Fated: An Alex Verus Novel by Benedict Jacka. This series was on a list I found on the internet for books similar to the Harry Dresden series. In some ways, this first book is as it features a mage named Alex Verus who is a diviner. Such a person is a mage that can see the future. Multiple groups are using people he cares about to pressure Alex Verus to help them find an ancient mystic relic from a dead civilization. The person or group in possession of the relic could do almost anything they wanted and could change the world.
This novel is a part urban fantasy thriller and part mystery and is set in London in a time where magic is still very much possible and unseen by many. Alex Versus is outmatched by pretty much every enemy he faces. He has to use his wits, magic, and snarky attitude, to survive every situation. He has a few allies that help him deal with the multiple factions. One of the most important allies is Luna who is an aspiring mage who has a serious curse on her. Nobody in the factions can be trusted and even the good guys within the factions are willing to kill anyone who gets in the way of them getting the relic.
I enjoyed this book in the long running series a lot and according to the internet there are late last eight more books. I liked the character of Alex Verus a lot. He is intelligent, funny, and sarcastic, has little respect for authority, intelligent and is brave and honorable. A good guy, he knows when it is smarter to take off and hide from fights he can’t win. He knows when he is in over his head and retreats to plan a new strategy to overcome the problem.
I am very interested in seeing how this series goes and learning about his world and his backstory. Good book and I recommend reading Fated: An Alex Verus Novel by Benedict Jacka. Book two in the series is Cursed and I have it here in my library to be read pile.
Fated: An Alex Verus Novel
Ace Books (Penguin Books)
Paperback (also available in audio and digital formats)
My paperback cop came from the Downtown Dallas Branch of the Dallas Public Library System.
Scott A. Tipple ©2019