Marked (Alex Verus, #9) by Benedict Jacka

Marked (Alex Verus, #9)

Mage Alex Verus is hanging on by a thread in the ninth urban fantasy novel from the national bestselling author of Burned.When Mage Alex Verus ends up with a position on the Light Council, no one is happy, least of all him. But Alex is starting to realize that if he wants to protect his friends, he'll need to become a power player himself. His first order of business is to track down dangerous magical items unleashed into the world by Dark Mages....

Details Marked (Alex Verus, #9)

TitleMarked (Alex Verus, #9)
Release DateJul 5th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Magic, Paranormal, Fiction

Reviews Marked (Alex Verus, #9)

  • Emma
    At book 9 in the series, we’re all getting to know Alex Verus pretty well. As usual, he’s stuck right in the middle of all the drama, with any number of people out to kill him and more than his fair share of bad days. While Morden’s cooling his heels in prison awaiting trial, Alex has taken over the Dark Mage seat on the Junior Council, giving him a chance at gaining influence right at the top of Mage society. It’s not that easy, of cours...
  • Phrynne
    I really enjoyed this ninth outing with Alex Verus. I felt as though I had been waiting for this book to be published for ages!The first few chapters had just a teeny bit too much recapping and explanation for people who have been with the series since book one. Useful though for those who have not. After that though things were up and running as usual and Alex and friends were back in constant action.I very much like the way the character of Ale...
  • Bradley
    OMG, I couldn't be happier with that ending. :)Jacka has been one of my favorite go-to guys for UF series ever since another fireball-flinging wizard stopped gracing the page. Ahem, D.Fortunately, Alex Verus has all the snark and even more magical goodies and artifacts and a much nastier set of problems to deal with.Like being a replacement for Morden on the White Mage council and living up to the issue of leadership. Yeah, leadership. WEIRD.Anyw...
  • Kathy
    Adventure writers can go two ways with their series: They can either entangle their hero in a series of adventures, loosely linked but not necessarily sequential, or the hero can adventure while striving towards a goal. Wizard series tend towards the second, where the hero perhaps gets himself in a mess in an early story, then works to resolve the knotty problem in books 2-N. Think of Harry Dresden or Simon & Montague or Harry Potter or the Iron ...
  • Beth
    Strong, likable characters all embroiled in magical mayhem, machinations and power grabs, even if they don’t want to be. Unexpected twists and shocking revelations, engage and captivate this novel’s audience. I received this ARC copy of Marked from Berkley Publishing Group - Ace. This is my voluntary and honest review. Marked is set for publication July 3, 2018.My Rating: 4 starsWritten by: Benedict JackaSeries: Alex VerusSequence in Series: ...
  • Josh
    I have a major problem with this series.It doesn't come out fast enough.Can't really get enough of it. It's easily the most badass a diviner has ever been in just about any lit I can think of, and Jacka does such a nice job of making his magic system make sense while still allowing it to be mysterious, interesting and frankly magical.A lot of what Jacka is writing about in this series is power. The magical powers of his main characters and the va...
  • All Things Urban Fantasy
    Review courtesy of All Things Urban FantasyThe Alex Verus series is consistently strong and entertaining which is impressive since it is so easy to fall into the trap of getting stale or repetitive as a series nears the double digits. MARKED, the ninth book in this series is no exception. It hits the ground running with the tiniest of time spent on rehashing developments from previous books. It's grimmer because the stakes are higher now with Ale...
  • Cass
  • Bart
    Actual rating: 3.75
  • D.G.
    OMG, I'm going to have to wait a year for the next book?Loved this story. The plot, the dilemmas, how Alex is not black or white, but something in between. I specially liked Councilor Verus taking charge.If there's something I want for the next book is freaking Anne to get with the program. How many times has she gotten kidnapped in this series? 4? 5? She needs to get her head out of her ass and realize that whether she likes it or not, she's pow...
  • Lianne Pheno
    2018-07-15 Un tome qui était un peu plus de transition que les précédents, mais ça ne l'a pas empêché d'avoir de grosses révélations qui surmènent et d'être vraiment fun du début à la fin.Pour rappeler le contexte de la série voici un peu le background général de l'histoire du personnage principal :Alex Verus, devin (il est capable de voir tous les futurs proches possibles), était un adolescent perdu ...
  • Mark Harrison
    Quality addition to a great series as Verus and the team battle evil Dark mates trying to corrupt the adepts and keep Morden in jail. All this with Anne possessed by an evil spirit - although I liked Dark Anne a lot. Plenty of battles, lots of politics and all very good indeed.
  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
    Marked is the ninth book in the Alex Verus series and is a strong series addition! All Alex ever wanted was a simple and uncomplicated life that was not dictated to him by outside forces but along the way he had become apprenticed to a dark mage and his life would be forever altered from the trajectory he originally planned. Although Alex saw the error in his choices and subsequently made new ones, he seemed to never be able to slide off the Coun...
  • Karsyn
    Always good to be back with Verus and friends. Another good story.
  • Arref Mak
    Alex is a long suffering type, due to the dangerous demands of his early exposure to the Dark Mage apprenticeship, and some sneaky youthful mis-training that kept him focused on how weak his powers were.Which is why the opener here is a delightful uptempo that counters the drudge of the last book where everything that could go wrong did.The fast paced opener is followed by a lot of resetting of the politics and balances in his current life. Arach...
