageYou have the most common Elemental Mages who can use powers such as air fire water lightning force etc Living Mages are mages who can affect living things either to influence their mind healmess up their bodies etcAnd the final rarest and strangest of them all are the Universal Mages they can affect time space chance they can see the past or the present etc Anyways most mages belong either to the Light or the Dark faction Levstas a Light Mind MageBoth factions can be eually evil and cruel it's only a matter of whether you feel the need to hide the bodies or brag about them There is a constant struggle for power and status even among the Light mages Therefore enlistingenslavingblack mailing useful minions is a great pass time for the big players in the magical society And having someone who can see the future in your team can be highly profitable THE PROTAGONIST Alex Verus is a diviner No he cannot shoot deadly bullets made of air disintegrate you with a touch or anything as flashy but he can come up with other creative ways to hurt you if he feels like it and annoy the crap out of you while he's at it This rare type of mages specializes in information they can learn any new skills instantly just by checking into the future in which they've spent hoursdays studying them; they can find out any dark secrets about you if they put their mind into it; they are hard to surprise hard to kill and hard to be found if they don't want to be found Random chances and free will limit the certainty of their predictions but Diviners are the best at exploiting any situation to fit their needs THE PLOT Nevertheless being a neutral mage not belonging to ei

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