Book Review: Chosen by: Benedict Jacka

 
Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Ace

Publish Date: August 27, 2013

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Mass Market Paperback

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: 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...

Review: ‘Chosen’ is the fourth book in the Alex Verus series and, in my opinion, is the best of them. The past has come home to roost in the form of an assassin who is determined to kill Alex. Now Alex has to confront his past and keep his charges safe, along with telling them the truth about his apprenticeship to a Dark Mage. Mr. Jacka has woven together the events in the first three books and deftly brought the characters to the beginning of the biggest battle they may ever fight. I enjoyed seeing more of Alex’s past and learning the events which had a hand in creating the man he is today. I understood how some of his new friends couldn’t handle his past or his methods for dealing with the current threat, but I felt everything worked out as best as possible. ‘Chosen’ is a creative, action-packed, and highly entertaining novel with a bit of everything for everyone. With the creepy ending, I’m really looking forward to seeing what happens next!!

Alex Verus series: Fated (1), Cursed (2), Taken (3), Chosen (4)

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