Wednesday, 12 September 2012

URBAN FANTASY REVIEW: Alex Verus 3: Taken - Benedict Jacka

Release Date: 06/09/12


Welcome to Fountain Reach Ancient seat of the Aubuchon dynasty Majestic setting of the White Stone tournament Alex Verus's (not necessarily reliable) reputation attracts all sorts. Most are plain bonkers. Yet there's one invitation he just can't refuse. At Fountain Reach, Alex is perfectly placed among the noted and notorious to figure out why apprentices have been vanishing. But the tournament is a minefield of ancient grudges and new threats, and Alex can't afford to miss a trick as his elusive adversary stays one step ahead in this most dangerous of games.


As this series by Benedict carries on it really is starting to come into its own with me liking each offering more and more. Here in the latest book, the lead character grows emotionally that allows the reader to get a better grip on him, which when blended with a solid style of storytelling in an established world really allows the reader to get hold of what’s going on.

Add to this some unusual predicaments alongside some great sleight of hand makes this series one that I’m really getting into. Finally add to the mix a solid overall arc with cracking pace and all round this book was a definite cracker.

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