Written by:
Benedict Jacka
Narrated by:
Gildart Jackson

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2013
11 hours 0 minutes
Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success.

But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful. And thanks to his abilities, Alex can predict that by taking the job, his odds of survival are about to go from slim to none . . .
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The story is a complete ripoff of The Dresden Files. And mentioning “…a wizard in Chicago” in the first chapter doesn’t make it an homage instead of a rip-off. The women are portrayed as silly, stupid, flighty, overly emotional, nonsensical, and basically every misogynistic cliche in the book (haha), including needing the male protagonist to talk sense into them. As for the narrator, I usually find a voice with an English accent pleasant, but there is something grating about this narrator. His intonation and emphasis seems out of place throughout a good portion of the book. He sounds lighthearted and almost jovial in scenes that are serious, is loud when it should be reserved, all of the characters have different voices, but sound like they all have the same personality, and worst of all plays the women as overly high-pitched ninnies. Can not un-recommend enough. My apologies to the author and narrator, it’s not meant to be personal.

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