THE NEW ALEX VERUS NOVELI dont publicly advertise that Im a mage, but I dont exactly hide it either, and one of the odd things Ive learnt over the years is just how much you can get away with if youre blatant enough Hide something behind smoke and mirrors and make people work to find it, and theyll tear the place down looking for whats there.Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable futuresa talent thats gotten him out of many a tough scrape But this time, he may be in over his head Alex was once apprenticed to a Dark mage, and in his service he did a lot of things he isnt proud of.As rumors swirl that his old master is coming back, Alex comes face to face with his misdeeds in the form of a young adept whose only goal is to get revenge Alex has changed his life for the better, but hes afraid of what his friendsincluding his apprentice, Lunawill think of his past But if theyre going to put themselves at risk, they need to know exactly what kind of man theyre fighting for...
|Title||:||Chosen (An Alex Verus Novel, Band 4)|
|Format Type||:||Audio Book|
|Publisher||:||Ace 27 August 2013|
|Number of Pages||:||304 Seiten|
|File Size||:||693 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Chosen (An Alex Verus Novel, Band 4) Reviews
Im vierten Band der Alex-Verus-Reihe dreht sich vieles um die Frage, wieviel Gewalt ein Mensch noch verantworten kann oder darf. Ist Selbstverteidigung schon zu viel, weil man das eigene Leben über das der anderen stellt? Zur Handlung: Anne, die wir bereits aus Band zwei und drei kennen, wird entführt. Die Spuren führen zu ihrem alten Meister Sagash. Verus und Annes andere Freunde machen sich auf die Suche, allerdings muss Verus ungefähr ab dem zweiten Drittel des Buches das Abenteuer weitgehend alleine bestreiten. Verus wird mit seiner Vergangenheit konfrontiert, und wir erfahren, was mit Anne geschah, als Sagash sie zum ersten Mal gefangen hielt. Ausserdem lernen wir Verus' Vater kennen. Gegen Schluss wird eine neue sympathische Figur eingeführt, die uns hoffentlich für den nächsten Band erhalten bleibt: ein magischer Fuchs. Ein neues Haustier für Verus, sehr niedlich.
Chosen is the newest (fourth) entry in the Alex Verus series. First of all I have to applaud the author's decision to step up the pace of the series. Chosen reveals the darker side of Alex and was therefore even more interesting to read than the first three entries. As you have probably already read those you know what I am talking about. The ending hints at great things to come. So, to sum it up: Buy the book, read it and wait for the next one! Just like me. Verdict: The best book in the series and thoroughly entertaining.
If you like the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher, this is right up your alley. In fact, I would go as far as to say that this series is based in the same universe as the Dresden Files. It even gave a brief nod to Harry Dresden (though not by name) when the main protagonist mentions how there is a Mage who advertises in the Phone Book under Wizard. I gave one star off as there are several typos, mainly grammatical errors, that are quite annoying. Other than that, the story is solid and sets a proper foundation for all the characters. The pace of the story also remains relatively fast from start to finish. Personally, I hate when a story starts off strong only dry out at the arc and attempt to regain its pace at the last few chapters. Something I didn't notice too much with this book. All in all, a solid read. I will definitely continue on with the series.If you are a fan of the Dresden Files, this series is a must read. I can also recommend the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Herne if you are into the Magic aspect of the Fantasy Genre. There is plenty of sarcasm and lovable Characters in that series. It also ties in a few historical facts about the ancient Druid culture of the Celts of Brittany along with many other Pantheons.If not for the errors, hopefully the result of the Publisher and not the Author, it would be a solid 5 Star book.
