Chosen by Benedict Jacka Online

Chosen
Title : Chosen
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ISBN : 9780425264928
Language : English
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 294

I don’t publicly advertise that I’m a mage, but I don’t exactly hide it either, and one of the odd things I’ve learnt over the years is just how much you can get away with if you’re blatant enough. Hide something behind smoke and mirrors and make people work to find it, and they’ll tear the place down looking for what’s there.Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable fuI don’t publicly advertise that I’m a mage, but I don’t exactly hide it either, and one of the odd things I’ve learnt over the years is just how much you can get away with if you’re blatant enough. Hide something behind smoke and mirrors and make people work to find it, and they’ll tear the place down looking for what’s there.Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable futures—a talent that’s gotten him out of many a tough scrape. But this time, he may be in over his head. Alex was once apprenticed to a Dark mage, and in his service he did a lot of things he isn’t proud of.As rumors swirl that his old master is coming back, Alex comes face to face with his misdeeds in the form of a young adept whose only goal is to get revenge. Alex has changed his life for the better, but he’s afraid of what his friends—including his apprentice, Luna—will think of his past. But if they’re going to put themselves at risk, they need to know exactly what kind of man they’re fighting for...


Chosen Reviews

  • Felicia

    As you may have seen, I'm a HUGE fan of this series, set in London with underground mages, and this installment doesn't disappoint. In fact, it smooths over a lot of the worldbuilding and character connections from before. I love the way we learn about the past of Alex Varus, our hero, and explore his "grey" areas, in a world of white and black mages. His powers, though not aggressive and powerful in the traditional sense, make him have to solve problems in more clever ways, which makes for good [...]

  • Bradley

    This one had a pretty nice flavor and I think I liked it much more than the previous one. Verus is beginning to gather a good handful of friends. But, alas, this novel brings out all the old skeletons in his closet and tests not only his ideals, but his friendships. Can a dark past truly be overlooked? Is it right to even do so?The brother of one of his poor victims has brought together a magical assassin squad to seek revenge on all those dark mages involved in his sister's death, and most of t [...]

  • Phrynne

    This series just gets better and better. Poor Alex is settling down into enjoying a quiet life with a few friends when his past comes back to haunt him in a major way. There is so much action in this one with people killing other people in so many different magical ways. At the same time we get to know all our main characters better than before especially Alex himself.This was the first of the series that I listened to rather than reading it myself and if anything that even improved the reading [...]

  • Mike (the Paladin)

    When you look at that 5 star rating I want to point something out. I lost this book for like a month and then found it. I picked it up where I'd left off without a hitch. This is an excellent bookybe the best entry in an excellent series.I originally picked up Jacka's series while looking for a series "something like" Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series. If you're also a fan of the Dresden books "for my money" this is the closest series/these are the closest books to the "feel" of that series.Ale [...]

  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    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 [...]

  • Veronica

    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.

  • Tim The Enchanter

    Another Great Installment - 4 StarsHaving 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, 2014, 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 Fantasy [...]

  • Mike (the Paladin)

    When you look at that 5 star rating I want to point something out. I lost this book for like a month and then found it. I picked it up where I'd left off without a hitch. This is an excellent bookybe the best entry in an excellent series.I originally picked up Jacka's series while looking for a series "something like" Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series. If you're also a fan of the Dresden books "for my money" this is the closest series/these are the closest books to the "feel" of that series.Ale [...]

  • Chris

    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.

  • Scott

    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 [...]

  • Peat

    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 3.5 rating here as that'd be the ideal one.

  • Charlie

    Definitely my favourite in the series so far!

  • Ami

    4.5 starsAlex Verus has tried to keep his head down. 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. Twelve years ago, Alex and Richard's other apprentices (Rachel, Tobruk, and Shireen) captured Will's older sister Catherine and Tobruk killed [...]

  • Hobart

    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, companio [...]

  • Mark

    4.5 stars, this is a lot darker than the others, we get to see more emotional tension from Alex as we find out more about him and his past. Also we see his darkside.

  • Soo

    Be sure to get your hands on the next book, Hidden, before you finish this one. It may save you some angst. If I didn't have easy access to the next one, I would have been stomping around angrily and bouncing off the walls to see what's coming up. Within the first four books, a clear idea Alex Verus has been drawn by his thoughts, actions, feelings and circle of friends, enemies and network. It's a slow unwinding of Alex's careful life. The predictable, safe world he made for himself once he got [...]

  • D.G.

    **4.5 stars**What a sad, sad book. :(Just when things are going really well for Alex, mistakes of the past come to haunt him. And no matter how hard he tried, there was no way to end his problem without violence. And he tried - really, really hard but at the end, he ended up losing something important to him. It really broke my heart.

