Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 10 hours and 24 minutes (304 pages)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: February 17, 2014
Stand Alone or Series: 4th book in the Alex Verus series
Source: Audiobook from Audible.com
Rating: 4/5 stars
“I don’t publicly advertise that I’m a mage, but I don’t exactly hide it either, and one of the odd things I’ve learnt over the years is just how much you can get away with if you’re blatant enough. Hide something behind smoke and mirrors and make people work to find it, and they’ll tear the place down looking for what’s there.
Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable futures—a talent that’s gotten him out of many a tough scrape. But this time, he may be in over his head. Alex was once apprenticed to a Dark mage, and in his service he did a lot of things he isn’t proud of.
As rumors swirl that his old master is coming back, Alex comes face to face with his misdeeds in the form of a young adept whose only goal is to get revenge. Alex has changed his life for the better, but he’s afraid of what his friends—including his apprentice, Luna—will think of his past. But if they’re going to put themselves at risk, they need to know exactly what kind of man they’re fighting for…”
This was another good book in the Alex Verus series. I always enjoy these books, they are good investigative urban fantasies and entertaining to read.
I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobooks are well done. Jackson sounds exactly like I imagine Alex Verus would. Some of the women’s voices are a bit off sounding, but it’s not bad and all the characters have unique voices.
In this book Alex’s past is coming back to haunt him. He did some things he’s not proud off when he was a Black Apprentice and those things are coming to call.
We meet a couple interesting new characters, however mostly it’s our old favorites…Luna, Sanders, Anne and Variam. There is some interesting background on Anne and Variam. Luna doesn’t get much page space though and there isn’t a lot of development of her character.
As with previous books the main mystery is wrapped up and the next storyline is hinted at.
Overall a good continuation of the Alex Verus series. I am never super impressed by these books, but I do enjoy them. There’s not a ton of world-building but there is a good mystery and some interesting characters. I would recommend to those who are looking for a humorous urban fantasy. While this isn’t in my top 5 urban fantasy series, it is a fun one and I enjoy it.