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Alex Verus, #2

Cursed picks up shortly after the adventures in the first book “Fated” and does a very good job with the continuity aspects of the story line. Luckily for people like me, while it is ideal to read the first book then move on to this book, that is not necessary. Cursed works well as a stand-alone novel.

Cursed starts off with a bang early on, literally. You get high powered rifles, grenade launcher and fire balls. See, a lot of destruction. Then there is dark magic experimentation, after all, if you are a Mage, one of the most important things would be getting more power. Unfortunately, early experimentation killed the subject the power was taken from and drove the person getting the extra power insane, violently so. Oh and we have a monkey’s paw. Remember the old story about that? Yes, that one.

We get to see some more of Luna, learn more about Arachne and get a further understanding of how Mage society works. Unfortunately we also get to see how greed can drive people to very evil deeds…sometimes to their own destruction. We get to see more of Luna and how she deals with her curse and how Alex deals with his conflicted emotions of how to treat someone he should be teaching, but is attracted to and can’t touch. Great series.

Book Blurb for Cursed

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...

Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2012 4.00