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Benedict Jacka

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Benedict Jacka is a British author who was born in England in 1980. He earned his bachelors degree in philosophy at Cambridge University. He started writing soon after graduation and authored three children's fantasy novels which were not published. His first published work was a children's vis mere non-fantasy novel called "To be a Ninja" later changed to "Ninja: The Beginnng". In 2000 he developed a fantasy setting for which he wrote four books, whose main characters were teenage elementals. These book also went unpublished. In 2009, he decided to try again with an adult character with a more information-based ability. Three years later, in 2012, he published the first book of the Alex Verus Series, with two more to follow that year. In December 2013, an audio version of Fated was released in the US, the next three books followed. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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Værker af Benedict Jacka

Fated (2012) 1,390 eksemplarer
Cursed (2012) 754 eksemplarer
Taken (2012) 644 eksemplarer
Chosen (2013) 541 eksemplarer
Hidden (2014) 457 eksemplarer
Veiled (2015) 404 eksemplarer
Burned (2016) 380 eksemplarer
Bound (2017) 315 eksemplarer
Marked (2018) 277 eksemplarer
Fallen (2019) 222 eksemplarer
Forged (2020) 177 eksemplarer
Risen (2021) 134 eksemplarer
An Inheritance of Magic (2023) 82 eksemplarer
The Alex Verus Novels, Books 1-4 (2014) 27 eksemplarer
Favours (2021) 27 eksemplarer

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Fødselsdato
1980-09-25
Køn
male
Nationalitet
UK
Fødested
London, England, UK
Bopæl
London, England, UK
Romania
China
Uddannelse
University of Cambridge (BA) (philosophy)
Erhverv
civil servant
English teacher
bouncer
solicitor
author
Agent
5ophie Hicks
Kort biografi
Benedict Jacka is half-Australian, half-Armenian, and grew up in London. He’s worked as a teacher, bouncer, and civil servant, and spends his spare time skating and playing tabletop games. He’s the author of the Alex Verus series, including Bound, Burned, Veiled, Hidden, and Chosen.

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Thanks for your world building.
It is a great escape.
Is Chicago still calling?
 
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JoRob01 | 8 andre anmeldelser | May 18, 2024 |
Very much an introduction to the new series. There is even a foreword explicitly telling you so, new magic system, new people, new politics. Still set in london though.

This actually made me feel more of River of London than his other series, a sort of mix of introducing someone barely familiar to the magical world, along with a casual acceptance of the geography, it' snot entirely clear what race/heritage Stephen has, but it's not typical, again with the RoL vibe.

Stephen has been living on his own for the last few years after his dad suddenly left, his mum having died much younger. He's been making ends meet, just about, but now that he's 18, he's starting to think about a future. The one thing his dad left him was an instruction to carry on his hobby of 'drucraft' - sensing elemental magic and shaping it into sigils, the captured form that can be used for almost anything you can imagine. Stephen's not very good at it, but then he's never had any formal training. I had though we'd be heading into magic school territory, and the possibility emerges once or twice, but Stephen is too independently minded for that, and strikes his own path. He's feelings on the matter are only bolstered when he's suddenly embroiled in the plots of a pair of his formally unknown cousins. Events don't go to anyone's plan, and Stephen resolves to train himself stronger, even if it risks his friends and only income.

My only real complaint is that Stephen didn't feel 18, somewhat impulsive, yes, but too mature really too considering and too able to look after himself - although perhaps my familiaty with 18 yr olds is biased to those with a more sheltered upbringing. I enjoyed the magical world, and the hints of the power structures around give rise to interesting possibilities of an underdog against the Powers That Be, much liek the best bits of Verus.
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½
 
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reading_fox | 3 andre anmeldelser | Apr 2, 2024 |
I could say this story reminds me of a Harry Dresden novel. It would be a true statement, but it would also fail to do the story justice.

Yes, Alex Verus is clearly inspirited by the more popular Dresden Files, but it does enough things different to stand on its own. For one, the world of Alex Verus is a darker take on the secret wizard society formula. Alex himself is also quite different from Dresden, namely in the fact his only magical power is to divine the future. The result is a decided different approach to conflict resolution and action scenes, among other things.

Warmly recommended to lovers of Urban Fantasy, Heist novels, and Harry Dresden fans.
… (mere)
 
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Thulan | 73 andre anmeldelser | Mar 4, 2024 |
This series delivers a thrilling narrative with morally questionable characters. The protagonist has to make difficult decisions to survive in a ruthless world where even the would-be-good guys are anything but what they seem. In this second-last novel seeds sown as early as the first novel sprouts in narrative satisfying ways. I can't recommend Alex Verus enough.
 
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Værker
23
Medlemmer
5,891
Popularitet
#4,190
Vurdering
3.9
Anmeldelser
232
ISBN
139
Sprog
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