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Dissimulation

(Alex Verus #6)

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Alex Verus ne s’est jamais entendu avec le Conseil qui préside la communauté des magiciens. Mais alors que son ancien mentor est de retour en Angleterre, Alex a désespérément besoin d’alliés. Et il est prêt à tout pour en trouver, même si cela implique accepter une mission pour les Gardiens qui ont la tâche de faire appliquer la Loi magique.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 9th 2020 by Editions Anne Carrière (first published August 4th 2015)
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Revo1182 I believe he was making a reference to Atticus O'Sullivan (or Siodhachan O Suileabhain) from Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles. However, that serie…moreI believe he was making a reference to Atticus O'Sullivan (or Siodhachan O Suileabhain) from Kevin Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles. However, that series starts with his shop being in Arizona, not Ireland, so I may be wrong. Either way, if you like the Alex Verus series, you'll love the Iron Druid Chronicles, and there are already seven books out, so no waiting! (Hounded is the first.) But if anyone has a better answer I'd be interested in finding out as well. I found this question because I was trying to Google whether anyone else could either confirm or deny my theory with no luck so far.(less)
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Phrynne
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Number six in the series and still maintaining its excellence. I hope Mr. Jacka is working hard at writing number eight because I am seriously catching up!
This is another great story with heaps of action and some very clever magic. Alex's ability as a Diviner ( which means he can see futures) is fascinating. He is a wonderful person to have on your side because he knows who is arriving before they get there, and in a fight he can dodge bullets because he knows they are coming. Delightful!
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Gergana
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For some weird reason, I have a serious problem reviewing books from my "Favorite" list. I mean, who wouldn't enjoy reading something like this:

"Perfect, perfect perfect perfect! Perfect! Perfect perfect? Perfect perfect perfect...Perfect!" and so on.



Yes, we all love books for different reasons, and when we're lucky enough to stumble upon a story or a character that completely resonates with us, it becomes almost impossible to find words that are just as complex, deep and multi-colored as the e
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Emma
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

I love Alex Verus. After this instalment, this series has jumped up to my number 2 UF spot. Dresden still takes number 1 (sorry).

Jacka has created a fascinating and complex magical world, shades of grey is an understatement. While the Light/Dark mage dichotomy seems simplistic, the reality is that much more murky, with backroom deals, threats, and treachery on the cards at all times. People are motivated by a whole spectrum of reasons, the resulting uncertainty about who to trust or ho
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Bradley
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid edition, but it suffers from being less personal on any front. I mean, Verus as a probationary Keeper (a cop) of the Light Mages? It sounds like the plot needed a bit of stretching, to me, but okay, I'll get over it, let's see where this takes us.

Politics. Of course, it has to be politics.

Fun fight scenes, interesting developments in the mage world, and a pretty glorious take-down mission full of intrigue and double-crossings, but like I said, less of a personal novel. There's no n
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Anne - Books of My Heart
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart
 

Alex starts to make some decisions to protect himself and his friends. Luna urges him to try to work with Caldera to become a Keeper. So he tries it. It may or may not make him safer. There are people who want to kill him in the Keepers, in the Council and in the Dark mages.

Things are really in an upheaval in the Council. They have been changing and will continue to change based on what happens in Veiled.  Alex is building some new friends,
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Mike (the Paladin)
I wasn't getting into this as much as I had the earlier (5) novels and I wasn't sure why. Then I realized that this is the first I'd gotten in audio. For me the reader took some getting used to. It's not that he wasn't good but I think I'd already established a "voice" for Alex in my head and he didn't match. It took a little for me to get used to him.

I've already decided I also probably get the print version...

Anyway, once I got comfortable this is a good continuation of the over all developing
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Emma
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent. This was a dark story. Verus has come a long way since the start of this series. In house politics within the council, the Keepers have a mole working for the opposition; a very blurred line between light and dark mages, members of the council out to get Alex. All this and more will keep you entertained!
Mark
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A touch darker than the ones before. Only problem with this its so well written you go though it too quickly.

Nicely done with more world building.
Eric
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

Another fantastic volume in the Alex Verus series, this one picks up the pace from the previous book and rockets along from start to finish.

Alex’s old master Richard Drakh is back, and that means trouble for Alex and his friends. From the time he first saw Richard return, Alex has been preparing for the fight he knows is coming. To survive, he’ll need all the allies he can get, which leads him to an unlikely job working with the Keepers, the enforcement branch of the Light Council.

Vei
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Robin (Bridge Four)
Alex Verus does know how to pick up enemies. It seems like every book that he is in there is a new faction/mage/society that he somehow pisses off to the point that they try to kill him. Veiled is no exception to that as Alex helps Caldera shut down a secret society that peddles flesh and every deviant thing money can buy and magic can make.
Let’s say you’re a client of White Rose. There’s some new pop singer you’ve got your eye on, you see her in her music videos. You decide you want a piece
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Hilary
It's always interesting to read about magical politics, and to see how the civil service remains essentially the same, but I didn't feel as connected in this one. No real character development for any of them, no startling new plot arc revelations... Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading, but at the end I couldn't point to any particular "Aha!" moment, could probably skip it and not really notice in terms of reading the series as a whole. ...more
Kathy Davie
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Sixth in the Alex Verus urban fantasy series set in London and revolving around an ex-Dark mage.

