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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Book Review: Fallen (An Alex Verus Novel Book 10) by Benedict Jacka

Fallen (An Alex Verus Novel Book 10)
by Benedict Jacka
September 24, 2019
304 pages
Publisher: Ace
For Mage Alex Verus, everything is on the line in the tenth urban fantasy novel from the national bestselling author of Marked.

Once Alex Verus was a diviner trying to live quietly under the radar. Now he's a member of the Light Council who's found success, friends...and love. But it's come with a price—the Council is investigating him, and if they find out the truth, he'll lose everything.

Meanwhile, Alex's old master, Richard Drakh, is waging a war against the Council, and he's preparing a move that will bring Alex and the life mage, Anne, under his control. Caught between Richard and the Council, Alex's time is running out. To protect those he cares for, Alex will have to become something different. Something darker...

Fallen is the 10th book in the Alex Versus series

Fallen felt like two different books in one, there is the pre-fateweaver then there is post-fateweaver.

The first 8 chapters felt like one book, where Alex is still working for the light council, and of course still under investigation for what happened at San Vittore with Drakh and the stolen imbued items. Alex is worried that the council will find out the truth to what really happened, knowing that his and Anne's lives are on the line.

Alex and Annes' relationship is more serious, which later on Richard uses to his benefit and tries to use Alex against Anne to get what he wants.

It felt hard to tell how much time had passed between the end of chapter 8 and the start of 9, was it a few days, a week a month? Alex is determined to get his hands on the fatewaeaver. This is where things take a turn, not sure for better or for worse, depends on how you feel about Alex being a light mage or a dark mage. Alex seems to be a different person, and I'm not sure if it's due to his situation outside of obtaining the item, or if it's the item itself that changed him.

I found the second part of the book more interesting over the first because the first part was a recyle of the past few books since Alex joined the light council, seeing as how he's always under the microscope and being watched and judged for each moved he makes.

I personally like the "new" Alex, he seems more true to himself and what it is he believes in.

I'm not sure where the next book is going and what Alex's standing will be with the council, but I have a feeling it won't be good.

Review: Marked (Alex Verus #9)

4/5 stars


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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