Taken represents the next chapter not only in the life of Alex Verus but in the life of author Benedict Jacka as well, as they both grow in their abilities. It is with. Taken. Alex Verus’ 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. Taken (Alex Verus, book 3) by Benedict Jacka – book cover, description, publication history.

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Taken (Alex Verus, book 3) by Benedict Jacka

It is with great joy that I can sit and read a book by an author and appreciate their willingness to grow in their craft, which is what I believe is happening to Jacka with each Alex Verus novel he publishes.

Quentin Coldwater’s life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: Their throats jacks then slit. Some are very good others are ok. There’s a place called Fountain Reach. And Alex doesn’t do unpredictable. Mind magic, life magic, time magic, space magic and elemental magic are all skill sets that are discussed and developed. He is hired to look into the unexplained disappearances of mage apprentices.

I feel one uacka the best compliments I can give an author is that their work continuously gets better, and that is definitely true of Jacka. Much of the story occurs during an apprentice dueling tournament. Ancient seat of the Aubuchon dynasty.

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It seems terribly inefficient and just dumb. Aug 20, Mandapanda rated it really liked it Shelves: Fated is highly enjoyable — Sun Jacka writes a deft thrill-ride of an urban fantasy – a stay-up-all-night read. Now with the aid of his apprentice Luna, his unique investigative talents are all the rage.


Anne, the classmate, is intriguing as well as scary.

Overall rating No ratings yet 0. Or at least, I’m going to like Ms. From the beginning I’ve enjoyed the myth-building behind this series. Mostly I’ve been disappointed. Solid read that’s building on the precognition premise, this time revolving around missing mage apprentices from both the light and dark camps.

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Jul 12, Veronica rated it liked it Shelves: All he knows is that someone is keeping tabs on him. Such is Beneidct Verus discovering. I can recommend these. Two Ravens and One Crow: Sep 25, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: The Best Books of He writes a wonderfully tight story, with great pacing, and lots of interesting characters.

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Jul 23, Phrynne rated it it was amazing. It probably wouldn’t have been so noticable if the original source wasn’t one of the all-time creepiest things that I’ve ever read, so the similarities actually enhanced my reading experience since I kept picturing the terrifying manga images. There is some wiggle room with the ending and I think that we may or may not see them come back.

This has kept the characters and story world from feeling stale. We’ll publish them on our site once we’ve reviewed them.

Burned Alex Verus series: Taken 6 13 Jun 20, Unlike authors who will toss their readers right in and hope for the best, or like authors who are hesitant about world building overpowering the story and so only give sporadic infodumps, Jacka finds a balance between the two. All he knows is that someone is keeping tabs on him. The only thing he does know is that someone is keeping tabs on him.


A little more desciptors would be welcomed. It’s good that Luna’s position as apprentice has been firmly established — no more of that confusion whether Luna will be his friend or at one time, I thought would be his love interest. Aug 28, Pages. Then I started this novel, and I left all others behind, to sit and wait till I granted them an audience.

Multiple storyline parallel cleanly and converge with clarity. The book I have in the second bathroom gets the least attention. Things like blowing stuff up, setting stuff on fire, smashing stuff with force, these just aren’t Alex’s forte’.

Feb 07, Red Wolf rated it it was amazing. Read it get it done then what. Third in the series and still firing on all cylinders! Looking for More Great Reads? They’re vanishing without a trace and even the best mages can’t find a sign, so the powers that be “sort of” call Alex. Alex, naturally, is one of the few good guys, interested in good and protecting others, and I love how Jacka easily lets us know how very powerful Alex is even as he balances it with Third in the Alex Verus urban fantasy revolving around an independent well, he’s trying not to belong to a faction mage in Camden Town.

Paris in the aftermath of the Great Magicians War. Readers have been spoiled by getting the first 3 books so quickly.