Taken by Benedict Jacka
(An Alex Verus Novel)

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Jacka’s elegantly straightforward prose style lends itself beautifully to his fast-paced storytelling.
-The Maine Edge


This time last year, I could go weeks without seeing another mage. In mage society I was an unknown and, all in all, that was how I liked it. It’s hard to say what changed. Whatever it was, I got involved in the magical world again and started getting myself a reputation.

Alex Verus’s insights into the future used to be the best-kept secret in London. Now, with the aid of his apprentice, Luna, his unique investigative talents are all the rage. He just has to be careful about picking his employers, because everyone—even the beautiful woman who practically begs him to run security for a prestigious tournament—has motives that can be hard to predict. And Alex doesn’t do unpredictable.

But his latest gig just might be impossible. Apprentices have been vanishing without a trace—and someone on the Council could be involved. Alex has no evidence, no witnesses, and no suspects. All he knows is that someone is keeping tabs on him. And after assassins target Luna’s classmate, Alex sees that he doesn’t know the half of it—and that he could be the next to disappear.

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 August 28, 2012 by Ace. 337 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Horror. Fiction
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The Maine Edge

Reviewed by Allen Adams on Sep 06 2012

Jacka’s elegantly straightforward prose style lends itself beautifully to his fast-paced storytelling.

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