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Fated By Benedict Jacka

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Fated is a fantastic debut novel This is what urban fantasy can accomplish taking fantasy concepts and giving them a new spin in a modern setting Jacka uses the concept of an age old war between Dark and Light Mages and sets it in contemporary London While many will think of Dresden and ecommend this to fans of that great series I don t even think it s fair to compare them outside of the fact that they
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both male POV urban novels with magical protagonists Jacka writes his own book here and I loved him for it Yes it does have the somewhat smart alecky down on his luck magical protagonist but actually Alex Verus and Harry Dresden couldn t be differentWhile I am not a big fan of witchcraft themes in urban fantasy I love the idea of modern day mages and magic users This book is for those who like to see the magical battles without all the spellwork and spellcasting along with it And the one thing that felt so efreshing and delightfully distinct was the fact that Alex is a Diviner His main ability is to see the future and shift through possible outcomes and choose the best one for his situation This makes Alex of a thinking man hero as opposed to a eactiveshoot first and ask uestions last hero His strength is his ability to assess the situation and choose wisely He will be the first to admit that he s often out numbered and our powered by his adversaries but that just makes me loyal and oot for him all the Because of the fact that he has been the punching bag Alex has a lot of humility and grace for those who aren t strong I espected his sense of ight and wrong even if he s not EXACTLY WHAT YOU D CALL A BOY SCOUTLUNA IS what you d call a Boy ScoutLuna is interesting secondary character I felt for her situation and I have a feeling that her Before Copernicus relationship with Alex will continue to be pivotal in this series In some ways they aren t that different Both isolated and ostracized for being different They have a strong connection even just on that levelI found the storyline very interesting Alex having to navigate through shark infested waters of political and physically violent power struggles between Dark and Light Mages Jacka endows his world with a lot of weight and texture He takes the urban fantasy genre is a much needed different direction Instead of treading on the overtrodden territory of vampires werewolves and even faerie he focuses on magic users and not the kind you usually see in urban fantasy novels I found his insights into the social dynamics of Dark Mages uite enlightening and it felt veryealistic Although he doesn t dwell on it there are some very disturbing and dark no pun intended aspects to their concept of power an. Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight unning a magic shop in London And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages he does have the advantage of foreseeing the. D how it s obtained and usedThis took a while to ead because the print in my copy was tiny But that doesn t mean I while to Health and Wellbeing in Childhood read because the print in my copy was tiny But that doesn t mean I bored I was too sucked in to feel boredom Urban fantasy is one of my favorite genres so I do have high expectations but this one exceeded those nicely I was drawn into this world whenever I picked up the book toead and I will definitely Child Support, for the Non-Custodial Parent, Alabama Edition (Series 1, for the Non-Custodial Parent) read of this series I highlyecommend this to fans of urban fantasy especially those looking for something different I picked this up because it kept getting cross ecommendations with Ben Aaronovitch s Rivers of London series It has some tropes in Aaronovitch s Rivers of London
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It has some tropes contemporary London with secret magic first person narrator I think it could have something of the same elationship for me as Krentz s books do for Crusie s methadone while waiting for a slower and sophisticated writer I suspect Jacka is somewhat younger than Aaronovitch I d probably have given this 3 stars except a minor spear carrier named Barrayar flitted across the page at one point which amused meJacka also starts with his narratorprotagonist already fairly high powered and knowledgeable which means he has to catch the eader up on much backfill than Aaronovitch s Peter Grant who along with the eader begins at the beginning and learns going forward The naive character whether main or not who needs everything explained is an invaluable addition to many kinds of narratives I must say Jacka has a The Organization Man rather charming secondary character Luna who serves some of this functionAlex Verusuns a magic shop another excellent old trope that gives excuse for several kinds of fun in London partly as cover for his other activities Alex s particular talent is as a seer with an interestingly limited ability to see into the future This is not always as much help as could be hoped and so thereby hangs the tale Since a lot of other powerful and not necessarily nice magical people would like to make use of this talent on behalf of their own agendas bringing the plot to him Alex freuently gets to be hero and maguffin in one Luna too has unusual powers with decided downsides Krebszellen mögen keine Sonne. Vitamin D - der Schutzschild gegen Krebs, Diabetes und Herzerkrankungen: Ärztlicher Rat für Betroffene. Mit Vitamin-D-Barometer ... reuiring clever work aroundsThe magical and other world building feels a trifle generic in this first novel of the series and I m not entirely sure why since there are plenty of inventive details Iather liked the concept of the sociopathic mages It may all grow complex as the series wends on which I am inclined to give it a chance to do Sale Alert Kindle Daily Deal 24Jul20 19935 Wizarding World StarsSure sure you are thinking another UF series about a magewizard I know I So I was just falling off the wagon and wetting my whistle with a bit of Urban Fa. Possible future allowing him to pull off operations that have a million to one chance of success But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a elic from a long ago. Ntasy that was The Guardian Team: On the Job with Rena and Roo recommended to meecently and I can honestly say that I got The Mathematics of Financial Derivatives: A Student Introduction really drunk Not alcohol alas but on magicI d just been sifting through all the wonders of the Spacing Guild from Dune and the minor predictive powers of the Jediecently so imagine my surprise when I get to ead about a Dresden ish mage in London who can augur himself through all the twisty paths of time to answer important uestions like Who s going to be killing me in the next fifteen seconds and how can I get out of this damn mess or This is a pretty nasty puzzle placed before me If I can walk all the paths and figure out how to solve it without becoming a crispy critter then go meI admit I laughed loud when MR JACKA GAVE AN EXPLICIT LITERARY NOD TO A Jacka gave an explicit literary nod to a mage in Chicago It warmed my cockles And it also set the tone for the mind candy treat that I was about to gobble upThe trick with these kinds of books is how to balance powerful magic against natural limitations andor outside mitigations while keeping in the eader enthralled with a good tale and he did it The plot put this poor neutral mage into the leading Information Security Governance roll of a ping pong ball between the white mages and the black mages of London all of whom want him because of his powers of Divination and the fact that he was the only Diviner stupid enough to have not headed for the hills when the storm began toiseFun Exciting We ve even got a bit of a love interest beginning to brew and I think I like her problems a lot than Alex s Oh wait this isn t her tale But I m guessing she s going to get a lot screen time with a second book named Cursed GoodieI have no complaints about this novel It s light and fun and there s lots of action and even a bit of snark Sound like UF Wait It s Good Urban Fantasy I ve only ead one book so far but it s shaping up to be as good as the best stuff of that little mage in Chicago We ll see I ve got high hopes NEW REVIEW 2018 Warning This eview contains the usual andom fanart and pointless comics done by me Enjoy All images can be found with better esolution here wonder how explaining these books to people would goOk ok I know people keep COMPARING ALEX VERUS TO HARRY DRESDEN BUT YOU KNOW Alex Verus to Harry Dresden But you know now that I have finally Widow of Dartmoor read the first 7 books of the Dresden Files thus becoming a specialist on the topic I can safely say I like Alex Verus a LOT LOT LOOOOT betterWhyEPIC MAGIC FIGHTS POLITICS COOL PLOT TWISTS MAGIC EVERYWHERE ONE LOVE INTEREST LONDON PROTAGONIST IS A DIVINER AND IT S AWESOME WHEN USED IN FIGHTS OR EVERYDAY LIFE MAGIIIIIIIC continues fangirling for a few minutesOk we all haveeasons to esonate with some charactersstories than others Me perso. Mage war he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful And thanks to his abilities Alex can predict that by taking the job his odds of survival are about to go from slim to no. ,