Taken represents the next chapter not only in the life of Alex Verus but in the life of author Benedict Jacka as well, as they both grow in their abilities. It is with. Taken. Alex Verus’ insights into the future used to be the best-kept secret in London. Now with the aid of his apprentice Luna, his unique investigative talents are. Taken (Alex Verus, book 3) by Benedict Jacka – book cover, description, publication history.

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Then I started this novel, and I left all others behind, to sit and wait till I granted them an audience. At times, Alex Verus is prone to the monologue but it does not, in my opinion, reflect poorly on the book.

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Its streets are lined with haunted ruins, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine runs black, thick with ashes and I hope we see her again, and I am going to put my prediction out there right now that she and Luna are going to get in a spat over a particular someone. The alchemy of gunpowder fused with the magic of sorcery. Read it get it done then what. The main premise is simple enough: He just has to be careful about picking his employers, because everyone – even the beautiful woman who practically begs him to run security for a prestigious tournament – has motives that can be hard to predict.

Taken (Alex Verus, #3) by Benedict Jacka

The Best Books of I’ve read all that are in print and look forward to the next which is due out soon. I hope that Jacka gives us a bit more in the next Alex Verus novel. It’s not that the characters pull you in, but the way in which Jacka can take a basic plot and twist it all up according to the rules of this world he has created. And we can do it all in the middle of a mage tournament he would never have considered attending, if he hadn’t been forced to do it for the investigation.


The action scenes are good but, really, I need more meat on these bones. How to write a great review. Yet there’s one invitation he just can’t refuse. But what happens when someone doesn’t It’s hard to say what changed. The pattern seems to be that Alex takes a job he reluctantly agrees to take, different factions attempt to pull him in different directions, and we explore a little bit more of the various aspects of the mage world, with a few fun action sequences thrown in.

At the beginning of the series I thought Luna would be a love interest but now it seems she’ll be more of a sidekick. Stratus wakes alone, with no memory of his past.

Taken by Benedict Jacka

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The last time Brnedict read I tken trouble praising books, I much prefer to criticize them cause it’s easier. The Characters Alex Verus is a diviner, able to see thousands of possible futures at a time, who just happens to run a magic shop in Camden Town. There are so many surprises 4. Alex has no evidence, no witnesses, and no suspects.

Taken by Benedict Jacka book review

It makes sense and is different enough from everything else to make it feel unique. From the beginning I’ve enjoyed the myth-building behind this series.


Looking for More Great Reads? Books by Benedict Jacka. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days When will my order arrive? I found this very difficult to put down, and I’m really enjoying how the series is developing. I haven’t binged read a takn of fantasy books like this since I was a little kid reading under the covers at night so my parents wouldn’t catch me awake.

On the plus side, Luna wasn’t acting like a spoiled brat in this book. Before I give 5 jscka to this tomes I want to finish the entire series, just to analyze them in a proper context.

In my reading history, I have experienced a bit of jxcka with urban fantasy written by British authors for similar things. Any minor deficiencies were covered by the narrators wonderful narration and tempo. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Aug 28, Pages Buy. I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first two.

Much of the story occurs during an apprentice dueling tournament. About this title Audio Format.

Alex Verus then goes undercover to figure out all he can about this disappearances. He finds old acquaintances and grudges of the past, he’s introduced to new characters along the way, and he finds a lot of trouble too. Prior to this, a lot of apprentices had gone missing, vanishing into thin air, with no possible way to track them down.