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Publisher's Summary

Diviner Alex Verus finally made one too many enemies on the Council of Mages, and now one of them is angry enough to have him executed. Fighting for his life is nothing new, but this kill order also calls for the death of Alex's dependents - and there's no way that he'll let Luna, Anne, and Vari take the heat.
With only a week before he's history, Alex will have to figure out how to disassociate himself from his friends, scrounge up allies on the council, and hopefully keep his head attached to his body. But saving himself is going to bring him into direct opposition with his former master and the Dark mages surrounding him. And this time, escaping with his life might mean losing his soul....
©2016 Benedict Jacka (P)2016 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jill on 06-25-17

Thought it was good.

I read reviews of people who didn't really care for this book. I thought it was great I kept wondering how things were going to end and I couldn't figure it out like I could with a few of the other books. It kept on the edge a lot. I really enjoy Gilbart Jackson's narration a lot.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Rob on 05-31-16

Disappointing *Spoiler Alert*

What disappointed you about Burned?

I don't know how to say this without spoilers, but how is it that the leaders of the magical community can just decide someone should be killed with no evidence and no trial and everyone is ok with it? There are pretty flimsy plot lines to justify wholesale murder. Every time Alex does something good he gets no credit, no benefit of the doubt and no help from any of the power hungry mages. What was the point of going through the whole plot if at the end a mage can just threaten to kill his loved ones and he capitulates? Why didn't they just do that at the beginning?

What could Benedict Jacka have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I have loved this series up until now. Burned just seemed so incredibly contrived. The story went in odd directions for Alex to rid himself and his dependents of a death sentence and then when he did everything he could they just threatened him into cooperation. There was very little involvement of the usual cast of characters that makes the series so enjoyable.

What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

Gildart Jackson does a fantastic job with the narration. I have no complaints and hope he continues to narrate all future books.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book has the characters and world that made the series so much fun up to this point. It would be tough to make it completely horrible at this point. I hope the next books get back on track and have more realistic plot twists with a purpose.

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6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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