Sunday, September 23, 2012

Taken: By Benedict Jacka



Alex Verus’s insights into the future used to be the best-kept secret in London. Now, with the aid of his apprentice, Luna, his unique investigative talents are all the rage. He just has to be careful about picking his employers, because everyone—even the beautiful woman who practically begs him to run security for a prestigious tournament—has motives that can be hard to predict. And Alex doesn’t do unpredictable.

But his latest gig just might be impossible. Apprentices have been vanishing without a trace—and someone on the Council could be involved. Alex has no evidence, no witnesses, and no suspects. All he knows is that someone is keeping tabs on him. And after assassins target Luna’s classmate, Alex sees that he doesn’t know the half of it—and that he could be the next to disappear.


With my reading of Taken, Benedict Jacka’s third book in his Alex Versus series, I can say with utmost confidence that this series rocks.

Jacka does a fantastic job creating a grey character that readers are able to root for. He does not want to be involved in the world of wizarding affairs, he does not want to save the day, but he does want to not die tragically, and he’s unable to sit ideally by while his apprentice, or even other wizards’ apprentices are put in harms way.

Taken is filled to the brim with action, and readers will be absolutely delighted to see Luna enter the action. Not only is there the normal level of kill or be killed action that Alex always seems to find himself in (at least in books 1-3), but the apprentices and Luna get to enter the foray with duels.

All in all I am a huge fan of Jacka’s Alex Versus series. I think the characters are well crafted, the story well written, and each book filled to the brim with non-stop action. I must read for anyone claiming to be a fan of urban fantasy.


Publisher: Ace

Published: August 28, 2012

Price: $7.99

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