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Fated Hörbuch

Fated: Alex Verus, Book 1

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Inhaltsangabe

Camden, North London: A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads, and waterways. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals and where tourists and moody teenagers mingle.

In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won't sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you're looking for, he might just be able to help. That's if he's not too busy avoiding his would-be apprentice, foiling the Dark, outwitting the Light, and investigating a mysterious relic that has just turned up at the British Museum.

Fated is the first book in a major new series starring probability mage Alex Verus, for fans of Jim Butcher and Ben Aaronovitch.

©2012 Benedict Jacka (P)2013 Tantor Media Inc.

Kritikerstimmen

"Harry Dresden would like Alex Verus tremendously - and be a little nervous around him. I just added Benedict Jacka to my must-read list. Fated is an excellent novel, a gorgeously realized world with a uniquely powerful, vulnerable protagonist. Books this good remind me why I got into the storytelling business in the first place" (Jim Butcher)

"Filled with tense and compelling writing" (SFX)

"Jacka writes a deft thrill-ride of an urban fantasy - a stay-up-all-night read. Alex Verus is a very smart man surviving in a very dangerous world." (Patricia Briggs)

"London's hidden wizardly community spell-blast each other entertainingly in this urban fantasy romp. Fated is highly enjoyable" (Sun)

"Fated is an excellent example of not just great urban fantasy but also of brilliant story-telling. There is a near perfect mix of everything and it has been masterfully crafted with a meticulous eye for those pieces of humanity that make a great protagonist and a fantastic story" (FANTASY FACTION)

"A novel with a very good plotline, and fascinating characters" (BOOKCHICKCITY)

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    Vanessa 26.08.2017
    Vanessa 26.08.2017 Bei Audible seit 2009
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    "not very gripping"

    Maybe it's because I'm coming off the Harry Dresden series, but Alex Verus pales in comparison. There is nothing exactly wrong with it, it's just not gripping.

    The protagonist is not especially witty, or tortured, or angry, or sad, or anything really. He can see the future in all possible variations. OK. You just don't get a glimpse of how he tries to combine this with a "normal" life or where that might be problematic. All in all, the book is just ... meh.

    In all fairness, perhaps I would be less harsh if I hadn't listened to 15 Harry Dresdens right beforehand.

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    BikerJoe 30.06.2017
    BikerJoe 30.06.2017 Bei Audible seit 2014

    I love a good story, even more so, if it is artfully told.

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    "Magic Quest in the British Museum of London"

    Urban Fantasies seem to be pretty popular right now and several decent authors populate this field. With his first adult novel “Fated” Benedict Jacka established himself already as a serious player there. He plays in the same league Jim Butcher and Ben Aaronovitch play, even if he still might lack some of the refinement.

    Jacka’s prose is adequate and “easy listening”. The style is straight forward and perhaps a little bit simple. His strength is not so much the creation of atmosphere, but the presentation of plausible and strong characters and their behavior. They have sufficient granularity to appear lifelike, even if you get frustrated sometimes, because you would like to learn more about their background and what turned them into what they are today.

    Jacka’s protagonist Alex Verus is a mage, but rather different from Butcher’s Harry Dresden or Aaronovitch’s Peter Grant. Alex does not cast spells or use powerful magic, he is a diviner, he can foresee the future. He runs a magic shop in Camden and because of some fallout in the past, he keeps his distance from the magic community. His only friends are Luna, a young girl suffering under a very nasty curse, Starbreeze, a friendly, but rather brainless air elemental and Arachne, a huge spider with some skills in fashion and garment design. Of course, being a diviner is more complicated than it sounds. Similar to a chess player, Alex can research the different outcomes of individual actions and research all the possibilities of the near future.

    When an old magical artifact is found in the British Museum, Alex’s skill is in great demand. A diviner is needed to access the hidden tool in the artifact, which would bestow incredible power on the bearer. Various factions fight over the possession of the artifact and Alex Verus is in great peril. He has to make the right choice and save his life and the life of his friends at the same time.

    There is enough action to keep you entertained, but especially charming is the very tender relationship between Luna and Alex. If you like the genre, listen to the book, you will not regret it.

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    Walter Wolfsberg, Österreich 30.10.2014
    Walter Wolfsberg, Österreich 30.10.2014
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    "Good, but lacking humor"

    Another good urban fantasy with great potential for an ongoing series this book tells a gripping story with just the right balance between tale and thrill. What is lacking to make this a five-star is humor, even if it is a dark tale through many chapters.
    The potential is there (look at the PC Peter Grant series) and also it would be nice if the author would stop hinting that there art things he can't tell and spill it out in detail a few minutes later. It's silly considering that the whole tale is in retrospect.
    But still: gripping and entertaining. I will continue with the series!

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    Stefanie Schmidt 23.07.2017
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    "Nice start to a storyline about an unusual character"

    I like the book series very much and the audio book captures the feel of the books perfectly. The narrator's voice is very pleasant and easy to listen to. He does not overperform (as many narrators do) but lets the story speak for itself. I have listened to this several times, each time enjoying the audio book.

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    Anna 02.05.2017
    Anna 02.05.2017
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    "Der Autor hat noch mehr Potential, Schreibstil..."

    ..wirkt noch unsicher. Die Geschichte ist noch nicht ganz ausgereift. Sehr nettes Buch insgesamt. Kann ich für Freunde von Ben Aaronovitch empfehlen.

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    RML 04.01.2017
    RML 04.01.2017

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    "Toller Erzähler - eine etwas andere Story"
    Auf welchen Platz würden Sie Fated auf Ihrer Hörbuch-Bestenliste setzen?

    Das Buch gehört definitiv zu den besten englischen Hörbüchern, die ich bisher gekauft habe. Alleine die Stimme des Erzählers ist toll: Leicht verständlich und tolle Charakterstimme.


    Welche Figur hat Ihnen am besten gefallen? Warum?

    Am besten hat mir Arachne, die schneidernde Riesenspinne gefallen.


    Haben Sie vorher schon ein Hörbuch mit Gildart Jackson gehört? Wie würden Sie beide vergleichen?

    Mein erstes Hörbuch und definitiv nicht mein letztes.


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    Amazon Customer 26.07.2016
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    "A thrilling audiobook "

    Great story and an excellent narrator - strong recommendation! The story kept us interested all the time, and the narrator was able to perfectly capture the different characters.

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    daso116 Düsseldorf, Deutschland 05.03.2016
    daso116 Düsseldorf, Deutschland 05.03.2016
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    "Great characters and story"

    Really liked that booked, especially because of the characters and how they were presented. For all who liked Peter Grant stories.

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    Regine 10.01.2015
    Regine 10.01.2015

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    "Ein guter Anfang..."

    ...und macht Lust auf die folgenden Bücher, die es hoffentlich bald bei Audible gibt!
    Ein ähnliches Setting wie bei Harry Dresden (auf den Alex Verus sich einmal auch bezieht), eine nicht wahnsinnig spannende, aber unterhaltsame Geschichte, interessante Figuren - ich hoffe auf mehr!

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