I know people keep comparing these sort of books to "the Dresden files" and "the Iron Druid", whether they deserve it or not, because those are the "in" names in udrban fantasy. But what can I say? I came to this book in my constant search for "urban fantasy" fillers from the above mentioned books, and it was surprisingly good. In many ways better than they are.Let me explain a bit:In both Dresden and Iron Druid, I get the feeling that the characters keep "outgrowing" the world and as such the world needs to "expand" to challenge them. Each books adds a completely new part of the world "we never knew about" to explain how / why our protagonist - who just finished vanquishing all his foes in the last book - still needs to fight.So their world keeps expanding and that's OK, but we lose some of the "magic" of the beginning where they were just "ordinary people with some power living in an ordinary, urban, setting" and go further and further into "full" fantasy.I've read the first 3 Alex Verus books so far, and it doesn't really happen. Maybe it's because he isn't "one of the most powerful X" as in many other books, but instead is rather weak compared to... everyone. But he doesn't seem to outgrow the world, and his challanges are pretty much the same every book. Oh, he learns and grows etc, and makes friends on the way, but the same circumstances that troubled him in the previous books could just as easily trouble him in the next.It's a bit hard for me to articulate, but it's really good.-----------------------------------Also, I wanted to give a very special shoutout to the NARATION in this book (if you get the audio book in addition to the ebook). It's just done superbly. The narrator has the right accent, and just reads the book so well. If you're the kind of person like me who mostly "reads" books these days by listening to them on the car - then you know how bad narrators can ruin a book. Well, this one freaking makes the book. He's perfect.
The short version: I loved it! I received the book this morning and finished it this afternoon. This is the fourth in the series (Fated, Cursed, and Taken are the first three) and this installment fits right in. The author, Benedict Jacka, has created a tight, fully fleshed magical world, and a complex and nuanced protagonist in the Alex Verus series. Alex Verus grapples with his enemies and his issues without being maudlin or self-absorbed, and Mr. Jacka does this while maintaining continuity and without the dreaded Deus Ex Machina. Anyone who enjoys Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series or Kevin Hearn's Iron Druid Chronicles is certain to enjoy this series as well.For the uninitiated, Alex Verus, the title character, is a mage in a world of mages, apprentices, adepts, and oblivious normals, as well as a host of other magical beings. His magical power, divining or seeing into the multiple futures that lie ahead, although not flashy or powerful in itself, gives him many strengths. He can find people and things by mentally walking through the many future paths until he finds what he's looking for, or in the case of traps - what he's not looking for. In a similar way he can be invisible to a degree: he can choose to walk by just as you turn your head or glance at your phone. He can outfight most people by blocking a punch or dodging a bullet or spell before it's fired. The story really examines the power of knowledge and how intelligence can overcome greater physical power. Never-the-less, Alex has little in the way of direct power, making his gift better for avoiding trouble than overpowering it.The world he lives, and frequently almost dies in, is a bit simplistic, with a Council ruling over the self-concerned Light Mages, while Dark Mages, who are totally immoral sociopaths, are a law unto themselves. The two factions are at odds, but not at war, because the Light Mages are concerned only with keeping the uneasy peace rather than fighting for what is morally right. This conflict serves as a major driver in the series since Dark Mages can and do kill their apprentices or use them (and any adepts they catch) as cannon fodder while the Council does nothing. This is really my only problem with the series, as anyone can see that this, combined with the limited number of apprentice positions available for future Light Mages, would push many potential apprentices into the arms of the Dark. This is in fact what happened to Alex as a young apprentice, and only a dangerous choice allowed him to escape a future as a Dark Mage. Because of his history as an apprentice to a Dark Mage, Alex is shunned by Light Mages and the Council. Alex matures throughout the series, and his growth is told well, through tight, crisp writing. As the series progresses Alex slowly matures, gaining friends and even an apprentice.Caution: spoilers ahead.In this book, Alex, who was coerced by his master, a Dark Mage, into committing some morally questionable acts during his apprenticeship, comes face to face with his past. A group of young adepts (an adept is a kind of one-trick pony of the magical world) is bent on freeing adepts from persecution in the magical world by killing Dark Mages. The group, lead by the younger brother, Will, of a woman who was killed by Alex's former Master, have chosen Alex as the next on their hit list.Alex, for whom this woman's death was a turning point, is understandably unwilling to kill this young man, but his reticence almost gets him killed. Only after almost dying, and endangering his friends, does he stop running and take a stand. That he chooses to do this without his friends creates a large part of the conflict, and makes for a story with a lot of depth and also - action. I think the books, and especially this book, would translate well into a movie, with lots of well-described action and an opportunity for a director to order up some killer special-effects.