My Take
I agree with Alex. There's nothing to choose between the Light and the Dark. The Dark are simply more open about how nasty they are. It's world where no one matters unless they impinge on an individual's plan. Then, you're only punished IF it breaks a Concord rule AND is visible to the normal world and can't be explained away as something other than magic. And, of course, the Light mages never
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Ami
Alex entered a new 'phase' in his life. To postpone the Council off his back, Alex joined the Council's 'Police' Force, a.k.a. The Keeper as an auxiliary. He went to Order of the Star, with Caldera as his supervisor. His first case brought him to a group that provides prostitution and sex slaves -- and the aftermath changed the dynamic of the whole Council.

I felt that this book toned down the pace a little bit. For several books, Alex had been facing trouble, even if he wanted or not. Often it w
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Scott
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This series continues with another strong installment.

I don't think I can get enough of Alex Verus and now I'm in the shitty spot of having to wait for the next book instead of choosing to wait.

Very interesting look into the politics of the Light Council in this one, and I continue to love the blurred lines of who is good and bad in this world. Personally, I'd rather deal with the Dark since you pretty much know what to expect unlike the shifty, holier than thou Lights.

One thing I wish for th
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Mandapanda
Jan 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Reliably enjoyable and well written. This book seemed to be setting Alex and the team up for a final showdown with Richard.
John
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I'm happy to report that the Alex Verus series is back on track now, and really, the main reason the previous installment dipped to only four stars was that it focused on two favorite characters (Alex and Anne) putting the others in the background. Now we see the whole team of four working together: Alex, Luna, Anne, and Variam. Although it's still mostly planning and consulting, I was pleased with the view we get of their interactions this time.

This time the surprise for me was a focus, throug
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☕️Kimberly
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2020
Love this series. Full RTC
Lindsay
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the curses of the long urban fantasy series is the bridging book. It's there as a timing beat after something momentous, in this case, the return of Richard Drahk, Alex's original Dark Mage master which happened in the immediately previous book.

So we get to see something of Alex's dread, get given time to wonder what Richard is up to, wonder how Alex fits into those plans and even a healthy dose of paranoia that perhaps Alex has been Richard's creature all along.

In this one we also get to
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Susan  Baratta
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My memory does this series no justice. I know I love it but I don't realize how much until I'm back there. The minute I open the book I'm enveloped in the world like it has its own cubby hole in my brain that's suddenly unleashed. The atmosphere, the characters, Alex's voice, the tension, the magic are real and familiar. In this installment, I thoroughly enjoyed the Alex/Caldera dynamic. Alex's inner conflicts are heightened by his work with Caldera and the Keepers. He has no idea who is good, b ...more
RG
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a more police buddy direction. Still loving this series. Easy fun read
Jason
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019, read-2020
5 Stars

The Alex Verus series is written to my tastes. I love modern urban fantasy and less than perfect heroes and this series has so much more. I am a biased reviewer as I can't get enough urban fantasy these days.
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Justin
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now to be honest, I don't really see the Alex Verus series as the most original of the genre, though I do enjoy the way Alex uses magic. This does not change the fact that this is a very well done series in my personal opinion. If you are looking for some urban fantasy that is well written and enjoyable, Verus has you covered. This book is no exception, though like most of this series it isn't really hard to see where the story is going to end up a few chapters in, it's still a fun ride. I will ...more
Clara
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I still love the series, this felt more like an in-between. There is hardly any character development happening, but a lot is set up for the next book. The case wasn't bad but for some reason not as exciting as before, but I hope it'll take up again in the next book ...more
Maggie K
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
4.5 really- a very well done entry into the series. All things happening seemed properly motivating and everything!
THE BIBLIOPHILE (Rituranjan)
Action-packed, thrilling, and dark in places likeChosen, which is quite brilliant if we see the plot in terms of characterisation, and improving upon the magical world of Verus. I enjoyed it a lot, and in this juncture I've no doubt that the series have started to rise in its full strength.

The story centers around the unwholesome politicking of the Light Council, and also the ever rising conflict in regards to the dark mages. Verus retrieves a little artifact, and the mages on both sides try to
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Soo
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, reviewed
Mini-Review:

Cheers for 1.6x narration speed and long drives to and in national parks. =D

Great addition to the series! I really like how the characters seem to have settled into themselves and the focus is more on plot than figuring out why and who people are who they are. I'm still skeptical about the whole Richard/dark mages scenario but I hope that it will work out in a cool manner. A whole lot more about the magic system and the inner workings about the Council/Light Mages were dished out in
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Ubiquitousbastard
This wasn't too bad of a book, I'm not sure why I avoided reading it for so long. I had the impression that I didn't like the way that the series was going, with too much focus on Anne and such. It might have been because I was sick when I read this and a little delirious, but I think that the flow was better in this book than in the previous one, and I was actually caring about what happened. Luna still annoyed me, which isn't surprising, but everyone else was slightly less horrible, and like e ...more
Mick
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
The beginning of this book was a big improvement from the slow and recap-filled beginning of Hidden, and the pace never slows down.

This time the plot revolves around Caldera and the keepers as the series venture slightly into Buddy-cop territory, before also establishing a new status quo regarding the council and the magic community as a whole.

I have missed the other supporting characters, Luna, Variam, Anne, (Sonder) and especially Arachne quite a bit this time, as their parts were ranging fr
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Elisa
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful addition. Lots of shades of gray, though the world tries to sell you on black vs white. Alex is a fabulous hero and has a wonderful collection of friends (when they aren't angry with him). Read in order. ...more
Melanie
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was very dark. Jeezus.
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