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Chosen

(Alex Verus #4)

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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 fu
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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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Felicia
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
Bradley
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
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Phrynne
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
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Emma
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
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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
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Eric
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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Veronica
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.
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
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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
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Red Lace Reviews
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
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Chris
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.
Scott
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
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
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Peat
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.
Charlie
Definitely my favourite in the series so far!
Bria
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Here we get a glimpse of Alex’s dark past and it is done well.

A group of adepts are trying to kill him causing him to reveal his dark secrets to his friends and somewhat lose them in the process.

I like how Alex was able to still be cold and make harsh decisions when he had to.
Ami
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
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Hobart
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, compan
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Mark
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.
Soo
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
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D.G.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
**4.5 stars**


What a sad, sad book. :(

Just when things are going really well for Alex, mistakes of the past come to haunt him. And no matter how hard he tried, there was no way to end his problem without violence. And he tried - really, really hard but at the end, he ended up losing something important to him. It really broke my heart.
Roy
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This series is getting better. More info on Alexs past. I like how he's a questionable hero, neither light nor dark but just makes decisions on keeping himself alive so to speak. Cant wait for the next.
Saphirablue
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
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Aya
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Alex Verus: 4
This book is set eight months after the previous one, and Anne and Variam have moved in with Alex. With Luna, they have created something of a cozy family group, but this latest threat tears them apart, as Alex’s history comes back to haunt him. Alex deeply regrets his past, has turned his back on it, and he finds out who his true friends are when they find out. Unfortunately, the author’s world-building is starting to fray at the edges. The reason given that Alex couldn’t take on t
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Candace
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 admi
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Nicole
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Hilary
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
4.5 stars

Verus has previously established that being a diviner doesn't make you all-knowing or invincible, so when he's targeted by a most persistent adept out for revenge his choices for eluding or stopping said revenge seem to be only bad, bad and terrible. Not great for someone trying to prove to himself - as well as others - that he's no longer the Dark apprentice he used to be. And that's why I enjoy reading this series. As with Harry Dresden there are repercussions to consider, and a fairl
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Arcturus
May 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
My least favorite book in the series so far. This book was just plain irritating. There was little actual mystery besides waiting for the predictable info-dumps where we learned all about Alex's past. The story was extremely repetitious and boring. We got to see Alex running away over and over again. And then finally he decides that maybe he needs a plan. Genius. And all of the characters were just so stupid, frustrating, and flat. There is no development. I feel like some of the characters are ...more
Ruth
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spec-fic
c2013: FWFTB: Mage, memories, friends, revenge, future. As much as I enjoyed this book I don't think that this was one of the best in the series. It was great to get more of Verus' back story but somehow I didn't quite buy the whole 'vengeance theme'. Has it deterred me from reading the next one - not on your nelly. Recommend for those of the normal crew that have read the first 3. 'I stayed in my flat as the sun dwindled in the western sky, haunting the empty building like a ghost.'
Ava
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex Verus was great.

Non-stop actions and strong friendship.

4-dodging-spells-speed-stars!
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