Fated - Benedict Jacka


By Benedict Jacka

  • Release Date: 2012-03-01
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Size: 1.01 MB
Score: 4
From 31 Ratings

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The start of a compelling new urban fantasy series based in Camden, featuring Alex Verus - a mage with a dark past who can see the future . . .

'Harry Dresden would like Alex Verus tremendously - and be a little nervous around him. I just added Benedict Jacka to my must-read list. Fated is an excellent novel, a gorgeously realized world with a uniquely powerful, vulnerable protagonist. Books this good remind me why I got into the storytelling business in the first place' Jim Butcher, author of the Dresden Files

Camden, North London. A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads and waterways. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals and where tourists and moody teenagers mingle.
In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find 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 avoiding his would-be apprentice, foiling the Dark, outwitting the Light, and investigating a mysterious relic that has just turned up at the British Museum.

The books in the Alex Verus series are as follows:


  • Very mediocre

    By AlsoKnownAsFay
    This is bland, thin, watery stuff, derivative and uninspired, and laced with casual misogyny. Won't be buying any more. Tremendously disappointing - not a patch on the sparkling prose and exquisitely detailed evocations of Twenty First century London that one can find in the urban fantasies of Kate Griffin and Ben Aaronovitch. It's definitely a soggy Tesco Value take on the genre. (The central conceit of a protagonist burdened with the mixed blessing of being a diviner rather than a mage is good, and had a lot of potential; sadly that doesn't suffice to save this book.)