Fated by Benedict Jacka

Alex Verus is a mage who runs a magic shop in London. His forte is precognition, with the ability to see all possible futures by the result of someone’s choice. When Alex is asked by the Council to open a mysterious relic, he turns them down right away. But when other individuals try to recruit Alex for the same relic, he is given a couple offers he can’t refuse and still remain breathing.

Jacka’s urban fantasy world is one of dangerous mages, both light and dark, with a variety of other magical creatures. Alex has a dark past that he escaped, yet still has plenty of baggage. His friend Luna is an integral character who has a unique curse that makes it impossible to get close to anyone literally and figuratively. Jacka’s characters have tremendous depth and are extremely compelling.

Fated is the first in a new series starring Alex Verus. It’s fresh, original and exciting. There is never a dull moment in this fast-paced and action-packed story. Urban fantasy (especially Harry Dresden) fans will want to check out this series with plenty of mystery, adventure and humor. The next installment, Cursed, will release this June and will be a must-read for me.