National bestselling author Benedict Jacka returns to the world of Alex Verus...
I thought I’d escaped my past. But my old master is back and making a new play for power. And he’s not the only one targeting me…
Diviner Alex Verus and the Council that governs the magical community have never gotten along. But with his former teacher back in Britain, Alex is in desperate need of allies, and he’ll do whatever it takes to get them—even if it means accepting a job with the Keepers, enforcing magical law.
Alex forms an uneasy alliance with his new partner, Caldera, but his attempt at legitimacy quickly turns lethal when a mission puts him in possession of an item that factions both inside and outside of the Council would kill to get their hands on.
Once again caught in the middle of a deadly conflict, Alex will need all his abilities to figure out who his friends are—especially when enemies are hiding on all sides…
Jacka continues his consistently smart and exciting urban fantasy series, set in present-day London, with this finely crafted sixth installment (after Hidden). Series protagonist Alex Verus, a diviner who can see multiple futures, is grappling with long- and short-term problems. His erstwhile master, the Dark mage Richard Drakh, is back in Britain, slowly gathering power and laying deep plots; consequently, Alex realizes that becoming affiliated with the Keepers, the police-like group that enforces the decrees of the Light Council, may be a practical way to get himself some protection. Unfortunately, while he and his crusty partner, Caldera, are investigating a magical deal gone murderously wrong, Alex discovers that the supposedly moral Light cabal working against Richard is also sanctioning a network of brothels for pedophiles. As usual, Jacka's intelligent extrapolations of magic form the basis for a convincing story that features Alex's prickly relations with his friends and allies and that shows how magical powers complicate moral choices rather than simplifying them. Fortunately, Alex is as clever as he is cheeky, a sympathetic and daring grappler with ethical dilemmas.