Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Burned: By Benedict Jacka



Diviner Alex Verus finally made one too many enemies on the Council of Mages, and now one of them is angry enough to have him executed. Fighting for his life is nothing new, but this kill order also calls for the death of Alex’s dependents—and there’s no way that he’ll let Luna, Anne, and Vari take the heat.

With only a week before he’s history, Alex will have to figure out how to disassociate himself from his friends, scrounge up allies on the Council, and hopefully keep his head attached to his body.

But saving himself is going to bring him into direct opposition with his former master and the Dark mages surrounding him. And, this time, escaping with his life might mean losing his soul...

What impressed me most about Burned was the way in which the ramifications and events from the last few books all came rushing back into a single convergence that had to be reckoned with in Burned, thereby leading the series to a new plateau and breaking away from the rut that many writers find themselves stuck in.

In fact, since third the book in the series, Mr. Jacka has advanced his writing and story development by leaps and bounds. In Burned, as I mentioned before,  Alex is left dealing with the numerous enemies he has accumulated over the course of the series. The light mages have placed a death verdict on not just him but also all of his allies and it's up to Alex to use all of his tricks and everything remaining up his sleeves to do everything in his power to keep his loved ones safe. If that does grip you as a reader than I don't know what will. Jacka spends a good deal of the book setting up a a series of twists and turns that will leave readers shocked and enthralled. While I don't want to give anything away, I can say that through these twists and surprises leave Alex's allies in hot water often putting them to the test of the extent of their allegiance to Alex.

As for the nonstop action that fans of the series have come to expect, Burned is no exception to this. Burned is full of pulse pounding and exhilarating action and storylines and yet still has time to make significant advancements in the storyline.

All in all, if you can't tell from my gushing review of this book, I like he's Burned. My only regret is that I have to wait for months for the next book. But please be advised that Benedict Jacka is no longer an up and coming talent, he has now clearly arrived and it is everything fans of his series could have hoped for and more.


Published: April 5, 2016

Publisher: Ace

Price: $7.99

Link to Buy: http://www.amazon.com/Burned-An-Alex-Verus-Novel-ebook/dp/B011IVP3UG/ref=pd_sim_351_19?ie=UTF8&dpID=51oUnOtbx%2BL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_OU01_AC_UL160_SR99%2C160_&refRID=1R2QDZSBVQQ112D5PH4Z


  1. Yah not pissed off at all by the cliffhanger ending I mean what the hell not like its going to be another frigging year for the next book or anything /disgusted

  2. The cliffhanger didn't bother me, what bothered me was that it was basically Raiders of the Lost Ark. Alex reels from one disaster to another, and even his victories are the work of his enemies, or involve them defeating each other without his intervention. The whole thing was him running like a hamster in a wheel. I kind of like the hero to have some kind of hand in what happens to him. Honestly, why he doesn't hang around his adversaries wearing his mistcloak until the futures tell him when he can strike and kill them I'll never know. Mistcloak + Divination = perfect assassin. "removing" the corrupt senior council members would have fixed his problems for him, and he's already shown he's willing to kill to protect himself and his allies.