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Cursed

por Benedict Jacka

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Séries: Alex Verus (2)

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"Alex was a little-known magic-shop proprietor in London. but thanks to his second sight, he's suddenly infamous for defeating powerful Dark mages. Now he's keeping his head down, training his apprentice, and trying to prevent cursed artifacts from falling into the hands of novices--until he unearths 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 discovers 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. Alex still has the advantage of seeing the future--but he might not have a future for much longer."… (mais)
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Weiter gehen die Abenteuer des Magiers Alex Verus - spannend und unterhaltsam wie auch schon zuvor. Der Schreibstil ist für mich längst keine Hürde mehr, ich habe einfach Spaß daran, auf welche Art Alex hier seine Geschichte erzählt. Mittlerweile finde ich diesen sogar echt toll und angenehm, denn es passt verdammt gut zu den Büchern.

Man lernt im zweiten Band wieder neue Charaktere kennen und trifft altbekannte wieder. Bündnisse entstehen und erneut wird man in die Abgründe der Magierschaft eingeführt. Es ist toll wie der Autor aufzeigt, dass es mehr als Schwarz und Weiß gibt, dass Weißmagier nicht automatisch besser sind als ihre Gegensätze, dass ein Weißmagier eben auch nicht gut sein muss, oder gut ist. Und das wird auch hier wieder sehr eindrucksvoll gezeigt, genauso das Thema Vertrauen; ob nun jemand zu schnell oder ein anderer zu wenig vertraut. Für mich birgt das einfach eine 'tiefere' Botschaft, die sich auch außerhalb von Buchwelten anwenden lässt. Denn es gibt nun mal eine ganze Bandbreite an Grautönen.
Ich mag Alex und seine Einstellung furchtbar gern und ich liebe die Idee um diese ganze Geschichte um Alex Verus total. Gerade seine Fähigkeit, die an sich nicht unbedingt viel hermacht, finde ich klasse. Denn auch hier zeigt der Autor, dass es immer ganz darauf ankommt, wie man das, was man hat, nutzt und nicht wie stark oder cool etwas nach außen scheint. Denn auch die Zukunft zu sehen kann einem das Leben retten.

Die Entwicklungen im Buch waren für mich nicht alle vorhersehbar, bei manchem Charakter war zwar was zu erahnen und man hat bestimmte Dinge durchaus richtig erwartet, aber im Grunde war es doch überraschend wie die Zusammenhänge am Schluss dann endgültig waren. Besonders gefallen hat mir aber tatsächlich, wie sich alles bei Alex und Cinder entwickelt, die ja schon im ersten Band aneinandergeraten sind. Jetzt bin ich gespannt, was im dritten Band passieren wird und in wie weit dort die alten Figuren auftauchen werden. Ein klein wenig weiß ich ja schon, da ich Band 5 kenne, aber umso neugieriger bin ich, wie überhaupt alles dorthin führen wird. Noch ist alles so anders, aber trotzdem sind mir die Charaktere weitgehend ans Herz gewachsen. Außerdem ist es doch zur Abwechslung schön, ein Buch ohne krassen Cliffhanger zu haben, und dennoch einfach weiterlesen zu wollen, denn ja: Man kann die Bücher unabhängig voneinander lesen, da sie alle in sich geschlossen sind. Empfehlen würde ich es trotzdem nicht, da immer wieder mal auf die vorangegangene Geschichte verwiesen wird und eben doch viel Entwicklung zwischen den Charakteren stattfindet. ( )
  Andersleser | May 16, 2021 |
This is the second book in the Alex Verus series that started with "Fated", and continues the story from the first book. Due to events from the first book, Alex has started to receive more (unwanted) attention from those in the magic community, which leads him to the next spot of trouble. I won't go into detail, as I don't want to ruin the story.

I think Jacka does a great job of creating more character development, and background, as the story continues. The relationships between characters gets more defined, as well. How far will the author be able to take this series? I don't know, but books three and four are out, and I will be reading them as well! ( )
  Ralphd00d | May 4, 2021 |
This series is rapidly becoming my latest favourite mind-candy, doing wonders to cleanse my palate between heavy tomes of fiction and generally getting me rearing to go. It's entertaining, solidly written, thoroughly character-grounded, and the magic system, while slightly unoriginal, is very fun. Seeing the future is rather beast.

I could probably read all of these in a single sitting, as long as I had all the proper plumbing hooked up. Saline solution, waste ejecta, etc., I'd almost be willing to be a test subject for one of those chairs from Idiocracy. What can I say? It's just one of those hugely addictive series.

I should have known better before picking them up, but oh well...

:) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Maybe I'm less judgemental of a second book, but I think perhaps I liked this more than the first one. Maybe it's just more relaxed into itself, not trying to do more. But actually, having re-read my review of the first one, I think it's my expectations. I don't expect so much depth in the exploration of the world in a second book, apparently, and the information we were given in the first one was sufficient to carry me through this.

In general, I think I'm easier on second books because they tend, like this one, to be less about building up the hero, and more about taking him apart, which - let's face it - is a far more interesting proposition. (But one that does require the building in the first place; I'm just a difficult bitch.) There are some plot developments (I won't even call them twists, because they're more implacable than that) that I just love in this, and I'm fond of the development of the relationship between the two main characters (and the way Luna gets more bad-ass even through the first-person POV of Alex).

Prose still functional; reading still easy. ( )
  cupiscent | Aug 3, 2019 |
I liked this book even better than the first installment. I think that the biggest difference was that I was already familiar with the characters and the rules of the world instead when I started this one. It was really easy to slip back into Alex's world and I was really curious about how everything would work out. This was a book that I wanted to listen to for hours at a time so I finished it up pretty quickly.

This book picks up shortly after the events of the first book. Alex has received some attention but he is back in his shop just getting through each day as it comes. One of Luna's friends stops in the shop and picks up a dangerous item despite Alex's warnings. There also seems to be some strange deaths of magical creatures that are raising a lot of questions. To top things off, someone seems to be trying to kill Alex.

I am really growing to like this group of characters. Alex is very loyal and is determined to protect those that he considers his friends. As far as that goes, Alex is pretty quick to try to protect anyone who he thinks needs it. I love how he is able to use his abilities and I think that it really keeps the story interesting. Luna is a fun character but she makes some terrible decisions in this book. There are some other really colorful characters that help to move the story along as well.

I thought that this book was pretty exciting. There was a lot going on and I was never quite sure what would happen next. It was fun to watch Alex try to juggle so many things while looking into the future to see potential outcomes. There were a few twists that I didn't see coming and a few moments that had me a bit worried before everything drew to a close.

Gildart Jackson continues to do an amazing job with this series. It was so easy to listen to this book for hours at a time. His pacing is perfect for the story and I think he adds a lot of excitement and emotion to the reading. He does a great job with all of the character voices as well. I do believe that I probably liked this book just a little more because I made the decision to listen to it.

I would recommend this series to others. This is the second book in the Alex Verus series which really does need to be read in order. I found this to be a very exciting and intense story that was very hard to put down. I cannot wait to start the next book! ( )
  Carolesrandomlife | Apr 6, 2019 |
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"Alex was a little-known magic-shop proprietor in London. but thanks to his second sight, he's suddenly infamous for defeating powerful Dark mages. Now he's keeping his head down, training his apprentice, and trying to prevent cursed artifacts from falling into the hands of novices--until he unearths 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 discovers 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. Alex still has the advantage of seeing the future--but he might not have a future for much longer."

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