Marked (Alex Verus, #9) by Benedict Jacka

Marked (Alex Verus, #9)

Mage Alex Verus is hanging on by a thread in the ninth urban fantasy novel from the national bestselling author of Burned.When Mage Alex Verus ends up with a position on the Light Council, no one is happy, least of all him. But Alex is starting to realize that if he wants to protect his friends, he'll need to become a power player himself. His first order of business is to track down dangerous magical items unleashed into the world by Dark Mages....


Details Marked (Alex Verus, #9)

TitleMarked (Alex Verus, #9)
ISBN9780356507217
Author
Release DateJul 5th, 2018
PublisherOrbit
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Magic
Rating

Reviews Marked (Alex Verus, #9)

  • Emma
    2018-07-07
    At book 9 in the series, we’re all getting to know Alex Verus pretty well. As usual, he’s stuck right in the middle of all the drama, with any number of people out to kill him and more than his fair share of bad days. While Morden’s cooling his heels in prison awaiting trial, Alex has taken over the Dark Mage seat on the Junior Council, giving him a chance at gaining influence right at the top of Mage society. It’s not that easy, of cours...
  • Kathy
    2018-04-22
    Adventure writers can go two ways with their series: They can either entangle their hero in a series of adventures, loosely linked but not necessarily sequential, or the hero can adventure while striving towards a goal. Wizard series tend towards the second, where the hero perhaps gets himself in a mess in an early story, then works to resolve the knotty problem in books 2-N. Think of Harry Dresden or Simon & Montague or Harry Potter or the Iron ...
  • Beth
    2018-04-18
    Strong, likable characters all embroiled in magical mayhem, machinations and power grabs, even if they don’t want to be. Unexpected twists and shocking revelations, engage and captivate this novel’s audience. I received this ARC copy of Marked from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace. This is my voluntary and honest review. Marked is set for publication July 3, 2018.My Rating: 4 starsWritten by: Benedict JackaSeries: Alex VerusSequence in Series: ...
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    2018-07-06
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyThe Alex Verus series is consistently strong and entertaining which is impressive since it is so easy to fall into the trap of getting stale or repetitive as a series nears the double digits. MARKED, the ninth book in this series is no exception. It hits the ground running with the tiniest of time spent on rehashing developments from previous books. It's grimmer because the stakes are higher now with Ale...
  • Josh
    2018-07-15
    I have a major problem with this series.It doesn't come out fast enough.Can't really get enough of it. It's easily the most badass a diviner has ever been in just about any lit I can think of, and Jacka does such a nice job of making his magic system make sense while still allowing it to be mysterious, interesting and frankly magical.A lot of what Jacka is writing about in this series is power. The magical powers of his main characters and the va...
  • Meggie
    2018-07-05
    The main storyline in Marked was pulling enough with Alex's way of acting and helping Anne. But I'm partly sick that he is always in a role of a bad guy, whome everyone wants to kill. Plot is in general starting to get weak and partly boring. I hope for fresh sub plots and something more from this series.
  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    2018-04-18
    Marked is the ninth book in the Alex Verus series and is a strong series addition! All Alex ever wanted was a simple and uncomplicated life that was not dictated to him by outside forces but along the way he had become apprenticed to a dark mage and his life would be forever altered from the trajectory he originally planned. Although Alex saw the error in his choices and subsequently made new ones, he seemed to never be able to slide off the Coun...
  • Danielle
    2018-05-17
    *This will be as spoiler free as possibleMarked is the 9th book in the Alex Verus series, and Alex is still going strong. Alex is on the council of Light Mages, and it's still a difficult uphill climb dealing with the light mages, especially after the incident that happened at the end of Bound.Alex is put in charge of gathering the artifacts that were stolen, and he is learning the old adage of "keep your friends close and your enemies closer" be...
  • Ami
    2018-07-17
    Alex still occupies Morden's place on the Junior Council, and he has been leading teams to get back the imbued items that have been stolen from the Vault. Council is trying to catch Richard Drakh, making deal with Morden, and of course things don't go as plan. As usual Alex and his friends are smack dab in the middle of everything.It's always easy to return to Alex Verus' world, despite my not remembering the details that happened in the previous...
  • Vinay Badri
    2018-07-09
    I think the Alex Verus books are really like the shows you put on backburner as you do other stuff. An almost filler if you will. Books 7 and 8 in the series really shook up the series and kind of forced it to show some kind of (for the lack of a better word) ambition and a sense of end game. Book 9 is back to the one step forward, 3 steps sidewards narrative. I mean on the whole, its a good piece of entertainment and I fairly breezed through it ...
  • Beverly
    2018-07-13
    Three and a half starsThis story seemed more like a filler because there is a lot of page filling information with things like how the Council worked, how black mages, white mages and adepts personalities were different. There is a lot of focus on Anne with Verus trying to find out how to fix the problem of her bad side and the likelihood of her being possessed and about his feelings for her. There is the needed action scenes to keep the reader i...
  • Arref Mak
    2018-07-11
    Alex is a long suffering type, due to the dangerous demands of his early exposure to the Dark Mage apprenticeship, and some sneaky youthful mis-training that kept him focused on how weak his powers were.Which is why the opener here is a delightful uptempo that counters the drudge of the last book where everything that could go wrong did.The fast paced opener is followed by a lot of resetting of the politics and balances in his current life. Arach...
  • Rpaul Tho
    2018-07-10
