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Publisher's Summary

Things are going well for Alex Verus. He's on moderately good terms with the Council, his apprentice is settling in, and his shop in Camden is gaining quite a reputation.
But when a mysterious woman bursts into the Arcana Emporium one night with an assassin on her tail, Alex is thrown into a plot to revive a long-forbidden ritual. His old enemies are after the secret as well as a Council mage named Belthas and a mercenary named Garrick, and at least one of them is trying to get Alex killed - if he only knew which.
He can see the future, but knowing who to trust is something else.
©2012 Benedict Jacka (P)2014 Tantor
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"Fast-moving and energetic." ( Sunday Telegraph)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rogerio Vitiver Soares de Souza on 06-05-17

Couldn't stop listening

For those who loved Dresden Files, look elsewhere no more! Fun, well paced, interesting characters!

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4 out of 5 stars
By nicole on 05-25-15

They got the series :)

This book makes me wish we had a more detailed rating system. Is it a Dresden files rip off? Well yes but then I'm enjoying these books more than the latter books in that series. Is the narrator as good as James Masters? Of course not it's James Masters. I really wish so many reviewers weren't making comparisons here because Gildart Jackson really isn't that bad, in fact I'd give him 4/5 as he's great at doing characters voices, doesn't feel the need to screech as so many male narrators do as soon as they get a villain that is female and is really enjoyable to listen to. His only real problems are, as many people have correctly said, that he sounds too old for the role (as narration is first person) and that he's not James Masters ( I swear fans would clone him if they could.) The story is even better than the first book and I was gripped from start to finish. Alex is the only genuine wizard to run a magic shop, it's a hobby, in between, training his sometimes apprentice, dropping in for tea with his friend/ possible creature from ancient mythology or somewhere and assisting other wizards in their various tasks, so that hopefully they won't kill him someday. 4.5/5 because I really enjoyed it and will be buying the whole series shortly, even if it's not original or well enough crafted to merit the top twenty. A good book is a good book and the story should appeal to most readers of this genre male or female. If you are on one credit a month then as others have suggested Ben Aaronovitch is better but when a new series comes out I like to check the reviews on Audible dot com. Same book different cover, at the time of typing this, Cursed has a 4.40 average and 924 ratings - so most people like it.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By petitbilbo on 07-25-15

A good sequel after a good start

If you could sum up Cursed in three words, what would they be?

Fast-paced magical fun

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cinder: for a bad guy, he's a really good bad guy

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The discovery in the giant cavern.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I had a reservation or two before staring to listen (see my review of the first book), but I'm relieved to say that they were totally unfounded.

Any additional comments?

Harry Dresden, PC Grant, Alex Verus: they share a (more or less) common universe.
I like this universe and I'll be 'reading' as much books from it as I can.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By naomi on 04-24-16

Fun and Exciting

A perfectly fun and exciting way to pass the time. For those who love urban fantasy, lots of action and magic.

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