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Compact Disc, Tantor Media Inc, 2013, ISBN13 9781452618760, ISBN10 1452618763
In the heart of Camden is the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won't sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you're looking for, he might just be able to help. That's if he's not too busy investigating a mysterious relic that has just turned up at the British Museum . . .

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Most helpful positive review
This was a great start to the series! I am always on the lookout for new urban fantasy series to try so when a group of friends decided to read this series, I was eager to join in. It turns out that it was my kind of book and I think that my decision to listen to the audio version increased my enjoyment quite a bit. I am glad that I decided to give this book a try. I thought that the world-building in this book was very well done. I like the idea of a secret world that is hidden in plain sight. I thought that Alex's abilities were very interesting and very useful. Alex is a diviner which means that he can see all the possibilities of the future. Alex is a bit of a loner since he does not interact with other mages but he does have a few people that he trusts like Luna and Starbreeze. I thought that the story was pretty exciting. It definitely kept me guessing to the end and I was eager to see how things would work out. There is some action and excitement in the story but also a lot of outsmarting the other party. I did like how everything came together and was pretty satisfied with the ending. I believe that this was my first experience with Gildart Jackson's narration and I was quite impressed. I think that his accent worked very well with the story. I think that he was able to bring Alex to life and also did a great job with all of the other characters in the story. He has a very pleasant voice that was easy to listen to for long periods of time. I do recommend this series to others. I thought that this was a very well done introduction to an interesting cast of characters and I look forward to reading more of the series very soon.

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In the heart of Camden is the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won't sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you're looking for, he might just be able to help. That's if he's not too busy investigating a mysterious relic that has just turned up at the British Museum . . . 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 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 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 none . . .

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Series Title
Alex Verus Novels
Publisher
Tantor Media, Inc., Tantor Audio
Book Format
Other
Original Languages
ENG
Author
Jacka, Benedict, Jackson, Gildart
ISBN-13
9781452618760
Publication Date
December, 2013
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
5.50 x 6.49 x 1.07 Inches (US)
ISBN-10
1452618763

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This was a great start...
This was a great start to the series! I am always on the lookout for new urban fantasy series to try so when a group of friends decided to read this series, I was eager to join in. It turns out that it was my kind of book and I think that my decision to listen to the audio version increased my enjoyment quite a bit. I am glad that I decided to give this book a try. I thought that the world-building in this book was very well done. I like the idea of a secret world that is hidden in plain sight. I thought that Alex's abilities were very interesting and very useful. Alex is a diviner which means that he can see all the possibilities of the future. Alex is a bit of a loner since he does not interact with other mages but he does have a few people that he trusts like Luna and Starbreeze. I thought that the story was pretty exciting. It definitely kept me guessing to the end and I was eager to see how things would work out. There is some action and excitement in the story but also a lot of outsmarting the other party. I did like how everything came together and was pretty satisfied with the ending. I believe that this was my first experience with Gildart Jackson's narration and I was quite impressed. I think that his accent worked very well with the story. I think that he was able to bring Alex to life and also did a great job with all of the other characters in the story. He has a very pleasant voice that was easy to listen to for long periods of time. I do recommend this series to others. I thought that this was a very well done introduction to an interesting cast of characters and I look forward to reading more of the series very soon.
Most helpful negative review
As a disaffected teen,...
As a disaffected teen, Alex apprenticed himself to a Dark Wizard. Years later he realized his mistake, but to escape his master he endured torture and numerous attempts on his life. Since then Alex has created a quiet little life for himself as a magic shop proprietor. But now multiple magical factions want him to open a magical artifact for them--and they're willing to do anything to get it.Alex isn't a particularly well developed character: he's a little snarky, a little into preparing himself, and a little prone to white-knighting, but his personality seems fairly generic and plot-driven. Same for his apprentice, Luna, and all the side characters. Nobody is memorable. The plot is episodic and didn't pull me in either. Everything is solved with deus ex machinas or "oh did I forget to tell you I have martial arts/know lock picking/can secretly control an air spirit" cheats. Also, this felt like it could have been set anywhere--aside from place names, nothing distinguished this as London.If you're looking for more Harry Dresden-style urban fantasy, this will be right up your alley. If you're looking for more Matthew Swift or Peter Grant style urban fantasy, keep lookin'.
Most helpful positive review
This was a great start...
This was a great start to the series! I am always on the lookout for new urban fantasy series to try so when a group of friends decided to read this series, I was eager to join in. It turns out that it was my kind of book and I think that my decision to listen to the audio version increased my enjoyment quite a bit. I am glad that I decided to give this book a try. I thought that the world-building in this book was very well done. I like the idea of a secret world that is hidden in plain sight. I thought that Alex's abilities were very interesting and very useful. Alex is a diviner which means that he can see all the possibilities of the future. Alex is a bit of a loner since he does not interact with other mages but he does have a few people that he trusts like Luna and Starbreeze. I thought that the story was pretty exciting. It definitely kept me guessing to the end and I was eager to see how things would work out. There is some action and excitement in the story but also a lot of outsmarting the other party. I did like how everything came together and was pretty satisfied with the ending. I believe that this was my first experience with Gildart Jackson's narration and I was quite impressed. I think that his accent worked very well with the story. I think that he was able to bring Alex to life and also did a great job with all of the other characters in the story. He has a very pleasant voice that was easy to listen to for long periods of time. I do recommend this series to others. I thought that this was a very well done introduction to an interesting cast of characters and I look forward to reading more of the series very soon.
Most helpful negative review
As a disaffected teen,...
As a disaffected teen, Alex apprenticed himself to a Dark Wizard. Years later he realized his mistake, but to escape his master he endured torture and numerous attempts on his life. Since then Alex has created a quiet little life for himself as a magic shop proprietor. But now multiple magical factions want him to open a magical artifact for them--and they're willing to do anything to get it.Alex isn't a particularly well developed character: he's a little snarky, a little into preparing himself, and a little prone to white-knighting, but his personality seems fairly generic and plot-driven. Same for his apprentice, Luna, and all the side characters. Nobody is memorable. The plot is episodic and didn't pull me in either. Everything is solved with deus ex machinas or "oh did I forget to tell you I have martial arts/know lock picking/can secretly control an air spirit" cheats. Also, this felt like it could have been set anywhere--aside from place names, nothing distinguished this as London.If you're looking for more Harry Dresden-style urban fantasy, this will be right up your alley. If you're looking for more Matthew Swift or Peter Grant style urban fantasy, keep lookin'.
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The protagonist in Fat...

