March 27th, 2014

Cursed by Benedict Jacka

The Blurb On The Back:

A day in the life of Alex Verus:
Run shop in Camden.
Train apprentice.
Avoid Council.
Dodge assassins.

A spate of mysterious attacks calls for Alex’s expertise – someone is dabbling with the forbidden. Fine, until Alex’s friends are threatened. That makes it personal.

It’s still damn inconvenient though – especially when seductive distractions are thrown into the mix. But is walking away really an option? And just how dangerous is the curse of the monkey’s paw?

Sure, it pays to be able to see the future. Literally. But some days are just better spent in bed.

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The Verdict:

The second in Benedict Jacka’s ALEX VERUS SERIES is another fast-paced, entertaining read with a twisting plot that kept me turning the pages. There’s more development here of the relationship between Luna and Alex and I enjoyed the tension injected by the introduction of Martin as a new love interest for Luna. Similarly, Verus’s friendship with Arachne comes more to the fore and I was surprised (and happy) to see Jacka resolve a story element that could easily have become a ‘get out of jail’ card. There are plenty of twists and turns, most of which kept me guessing and there’s a sense of an overall arc as Verus’s past continues to haunt him. All in all, it’s an entertaining, well written book with likeable characters and as such I will definitely be reading on.