Review: Taken by Benedict Jacka

August 30, 2012 Review 0


Taken (Alex Verus, #3)


(Alex Verus, #3)
by Benedict Jacka

Genre: Urban Fantasy |
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Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: Publisher

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (August 28, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1937007723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937007720


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


Mage apprentices have been vanishing without a trace—and someone on the council might be involved. Alex Verus has no evidence, no witnesses, and no suspects. All he knows is that someone is keeping tabs on him. And after assassins target his own apprentice’s classmate, Alex sees that he doesn’t know the half of it—and that he could be the next to disappear…


TAKEN is the third book in the Alex Verus series which is fast becoming a ‘must read’ for me. All of the books are evenly paced with action, witty dialogue, and they never spend too long on info dumps which tend to drag plots to a screeching halt. Each book expands the universe a little bit giving more insights into Alex’s past and how the mage community works.

Alex’s power of seeing into the future tends to give him an unfair advantage in battle so it’s always scary when he encounters some barrier that makes blocks his ability. Luckily Alex is resourceful and crafty enough to make do without his power for awhile.

Alex Verus definitely reminds me of Harry Dresden in The Dresden Files being a mage working on the outside of the official magic community with a motley crew of friends helping him out of dangerous situations. One my favorite of his friend is Arachne (a giant seamstress spider) who acts as sort of mentor/mother figure for Alex and Luna. Luna, Alex’s apprentice, is one of the more interesting and complex of his friends. I was curious about what Jacka was going to do with Luna’s power to curse people since it seemed so unwieldy and dangerous in FATED that I had no clue about just how she could control it without killing everyone around her. In TAKEN we get to see Luna take charge of her powers in some very creative ways.

I am really enjoying the Alex Verus series with its solid writing, ever expanding universe, and its uniquely powerful hero. Unfortunately, with no diviner powers of my own, I have to patiently wait for information on the next book which, given its predecessors, will be an excellent read.

Titles in Series

  1. FATED -4/5
  2. CURSED – 4/5
  3. TAKEN-4/5

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