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(Alex Verus #10)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,774 ratings  ·  197 reviews
For Mage Alex Verus, everything is on the line in the tenth urban fantasy novel from the national bestselling author of Marked.

Once Alex Verus was a diviner trying to live quietly under the radar. Now he's a member of the Light Council who's found success, friends...and love. But it's come with a price--the Council is investigating him, and if they find out the truth,
Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by Ace Books
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Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every time I hear about a new Benedict Jacka book, I fall all over myself with joy and anticipation. When I finally read them, I'm in awe.

Let me be clear, this is some of the most fun Urban Fantasy I've ever come across. It's smart, things fall apart so spectacularly, and the basic nature of Verus's magic always makes me crave more. Diviner magic? What's so good about that? :) Oh, searching multiple futures where you get what you want, on the fly, and then do stuff like walking through a room
Robin (Bridge Four)
I think that anyone who has read a book in this series gets that Alex is a Fencey (dude that hasn’t picked a side). Just like in politics the independent rarely wins the race, they just don’t have enough backing. Well if you haven’t guessed by the title Alex is about to get kicked off that fence and fall face first into some hard decisions.


Fallen follows the pacing of other books in this series where the first half is just the day to day meanderings of a mage until BAM-WHACK-CRACK something
What advice would I give to someone who just picked up Fallen, the eleventh book in the Alex Verus Series? Hold onto your seats, you are about to take ONE AMAZING LITERARY RIDE!

Alex has come to the breaking point, he’s managed to stay neutral through out the past 10 installments but sometimes black and white mix and you get a whole lot of gray! And it doesn’t seem like either side, the black or white council, have the answers.

Jacka pens a masterfully written Urban Fantasy, and you all know I
Maja Ingrid
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fuuuuuck me this was way way too short!

I thought this book would ruin me, just shatter me and then spread my pieces and set them on fire. But I'm actually fully intact. Some beloved characters left (but they are okay which is all that matters to me) and there was also fond reunions which had me in a sobbing mess (the character leaving and the one coming back were in same chapter and both are my faves so).

Also the pace is racing quick. From when shit started to go down the book would not let
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fallen is the tenth book in the Alex Verus series and what happens in this story will take this series in a totally new direction! For years Mage Alex Verus has fought against his inner urges and has tried to maintain a neutral stance between the Light and Dark Mages. He has always had zero interest in politics and even less interest in infighting. Unfortunately, despite all of this, he always seemed to be at the center of political machinations and power struggles but lately things have calmed ...more
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
If you're ten books into a series then you should understand what you're getting. Political machinations between two different groups of mages while our protagonist tries to float along doing the right thing and keeping himself and the people around him alive by being clever. Alex Verus has survived for a long time and risen quite high by being reactive to the events around him. This book finally puts him in a situation where this just isn't possible any more.

This very much feels like we're
Steven Naylor
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating 4.0 stars

When I was reading the first half of this book I was upset. The same problems I had noticed in the previous few books were popping up again. Nothing was happening. Or more to the point, Alex kept getting dealt blow after blow and never seemed ready for it. Come on, he's a damn diviner and has known that the council is after him and that Richard is after Anne. We have known that for the last 4 books (at least), and yet again he is surprised and unprepared when something happens?
One of the best Alex Verus books by far, they just keep getting better. It was both heartbreaking and exciting to see Alex go dark.

I really enjoyed dark Alex, he's formidable in a way he never was before and it's not about the magic. I'm afraid for anyone that's ever crossed him. He and Anne are a powerhouse.

I'm so excited for the next installment.
Tim The Enchanter
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A well deserving 5 Stars

I generally don't have much to say about about a book when its 10 deep into the series. As with the novels before, the Author has shown steady growth in the series and in his writing skills. The series started out average and is now at the point where each new book is "can't miss".

That said, the series was at a point where some changes were needed. Alex Verus and he merry band of misfits needed a shake up. The story arc needed some divergence or risk getting stale. It
Wulf Krueger
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 0_wk_read_2019
Let me state clearly where I stand when it comes to Alex Verus: I think he’s the greatest Urban Fantasy protagonist ever.

I’ve enjoyed every single book in the series and I enjoyed this latest instalment as well – just not as much as most of the others, unfortunately.

Why though? The trademark humour is there, Luna is there and so are Anne, Variam, Arachne and others. Sadly, they mostly take a place on the backseat this time.

Luna barely gets any serious “stage” time; she’s generally around and
Jason S Wrench
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I want to thank the publisher for allowing me to read this book prior to its release. I love reviewing books, but the publisher's generosity does not impact my review.

With that said, I'm a HUGE Benedict Jacka fan and have read the entire series of books, which are just amazing if you're into urban fantasy like me. Without giving too much away, the book starts pretty much where the previous book ended. And of course, the council quickly finds out that Alex had been protecting Anne and that Anne
Linda Baker
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fallen starts out with Diviner Mage Alex Verus in a pretty good place. He is working for the Light Council, and his friends appear to be safe. His determined neutral stance in the conflict between the Light and Dark Mages seems to be working at last. The lull will not last, of course, because of his association with Richard Drakh as a young man. The Light Council will never trust him. Drakh continues to try to bring his girlfriend, Anne, and Alex back under his control and overthrow the Council ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had this sitting around in my borrowed pile for a week or so before I began to listen, which says something about the way I felt after finishing No 9in the series. Listening to the first half I began to think that we were going to be taken over the same old, same old plot line that had so disenchanted me in the last couple of novels about Alex Verus and his mage friends. Looking like another 2.5-3 rating.
Then, Bam! Off it went and I was delighted to listen to Alex finally ceasing being 'the
Shannon Appelcline
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The Alex Verus books have been pretty constantly about change. Nothing stays the same: not Alex, not his place in the world of wizards, not the position of his friends and fellows, and not the status of his foes. So it should be no surprise that as we move into the final books of this series, we see some of the biggest changes yet.

