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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Book Review: Bound (Alex Verus #8) by Benedict Jacka (spoiler free)

Bound (Alex Verus #8) 
by Benedict Jacka
April 4th 2017 by Ace
Mage Alex Verus is caught between a rock and a hard place in the eighth urban fantasy novel from the national bestselling author of Burned.

Right now I wasn’t seeing Richard as the teacher out of my nightmares, he was just another Dark mage, and I looked into the future to see what would happen if I turned that knife on him instead...

Alex Verus is still haunted by his time apprenticed to Richard Drakh. He's been free of him for many years, but now the only way to keep his friends from being harmed is to again work for Richard and his deadly ally. Even worse, he’s forced to bring the Light mage Anne into this servitude as well.

After weeks of being hunted and finally cornered into what he thought was his last stand, Alex never thought his life would be spared—and never anticipated at what price. This time, the diviner can see no way out...

Making this spoiler free will mean a short review of this book, since A LOT happens.

Bound picks up where Burned left off. Alex and Anne are now working for Drakh, which is not what they really wanted, but with the way Burned left off, there weren't many options to work with.

Thi situation makes everything much for difficult for both them. The Light Mages don't trust them, the Dark Mages don't trust them, even the Order doesn't trust them. So what exactly can they do?

I do have sympathy for Anne and Alex since their hands are tied for pretty much the entire book but with the help of Arachnie, they do have a glimmer of hope to help put the odds more in their favor.

Luna on the other hand... Oh Man, did I want to bitch slap her, I mean I understand where she is coming from and her situation, but talk about a pity party for 1. Luckily for her, Alex does offer some insight and advice on what she can do. There was one part that made me laugh since it does tie into the Alex Verus website, and how Luna has been put to use.

I will say that the ending of the book threw me off, and I was not expecting it, and clearly neither did Alex. I don't think even he with his Fateweaving ability could have predicted that outcome.

Now to wait for book 9

review: Cursed (Alex Verus #2)
review: Choosen (Alex Verus #4)
review: Hidden (Alex Verus #5)
review: Veiled (Alex Verus #6)
Review: Burned (Alex Verus #7)

5/5 Sheep


About the Author:
Benedict Jacka became a writer almost by accident, when at nineteen he sat in his school library and started a story in the back of an exercise book. Since then he's studied philosophy at Cambridge, lived in China, and worked as everything from civil servant to bouncer to teacher before returning to London to take up law.

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