  • Roy

    This series is getting better. More info on Alexs past. I like how he's a questionable hero, neither light nor dark but just makes decisions on keeping himself alive so to speak. Cant wait for the next.

  • Saphirablue

    What a ride. And we finally got some more backstory on Alex! \o/I really like the underlying theme of second chances, forgivness and that not everything/everyone is as black and white as one likes to imagine in this book. I'm not going to go into details but yeah, thinky thoughts.The backstory on Alex and how he reacted and acted in some parts of this book? Yeah, heavy stuff and the cause of the thinky thoughts.I'm a bit sad that we got so little to see of Luna in this part. Yes, she saved Alex [...]

  • Candace

    I have really been enjoying the Alex Verus books. I read the first three last year and was SO excited when I got this fourth book. I really didn't want the series to end! This series has been compared to The Dresden Files, which I haven't yet read, but own and hope to read soon.Alex is a character that feels real to me. I love a male point-of-view anyway, but Alex Verus just has a voice that I really enjoy. He doesn't have a big ego and tries his hardest to stay out of trouble. He will even admi [...]

  • Nicole

    "The Nightstalkers advanced slowly, crossing the floor of the chapel. They didn’t bunch up but didn’t space out as much as they should have either. Their movements looked nervous, and in a sudden flash of insight I realised how I must appear in their eyes. They didn’t see me as an ordinary man with a few tricks who’d survived the last few encounters only through help and luck. They saw me as a mage, mysterious and powerful, someone who derailed trains and summoned monsters. I knew that t [...]

  • Hilary

    4.5 starsVerus has previously established that being a diviner doesn't make you all-knowing or invincible, so when he's targeted by a most persistent adept out for revenge his choices for eluding or stopping said revenge seem to be only bad, bad and terrible. Not great for someone trying to prove to himself - as well as others - that he's no longer the Dark apprentice he used to be. And that's why I enjoy reading this series. As with Harry Dresden there are repercussions to consider, and a fairl [...]

  • Ruth

    c2013: FWFTB: Mage, memories, friends, revenge, future. As much as I enjoyed this book I don't think that this was one of the best in the series. It was great to get more of Verus' back story but somehow I didn't quite buy the whole 'vengeance theme'. Has it deterred me from reading the next one - not on your nelly. Recommend for those of the normal crew that have read the first 3. 'I stayed in my flat as the sun dwindled in the western sky, haunting the empty building like a ghost.'

  • Ava

    Alex Verus was great. Non-stop actions and strong friendship. 4-dodging-spells-speed-stars!

  • Margaret

    The 4th Alex Verus book is better than the third. It held me as well as the first two did.In this one, Alex's past is about to come back and bite him on the arse, big time, and it does so in the form of the Nightstalkers, a group of adepts motivated to take out dark mages because the sister of one was killed by Alex's former master. Naturally, they don't believe Alex has changed.This book was interesting in that it showed how some people are incapable of changing their minds even when the facts [...]

  • Milo (BOK)

    The Review: thefoundingfields/2013/12/. “A fun and entertaining urban fantasy that although doesn’t quite match the heights of authors like Aaronovitch and Butcher is still a strong read and another enjoyable outing for Alex Verus. Four books in and the series keeps feeling fresh.” ~Bane of Kings, The Founding Fields"I don’t publicly advertise that I’m a mage, but I don’t exactly hide it either, and one of the odd things I’ve learnt over the years is just how much you can get away [...]

  • Zehavit

    This one gets a delicious mix of carnage and angst. PHUWAR!

  • Carrie Mansfield

    Have you ever had one of those moments where you weren't sure if you were liking something, and then all of the sudden realized you were looking at it wrong and then just got it?I had one of those moments while reading Chosen the fourth book in the Alex Verus' series.See, here's the thing: said adept from the summary? He's just not interesting. He's entire characterization is basically Inigo Montoya in all of that simplicity, only it was a sister who died and the adept manages to recruit a bunch [...]

  • Pedro Silva

    After finishing up a door stopper like Words of Radiance, checking Benedict Jacka out feels like reading a leaflet.Verily, this book lacks a plot line or two from being truly great, especially with the world building of the larger society; which is really brought out when nothing but the character's personal plot lines were impacted by this issue.For example, other than a casino scene, this book: which relies so heavily in mentor relationship between characters, spends surprisingly little time t [...]

  • Aya

    Alex Verus: 4This book is set eight months after the previous one, and Anne and Variam have moved in with Alex. With Luna, they have created something of a cozy family group, but this latest threat tears them apart, as Alex’s history comes back to haunt him. Alex deeply regrets his past, has turned his back on it, and he finds out who his true friends are when they find out. Unfortunately, the author’s world-building is starting to fray at the edges. The reason given that Alex couldn’t tak [...]