    I wanted to give this more stars but about a third into the book it was clear this was a setup book for the next in the series. I find that the story is starting to lag and the constant “we’ve got Richard this time only to be thwarted by something obvious we didn’t foresee” a bit annoying. Especially since Alex’s main power is divination. I’m thinking that maybe this author needs to move on to a new set of characters and series as the...
  • Jean
    2018-07-08
    tired. Alex is tired. Ann is tired. Arachne is tired. Actually Alex is insufferably superior while afraid of his tormentor. Everybody just squabbles as they fight deadly duels. Love interest takes a depressing step. Too afraid to get involved. Author needs to wrap this up as he is obviously tired of dreaming up new powers while putting off the big battle with Richard. Maybe he can't find a solution grand enough to justify taking 10 books to defea...
  • Scott Blond
    2018-07-16
    Continuing strong, Alex Verus continues to develop nicely, both the series and the character. The series is escalating well and Alex is seeing interesting development. I was concerned how the Dreamstone and Elsewhere would be utilized and was pleasantly surprised. I was a little disappointed that Luna and Variam felt largely unused in this book, but extra emphasis on Alex and Anne worked well.
  • Pipim
    2018-07-03
    Well written but tiresome. Nine installments of a protagonist so weak his solution to almost every situation is either running or suicide. Its repetitive, annoying and tiresome. The first few books were understandable for character development sake. But nine books in Alex still has to run from two average thugs and a 3rd rate mage. Cant manage a meeting without threating to blow himself and everyone else up. At this point its lazy writing. I woul...
  • Bonhomous
    2018-07-09
    I really enjoy these books. I find the characters super relatable. I sometimes wish more actually happened during the stories, but that's quibbling perhaps. I'll be reading the next one in the series as soon as it comes out.
  • Tan
    2018-07-06
    I love this series, but the characters sure swear a lot. I’m thinking I need a break from F-bombs.
  • Kristy Maitz
    2018-07-16
    What to write about the new book? My first thought is, it was boring. Why? Because while reading, I had a lot of moments where I wanted to skip some parts or just stop the reading, but I still got to the end. So, I think the Author "Benedict Jacka" is losing the story plot or doesn't know how to move it along. All in all, it was boring.
  • Neha Goyal
    2018-07-08
    2.5* maybe.Very meh, nothing new happened, largely seemed like a rehash of previous books and action sequences. Disappointing!:(
  • Alex
    2018-07-15
    Great as always but the battle at the ending was lacking.
  • Cressa
    2018-06-14
    As much as I enjoy this series, I feel like it's getting too dark all the time. Maybe it's just me, but I think that I'm falling out of love with this series. I received an advance copy from net galley in exchange for an honest review.
  • TheManOfLetters
    2018-07-14
    3.5 starsAs was the case with the previous novels, the newest installment in the Alex Verus series is a rather fun and fast paced read with a lot of action and some cool twists and turns here and there. But while there seems to be happening a lot on the level of each single novel, the fact that Jacka has been dancing around the greater conflicts and problems for a while now becomes more and more apparent. Because when we look at the bigger plot (...
  • Linda Baker
    2018-06-28
    Marked hits the ground running with Alex Verus leading a Keeper retrieval team in search of magically imbued items lost in the disastrous raid on the Light Council Vault in Bound. Of the two orchestrators of the attack, Morden is in prison awaiting trial for treason and Richard Drakh is at liberty. As Morden's aide, Alex now has a precarious seat on the Junior Council. Alex has as many enemies as ever, some who want to use his skills as a Diviner...
  • Jane
    2018-06-26
    4 stars I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I started reading this book before I realized it is book 9 in the Alex Verus book series by the author. I haven't read any other books in this series, but was still able to follow the storyline and enjoy the book. This was a very good urban fantasy book. It kept my attention and makes me want to go back and read the first books in the series. This world ha...
  • Michael
    2018-07-09
    This is the ninth book in the Alex Verus series by Benedict Jacka. It is an urban fantasy set in modern London. These books just keep getting better and better. Alex Verus is a mage in modern London and there exists a group of Light Mages and a group of Dark Mages both of who work against the other. Although Alex was trained by a Dark Mage, named Richard Drakh, he is now neutral and tries to stay out of the business of both sides but to no avail....
  • Jeff
    2018-07-10
    This series started strong but has been fizzling out for me for awhile. Mr. Jacka started this series around the same time as Ben Aaronovitch started Rivers of London and because they both are mage living and working in and around London. However, whereas Rivers of London started slowly for me and just got better; this series started very strong and has just gotten less interesting (although still interesting enough to read). I've wondered for aw...
  • Penny Noble
    2018-07-01
    We are at the point in a series when I’m always reluctant to start a new book because I’m waiting for the series to start to go downhill. That, thankfully, isn’t happening in this series. Alex is in the middle of trying to recapture items of power, all the while people still want him dead. Admittedly, it’s a little harder since he’s is in a better position (see previous book) than ever before, but Richard is still trying to seize contro...
  • Mojo Shivers
    2018-07-14
    I often compare this series to Dresden. It doesn’t have quite the expansive world, being more narrowly focused on mages instead of a greater supernatural/magical world. Consequently, the cast of secondary characters isn’t as large and the political landscape isn’t as multi-faceted. It’s pretty much mages and everything else is unimportant to the larger story arc. However, it does match Dresden in terms of keeping the action at the forefro...
  • Stephen Topp
    2018-07-11
    So, I like these books. But in this book, nothing happens until my Kindle said it was 80% done.The first 80% was just going over stuff we already know, really *settling in* to the events at the end of the (much more excellent) book #8. There are interesting moments, and the story moves just fine, but ... none of the characters develop or grow, no new wrinkles are added to the overall plot arc, there are no new discoveries about this magical alter...