• Risen

  • Alex Verus Series, Book 12
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (1,043 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Alex Verus must keep his friends close - and his enemies closer - in the epic conclusion to the best-selling urban fantasy series about a London-based mage.

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. His lover, the life mage Anne, has fallen fully under the control of the deadly creature 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. But 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?

©2021 Benedict Jacka (P)2021 Tantor

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Great series

I hope it doesn’t end here. But still amazing, so much more story to tell. Questions

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Benedict Jacka wrote himself into a corner.

Risen is OK. The conclusion to the Alex Verus series is pretty much action start to finish and definitely worth 1 credit. The series is NOT worth 12 credits as it is ultimately poorly written.

THIS IS THE END OF THE SPOILER FREE REVIEW. BELOW THERE BE SPOILERS.











Along the way Benedict Jacka creates and hints at story lines that he just could not deliver on and ultimately quickly dismisses within a page or two after hinting at there being more for multiple books. There are a huge number of Deus Ex Machina cheats throughout the series but Risen has a few whoppers including Anne's dress. Character archs that hinted at something great are killed off within a sentence. These include Rachael (previous book), Saunder, and Caldera. Throughout the series you can tell that M. Jacka did not have the entire story outlined and wrote large chunks of it on the fly. Is it a bad series? Not at all, but it is ultimately lazy and sloppy story crafting.

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Sticks the Landing

So many fantasy series can't pay off their potential. So many have characters twist for no apparent reason or give 11th hour retcons to established systems and histories to get the ending the author wants. Often, these changes cheapen or even outright ruin the series in retrospect.

Verus doesn't do any of these things. Characters stay true up to the end. Solutions to problems fit within the established "lore". And yet, Risen manages to deliver an ending that is satisfying without being saccharine and pays off plot points without being completely predictable.

No doubt one of the big streaming services will pick it up and destroy it, but as things stand, as a book series, Verus delivers from first to last and sticks the landing.

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A Masterpiece of Emotion

This morning I finished this audiobook. Hours later, I am still reflecting upon it all. Part of me feels I've lost a close relation and that I need to hold myself while waiting for the funeral. Part of me recognizes, but dares not celebrate, the muted victory thru death. I'm rocked. Simply rocked.

One day I want to write half as well as Benedict Jacka and use my voice to convey meaning half as well as Gildart Jackson.

Out of the hundreds of audiobooks in my library, THIS series is in the top 3. I will miss this experience but hope to rediscover this work after I'm too old to recall.

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Fantastic and Wonderful as Always

The way this book plays out and the way the excellent narrator does the voices. Jackson is an S tier narrator and I hope to hear more from this pair in the future

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Bittersweet

This is the perfect end to a thrilling series. I'm completely happy with the outcome and I hope to read other books by this author.

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I loved this series and a very good ending!

I can't wait for Benedict Jacka's next project. His Alex Verus series is every bit as good as Dresden and any of the other top Urban Fantasy series out there. It's original, the characters are deeply developed and believable, the magic and how he describes it is marvelous, and the stories are gripping and thrilling.

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Awesome series

This series has been a lot of fun, start from the beginning. Well worth the read and time!

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Excellent

The series as a whole was proven to be a very well thought out story.

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It's okay

20% story 80% battle. I grew to love the diversity and uniqueness of the verus characters. Little or no time with spent with them. It was all fighting. I found my self jumping through many of the fighting scenes. The ending was creative and new. This was to be my Solution to the Dresden files ending. Not the Dresden files unfortunately.