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Benedict Jacka

Autor(a) de Fated

21 Works 5,823 Membros 231 Críticas 11 Favorited

About the Author

Benedict Jacka is a British author who was born in England in 1980. He earned his bachelors degree in philosophy at Cambridge University. He started writing soon after graduation and authored three children's fantasy novels which were not published. His first published work was a children's mostrar mais non-fantasy novel called "To be a Ninja" later changed to "Ninja: The Beginnng". In 2000 he developed a fantasy setting for which he wrote four books, whose main characters were teenage elementals. These book also went unpublished. In 2009, he decided to try again with an adult character with a more information-based ability. Three years later, in 2012, he published the first book of the Alex Verus Series, with two more to follow that year. In December 2013, an audio version of Fated was released in the US, the next three books followed. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras por Benedict Jacka

Fated (2012) 1,380 exemplares
Cursed (2012) 748 exemplares
Taken (2012) 638 exemplares
Chosen (2013) 535 exemplares
Hidden (2014) 455 exemplares
Veiled (2015) 402 exemplares
Burned (2016) 373 exemplares
Bound (2017) 308 exemplares
Marked (2018) 275 exemplares
Fallen (2019) 220 exemplares
Forged (2020) 176 exemplares
Risen (2021) 132 exemplares
An Inheritance of Magic (2023) 71 exemplares
The Alex Verus Novels, Books 1-4 (2014) 26 exemplares
Favours (2021) 26 exemplares

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Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
1980-09-25
Sexo
male
Nacionalidade
UK
Local de nascimento
London, England, UK
Locais de residência
London, England, UK
Romania
China
Educação
University of Cambridge (BA) (philosophy)
Ocupações
civil servant
English teacher
bouncer
solicitor
author
Agente
5ophie Hicks

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Benedict Jacka is half-Australian, half-Armenian, and grew up in London. He’s worked as a teacher, bouncer, and civil servant, and spends his spare time skating and playing tabletop games. He’s the author of the Alex Verus series, including Bound, Burned, Veiled, Hidden, and Chosen.

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Very much an introduction to the new series. There is even a foreword explicitly telling you so, new magic system, new people, new politics. Still set in london though.

This actually made me feel more of River of London than his other series, a sort of mix of introducing someone barely familiar to the magical world, along with a casual acceptance of the geography, it' snot entirely clear what race/heritage Stephen has, but it's not typical, again with the RoL vibe.

Stephen has been living on his own for the last few years after his dad suddenly left, his mum having died much younger. He's been making ends meet, just about, but now that he's 18, he's starting to think about a future. The one thing his dad left him was an instruction to carry on his hobby of 'drucraft' - sensing elemental magic and shaping it into sigils, the captured form that can be used for almost anything you can imagine. Stephen's not very good at it, but then he's never had any formal training. I had though we'd be heading into magic school territory, and the possibility emerges once or twice, but Stephen is too independently minded for that, and strikes his own path. He's feelings on the matter are only bolstered when he's suddenly embroiled in the plots of a pair of his formally unknown cousins. Events don't go to anyone's plan, and Stephen resolves to train himself stronger, even if it risks his friends and only income.

My only real complaint is that Stephen didn't feel 18, somewhat impulsive, yes, but too mature really too considering and too able to look after himself - although perhaps my familiaty with 18 yr olds is biased to those with a more sheltered upbringing. I enjoyed the magical world, and the hints of the power structures around give rise to interesting possibilities of an underdog against the Powers That Be, much liek the best bits of Verus.
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reading_fox | 3 outras críticas | Apr 2, 2024 |
I could say this story reminds me of a Harry Dresden novel. It would be a true statement, but it would also fail to do the story justice.

Yes, Alex Verus is clearly inspirited by the more popular Dresden Files, but it does enough things different to stand on its own. For one, the world of Alex Verus is a darker take on the secret wizard society formula. Alex himself is also quite different from Dresden, namely in the fact his only magical power is to divine the future. The result is a decided different approach to conflict resolution and action scenes, among other things.

Warmly recommended to lovers of Urban Fantasy, Heist novels, and Harry Dresden fans.
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Thulan | 73 outras críticas | Mar 4, 2024 |
This series delivers a thrilling narrative with morally questionable characters. The protagonist has to make difficult decisions to survive in a ruthless world where even the would-be-good guys are anything but what they seem. In this second-last novel seeds sown as early as the first novel sprouts in narrative satisfying ways. I can't recommend Alex Verus enough.
 
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Thulan | 8 outras críticas | Mar 4, 2024 |
Powerful Alex learns to play with his new toy - and realises that while it's very powerful it is also slowly and surely killing him. And he's still no match for a djinn.
 
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reading_fox | 8 outras críticas | Feb 20, 2024 |

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Obras
21
Membros
5,823
Popularidade
#4,229
Avaliação
3.9
Críticas
231
ISBN
139
Línguas
6
Marcado como favorito
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