Fated Benedict Jacka (Alex Verus #1) First review by my partner (Auri1981)
In this book you are introduced to Alex Verus, an anarchist among his fellow mages’ (although he wont admit it!) Alex and his company of unlikely allies go in search of the ‘Fate-weaver’ relic (London’s answer to the deathly hallows)
Finding the ‘Fate-Weaver’ is no easy task as it is hidden within labyrinth of traps and obstacles. Alex and his companions will have to out run and out wit the councils grudging dark mage recruits in a race to keep the relic out of the wrong hands.
This book is fast paced, humorous and gripping from the start. I enjoyed it so much that I have already bought the Alex Verus #2 Cursed
Camden, North London. A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads and waterways. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals and where tourists and moody teenagers mingle.
In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won’t sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you’re looking for, he might just be able to help. That’s if he’s not too busy avoiding his would-be apprentice, foiling the Dark, outwitting the Light, and investigating a mysterious relic that has just turned up at the British Museum.
Fated, published by Orbit, 1st March 2012, 352 pages
A little bit about the author- Benedict Jacka became a writer almost by accident, when at nineteen he sat in his school library and started a story in the back of an exercise book. Since then he’s studied philosophy at Cambridge, lived in China, and worked as everything from civil servant to bouncer to teacher before returning to London to take up law. http://benedictjacka.co.uk/