Sunday, February 26, 2012

Fated: By Benedict Jacka



Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running 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 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 relic from a long-ago 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 none...


It’s hard to decide what makes someone pick up a book.

Is it the cover (the be honest most likely, because lets be honest people do judge books by their covers)? Is it the title (usually to some degree…)? Or do people even decide based on the blurb on the front of the book.

Well, when you have Jim butcher endorse an urban fantasy, you can bet it’s going to be a good book. And in the case of Fated, it darn well is.

Actually, to be honest Fated is better than just darn good, it’s outstanding. Fated takes no time diving into the meat of the story, as readers are introduced into the magic and action within the first few pages. The concept of having a diviner as a protagonist is unique and really makes for some interesting situations. Further the fact that he has to rely on his wits and constantly be looking at the future to make sure he isn’t attacked or threatened, since he has no real powers besides divination, really adds something to the intrigue of the story.

Of course, besides having an interesting plot that moves at a break neck speed Fated is also filled with characters that are well made and even more importantly well developed throughout the story. Alex reminds me a lot of Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden and Kevin Hearne’s Atticus O’Sullivan. He is shrewd, quick witted, and the kind of protagonist you just find yourself constantly rooting for, even when they have to make hard decisions, demonstrating that they aren’t as good or as perfect as you once thought. Of course besides Alex, Luna and (the Spider) are also fantastic characters that readers will learn to love as Jacka does a fantastic job growing the characters.

All in all I loved this book. The narrative style was gripping, the story interesting and fast paced, and the characters well made and developed. A truly fantastic read that I’d recommend to anyone who is a fan of Kevin Hearne, Jim Butcher, or Ben Aaronovitch.

9 out of 10


Publisher: Ace

Published: February 28, 2012

Price: $7.99

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