The protagonist in Fated is Alex Verus, a wizard who runs a magic shop and has powers of divination. He has the ability to foresee the future, a power that makes him very popular with light and dark mages who are trying to gain possession of a fateweaver, an ancient relic found in a London museum that is being highly protected. Alex is a pawn in these machinations as he is given the option of helping these various forces in attaining this relic or die. His main objective is to keep himself and his friend, Luna, safe, something that isn't an easy task with all of these mages gunning for him. I really like the character of Alex Verus. He isn't an overly powerful wizard. In a one-on-one fight against mages more skilled in battle, he will get mauled. He has to overcome this disadvantage by outsmarting and outmaneuvering his opponents. Although he isn't very powerful, his skills in divination are really cool. He can look at all of the various paths his decisions would result in, and pick the one with the most favorable outcome. I like the fact that he isn't this super-powerful protagonist that can just crush all in his path. It makes his problems to solve all the more interesting. The story moved at a fast pace and never lagged at any point. The conclusion was satisfying and didn't betray the build-up. The writing was high-level and everything about it was very enjoyable. I highly recommend this novel and am looking forward to reading more about Alex Verus in the future. Carl Alves - author of Conjesero

This was a great start...

This was a great start to the series! I am always on the lookout for new urban fantasy series to try so when a group of friends decided to read this series, I was eager to join in. It turns out that it was my kind of book and I think that my decision to listen to the audio version increased my enjoyment quite a bit. I am glad that I decided to give this book a try. I thought that the world-building in this book was very well done. I like the idea of a secret world that is hidden in plain sight. I thought that Alex's abilities were very interesting and very useful. Alex is a diviner which means that he can see all the possibilities of the future. Alex is a bit of a loner since he does not interact with other mages but he does have a few people that he trusts like Luna and Starbreeze. I thought that the story was pretty exciting. It definitely kept me guessing to the end and I was eager to see how things would work out. There is some action and excitement in the story but also a lot of outsmarting the other party. I did like how everything came together and was pretty satisfied with the ending. I believe that this was my first experience with Gildart Jackson's narration and I was quite impressed. I think that his accent worked very well with the story. I think that he was able to bring Alex to life and also did a great job with all of the other characters in the story. He has a very pleasant voice that was easy to listen to for long periods of time. I do recommend this series to others. I thought that this was a very well done introduction to an interesting cast of characters and I look forward to reading more of the series very soon.

Alex is a diviner, a M...

Alex is a diviner, a Mage who can see the future. When he is approved by multiple factions trying to gain access to an ancient artifact, none of which will take no for an answer, he must find a way to end up in the future in which he survives. I'm a fan of Urban Fantasy, and love Dresden. Fated was an enjoyable story (the Audible book well read). The tone and style was engaging and fun. However, it was not a indebt plot, meaty and full of character building and angst. I will ready the next book in the series. But not right away.

I love stories about w...

I love stories about wizards. Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books are maybe my favorite series of books. When I finished with the last Dresden book I didn't know what to read next and someone recommended this series to me. Alex Verus runs a magic shop in London and is just wanting a quiet life free from distractions or life-threatening schemes and plots. Sadly he is also a mage, so schemes and plots just tend to land on his doorstep much to his chagrin. He has successfully been keeping his head down for quite a while but now the Council of Mages has a job for him (as do a couple of other factions), and he finds it hard to say no. His regret is immediate and ends up pulling others in his life, friends, into life-threatening situations. I thought the plot was well crafted and the characters are really well drawn. Alex Verus as our main characters has some darker secrets in his past that I am looking forward to finding out more about it. The secondary characters, which included a cursed girl named Luna and a Time Mage named Sonder, are pretty good although I hope they get more fleshed out in later books.I'm so glad they did! I liked it an awful lot and I look forward to reading the rest of the series!

Fun book, and a series...

Fun book, and a series I'll continue. Alex runs a 'magic' shop. He's a diviner, rather than a mage, which has it's drawbacks. However, since he can see the future he's in high demand from competing forces looking for a magical artifact. Told in first person, with lots of humor. Enjoyable all round.

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