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Life is quiet for Alex Verus. Amazing.
With a flat full of friends (and the occasional fish), and business booming, why not enjoy the humdrum here and now?
But of course that's too good to be true. In a sudden and cruel pincer movement of fate, Alex finds himself fighting a sinister and powerful gang as well as his own demons - for the same crime.
Held hostage by the choices of his past, Alex's future is now in jeopardy . . .
Jacka puts other urban fantasists to shame with the fourth Alex Verus novel (after Taken), a stellar blend of thoughtful philosophy and explosive action populated by a stereotype-defying diverse cast. Verus, who can see myriad possible futures, has carved out a niche for himself in an alternate London divided between equally self-serving "Dark" and "Light" magicians. Having taken in three troubled students forthright curse-wielder Luna, quiet life mage Anne, and sullen fire mage Variam he's not quite sure how to help them find their feet. Then Verus is attacked by Will Traviss, whose sister Verus abducted back when he was a na ve Dark apprentice. Besieged by Will's gang of adepts, Verus reluctantly enlists hard-hitting allies, wanting to protect himself and his wards while sympathizing with the vulnerable young idealists who commit violence in the name of righteousness. The protracted final battle is both dramatically destructive and emotionally brutal, with Jacka never letting any character get away with easy answers to the hard questions of life in a perpetual magical war zone.