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Taken (Alex Verus #3)

4.1 of 5 stars 4.10  ·  rating details  ·  5,085 ratings  ·  259 reviews
Mage apprentices have been vanishing without a trace—and someone on the council might be involved. Alex Verus has no evidence, no witnesses, and no suspects. All he knows is that someone is keeping tabs on him. And after assassins target his own apprentice’s classmate, Alex sees that he doesn’t know the half of it—and that he could be the next to disappear...
Paperback, 313 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Ace
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Tim "The Enchanter"
Top Shelf Urban Fantasy - 5 Stars

Benedict Jacka raises his game in the third installment of the Alex Verus series. After a shaky start to the series, he has produced a book I can gladly display next to my favorite Urban Fantasy novels by Jim Butcher, Ben Aaronovitch and Larry Corriea. I have a soft spot for the wizard/mage who honestly attempts to solve a mystery. As in the early Dresden novels, the mystery and the investigation that takes centre stage. Taken first and foremost tells a great
⊱ Irena ⊰
I could probably find a couple of nitpicks if I tried really, really hard. But I won't. I had so much fun reading this book that I don't even care if there are any.

The main premise is simple enough: mage apprentices have been vanishing and Alex is asked to find more about it. As this is the third book in the series, it's not surprising that nothing is that simple when Alex Verus gets involved. There isn't a single boring or even slower moment here.

The best part? There are so many surprises
Mike (the Paladin)
I've had this on my currently reading list for a while, thought I ought to get around to reviewing it.

These are joining my favorites list. I think the first Urban Fantasy I ever read was Harry Dresden. I burned through the ones that were already published then and have snapped up each as it's been released since. It also set me off on trying to find other UF books or another UF series that I'd like as well. Mostly I've been disappointed. I find that a huge percentage of what gets labeled urban f
Continue to love this series, I just LOVE IT. Urban Fantasy at its best, so great to see that by book three I'm still dying to know more about the main character, the world, and everything. I guess the relationship between Alex and Anne is a BIT odd, like someone gave the author a note about what direction it should be, but other than that, love this series!
This was probably my favorite of the Verus books so far - the writing seems to be developing a sparseness that appeals to me, and the world-building aspects were definitely kicked up a notch this time. I'm also finding the characters more sympathetic and relatable with each book, which is slowly making this one of my favorite series.

Unfortunately, the ending was rather spoiled for me since the final setting, villain, and several scenes were extremely similar to those of the manga "Ghost Hunt", p
These just keep getting better, just the right amount of tension and ending on a high.

keeps me looking forward to the other books to come.
Persistence is paying off with this series. Alex is very slowly becoming more appealing as a hero and the growing cast of secondary characters are interesting. From the beginning I've enjoyed the myth-building behind this series. It makes sense and is different enough from everything else to make it feel unique.
Red Wolf
I have trouble praising books, I much prefer to criticize them cause it's easier. So that is what I will do. I have seen many reviews about books that say, " I couldn't put it down", "I read all night", etc. That is my complaint with this book. I have typically 5-8 books on my currently reading list. Some are very good others are ok. I have books on my phone, tablet, computer, and actual books in the bathrooms. The book I have in the second bathroom gets the least attention. The last time I read ...more
Leo Elijah Cristea
Taken is the third Alex Verus book—and so far it’s been my favourite. I began Taken with a pinch of salt: I’d not enjoyed Cursed very much at all and I was afraid that, for me, the series was slowly heading the way of the dodo. Thankfully, that didn’t happen and I’m going to stick around for more news of subsequent Alex Verus books. Handy, really, since Benedict Jacka commented on his blog earlier today about just this.

Cursed was a boring, predictable flop for me, especially having had a few mon
When Talisid approaches Alex for a case -- mages have noticed apprentices vanished without a trace (or proofs) -- it takes Alex and his apprentice Luna to Fountain Reach, where magic tournament called White Stone is held. On top of the missing apprentices, one of Luna's classmates, Anne, seems to be having a death target on her back...


With magic tournament and secrets inside a wall, I can't help thinking about Harry Potter in this one :). I keep wondering whether the winner of the to
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In full disclosure I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
Taken is set several months after book two, Alex Verus’s fame is growing which is both good and bad, Luna is now his fully fledged apprentice and training with the light mages.
Alex is approached by a mind-mage Crystal wants Alex to work for her to help keep an upcoming Light tournament that she is hosting safe, something doesn’t feel right so Alex declines.
Alex visits Luna while she is in class and meets some of her friends (and enemies)
Ranting Dragon

Taken is the third installment in British author Benedict Jacka’s urban fantasy series centering around a wizard named Alex Verus. Having run-ins with experienced battlemages and coming out victorious seems to boost one’s reputation. Such is Alex Verus discovering. Where a few months ago he was a relative unknown in the supernatural circles, Alex is now drawing the attention of some powerful players. As a very competent diviner—a mage who can see into the
Another entertaining, if quick, read from Benedict Jacka. In this, the third Alex Verus story, he is asked to investigate the disappearance of several apprentices. He soon finds that there is far more than he expected, and is soon in danger, along with his own apprentice and two newcomers.

The author continues to expand his world in this book, giving us more insights into the world of the light mages and the complex world they live in. Much more about the levels of the mage world is given here, t
This book continues a series that impresses with it's quality.

