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:
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Benedict Jacka’s fruitful Alex Verus series begins here, introducing the titular mage with equal parts dry wit and breezy world-building. A future-seeing outsider of the magic establishment in an alternate London, Alex goes from running a humdrum shop to dodging a hornet’s nest of enchanted in-fighting. Between Alex’s sardonic first-person narration and a quirky cast of supporting characters, Fated is a fresh take on urban fantasy that should appeal to fans of both Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files and TV’s Grimm. Inventive, clever and fun, this tightly calibrated adventure invites us to jump right into the rest of the series.
Jacka's extremely promising urban fantasy series starter introduces cheeky British diviner Alex Verus, who's caught in the middle of a conflict between Light and Dark mages over an ancient magical weapon. Alex can not only see all possible futures but can often choose which ones to make real, so both sides want to use him as a tool. Alex, alienated from other mages because he has developed empathy for the beings around him, refuses to take sides. To save himself and his dependents Luna, a lonely, cursed young woman, and Starbreeze, an ancient air elemental who's "dumb as a sack of rocks" he's forced to think and move nimbly through London and its associated magical realms. Jacka deftly invents the rules of magic as he goes along, creating an emotionally satisfying story arc and a protagonist who will keep readers coming back.
If you love Jim Butcher, you love this series!
Just finished reading the entire Alex Verus series, it’s a really good set and a fun read.