by Benedict Jacka
Series: Alex Verus #4
Narrator: Gildart Jackson
Length: 10 hours and 24 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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 ...
Narrated by Gildart Jackson, Chosen by Benedict Jacka is the fourth book in the Alex Verus urban fantasy series. Jacka delivered an action-packed tale that gave the listener some serious insight into our diviner, Alex.
When the story opens, Alex is sharing his flat with Anne and Variam, whom we met in Taken. They’ve all become fast friends and it’s all rather cozy with shared meals and game night. It was nice seeing this more relaxed side of Alex. He is trying to find these young apprentices, Mages to begin their training. Kind of like a protective father.
We’ve known for a time Alex trained with a Dark Mage named Richard, and that those times were dark but I never imagined how dark. Listeners will discover how dark in Chosen. It was well down, addictive and an eye-opening look into the Mage world.
It seems a group of adepts led by a young man set on revenge is seeking to destroy dark mages and Alex is one of those targets as his past meets his present. This gave the tale an addictive, action-packed pace as we tried to outrun and hide from these clever, determined young characters.
Suspenseful and enlightening Chosen held me captive as we learned about Alex’s past and why this young adept wants Alex dead. The strongest Alex Verus novel to date Jacka truly fleshed out all aspects of Alex and presented his vulnerable side. Alex appears cocky and even arrogant or uncaring in the beginning but with each novel we truly see the depth of this man and I quite like him. The spider is wise. *winks*
If you are looking for a fresh, original urban fantasy series, and enjoy the Dresden Files and Vesik series, add these to your audio-shelf.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
Who doesn’t love the moments when we get to see the tough and cocky guy showing his vulnerable side and being calm and mellow? We all love it!
Debbie S Haupt
Great review Kim, I think I may have read the first in this series, I’m going to check that out because I think I want to pick up where I left off!
Anne - Books of My Heart
Well you know I have come to LOVE these and am so happy I chose them for my Read-along in 2019. I didn’t know anything about them and what a lucky choice. I love the narration too! Excellent review.
it feels like life’s too good for poor guy and now God’s punishing him
Its good that the series keeps getting stronger. I think I am going to add this to my reading list.
enjoyed the review. the cover and title have me curious
sherry @ fundinmental
I don’t read a lot of Urban Fantasy but this sounds good.
Neat how this latest shows the writer coming into his own with a well developed and riveting character and plot. I do want to get to this series after you and Anne’s reviews. 🙂
Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out
Sounds like a good series, thanks for sharing your thoughts