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Review: Fated by Benedict Jacka

Fated by Benedict Jacka (Alex Verus #1)

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Synopsis from Goodreads
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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8.5/10

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Alex Verus series has serious potential, my dear readers. Nice dry sense of humour, an underdog main character with a peculiar skill of a seer, plenty of action and even an impossible love story... What's not to love?

I've enjoyed Alex's personality immensely. There is just enough Harry Dresden and Atticus O'Sullivan in him, that that combination makes any fan of Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne snatch this book like a hot cake.


The world-building was pretty easy to follow. Alex's world s separated into Light and Dark mages. He used to be a Dark mage's apprentice and a slave, but managed to escape and now lives mostly under radar, owning a magic shop in London.

When Council of Light mages finds a very powerful artifact able to change Fate of the world, they need Verus's particular skill to gain access to it without getting killed, but so as Dark mages. He is stuck n this tug of war and every possibility of the future he can look at involves his imminent and painful death.

Now Alex and his own apprentice, Luna, need to use every trick in the book to stay alive and not to let any of the megalomaniacs among the mages control the artifact.

Lovely, charming read, which made me want to pick up book#2  Cursed and book#3 Taken straight away.

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Очень легко и интересно читается и несомненно придётся по вкусу поклонникам Джима Бутчера и Кевина Хеарна. В Алексе Верусе есть немного и Гарри Дрездена и Аттикуса О'Салливана, свой сухой юмор и колорит.

Алекс - бывший подмастерье и раб Тёмного мага, от которого ему удалось сбежать несколько лет назад. Его мир разделён на Тёмных и Светлых магов, а сам Алекс предпочитает жить тихо, не высовываясь и оплачивая счета своим магическим магазином в Лондоне.

Только вот Совет Светлых магов обнаружил могущественный магический артифакт, который в правильных руках может изменить судьбу мира, и им нужен предвидец, чтобы до него добраться и не умереть в процессе.

Магический дар Алекса, как вы уже догадались, предвидение, и когда Светлые маги нанимают его для открытия артифакта, Тёмные маги пытаются добраться до него первыми, и как бы Алекс не смотрел в будущее, каждая возможность ведёт к его неминуемой и мучительной смерти.

Теперь ему и его ученице Луне предстоит перехитрить судьбу, добраться до артифакта первыми, не отдать его в руки злодеев и выжить. Всего-то и дел!

Хороший темп действия, интересные персонажи и достаточно ясное построение мира. Хочу прочитать продолжение (вышли ещё две книги в серии) и вам советую.
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