Chosen (Alex Verus #4) by Benedict Jacka
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected Publication: August 27th, 2013 by Ace
I don’t publicly advertise that I’m a mage, but I don’t exactly hide it either, and one of the odd things I’ve learnt over the years is just how much you can get away with if you’re blatant enough. Hide something behind smoke and mirrors and make people work to find it, and they’ll tear the place down looking for what’s there.
Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable futures—a talent that’s 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 isn’t 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 he’s afraid of what his friends—including his apprentice, Luna—will think of his past. But if they’re going to put themselves at risk, they need to know exactly what kind of man they’re fighting for...
Spoiler free for the series.
I have really been enjoying the Alex Verus books. I read the first three last year and was SO excited when I got this fourth book. I really didn't want the series to end! This series has been compared to The Dresden Files, which I haven't yet read, but own and hope to read soon.
Alex is a character that feels real to me. I love a male point-of-view anyway, but Alex Verus just has a voice that I really enjoy. He doesn't have a big ego and tries his hardest to stay out of trouble. He will even admit that his best choice (and chance) is to stay out of conflicts. Unfortunately it's just not that easy. Trouble seems to find him. Alex's divining (being able to see into different futures) is his special mage ability. And it works amazingly well. This allows him to know what will happen for any move he makes, bringing him to choose the right move and hopefully escape with his life. He is one crazy multi-tasker!
In this book Alex's past is catching up with him. Something happened long ago and someone has come to take revenge. This brings up a lot of right or wrong questions. If someone is trying to kill you, how far do you go to defend yourself? Especially when some of those attacking you are only doing so under orders of one whose revenge may be slightly misplaced? There's a lot to think about here and even hours after finishing the book I'm still thinking about it. It's a tough one...
I really felt a lot for Alex in this book. I felt like it definitely got more emotional than the previous books, bringing in his past quite a lot. It also opened up a new plot arc that I predict will be one crazy ride. I felt like Alex was just getting hit life together, and suddenly things have started falling apart a bit. I most certainly look forward to seeing where things go, and how he survives the next round of crazy that's sure to come his way.
Alex Verus is a quick thinking, street smart, butt kicking machine who is also funny, kind-hearted, bold and noble. If you haven't met him yet, you need to get on that pronto!
Disclosure: I received this book for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.