Cursed by Benedict Jacka

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Cursed is a near perfect sequel... It follows on from Fated with a meticulous eye for all the tiny points that made the first Alex Verus novel a real winner.
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Benedict Jacka's acclaimed Alex Verus series continues with Cursed.

Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered 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 realizes 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...


About Benedict Jacka

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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 currently studying to become a lawyer, on grounds that his life isn't busy enough already.
Published May 29, 2012 by Ace. 304 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Publishers Weekly

Apr 23 2012

Readers will savor this tasty blend of magic, explosions, and moral complexity.

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The Maine Edge

Reviewed by Allen Adams on May 30 2012

Alex Verus is the best kind of fantasy protagonist – an underdog. As much as any magic-user could be, Verus is a capital-E Everyman in the best way.

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Book Geeks

Reviewed by Marleen Kennedy on Jul 05 2012

it is hardly ever certain who can be trusted; who is on the side of good and who is just pure evil, something which makes the story fascinating and a real page-turner.

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Fresh Fiction

Reviewed by Melanie Jacobs on Jul 11 2012

A quick read and an enjoyable story, CURSED is a strong sequel and will leave readers waiting eagerly for Jacka's next release.

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Fantasy Faction

Reviewed by Paul Wiseall on Aug 09 2012

Cursed is a near perfect sequel... It follows on from Fated with a meticulous eye for all the tiny points that made the first Alex Verus novel a real winner.

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Bart's Bookshelf

Reviewed by Darren on Jul 16 2012

while the Alex Verus books by Benedict Jacka is still a series that isn’t perfect; it is one that is full of action, great characters, and one I am enjoying a lot

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Waiting for Fairies

Reviewed by Kiara on Jul 23 2012

I didn’t have time to love Cursed because it grabbed me by my knickers, slung me over its shoulder and carried me away before I had time to think about whether I loved it or not.

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