Alex is a filled out character. I like the flow of these books and I like the characterization. There are some things that will be familiar from other UF books but also some very original parts to the world. The books are well balanced with neither characterization nor plot upstaging the other.
Both the books and the characters in the book have grown as we've progressed. In short I really like these books and pending some rereads they may end up on my favorites shelf, especially this one which for now I think is the best of the lot. At least so far that is. Now my only complaint is the same one I've had for the Butcher books I have to wait for the next one to come out.
If you haven't read the first 3 read them first. This series is so much fun. Alex Verus changes and grows. I enjoyed Chosen a lot, but I have to admit there have been a couple of things that annoyed me as hell. You see, this book reminded me why I dislike adolescent characters. Here you have not one, but a whole group of them after Alex and they ticked most of my pet-peeves regarding YA characters.
Only one of those has a valid reason to act the way he does. The rest are like sheep. This isn't YA series fortunately and I loved how Alex dealt with the issue. Luna has come a long way from a scared lonely girl you met in Fated and reckless and annoying one in Cursed. She doesn't even think twice whether she should help Alex or not. Alex Verus has finally come to the point where he cannot run from his past, from the time when he was Richard's apprentice and when he had to fight for his life without any help from anyone. We get to see what happened to the three other apprentices.
As for his present, he will see he is not alone any longer. I don't like cliffhangers but even I have to admit Chosen has a really good one. Sep 24, Eric rated it it was amazing Shelves: He has friends, and no one has tried to kill him for a while. Until an event from his past brings a group of adepts to him, looking for revenge. This book was just fun.
Benedict Jacka has really hit his stride and delivered a fantastic story. The plot was pretty straightforward, but the pages fly by. The author does a really good job balancing some great action scenes with a number of character moments that really add some depth to Alex and the others. I really enjoyed the development of not just Alex but the rest of the supporting characters, as well as seeing the relationships between each of them develop. There are several new characters throw in as well, and each of them brought something new and interesting to the story. The book ended in dramatic fashion, and sets things up beautifully for the next book.
Aug 11, Veronica rated it really liked it Shelves: This is the first time this series has risen above three stars for me. It's no coincidence that this is the first book to stir some strong emotions in me. I have very definite feelings about how things turned out and certain choices Alex made. I still think the secondary characters need to be fleshed out better though I still haven't warmed to Luna but I'm more invested in Alex's story now whereas before I felt as though I were on cruz control with this series. Feb 24, Tim The Enchanter rated it really liked it Shelves: Another Great Installment - 4 Stars Having read the first two book in the series, I made the choice to move to the audiobook format for the third book in the series.
It turned out to be an excellent idea. Of course I wanted to then listen to the Audio version of Chosen. Fortunately, it was released on February 17, , a couple of days after finishing the previous installment. With this current novel, I believe that Benedict Jacka has firmly entrenched himself with the best of the Urban Fant Another Great Installment - 4 Stars Having read the first two book in the series, I made the choice to move to the audiobook format for the third book in the series. With this current novel, I believe that Benedict Jacka has firmly entrenched himself with the best of the Urban Fantasy writers.
Alex Verus is no Harry Dresden clone and this is not Paranormal in disguise. The author set the series apart with a magic system and social order that is unlike any of its competators. If you have ever read my reviews, you will know that I believe the first four books in any series tend to follow a patter. The first book is the intro to the series and if the series is popular and continues we move to second book. The second book is usually "more of a good thing". The second in the series often repeats some plot devices and elements that made the first book so popular. The third book is the moment of truth.
It often set the tone for the series as a whole. Lesser authors may repeat plot devices and popular elements from the first two books while the long lasting series often change things up for the character and introduce new character and plot elements. The fourth book is often the transition book and Chosen falls into this category.
As many of the books that fall into this category, the book portends big changes for the future but occasionally stumbles as the world of the characters is set to change. Plot summary After years of living on his own, Alex Verus has fallen into some routines that could almost be considered domestic bliss. He has created a family with his apprentice Luna and the former dark wizard apprentices Anne and Verrium.
