Taken (Alex Verus #3) – Benedict Jacka

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Summary:

Mage apprentices have been vanishing without a trace—and someone on the council might be involved. Alex Verus has no evidence, no witnesses, and no suspects. All he knows is that someone is keeping tabs on him. And after assassins target his own apprentice’s classmate, Alex sees that he doesn’t know the half of it—and that he could be the next to disappear…

Review:

First, to answer the question I’m sure no one is asking: yes, I did read Wandering Star first. I’m just delaying the posting of my review to a bit closer to review date (Spoiler Alert: It was awesome). Anyway, after reading that wonderful book, I was in the mood for something fun so I decided to pick back up with the other series I seem to be making way through in 2015 – The Alex Verus novels. This is three of currently six, with a seventh due out in April. Not sure I’ll have made it through all of them by then, but I’m certainly making an effort!

Anyway.

Taken picks up a few months after Cursed left off: Luna is now fully ensconced in the Light Mage’s Apprentice program and Alex’s various adventures have brought him to greater notoriety within Mage society even as his uneasy peace with the Council holds. As in books past, Alex is again approach by the Council to figure out what they cannot: who is kidnapping Apprentices and what is being done with them. It sets off into an investigation whose reveal is actually rather cleverly (and subtly) foreshadowed early on. It’s a fun twist on perhaps a not unfamiliar theme within these novels. We also get plenty of time to see how Luna is growing (anyone complaining about how Luna fares in the first book really does need to keep reading, she gets stronger with every book), and an interesting side-story about two effectively master-less Apprentices and their ties to a non-human that is more Dark than light.

This series remains quite an enjoyable read with some solid world-building. It’s not necessarily breaking any molds within urban fantasy, but it does what it does quite well and with a book like this, that’s what you want it to do. Fans will be quite pleased.

Verdict: Buy It

Available: Now

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