- Non Fiction
Chosen: An Alex Verus Novel by Benedict Jacka
List Price: £5.99
Kindle Edition: 353 Pages.
Published: 05 September 2013 by Orbit
'Holidays are about surviving the gaps between one meal and another.'
For one long hot summer in Devon, three families are sharing one very big house in the country. The Herreras: made up of two tired parents, three grumbling children and one promiscuous dog; the Littles: he's loaded (despite two divorces and five kids), she's gorgeous, but maybe the equation for a truly happy marriage is a bit more complicated than that; and the Browns, who seem oddly jumpy around people, but especially each other.
By the pool, new friendships blossom; at the aga door, resentments begin to simmer. Secret crushes are formed and secret cigarettes cadged by the teens, as the adults loosen their inhibitions with litres of white wine and start to get perhaps a little too honest ...
Mother hen to all, Evie Herreras has a life-changing announcement to make, one that could rock the foundations of her family. But will someone else beat her to it?
by Debra Found
The Excellent Series Continues
Alex Verus our urban
wizard is sharing his house with 3 adepts. Having kept himself to
himself fairly much over recent years he is surprised to discover
that he does quite enjoy having other people around. Things never
stay quiet around Verus for long and this is no exception. A group of
youngsters burst onto the scene seeking revenge for the past. Verus
hasn't always been quiet urban wizard and despite trying to do the
right thing he hasn't always been successful and now the past has
This is a series which has
gone from strength to strength as it has progressed. We have seen the
development of Alex Verus' character as he is now. This book gives us
insight into Verus' past which has only really been hinted at with
the odd snippets of information. This book goes a long way towards
explaining some of Alex Verus character. Luna, Varim and Anne are
back struggling to come to terms with the new information about
Verus. They are faced with the very real dilemma of accepting who
Verus is now or judging him on past events.
This is a darker book that
the previous ones in the series. Having said that there are still
lighter moments and it isn't all serious. The action starts early on
& the book just continues to flow. It is well written, easy to
read and hard to put down.
Moves the series up a level
The author moves this character and his series of books on to a whole new level with this instalment. Where the previous books were entertaining they were also quite light in tone despite dealing with some quite difficult issues to do with power and its use/abuse. This novel is much darker in tone and richer in texture. I strongly advise anyone new to the series to read the previous volumes before tackling this one as you will then get the full benefit of what the author has done here.
Alex has filled his flat with the apprentices he rescued in the previous story and is occupied with them and Luna. He comes under attack and has to work out how to deal with those who want to hurt him and also how to handle people from the past who wish to avenge themselves on him for the activities of his first master and his apprentices. There are no easy answers here. Alex doesn't have particularly strong magic and although his ability to see alternative futures is useful it can't save him in a battle of magic. He has changed since his youth and deeply regrets what happened but he was never made to pay for what he was involved in.
This is a book about the boundary of black and white, light and dark, good and evil. Can people change ? Should people pay for the actions of their youth ? Where do you draw the line when defending yourself ? You may be surprised at the choices that Alex makes and what that reveals about him as a man.
Some excellent writing here which makes clear the difficulty of moral choices and the limitations of individual power. A great read - I look forward to seeing how the author develops Alex's character further.