Of course the calm and happiness will not last. As usual, Verus is forced to face danger on multiple fronts. Bad decisions from his past come back to haunt him as aggrieved family members seek revenge for wrongdoings. His past haunts him further as questions arise regarding the whereabouts of his former master, Richard. These stories collide as Alex is forced to face his past and confront the fears that he has so long avoided.
The Good So That's What Happened One of the weakness of the series in my opinion has been the lack of character history. Granted, Alex Verus is meant to be a bit of an enigma but it hurts the character development. We are finally presented with a storyline that exposes as small portion of Verus' past. We learn about his former master and the other apprentices with whom he worked. I think many fans of the series have been interested in these details. Most other series would have provided us with some of these details by now but Alex Verus walks his own path. The author has done an excellent job of introducing a strong and interesting supporting cast.
Verus' has a complicated relationship with another former apprentice of Richard. We learn much more about Rachael, their shared past and her decent into darkness. Luna and Verrium continue to develop as interesting characters but the Oscar goes to The Life Mage and former dark apprentice continues to be the best character introduced the series.
She is full of secrets while sharing a similar past to Alex. While Alex develops into an Anti-Hero of sorts, Anne fights to live honestly and with integrity. Here is to hoping she can continue to play a role in the future novels. The Bad Give this Guy a Map The end of this book makes it clear that some new threats are coming and things are going to change for our hero. As the book build toward this transition, the character has to go through the obligatory self doubt and self loathing. While much of this novel moved quickly and the story progressed at high speed, the middle of the novel quickly became bogged down.
As Alex lost his way, the story seemed to grind to a halt and the book lost momentum. This is the main reason the book lost a star rating. Fortunately, when Alex gets back on his feet, the story picks up and the stays strong to the end. Final Thoughts Overall, this was another excellent installment in the series.
Hopefully, in future novels, the author continues to reveal the makings of Alex Verus. It is beginning to feel as if the secondary characters are more developed than him. The story seems to have turned a corner and it feels as if Alex will have a true nemesis in future installments. Audiobook Notes Again, this is some of the best narrated Urban Fantasy out there. The characterization, the tone and pacing is superb and lets be honest, narrators with a British accent are the best!
My only complaint was the length of time for the audio release. While the book was released late August of , the audiobook was not released until February There seems to be a trend of audio versions being released concurrently with the book. I make an effort to give you the information so you can make an informed decision before reading. I am simply giving approximations. Scale 1 - Lowest 5 - Highest Sex - 1. There is some minor use of the f-word and moderate use of mild obscenities. As the series has generally used little adult language, it stands out in this novel.
Violence - 3 There is a moderate amount of violence in this installment. There a few confrontations early while the middle of the book seeks to avoid confrontation. There is a final confrontation that is moderately graphic View all 8 comments. The past comes back to hunt Alex in the form of a group of magical adepts, which of whom prove to be more than he can handle when they seem to constantly know his whereabouts. With death around the corner, Alex must contemplate the very way he lives his life, and what lengths he'll go to to see another day.
This review contains minor spoilers. I was pleasantly surprised, and to be honest I still am, at the complete turnaround in this instalment. I found Chosen had so much improvement, a The past comes back to hunt Alex in the form of a group of magical adepts, which of whom prove to be more than he can handle when they seem to constantly know his whereabouts.
I found Chosen had so much improvement, as it moved away from the serious issues I had, and so I thoroughly enjoyed it more than the previous three, but what was so different about it? Well, Alex certainly didn't suffer from invincibility, nor did he have to constantly save poor damsels in distress, in fact, he was the one that needed saving by women on more than one occasion.
It was a total breath of fresh air and I almost couldn't put it down. The overall tone was also a lot darker, exploring Alex's reawakened need for survival and how delving into past instincts affected his newly formed friendships. The events in this one were important, clearly not meant to be mere filler, but instead changing the direction of the series.
