Review: CURSED by Benedict Jacka

July 20, 2012 Review 2

Cursed (Alex Verus, #2)


(Alex Verus, #2)
by Benedict Jacka

Genre: Urban Fantasy | Excerpt: Yes
Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: Publisher

  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books (May 29, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1937007596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937007591


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


Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he’s discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures—destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda. Hired to investigate, Alex realizes that not everyone on the Council wants him delving any deeper. Struggling to distinguish ally from enemy, he finds himself the target of those who would risk their own sanity for power…


CURSED is a wonderfully fun, action packed story with witty dialogue making it another great installment for the Alex Verus series. The plot was a little more straightforward than in FATED and it had a few fun twists that I didn’t  see coming. The action scenes could fit in a summer blockbuster movie especially one memorable chase in the middle of a city culminating in the use of some dangerous military grade weapons. The harvesting of the life force of magical creatures plot was an interesting concept in that when you harvest the life force you gain that creatures powers.

Alex’s loyalty to his friends (including Luna and one of my favorite characters, Arachne the giant spider seamstress) over the Mage Council is a major part of his personality that I admire. Alex’s relationship with Luna is tested and questioned when Luna starts to hang out with Martin, a wannabe mage who stirs up trouble. I was never sure how to read their relationship in this book or the previous one. Was Luna going to become a love interest? Sidekick?  I didn’t get where she stood with Alex and he seemed just as confused. Because of Martin and what happens in the end we get a more definite definition of their relationship (though things could change…).

One thing that I had an issue with was the constant hints of Alex’s troubled past.  It’s starting to get a touch annoying having a taste of a fascinating past but never getting enough to satisfy.  CURSED throws us back into Alex Verus’s thrilling, action packed life with a wonderfully witty and smart hero who’s actually pretty awesome in a fight. The next book in this amazing series; TAKEN comes out August 28th 2012 by Ace.

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