Cursed by Benedict Jacka Online

Cursed
Title : Cursed
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ISBN : 9781937007591
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 293

Benedict Jacka's acclaimed Alex Verus series continues with Cursed.Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures—destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda.Benedict Jacka's acclaimed Alex Verus series continues with Cursed.Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures—destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda. Hired to investigate, Alex realizes that not everyone on the Council wants him delving any deeper. Struggling to distinguish ally from enemy, he finds himself the target of those who would risk their own sanity for power...


Cursed Reviews

  • Carol.

    FROM THE POLICE BLOTTER Subject: Benedict JackaAlias: Alex VersusLocation: CursedDate: Published 2012, ongoing issues.Charges: --Multiple counts of misdemeanor littering explano-dumps. --One felony charge of plot deus ex machina. --Multiple felonies committed against women characters, including Class 1 felony of all females equaling damsel-in-distress category, and additional multiple Class 1 felonies of Classic Female Stereotypes.Consider charging in supernatural courts for crimes against love. [...]

  • Bradley

    This series is rapidly becoming my latest favourite mind-candy, doing wonders to cleanse my palate between heavy tomes of fiction and generally getting me rearing to go. It's entertaining, solidly written, thoroughly character-grounded, and the magic system, while slightly unoriginal, is very fun. Seeing the future is rather beast.I could probably read all of these in a single sitting, as long as I had all the proper plumbing hooked up. Saline solution, waste ejecta, etc I'd almost be willing to [...]

  • Phrynne

    The second book in a series must be a difficult book to write especially when the first is really, really good. Luckily Benedict Jacka was up to the task and has produced another excellent read. Alex Verus, our hero and trusty mage, continues to avoid assassination and gets involved in a variety of dangerous situations which he usually escapes by the skin of his teeth. I love the moments when his precognition clicks in just in time for him to dodge a bullet or save his apprentice from an attack. [...]

  • Cathy

    3.5 stars again. It was very much a continuation of the first story, therefore it had a lot of the same strengths and the same negatives. Alex is easy to connect to, his voice is clear and personable and the explanation of his powers makes sense. But I was again disappointed in the female characters. Luna had so much promise in the first book, but she was very young and weak in this one. I can see in a certain way where it makes sense for the story, but it leaves the (surprisingly cool) giant sp [...]

  • Felicia

    Forgot to review this, but I read all three of these books in a row a few months back and LOVED them. Def check it out if you're an urban fantasy fan. No romance to speak of, but really fun writing!!

  • Mike (the Paladin)

    As I said in another review todaySCORE!. This week I've finished 3 books that I rate 5 stars! I had trouble making time to get to this one, but burned through it once I got to it. This is a good to great book in a great series with a great character. Alex Verus in definitely my #2 UF character (Harry Dresden being #1 by quite a margin).There's a thread here called "Books to Read While Waiting for the Next Dresden Book"I found these recommended there. Seeing Jim Butcher's recommendation of them h [...]

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    3.5Cursed is an improvement to Fated even if it is a bit similar. It takes place five months after the events in the first book. Alex is stronger and better than before. At one point he even acknowledges how dangerous he is unlike in the first book. The plot: someone is killing magical creatures using an old and forbidden ritual called harvesting and Alex is hired to investigate. While I really liked Luna in Fated, most of the plot in this book is based on her not being very smart (this is me tr [...]

  • Scott

    My new addiction. Have to pace myself or I feel like I'll blow through all the books in a week.

  • Ami

    About five months after the event at British Museum, Alex Verus, has been keeping his head down. However, he sometimes freelancing jobs for the Council. At one of his jobs, Alex discovers someone is draining energy out of magical creatures. It is called Harvesting, of of the blackest of black magic. Alex is then hired by Belthas, one of the Light mages who wants to stop the Dark mages responsible for the Harvesting, to investigate. But when it comes to identifying allies and enemies, Alex must u [...]

  • Chip

    Same good and bad points as the first book in the series. In sum another light and certainly entertaining read. But again inconsistencies and laziness abound. Just a few examples:The whole Starbreeze deux ex machine.Why would Dark Magicians have apprentices? Why share knowledge/power?Claims most mages rarely attack others in their homes, because mages make a habit of fortifying their homes - thus a bad idea to attack. Immediately segues to appearance of the glazier showing up to fix the window [...]

  • James

    I think in my review of his last book, I was little overzealous in my adoration and comparison of Jacka and Butcher. Here, I think, Jacka has proven that he can stand on his own two feet and that the last book was not a one shot wonder. So, from now on, I won't mention Butcher again until the end. Anyway, this was a mind blowing Four Stars - the moment it arrived in the post I was all over it, and I barely put it down. For those of you wanting a new block-buster series in this genre, this is it. [...]

  • Veronica

    These are short and mostly enjoyable books. I do feel like more could be done as far as fleshing out all the characters. Alex is a likable as far as main characters go but two books in and I still feel like I know hardly anything about him. There have been hints about his past but I really need more. As for the secondary characters, they're little better than cardboard cutouts at this point. Sonder has some potential but I find Luna to be pretty blah.

