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Risen by Benedict Jacka
Narrator: Gildart Jackson
Series: Alex Verus #12
Published by Tantor Audio on December 7, 2021
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: hours, minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Mage Alex Verus has gone from a Camden shopkeeper to one of the most powerful mages in Britain. Now his last and most dangerous battle lies before him.
Alex's girlfriend, the life mage Anne, has fallen fully under the control of the deadly djinn she made a bargain with, and it is preparing to create an army of mages subject to its every whim. Alex, the Council, and the Dark mage Richard Drakh agree to call a truce in their war, and plans are made for a joint attack. Alex knows that it's only a matter of time before Drakh and the Council turn on each other . . . and neither cares about keeping Anne alive. Can Alex figure out a way to stop Anne and to free her from possession before time runs out for the people he loves?
I LOVED having the Alex Verus series as the Read-along choice for 2019. Risen is the final book of the series and I have highly anticipated it. I would definitely recommend reading this series in order and the books are highly recommended.
I look at my review of Forged and many things are the same. ” things only seem more dire for Alex. I don’t know how he even figures out a plan. …. He can’t see any friends or they will be questioned and persecuted too. It’s almost easier to list who isn’t a problem than who is a problem.” Alex has things he wants to accomplish, but more for others than himself. He has problems, big problems personally. There are effects of using some magic and imbued items and they are changing him.
The biggest issues continue to be the council, Richard and Anne. All three are threats. It takes constant vigilance to stay ahead of the council who wants to execute him. Richard may want to kill him or use him, or both. With Anne, it is hard to know who is in charge, Anne, Dark Anne or the djinn? He wants to get Anne away from the djinn and make a life for them, but that may not be what Anne wants. Currently though, Anne possessed by the djinn is such a big threat, the council is willing to take his help with conditions. The council has also had it with Richard and his power plays.
Alex, as usual, has limited options for plans and some seriously dangerous enemies. Luna is a steadfast friend. So many other friends are dead or in their own difficulties. The action is intense as usual as Alex has to watch the possibilities and update his battle strategy on the fly. He is solid in his caring about others and those who have treated him fairly. He isn’t really out for revenge but in some cases I am, and I’m glad to see karma bite some of the prejudiced in Alex’s world, or just those who have abused him for power like Richard.
The conclusion is extremely satisfying although the epilogue starts a bit campy. We end up checking in on the important characters throughout this book. We learn a bit more history in a few places. I love this world, the magic systems and battles, but most of all I love Alex.
Gildart Jackson is excellent with this series. He’s become a favorite narrator for me. I appreciate his voices for all the characters. I’m collecting the books on audio as I can. I loved listening and was comfortable at my normal 1.5x speed.
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