The problem is: I'm really not sure I like the Alex who emerges from this crucible, and that can be pretty deadly for a series.

Nonetheless, this is an exciting,
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the tenth book in this series, and as with the others, it’s a wild ride. If you’ve made it to this point in the series, I don’t need to touch too much on the characters or plot, because you will know most of it all already. If you haven’t read the series and are thinking of starting here, don’t. Go start at the beginning. On to this book, it is a little bit darker in tone to the other ones, and Alex is finding that he needs to do things he doesn’t want to do to save himself, his friends, ...more
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Mild mixed feelings about the events in this book. I liked how Jacka connects the dots but it doesn't always come across as a natural progression. The overall book was better from start to finish but I thought there was a disconnect between Alex & his actions/feelings.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
My first 2.5 star rating for this author and one of their books. Over the years I have very much enjoyed this series. It has layers, it can be light, amusing, dark and heavy with unexpected deaths or betrayal. It is also creative with excellent world building that is immersive.
Over the past few books Alex, our Hero, has been perhaps a little too passive. But in this book he steps up... way, way up to the plate. I'm not sure if the sheer extremes of the character are required - he could have
5 / 5

Fallen is the tenth entry in the Alex Verus series, and while the story has definitely taken a darker turn, the future of the series has never looked so bright. Or, y’know, the final two books or so.

It took me roughly two days to read this—admittedly short novel—in which time I didn’t get much else done of value. I devoured Fallen like a Hawaiian pizza, digging through its bones (pizza bones) in the time it usually takes me to start getting into a
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This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

We have come to the last published book, Fallen, and the end of the Read-along. I can't express enough how glad I am to have chosen this Alex Verus series. I managed, even with a schedule, to get them all at the library and they were available in ebook and audio. I feel grateful that members of the team here and many of my
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
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In Fallen, Verus’s past catches up with him, and to move forward, he must revisit certain decisions he’s made. As enemies mount, he races to just survive. Highly Recommended

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review has been cross-posted at my blog, Click the link to see more reviews!


I always loved the Dungeons and Dragons alignment tables. The world has always felt too big to just slip everything into a
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
FINALLY something happens that gets the main plot moving again. Benedict Jacka has meandered around for far too long, taking one step forward and two steps back. Alex Verus has basically been with his back against the wall for most of the series, but the last two or three books really started to feel annoyingly repetetive, despite the fast paced storytelling. So, although I still think that the events in this book should have happened at least two novels earlier, I'm happy to see that Jacka is ...more
Belinda Witzenhausen
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary ARC copy of Fallen (Alex Verus #10) by Benedict Jacka from NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group/ Penguin Random House in order to read and give an honest review.

… is a brilliant, page-turner which is perhaps my favourite in the series…

I am a huge fan of Benedict Jacka and was so I was thrilled for the opportunity to read and review the tenth instalment in his Alex Verus series. I really enjoy this series, it’s such a unique, fast-paced urban fantasy, filled with
Gareth Otton
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book should have had a 5 star review, but before I explain the two reasons why it loses a star, let me tell you why it was also awesome.

I've been with this series from the start and have enjoyed every single book. Not only has each individual book been interesting in is own right, but they've also been building an overarching story that just keeps you coming back for more.

Fallen feels like the penultimate story in the series, as all the pieces seem to be falling into place for the endgame.
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Classy urban fantasy set in (mostly) London with central character Alex Verus, a diviner with a very specific magical talent. He's not as powerful as a war mage, so he has to be clever. He's embroiled in politics now, a member of the Light Council, though most light mages think he's batting for the other side since he was trained by a powerful Dark Mage, Richard Drakh, who is currently waging war on the council. Trapped between the Council, who want to investigate him, and Richard, Alex will ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I have loved this series, it has been my favorite urban fantasy for the past few years. But I couldn't finish this book.

Alex is an awesome character, but I've mainly enjoyed reading because of the relationships he's built through his actions. I have loved the fully realized characters in the series, especially the strong female characters. Here they all fall flat. They exist to move the plot forward for Alex and have only one dimension like "obey the rules" or "do as my loved one says." They
Todd Gutschow
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More than I expected...

This late in a series...sometimes things run down and get boring. With the first chapter done I thought this might be the case. However, the author continues to do a great job growing and enhancing the characters. The storyline bends and twists but still remains true to the rest of the series. Can’t wait for the next book...which will probably be quite some time...ugh.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap, what a ride.
The confrontation between some important people was a bit much.
Decisions made.
Paths changes.
Friends depart; for now? For.good? Who knows.
Deborah Replogle
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
As always a great addition to the ongoing story. Can't wait for the next one.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Really good installment. Will be sad to see it end, but seriously looking forward to the finale. Glad to see some theories and plot threads finally pan out
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
They just keep getting better and better!!!
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