|Able to see the possible future, Alex Verus runs a magic shop
in London. A small minnow in the world of magic, he keeps his head down and tries to avoid
being noticed. His magic allows him to see the into future, useful when you can look into
the future when fighting an opponent and know which direction they will come from and what
powers they'll use.
Alex has a dark past he's trying to hide from, involving an
apprenticeship to a Dark mage, a lost love, and a body count. This has left him with
strong desire to stay away from all Dark mages. The White Council have unearthed a relic
from the fabled Progenitors though, and they need a probability mage to help them find and
understand it. Before the Dark mages do.
I wanted to read this as Jim Butcher recommended it and am so glad I did. Like Harry
Dresden, Alex lives in a world of magic that exists alongside the normal one. Theres
- a White Council that ignore unpleasant truths, Dark and Light mages, a hierarchy of
abilities and prestige. Yet its totally different; the world, the magic, the rules.
The first half explains how the magic works, while the second is full of action and a
rollercoaster of excitement.
Read this book! If you liked the Dresden world, youll love this unique one. There
is no romance in this book, though the possibility is there for later in the series, so is
safe for boys! Im looking forward to the next in the series, Cursed.
How shall I describe this novel? The "Dresden Files" meets "Warehouse
13" and "Dune" with a dash of "Night at the Museum" and
"Doctor Who"? Okay, so its a cool urban fantasy with a welcome absence of
vampires and werewolves, and a copious amount of wit and insider humour. Alex Verus is a
mage, certainly, but hes essentially a one-trick pony, a diviner. That means he can
sift through possible futures and choose the actions which will bring about the most
desirable result. Sound familiar? I assume youve read "Dune"
Its the same basic idea, only without the spice, and set in the present day.
The location is present day London and the tale begins in a shopAlex Verus runs
the Arcana Emporium where he sells things which may or may not be actually magical. He is
interrupted by a visitor who wants him to do a job for the Councila Council who Alex
Verus believes to have sold out to Dark Mages in order to keep the peace. This job turns
out to involve a powerful artefact which is in a new exhibition at the British Museum. Of
course, everybody wants it
but nobody knows how to get at it. Alex has to solve the
problem, while fending off various factions of mages, with only his collection of magic
items, a flighty air elemental and his unlucky apprentice to help. Even so, things are not
what they seem
This is a bright new take on urban fantasy, with a strong sense of character and
settingLondon is an old city and that so fits this genre. The story cracked on at a
great pace, and it was a whole lot of fun. Bring on the sequel!