It's the best one so far, and I can only hope Jacka will continue on this path. I very much liked the introduction of Anne and Variam in Taken , as they were less irritating and stupid than Luna and offered quite different personalities - Variam could be considered detached, even cold at times, whilst Anne is caring and always strives to do the right thing. Thankfully, they remained members of the inner circle and played their own strong, relevant parts with great characterisation.
Whether their relationships are solid enough to withstand anything, well, that has yet to be seen even though it was surely tested. I still think that there's a possibility of a romance between Anne and Alex, which would be interesting indeed. Perhaps Luna and Variam as well? Their obvious dislike could be covering up their attraction, who knows? If it's one thing the series is lacking, it's the romance factor, but of course that's not a bad thing.
But now the past is catching up with him. I like how Alex was able to still be cold and make harsh decisions when he had to. Now my only complaint is the same one I've had for the Butcher books And that's why I enjoy reading this series. But being able to see the future doesn't make you any smarter or wiser than anyone else, and it doesn't stop you making stupid mistakes.
I'm positive it'll crop up at some point, hell even just sex, because Alex is an adult male that has needs. The more I find out about Alex, the more I become fond of him. Yes, I still find the sheer expanse of his skills a little ridiculous he still knows how to do everything, from swordplay to gambling to dancing to martial arts, the list goes on , but he has a lot of depth. He may save the day, be a hero, but he's certainly in the grey area. He'll do anything to stay alive, even kill. In this one he questioned himself and had some self-loathing going on, which definitely made him more believable as a character.
My most favourite however, is Rachel. She's insane and lethal, but there's so much more going on with her than meets the eye. The dark shadow that entered her is something I really want to know more about. The plot was quickly paced, apart from the couple of instances it slowed down to retell scenes from the past, but I nevertheless enjoyed as it told more of the mystery that was Rachel and Shireen. The group of teenagers that turned out to be Alex's most challenging foes were seriously unlikeable. I understood their desire for revenge, and what happened to Will's sister was horrible, but they were egotistical brats and I refuse to even type the name they called themselves, it was just too silly.
Caldera though, she was one tough woman and it was nice to see a heavier female amongst the thin and beautiful. I hope she returns. Definitely the strongest so far, with less predictable plot points, and with that ending, I really want to know what happens next. I'm looking forward to it! I know I come off as arrogant sometimes. When you can see the future it's easy to pretend you know everything, and to other people it probably looks like I do.
But being able to see the future doesn't make you any smarter or wiser than anyone else, and it doesn't stop you making stupid mistakes. It lets you know what the problem is and how big the problem is but it doesn't give you the power to do anything about it. When it comes down to it, the reason I act all-knowing isn't because I think I know everything. It's because I know I don't and I'm desperately trying to stop my enemies from figuring that out.
And if you keep up an act to fool other people, sometimes you end up fooling yourself as well. This time Alex has to face parts of his past he'd rather not remember as he's hunted by someone who wants vengeance. Bit of a niggle at the very end - not a cliffie, really, but it was a deliberate tease for the next book. I'm not fond of those. Sep 02, Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another excellent installment which ramps up the action to a higher degree, if that was even possible.
Really liked that we got glimpses of the history between Richard's apprentices. Goes a long way to explaining Deleo's actions and also gave some insight to her personality I continue to love Alex as a narrator and enjoy the fact that when it comes to battle he is almost always at a disadvantage.
Makes for some great reading, seeing how he'll get out of a pickle. Totally saw that end coming but Another excellent installment which ramps up the action to a higher degree, if that was even possible. Totally saw that end coming but oh boy does it set up the next book! Jan 14, Peat rated it really liked it.
The great thing about Chosen is that you could believe Jim Butcher wrote this after hitting his head and waking up thinking he was British. The bad thing about Chosen is that you could believe Jim Butcher wrote this after hitting his head and waking up thinking he was British. Its a fun engaging story with fun engaging characters but the numerous similarities get to me and detract from my entertainment. I wish there was a 3. Definitely my favourite in the series so far!
