Mage Alex Verus is hanging on by a thread in the ninth urban fantasy novel from the national bestselling author of Burned.When Mage Alex Verus ends up with a position on the Light Council, no one is happy, least of all him. But Alex is starting to realize that if he wants to protect his friends, he'll need to become a power player himself. His first order of business is to track down dangerous magical items unleashed into the world by Dark Mages.But when the Council decides they need his help in negotiating with the perpetrators, Alex will have to use all his cunning and magic to strike a deal--and stop the rising tension between the Council, the Dark Mages, and the adept community from turning into a bloodbath....
|Title||:||Marked (Alex Verus #9)|
|Number of Pages||:||400 pages|
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Marked (Alex Verus #9) Reviews
I wanted to give this more stars but about a third into the book it was clear this was a setup book for the next in the series. I find that the story is starting to lag and the constant “we’ve got Richard this time only to be thwarted by something obvious we didn’t foresee” a bit annoying. Especially since Alex’s main power is divination. I’m thinking that maybe this author needs to move on to a new set of characters and series as these ones have been played out.
4.25 stars🤪 while there wasn’t much happening in this book, there was a lot of character development for Alex that I really enjoyed. I love falling back into this magical London and hanging out with Alex and his friends. I will say, it’s weird to me that TWO different people have multiple personalities from them compartmenting a part of themselves that they don’t like.....that isn’t very common but in the book he doesn’t write it like a true mental illness; it almost seems like a magical thing, ...more
Well written but tiresome. Nine installments of a protagonist so weak his solution to almost every situation is either running or suicide. Its repetitive, annoying and tiresome. The first few books were understandable for character development sake. But nine books in Alex still has to run from two average thugs and a 3rd rate mage. Cant manage a meeting without threating to blow himself and everyone else up. At this point its lazy writing. I wouldn't mind if he's weak yet clever or devious but t ...more
Adventure writers can go two ways with their series: They can either entangle their hero in a series of adventures, loosely linked but not necessarily sequential, or the hero can adventure while striving towards a goal. Wizard series tend towards the second, where the hero perhaps gets himself in a mess in an early story, then works to resolve the knotty problem in books 2-N. Think of Harry Dresden or Simon & Montague or Harry Potter or the Iron Druid. Or Alex Verus in Benedict Jacka’s excel ...more
This series started strong but has been fizzling out for me for awhile.
Mr. Jacka started this series around the same time as Ben Aaronovitch started Rivers of London and because they both are mage living and working in and around London. However, whereas Rivers of London started slowly for me and just got better; this series started very strong and has just gotten less interesting (although still interesting enough to read). I've wondered for awhile why I feel this way and I think I've got it. ...more
The main storyline in Marked was pulling enough with Alex's way of acting and helping Anne. But I'm partly sick that he is always in a role of a bad guy, whome everyone wants to kill.
Plot is in general starting to get weak and partly boring. I hope for fresh sub plots and something more from this series.
*This will be as spoiler free as possible
Marked is the 9th book in the Alex Verus series, and Alex is still going strong. Alex is on the council of Light Mages, and it's still a difficult uphill climb dealing with the light mages, especially after the incident that happened at the end of Bound.
Alex is put in charge of gathering the artifacts that were stolen, and he is learning the old adage of "keep your friends close and your enemies closer" being stuck having to deal with Onyx and still tryin ...more
I really enjoy these books. I find the characters super relatable. I sometimes wish more actually happened during the stories, but that's quibbling perhaps. I'll be reading the next one in the series as soon as it comes out.