April 6th, 2014

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.

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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.