Review: Fated by Benedict Jacka

May 12, 2012 Review 5


Fated Title: Fated
AuthorBenedict Jacka
Series: Alex Verus #1
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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Excerpt: Yes
Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Kristina

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Original edition (February 28, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1937007294
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937007294

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Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.



Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex’s own powers aren’t as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future–allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success.

But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever’s inside must be beyond powerful. And thanks to his abilities, Alex can predict that by taking the job, his odds of survival are about to go from slim to none…


FATED brings another contender for the top of my favorite male urban fantasy hero list. Reading this book I got a very Dresden Files vibe which I loved as I gladly welcome more grizzled hardcore mages/wizards in my urban fantasy.

Alex Verus is a diviner mage with the ability to foresee the near future which is considered a ‘weak’ ability amongst all of the fire, death, air mages with more active powers like throwing fire balls or flying. Diviner mages are considered pretty rare which is a good thing since I would have questioned the surplus of thickheaded mages not knowing how to fight someone who can see all possible outcomes of a battle (unless there are no good ways to fight a diviner…).

What I like about Alex is that while he doesn’t rely too much on magic aside from some select magical items, he uses his wits and creativity to defeat other mages. I kept on thinking of him as the nerdy kid in class who gets picked on by the bigger, stronger kids but in the end he comes out more successful in life due to his knowledge and ability to think on his feet.

Benedict Jacka gives us a new, gritty hero in FATED which is an excellent start to what looks like a thrilling new urban fantasy series.  I can’t wait for the next Alex Verus book, CURSED, coming out June 2012.

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5 Responses to “Review: Fated by Benedict Jacka”

  1. Lexi H

    Alex does sound like a gritty hero, though seeing the future sure doesn't sound too weak to me. I have to check this book out! Nice review!

  2. [email protected]

    I love the Dresden Files so I think I will have to check this one out! I like your description of the main character. He sounds like a guy I want to read about!

  3. Danielle D

    I enjoyed this book, I also got a kick out of a certain line that Alex makes witin the first 5 pages.

  4. Kristina

    I should clarify that the other mages call divination a weak ability in the book. I agree with you that its not a weak ability! And thanks!