Apr 20, Bria rated it it was amazing. A group of adepts are trying to kill him causing him to reveal his dark secrets to his friends and somewhat lose them in the process. I like how Alex was able to still be cold and make harsh decisions when he had to. But now the past is catching up with him. There is a rumor that his old master, a dark mage named Richard Drakh returns. In addition, a bunch of rogue adepts, The Nightstalkers, are hunting dark mages, and Alex is on top of their list.
They are led by Will Traviss, who has personal revenge against Alex. Catherine was kept as prisoner, tortured and being used for Tobruk's personal amusement. After Alex managed to escape two years later, he thought Catherine survived. Will and the Nightstalkers stop at nothing to kill Alex The Nightstalkers, especially Will, have balls of steel, and the length they go through to kill Alex keeps me on the edge of my seat. At the same time, this book also unravels some important details of the past.
One, the reason why Richard needed Catherine in the first place. Two, what happened to both Rachel before she transformed into Deleo and Shireen who died ten years ago. All these were strongly related. I know that Rachel is all kind of messed-up. However, reading the details on how she became Deleo, I can't help to feel pity. She has a lot of anger at people who look down on her. She must stay strong against Tobruk, the main psychopath in Richard's apprentices group.
She wants to be Richard's Chosen.
No wonder she's a mess. I think this book is the best yet and my personal favorite because of the complexity of the characters as it runs with high speed towards the climax. None of them are truly bad or truly good. Will has a reason to hate Alex so much. Rachel's past contributes to why she becames Daleo. I don't know what to think of Alex now. I know that he doesn't have a choice in this matter, if wants to stay alive, but his decision is just plain cold.
Usually, I have no problem siding with the protagonists, because the bad guys are that, "bad". But like I say, there are reasons behind The Nightstalkers' action. The ending is predictable, though view spoiler [yes, it seems that Richard returns hide spoiler ] , which is why I'm not giving this a 5-stars rating. Seems a bit of anti-climax to go that way, because it has been done so many times in other urban fantasy series. Still, I'm excited to see how book 5 is. View all 3 comments. Sep 14, Hobart rated it it was amazing Shelves: First off, I want to talk about the non-plot related stuff in the first chapter, but it's better if you read it yourself -- it warmed the geeky cockles of my heart in a way few other books have this year.
The fun is short-lived, of course. Verus is still training Luna, trying to find a place for the former Dark Apprentices, Anne and Variam, that he took in following the events of Taken. While he's busy, he's realizing that for the first time in long time, he isn't alone, he has friends, compan First off, I want to talk about the non-plot related stuff in the first chapter, but it's better if you read it yourself -- it warmed the geeky cockles of my heart in a way few other books have this year.
While he's busy, he's realizing that for the first time in long time, he isn't alone, he has friends, companions -- there's the three just mentioned, plus the mage Sonder and, of course, Arachne. You start to get the idea that Verus is on the verge on contentment, starting to think about a future in this community he's building and not the way he's known for.
Which is a tried and true signal that things are about to go pear shaped. Which it does, pretty decisively. It's been clear from the start that Verus' past is dark, but we've never been given many details. Well, that's over -- we get a real clear look at what life was like for Verus while he was apprenticed to Richard Drakh, and what it was like for him as he started to break away. While we're learning this, Verus himself gets a much clearer view of what was going on back then.
What sets this off is the relative of someone that Verus and his fellow apprentices had wronged details avoided , years ago has come to town. He's an untrained adept, and so are his friends -- they start off as a vigilante gang attacking Dark Mages. It doesn't take long before they find their way to their target, Alex Verus. It takes all Verus' cunning, guts, and determination to survive this. Everything's on the line here -- his friends learn almost as much as the reader does about his past and their reactions are complex and ring true emotionally , he barely escapes his first encounter with the gang with his life, and he has to open himself to part of his life he'd rather be done with.
And the tactics he has to employ to save his life -- and others' -- are morally murky at best. There was really nothing about this book I didn't like -- Jacka keeps getting better and better and he started very strong. He's on moderately good terms with the Council, his apprentice is settling in and his shop in Camden is gaining quite a reputation Taken Alex Verus series: Welcome to Fountain Reach.
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