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(Alex Verus #4)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  12,777 ratings  ·  584 reviews
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 f
Mass Market Paperback, 294 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Ace
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Kathleen Burket I would definitely recommend this series, but would advise that you start reading the story of the mage Alex Verus with the first book in the series, …moreI would definitely recommend this series, but would advise that you start reading the story of the mage Alex Verus with the first book in the series, Fated. (less)

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Jan 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-paranormal
As you may have seen, I'm a HUGE fan of this series, set in London with underground mages, and this installment doesn't disappoint. In fact, it smooths over a lot of the worldbuilding and character connections from before. I love the way we learn about the past of Alex Varus, our hero, and explore his "grey" areas, in a world of white and black mages. His powers, though not aggressive and powerful in the traditional sense, make him have to solve problems in more clever ways, which makes for good ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
This is my favorite book of the series so far. One of the best things about this series is it follows a Mage who did some time on the Dark side and is now neutral. He isn't blame free, guilt free or completely innocent. But he seems real in that he made some bad choices and now most of the time he tries to help people but, when push comes to shove he can and will walk on the other side of the line of Good and Bad (it's all perspective really) and do whatever needs to be done to survive.

There se
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This one had a pretty nice flavor and I think I liked it much more than the previous one. Verus is beginning to gather a good handful of friends.

But, alas, this novel brings out all the old skeletons in his closet and tests not only his ideals, but his friendships. Can a dark past truly be overlooked? Is it right to even do so?

The brother of one of his poor victims has brought together a magical assassin squad to seek revenge on all those dark mages involved in his sister's death, and most of t
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This series just gets better and better. Poor Alex is settling down into enjoying a quiet life with a few friends when his past comes back to haunt him in a major way. There is so much action in this one with people killing other people in so many different magical ways. At the same time we get to know all our main characters better than before especially Alex himself.
This was the first of the series that I listened to rather than reading it myself and if anything that even improved the reading
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really felt for Verus in this story. Just when life is looking up, his past comes back to haunt him. He is forced to make unpleasant choices while trying to keep his friends safe as well as himself. Arachne proves to be a solid support in his time of trouble. Very good story,ending with the makings of the next story in mind. #seriesgrowingonme
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When you look at that 5 star rating I want to point something out. I lost this book for like a month and then found it. I picked it up where I'd left off without a hitch. This is an excellent book...maybe the best entry in an excellent series.

I originally picked up Jacka's series while looking for a series "something like" Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series. If you're also a fan of the Dresden books "for my money" this is the closest series/these are the closest books to the "feel" of that serie
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was another great installment in the Alex Verus Series. This is a series that really does need to be read in order since each book builds on the previous installments. I think that I am liking each book in the series a little more as I work my way through the series and I get to know Alex and the gang better. I worked my way through this book rather quickly because I was eager to see how everything would work out. It really was
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Alex is really struggling at the end of this one. Always a fun cast of characters and I thoroughly enjoy the tales. We got a little more back story in between magical fights, hiding out, running away, etc. Never a dull day with Alex. Wondering if some of the characters are permanently out of the future stories or may return. Regardless. I’ll be reading the next to find out.
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

The best in the series so far, Chosen is full of action from start to finish and takes the Alex Verus series to a new level.

Alex’s life has been going pretty well lately. He has friends, and no one has tried to kill him for a while. Until an event from his past brings a group of adepts to him, looking for revenge. Alex is forced to confront the secrets he’s hidden from everyone, including his friends, as he fights not only to stay alive but to figure out what kind of person he wants to
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This series is so much fun. Alex Verus changes and grows. I enjoyed Chosen a lot, but I have to admit there have been a couple of things that annoyed me as hell.

You see, this book reminded me why I dislike adolescent characters. Here you have not one, but a whole group of them after Alex and they ticked most of my pet-peeves regarding YA characters. Only one of those has a valid reason to act the way he does. The rest are like sheep.
This isn't YA series (fortunately) and I loved how Alex dealt
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
This is the first time this series has risen above three stars for me. It's no coincidence that this is the first book to stir some strong emotions in me. I have very definite feelings about how things turned out and certain choices Alex made. I still think the secondary characters need to be fleshed out better (though I still haven't warmed to Luna) but I'm more invested in Alex's story now whereas before I felt as though I were on cruz control with this series. ...more
Tim The Enchanter
Another Great Installment - 4 Stars

Having read the first two book in the series, I made the choice to move to the audiobook format for the third book in the series. It turned out to be an excellent idea. Of course I wanted to then listen to the Audio version of Chosen. Fortunately, it was released on February 17, 2014, a couple of days after finishing the previous installment. With this current novel, I believe that Benedict Jacka has firmly entrenched himself with the best of the Urban Fant
Mike (the Paladin)
When you look at that 5 star rating I want to point something out. I lost this book for like a month and then found it. I picked it up where I'd left off without a hitch. This is an excellent book...maybe the best entry in an excellent series.

I originally picked up Jacka's series while looking for a series "something like" Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series. If you're also a fan of the Dresden books "for my money" this is the closest series/these are the closest books to the "feel" of that serie
May 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the novel in which the series starts to shine with potential. It's brilliant with a sense of grim and dark foreboding. The story was emotionally gripping, and the action was fantastic with an intense pacing.

When I say this book is grim and dark I mean it. Jacka gives us the backstory of Alex's life under a dark mage, along with his companions. Reading it, I feel that Harry Dresden's past seems like a teen boy caught in some freaky angst. We learn a lot about Rachel/Deleo, and honestly it
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We’ve known for a time Alex trained with a Dark Mage named Richard, and that those times were dark but I never imagined how dark. Listeners will discover how dark in Chosen. It was well down, addictive and an eye-opening look into the Mage world.

