Cursed (Alex Verus Novels)

Cursed - Benedict Jacka Verus is back in good favour with the light mages and has settled into a routine of training his apprentice Luna. He still worries about introducing her to other mages, but he is determined to teach her how to manage her curse. It seems that things cannot run smooth in Verus' life for long, because he is quickly on the hunt to find out who is draining the magic from magical creatures. That should be enough for him to deal with, but when Meredith shows up at his door being chased by a construct and asking for help, Verus has yet another problem to deal with. Who is this woman and what is she really after?His apprentice Luna is frustrated at the slow rate of her training and her lack of involvement with other mages. More than anything, Luna wants control of her curse and to live a normal life. When Martin enters her life and offers Luna her hearts by using the monkey's paw - a magical object. Martin's pull on Luna quickly places a wedge between her and Alex. Verus draws in Sonders for research, but can the two of them find enough reason to convince Luna that Martin is dangerous? To make matters worse, Arachne, one of the few beings he is comfortable around is in serious trouble.Is you can probably guess, Jacka packed a lot of action into Cursed. In Fated we got a lot of information about Alex's backstory, but in in Cursed, it felt like Jacka stopped developing his character. Alex basically moved from situation to situation with very little insight or development. One of the things that made him unique in the first book was his magic, but I found that in Cursed that Jacka put a gun into his hands far too often. One of things which distinguished Alex from other male protagonists, is that he had to reason his way out of issues, but in Cursed this was greatly diminished. Read More