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Book: Fated, by Benedict Jacka 
23rd-Apr-2014 09:57 pm
Today to Read
Fated, by Benedict Jacka. Urban Fantasy. Paperback, 295 pages. First in the series.

The first in the Alex Verus novels, it came recommended to us as a "Dresden type" of story. It lived up to the recommendation, being as fluffy and uncomplicated as I recall the first Butcher book to be. The main male is singly-flawed, the female sidekick is similarly two dimensional, the walk-ons are all characters (and mostly good fun to read) and the plot pulls everyone together nicely.

This was a fast book with good humor, easy imagery, and lots of twists and turns through character confrontations. The main character's magic is as a diviner - he can see all of the futures - and so is both very powerful and not magically forceful at the same time. It is an interesting character challenge, to surprise someone who can see the future. I appreciate how every major plot twist was telegraphed in advance without being wearyingly predictable.

I recommend it to fans of the early (first five) Harry Dresden books.

Books for 2014
Comments 
24th-Apr-2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
Interesting. Sounds similar in style to the Nightside books by Simon Greene where the protagonist can find anything, so how so you hide something from him?

Would love to put in a request with the interlibrary loan program when it is convenient. :)
24th-Apr-2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
We have a stack of Nightside books that I haven't touched yet...

I will speak to the owner of the book. I imagine he will be fine with passing it along. And perhaps I will have #2 acquired and read before I see you next...
27th-Apr-2014 01:44 am (UTC)
The loan has been approved on the condition of returning it. Your name is now on the sticky on the book on the lending stack...
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