It seems a group of adepts led by a young man set on revenge is seeking to destroy dark mages and Alex is one of those targets as his past meets his present. This gave the tale an addictive, action-packed pace as we tried to outrun and hide from these cl
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Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: followers of the Alex Verus series
The past comes back to hunt Alex in the form of a group of magical adepts, which of whom prove to be more than he can handle when they seem to constantly know his whereabouts. With death around the corner, Alex must contemplate the very way he lives his life, and what lengths he'll go to to see another day.

(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)

I was pleasantly surprised, and to be honest I still am, at the complete turnaround in this instalment. I found Chosen had so much improvement, a
Re-Read: April 2021
I'm lucky. Through a combination of loving parents, character, good upbringing and plain luck, I have no regrets. Not because I haven't made any mistakes or haven't had any challenges, but because I can recognize important forks in my road and I make conscious choices. I don't let myself be led or coerced and I never choose based on fear. I did this when I declined to marry my first serious boyfriend (even though my parents loved him and he was a great guy), when I decided not
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Another excellent installment which ramps up the action to a higher degree, if that was even possible.

Really liked that we got glimpses of the history between Richard's apprentices. Goes a long way to explaining Deleo's actions and also gave some insight to her personality

I continue to love Alex as a narrator and enjoy the fact that when it comes to battle he is almost always at a disadvantage. Makes for some great reading, seeing how he'll get out of a pickle.

Totally saw that end coming but
This time Alex has to face parts of his past he'd rather not remember as he's hunted by someone who wants vengeance. Bit of a niggle at the very end - not a cliffie, really, but it was a deliberate tease for the next book. I'm not fond of those. ...more
David S Meanderings)
Jul 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars

“When you spend all your time lonely and miserable, it’s really easy to start hating everyone who has what you don’t.”

Before this book, I looked at the Alex Verus series as a solid, entertaining series that was good enough to want to continue, but not at the level of excellence that I could name it as one of my favorites. If the series continues at the quality of this book or better however, I think I can safely say that will change rapidly.

I want to give a quick shoutout to the narra
Bryan Brown
I started off not liking it. Well, ok, that's not fair. I thought it was OK. I spent the first almost half of the book saying this is just like the earlier books. Oh look, he's got friends. Oh look, it's a dream to the Everwhere. Oh look he's using one shot items again. Oh look, it's his pal the spider again. It felt really derivative.

But as the story finally got going it delved into Alexs history especially as an apprentice with Richard Drachk, or however it's spelled. It showed the relationsh
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, reviewed
Be sure to get your hands on the next book, Hidden, before you finish this one. It may save you some angst. If I didn't have easy access to the next one, I would have been stomping around angrily and bouncing off the walls to see what's coming up.

Within the first four books, a clear idea Alex Verus has been drawn by his thoughts, actions, feelings and circle of friends, enemies and network. It's a slow unwinding of Alex's careful life. The predictable, safe world he made for himself once he got
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The great thing about Chosen is that you could believe Jim Butcher wrote this after hitting his head and waking up thinking he was British.

The bad thing about Chosen is that you could believe Jim Butcher wrote this after hitting his head and waking up thinking he was British.

Its a fun engaging story with fun engaging characters but the numerous similarities get to me and detract from my entertainment. I wish there was a 3.5 rating here as that'd be the ideal one.
Definitely my favourite in the series so far!
Orlando Sanchez
May 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent story!

This was a thrill ride from start to finish. Jacka has done it again and Chosen was impossible to put down!
Fantastic characters, pace and writing.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
Even though this fourth installment of the Alex Verus series is as full of action as the third one was, the main theme here is character development--especially Alex's--and its effect on the intricate, slowly changing relationships that have formed since the beginning of the series, especially among the five whom we find on page one playing a board game in Alex's flat: Alex (diviner), his apprentice Luna, Anne (life mage), Variam (fire mage), and Sonder (time mage).

Once again, through Alex's fi
4.5 stars
Alex Verus has tried to keep his head down. But now the past is catching up with him. There is a rumor that his old master, a dark mage named Richard Drakh returns. In addition, a bunch of rogue adepts, The Nightstalkers, are hunting dark mages, and Alex is on top of their list. They are led by Will Traviss, who has personal revenge against Alex. Twelve years ago, Alex and Richard's other apprentices (Rachel, Tobruk, and Shireen) captured Will's older sister Catherine and Tobruk killed
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
First off, I want to talk about the non-plot related stuff in the first chapter, but it's better if you read it yourself -- it warmed the geeky cockles of my heart in a way few other books have this year.

The fun is short-lived, of course. Verus is still training Luna, trying to find a place for the former Dark Apprentices, Anne and Variam, that he took in following the events of Taken . While he's busy, he's realizing that for the first time in long time, he isn't alone, he has friends, comp
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars, this is a lot darker than the others, we get to see more emotional tension from Alex as we find out more about him and his past. Also we see his darkside.
What I love about Alex Verus is that he's no goody-two-shoes. He can be downright ruthless and when cornered he kills without hesitation. And this book proved it once again. The way he got rid of his enemies at the end was honestly a thing of beauty, the plan was so well-calculated and cold that all I could do was applaud. And I loved his final chat with Lee, Alex's very pointed reminder that Lee was no better than him, no matter what Lee was trying to tell himself. That was very satisfying. ...more
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