  • Meggie
    The main storyline in Marked was pulling enough with Alex's way of acting and helping Anne. But I'm partly sick that he is always in a role of a bad guy, whome everyone wants to kill. Plot is in general starting to get weak and partly boring. I hope for fresh sub plots and something more from this series.
  • Nikki
    Marked felt like a bit of a stronger book than the last in this series, and I really enjoyed getting to find out what happened next. It’s full of action, but also tackles some interesting points - the jinn and Anne, the perception of Alex’s motivations (I particularly enjoyed that one) and the concept of being trapped in a known future. I’m looking forward to seeing how that one plays out. I also liked seeing Alex settle into being on the j...
  • Lindsay
    With Alex Verus growing into his role on the Light Council and showing a deft hand at leading other wizards, both in combat and within the Council itself, he gets to confront a few home-truths about moving on from his previous life. On top of that there's dealing with the consequences of what happened to Anne in the Vault at the end of the previous book and how that plays into Richard Drahk's plans.This is back to formula in the Verus series with...
  • Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
    Initial Impressions 9/14/18: This wasn’t my favorite of the series and I actually found it surprisingly not as engaging. I was really excited to read this after binge reading literally the entire beginning of the series but it felt like it was lacking a lot of depth and some of that world-building that we got in earlier novels. Things progressed slowly but surely but sometimes these books throw me because each one has a different sort of feel b...
  • Brittany
    This was a great addition to the series with some wonderful about time moments. I look forward to where it looks like the series is headed.
  • Vinay Badri
    I think the Alex Verus books are really like the shows you put on backburner as you do other stuff. An almost filler if you will. Books 7 and 8 in the series really shook up the series and kind of forced it to show some kind of (for the lack of a better word) ambition and a sense of end game. Book 9 is back to the one step forward, 3 steps sidewards narrative. I mean on the whole, its a good piece of entertainment and I fairly breezed through it ...
  • Kevin
    4.5 stars. So many options for future books from here. Listened to the audiobook and it was very well-done!
  • Jean
    tired. Alex is tired. Ann is tired. Arachne is tired. Actually Alex is insufferably superior while afraid of his tormentor. Everybody just squabbles as they fight deadly duels. Love interest takes a depressing step. Too afraid to get involved. Author needs to wrap this up as he is obviously tired of dreaming up new powers while putting off the big battle with Richard. Maybe he can't find a solution grand enough to justify taking 10 books to defea...
  • Neha Goyal
    2.5* maybe.Very meh, nothing new happened, largely seemed like a rehash of previous books and action sequences. Disappointing!:(
  • Steven Naylor
    Rating 4.0 stars I really loved the first 5-6 books in the series, but at this point things are not progressing as fast as I think they should. From the beginning of each of the last 2 books, Alex tells us exactly what needs to be done, he then spends the entire book not doing that thing up until the end of the book. Alex and Anne have been close for the last 4-5 books and we keep wondering if and when they will get together. A question like that...
  • Ami
    Alex still occupies Morden's place on the Junior Council, and he has been leading teams to get back the imbued items that have been stolen from the Vault. Council is trying to catch Richard Drakh, making deal with Morden, and of course things don't go as plan. As usual Alex and his friends are smack dab in the middle of everything.It's always easy to return to Alex Verus' world, despite my not remembering the details that happened in the previous...
  • Aaron S
    I've read 8 books in the series previously but never reviewed them since it was before I joined Goodreads. I don't feel like I can succinctly review this one by itself without touching on the many books that come before it so I won't try. Alex Verus books tend to both seriously engage me but dip somewhere into causing me frustration, and this one fit that bill as well. The book as a whole felt very engaging and I very much enjoyed the plot and ch...
  • Soo
    Mini-Review:I didn't care for the first half of this book but things turned around towards the end. I was afraid that all the character growth that had already happened would somehow get smashed into a repeat cycle. Like nothing had happened and Alex + gang would remain the way they were before several of big events. One pivotal moment made the book better in my eyes. I can't wait to see what comes to be from here on. There's a lot of elements re...
  • Beverly
    Three and a half starsThis story seemed more like a filler because there is a lot of page filling information with things like how the Council worked, how black mages, white mages and adepts personalities were different. There is a lot of focus on Anne with Verus trying to find out how to fix the problem of her bad side and the likelihood of her being possessed and about his feelings for her. There is the needed action scenes to keep the reader i...
  • Rpaul Tho
    I wanted to give this more stars but about a third into the book it was clear this was a setup book for the next in the series. I find that the story is starting to lag and the constant “we’ve got Richard this time only to be thwarted by something obvious we didn’t foresee” a bit annoying. Especially since Alex’s main power is divination. I’m thinking that maybe this author needs to move on to a new set of characters and series as the...