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...
"Jacka puts other urban fantasists to shame with the fourth Alex Verus novel, a stellar blend of thoughtful philosophy and explosive action populated by a stereotype-defying diverse cast." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review
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best on in the series so far
The best of what makes fantasy great
I like our protagonist, of course, and am becoming intrigued by Anna...
he does a good job of reminding you of the differences among characters by different voices and accents -- especially good making a giant spider sound friendly but inhuman.
it does suck you along, but I also don't want it to be over that fast.
Really great demonstration of what sci fi and fantasy do best -- allow you to look at Big Questions of everyday life by making them bigger than life: what does it mean to be the "good guys"? How do you deal with the possibility that your instincts can make you a "bad guy," or that just being human means being both Good and Bad? and how do you live with yourself and with the reflection of those truths in the eyes of your friends?
meantime, a good ride of adventure and politics, as this series has been providing. worth the time.