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Chosen by Benedict Jacka

The Blurb On The Back:

Alex Verus is having an unusually peaceful summer.

Things used to be different. Back when Alex was a Dark mage’s apprentice, he did what he had to do to survive, though he isn’t proud of the memories. Still, he’s made a new life and new friends since then, and he’s put the old days behind him.

Or has he?

When someone from his past comes looking for revenge, Alex must face his demons – and decide how far he will go to protect his future.




It’s 8 months after TAKEN. Alex is trying to find new masters for Anne and Variam, but is finding that the nature of Anne’s life magic make most mages reluctant to take her on. Otherwise, life is good – the shop is doing well, Alex and Variam are staying with him, Luna has more control over her powers and no-one’s tried to kill him in ages.

But when Alex takes Luna on a teaching expedition to a London casino, he’s ambushed by a group of adepts called the Nightstalkers. The Nightstalkers are attacking mages who abuse apprentices and adepts, but their leader has a personal grudge against Alex and it all ties back to his past as an apprentice to Dark mage Richard Drakh. As Alex desperately tries to stay one step ahead of the Nightstalkers, he’s forced to confront his own history and in doing so, must decide how far he’s prepared to go to save both his own life and those of his friends …

The fourth in Benedict Jacka’s ALEX VERUS SERIES is the darkest one yet as we finally get details on what drove Alex’s escape from Richard Drakh and how Rachel became Deleo. The best part of the book involves running into the limits of Alex’s powers as a probability mage, which gives him much needed vulnerability and adds a real sense of danger as he finally faces a threat that he can’t easily negotiate with or run away from. I wished that Will (the leader of the Nightstalkers) had been slightly less two-dimensional, but I could forgive that given that the focus of the story is on Alex and the decisions that he’s willing to make. Given the ending, I’m interested in seeing where Jacka moves now with the overall arc and will definitely check out the next book when it’s released.

Having spent the last 4 books developing friendships and assuming responsibility for people everything is ripped away from Alex in this novel. It’s a story with something to say about the extent to which you should be held accountable for the bad deeds of your past and asks questions about whether your current actions can ever erase your history. I liked the fact that Jacka isn’t afraid of unpleasant answers.

This remains one of my favourite urban fantasy series and I’m very much looking forward to the release of the next book.

The Verdict:

The fourth in Benedict Jacka’s ALEX VERUS SERIES is the darkest one yet as we finally get details on what drove Alex’s escape from Richard Drakh and how Rachel became Deleo. The best part of the book involves running into the limits of Alex’s powers as a probability mage, which gives him much needed vulnerability and adds a real sense of danger as he finally faces a threat that he can’t easily negotiate with or run away from. I wished that Will (the leader of the Nightstalkers) had been slightly less two-dimensional, but I could forgive that given that the focus of the story is on Alex and the decisions that he’s willing to make. Given the ending, I’m interested in seeing where Jacka moves now with the overall arc and will definitely check out the next book when it’s released.
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