  • Steve

    This book didn't pick up immediately after the first book of the series, but it very quickly dumped us into the action, while doing a slight bit of explanation for those who weren't clear on who was doing what and how. Through some plot twists, we arrived at a rather brilliant climax, which was rather satisfying. The resolution covered a little bit, but enough to make me glad of what was there.

  • Valerie

    Yep. This is some seriously good urban fantasy. Its a bit like a British Harry Dresden, but then, not really like Dresden at all. There are similarities, but the vibe of the Alex Verus books is completely different. Maybe its the Brit thing. I'm not going to say that this series is equal to the Dresden Files, but then, I've had many more novels upon which to build my relationship with Harry.What I will say is that this book is very well written. From the well crafted characters to the rock solid [...]

  • Jean ~ Kindle Queen

    Loved it! Better than the first book. Still funny, but there were some hard lessons learned. Mr. Jacka explores his really interesting magic system, and the consequences of Alex's magic abilities were very interesting. Plus, this one had quite a few surprises. I definitely plan to continue with this series.

  • Charlie

    This is becoming one-off my favourite UF series, definitely in the top 10.

  • Roy

    Continues the fun!! Definitely reccomend this series.

  • Kathy Davie

    Second in the Alex Verus urban fantasy series set in London, Camden Town to be exact, and revolving around a mage who just wants to be left alone.My TakeLuna makes me nuts. Huh, I guess that means her name is accurate and prophetic… She wants Alex to introduce her to this magical world, but she also refuses to accept anything he says that she doesn't like. The arrogance of man provides so many possibilities. In this case, Jacka makes use of man's "superiority" to lesser creatures. Animals with [...]

  • Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru

    Synopsis:Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures—destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda. Hired to investigate, Alex realizes that not everyone on the Council wants him delving any deeper. Struggling to distinguish ally from enemy, he finds himself the target of those wh [...]

  • Jeff

    That difficult second book so often a promising first book is followed by a weaker sequel.I'm pleased to say that's not the case with the second in the Alex Verus series; on the contrary, this is an even more polished book than its predecessor, tighter and not weighed down by the same burden of necessary exposition. It builds nicely upon "Fated", continuing to weave subplots established in the first book around a primary plot that builds well and for the most part concludes satisfactorily. Ther [...]

  • Tim The Enchanter

    A much improved 4 Stars Cursed, the second book in the Alex Verus series, is much improved form the first. First and most important, the story was much tighter and easier to follow in Cursed. The reader is brought alone with two major storylines at a brisk pace. While I feel the none of the characters have ever been properly introduced, we are starting to gain a small glimpse of who they are and what made them who they are.Secondly, the MC is less condescending to the female characters in the bo [...]

  • Chris

    Good continuation of the series in which things get complicated as Alex tries to handle an enchantress, a monkey's paw, and mages who are never up front about what they actually want. I'm enjoying these, but they're pretty standard UF fare.

  • Mark

    Brilliant read, really brought the characters forward. If your missing your harry fix then read these.

  • Margaret

    This series is a corker. The second book is as good as the first.Luna is now Alex's unofficial apprentice. Alex is doing jobs for the Light mages on the council. And, naturally, all hell is breaking loose yet again. Someone has perfected a dangerous and forbidden ritual the will remove the magic from others. Magical creatures are the target, putting Alex's friend Arachne in grave danger. Add the monkey's paw to the mix and you've got one hell of a brilliant story.Alex, Luna, Sonder, and Cinder a [...]

  • reea

    Újabb varázslények, mágusok, varázslatok és harcok várnak hősünkre, aki nem is annyira lelkes a rengeteg lehetőségtől. Bár az is igaz, némileg maga megy a pofon elé. Ahogy arra számítottam, Curesd hozta a kötelezőt, jóllehet a sztori némileg kiszámítható, de cserében olyan karaktereket, és velük történő szituációkat kapunk, ami egyszerűen mindenért kárpótolpifalat/2017/12/

  • Zehavit

    Still fun and definitely Camden. That is all.

  • Julie S

    I wasn't sure how I'd like this second book in reading it instead of listening to the audiobook like I did with the first one. But it was a good story, with a lot of the characters I liked from the previous book. I'll be reading more of the series, I'm sure.

  • Janet Martin

    Extra star for the wonderful performance by Gildart Jackson. This second episode is stronger than the first

  • Sadie

    Fast-paced plot, unique - read it in one sitting - thoroughly enjoyed it. If you like a bit of fantasy this one is a go - and you don't have to have read the first book to enjoy this one.

  • Page

    Yes!!! I loved this book. Let me be frank, I was not convinced with Fated. I am pretty sure I said the stakes weren't high enough, but the real problem was I didn't get a really good sense of who Alex was. He felt more like a narrator than a protagonist. I really think that he didn't have the depth that he needed. With Cursed, problem solved. His reactions and reasoning were more like someone with a troubled past and I feel like he embraced it. Alex was darker this time around and it worked.I lo [...]