In this book, Alex continues to grow as character and starts to become a lot more confident in himself and more focused in his motivations, becoming a much more rounded protagonist. We meet some old friends and enemies as well as a few new ones, which look to be ongoing members of the Verus cast. The characters are three dimensional because the author has taken care to make sure that everyone has there own motivations and interests. T
This is the third book in this series and I loved it just as much as I loved the first two. This is a book sort of along the lines of Harry Dresden and is kind of a 'boy' book in the urban fantasy genre. I tend to like the 'boy' books as they have less sex, a male main character, and there's plenty of action. And Alex is one of my most favorite characters because he feels so real. He's afraid at times and he says so, he knows he can't win every fight and tries to avoid them, but when he can't he ...more
c2012: FWFTB: invitation, apprentices, tournament, threat, elusive. As I dig out the words from the FWFTB it struck me that they could equally describe some of the Harry Potter books. Thank Heavens that you can rest assured that they are nothing alike. The third volume in the Alex Verus stories is definitely a great addition with Verus' character becoming a little more kick-ass. I was getting a bit concerned at his whining that he was much weaker than any of his adversaries but in this book he s ...more
In this third installment of Benedict Jacka's excellent series about diviner mage Alex Verus, readers are taken into the world of Light apprenticeship – and learn, once again, that the lines of good and bad do not necessarily run parallel with the division between Light and Dark mages.

Taken is fantastically fast-paced and well-written. Jacka introduces new characters and nuances in Alex's world flawlessly, giving readers a meaty and exciting plot revolving around a strong central character with
I had been thoroughly enjoying the alex verus series and appreciating Jacka's writing until I reached this particular entry of the series. At first nothing was amiss and I was hooked on the story as much as with the previous books, that was until I started experiencing a distinct sense of deja vu one which became steadily stronger as I continued reading. In the final third/quarter of the book it finally came to me that the basic plot was lifted directly from a show I had watched a few years prev ...more
Ade Couper
Well, 2 Alex Verus novels in a week - was it worth it?

This time Alex is on the trail of missing apprentices - who's been taking them ? What does Lord Jagadev have to do with the disappearances , & what is his connection to Anne & Variam ? & what is the secret of Fountain Reach & the Aubuchon dynasty....?

Again , the atmosphere that Benedict Jacka creates is 1st-class - the writing really gives you the feel of a scene. Most of the characters (with the exception of Lord Jagadev , wh
Good addition to the series in which Alex tries to figure out why apprentices are disappearing. The series is growing on me, bit by bit - I mostly kept reading the first one just to be reading something, but each new book is drawing me in more.
Dr susan
"There was a chorus of screams, one of which might have been mine." A reader has to love a man who admits in a grammatically correct sentence that he girly screamed. And that same reader needs to remember that laughing out loud in public is a hazard of reading the Verus books. I finished Taken and went straight to Jacka's website, with my fingers crossed, to check for news of Verus #4 and found it! The new characters are great; Luna's abilities are growing; the horror is less quiet, and the writ ...more
Alexander Holmes
Another day, another Alex Verus novel. This one was a pretty darn good installment in the series if you ask me. It revolves around Alex being sort of hired to find out where a bunch of missing apprentices have been disappearing to. He ends up with some new companions hanging out at a dueling tournament in a really weird mansion.

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Benedict Jacka's Alex Verus series is a fun urban fantasy with interesting politics and a quick tempo. One of Jacka's great strengths lies in the cutthroat society of mages he's created, in which it's never clear who the good guys are (if there even are any). There's never a dull moment, and if it sometimes feels like characterization and character growth suffers as a result, that's only an issue in retrospect. While I'm reading, it's one big, intense adventure.
Christine Rains
Alex Verus is a mage to keep your eye on. He defeated a great battle-mage and he is merely a diviner. Apprentices are disappearing and someone thinks to set Alex up for the crime. Will he be able to survive the assassination attempts and rescue the apprentices?

My short synopsis doesn't do this book justice. It's just as great as the previous two. Fast-paced and original. Stunning characters. A well-written series.

I highly recommend it to anyone who likes urban fantasy.
Homage, Plagiarism, or Weirdly Specific Convergent Evolution?

Format: Audiobook narrated by Gildart Jackson

I've been devouring this series since the moment I listened to the first chapter of the first book. I love it. I want more. Taken was creepy and deliciously shivery. I think I need to get that out first, because with this addition to the Alex Verus universe, I noticed several incredibly specific plot similarities to a story arc of the manga and anime Ghost Hunt.

Granted, not everything is the
C.R. Richards
The books in this series just keep getting better and better! I was so engrossed in this book as I read it on the airplane, I didn't notice we were about to land. When the wheels touched down during an especially intense part in the book, it scared me so bad I elbowed the poor guy next to me!

Benedict Jacka continues to develop his Alex Verus character, making him a likeable and engaging character in which the reader can identify. Love this series!
Robert Isaac Akin
I freaking love this character. Any time anybody every asks me what super power I would like to have, being able to see into the near future will immediately bolt to the top of my list.

This series (this is the third book) is for fans of Jim Butcher's "The Dresden Files." But it's not Dresden. Dresden is American, and in that true American fashion (which I enjoy and appreciate), he's more of a grunt-in-the-trenches type of wizard. He'd kill the bad guy shooting fire from his eyes with AC/DC blazi
Shannon Appelcline
Another enjoyable book in this urban fantasy series. The mystery was interesting, and I enjoyed seeing the continued focus on the orders of magic within Jacka's world. It was also great to see the core supporting cast increase; I look forward to seeing where they go from here. On the downside, I was disappointed to get almost no London color ... but that's not what this book was about.
like this series a lot...and am delighted to know there will be more tho I have to wait a year.

urban fantasy
mage who is outside the mainstream
giant spiders finally get good the character of Arachne...bespoke tailor to the magical world
familiar elements of fantasy are here made new and vibrant,even the Indian sub-continent magical additions
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