Cursed (Alex Verus, #2) by Benedict Jacka

Cursed (Alex Verus, #2)

Benedict Jacka's acclaimed Alex Verus series continues with Cursed.Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures—destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda. Hired to investigate, Alex realizes that not everyone on the Council w...

Details Cursed (Alex Verus, #2)

TitleCursed (Alex Verus, #2)
Release DateMay 29th, 2012
GenreFantasy, Urban Fantasy, Magic, Fiction, Paranormal, Mystery

Reviews Cursed (Alex Verus, #2)

  • carol.
    FROM THE POLICE BLOTTER Subject: Benedict JackaAlias: Alex VersusLocation: CursedDate: Published 2012, ongoing issues.Charges: --Multiple counts of misdemeanor littering explano-dumps. --One felony charge of plot deus ex machina. --Multiple felonies committed against women characters, including Class 1 felony of all females equaling damsel-in-distress category, and additional multiple Class 1 felonies of Classic Female Stereotypes.Consider chargi...
  • Bradley
    This series is rapidly becoming my latest favourite mind-candy, doing wonders to cleanse my palate between heavy tomes of fiction and generally getting me rearing to go. It's entertaining, solidly written, thoroughly character-grounded, and the magic system, while slightly unoriginal, is very fun. Seeing the future is rather beast.I could probably read all of these in a single sitting, as long as I had all the proper plumbing hooked up. Saline so...
  • Phrynne
    The second book in a series must be a difficult book to write especially when the first is really, really good. Luckily Benedict Jacka was up to the task and has produced another excellent read. Alex Verus, our hero and trusty mage, continues to avoid assassination and gets involved in a variety of dangerous situations which he usually escapes by the skin of his teeth. I love the moments when his precognition clicks in just in time for him to dod...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    “Congrats, you’ve just had your first assassination attempt.” It is just another day in the life of Alex Verus, diviner extraordinaire. Cursed picks up a few months after Fated. Alex has picked up a semi apprentice in Luna and some notoriety in the magic community after the events at the museum. He has also picked up a few enemies on both the Light and Dark side of Magery. “As I walked, I started making a list of everyone in the mage w...
  • Emma
    When I read the first book of the series 2 or 3 years ago, I was new to urban fantasy, just setting out on my journey into the genre. I thought the first book was quite good. Then I discovered other urban fantasy series that I liked more. Since then I've read countless urban fantasies. Recently I felt the urge to try this series again. And this second book I loved! Now I've read the Harry Dresden series, I can see the similarities and the differe...
  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.I liked this book even better than the first installment. I think that the biggest difference was that I was already familiar with the characters and the rules of the world instead when I started this one. It was really easy to slip back into Alex's world and I was really curious about how everything would work out. This was a book that I wanted to listen to for hours at a time so I f...
  • Eric
    4 StarsCursed picks up where the first book left off and continued the fun started in book one. Fresh off his success against the dark mages from the first book, Alex is grudgingly becoming more involved with the Council. As part of a mission, he comes across what appears to be a ritual designed to drain the life from magical creatures. Once again, he is reluctantly drawn into a struggle between mages looking for power at any cost. Cursed followe...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    As I said in another review today...SCORE!. This week I've finished 3 books that I rate 5 stars! I had trouble making time to get to this one, but burned through it once I got to it. This is a good to great book in a great series with a great character. Alex Verus in definitely my #2 UF character (Harry Dresden being #1 by quite a margin).There's a thread here called "Books to Read While Waiting for the Next Dresden Book"...I found these recommen...
  • Cathy
    3.5 stars again. It was very much a continuation of the first story, therefore it had a lot of the same strengths and the same negatives. Alex is easy to connect to, his voice is clear and personable and the explanation of his powers makes sense. But I was again disappointed in the female characters. Luna had so much promise in the first book, but she was very young and weak in this one. I can see in a certain way where it makes sense for the sto...
  • Felicia
    Forgot to review this, but I read all three of these books in a row a few months back and LOVED them. Def check it out if you're an urban fantasy fan. No romance to speak of, but really fun writing!!
  • Belles
    I liked the first book in the series, but something about this one just didn't resonate with me.
  • ᴥ Irena ᴥ
    3.5Cursed is an improvement to Fated even if it is a bit similar. It takes place five months after the events in the first book. Alex is stronger and better than before. At one point he even acknowledges how dangerous he is unlike in the first book. The plot: someone is killing magical creatures using an old and forbidden ritual called harvesting and Alex is hired to investigate. While I really liked Luna in Fated, most of the plot in this book i...
  • Scott
    My new addiction. Have to pace myself or I feel like I'll blow through all the books in a week.
  • Ami
    About five months after the event at British Museum, Alex Verus, has been keeping his head down. However, he sometimes freelancing jobs for the Council. At one of his jobs, Alex discovers someone is draining energy out of magical creatures. It is called Harvesting, of of the blackest of black magic. Alex is then hired by Belthas, one of the Light mages who wants to stop the Dark mages responsible for the Harvesting, to investigate. But when it co...
  • Kathy Davie
    Second in the Alex Verus urban fantasy series set in London, Camden Town to be exact, and revolving around a mage who just wants to be left alone.My TakeLuna makes me nuts. Huh, I guess that means her name is accurate and prophetic… She wants Alex to introduce her to this magical world, but she also refuses to accept anything he says that she doesn't like. The arrogance of man provides so many possibilities. In this case, Jacka makes use of man...
  • Chip
    Same good and bad points as the first book in the series. In sum ... another light and certainly entertaining read. But again inconsistencies and laziness abound. Just a few examples:The whole Starbreeze deux ex machine.Why would Dark Magicians have apprentices? Why share knowledge/power?Claims most mages rarely attack others in their homes, because mages make a habit of fortifying their homes - thus a bad idea to attack. Immediately segues to ap...
  • The Abibliophobic Guy
    I think in my review of his last book, I was little overzealous in my adoration and comparison of Jacka and Butcher. Here, I think, Jacka has proven that he can stand on his own two feet and that the last book was not a one shot wonder. So, from now on, I won't mention Butcher again until the end. Anyway, this was a mind blowing Four Stars - the moment it arrived in the post I was all over it, and I barely put it down. For those of you wanting a ...
  • Valerie
    Yep. This is some seriously good urban fantasy. Its a bit like a British Harry Dresden, but then, not really like Dresden at all. There are similarities, but the vibe of the Alex Verus books is completely different. Maybe its the Brit thing. I'm not going to say that this series is equal to the Dresden Files, but then, I've had many more novels upon which to build my relationship with Harry.What I will say is that this book is very well written. ...
  • Jean ~ Kindle Queen
    Loved it! Better than the first book. Still funny, but there were some hard lessons learned. Mr. Jacka explores his really interesting magic system, and the consequences of Alex's magic abilities were very interesting. Plus, this one had quite a few surprises. I definitely plan to continue with this series.
  • Charlie
    This is becoming one-off my favourite UF series, definitely in the top 10.
  • Mark
    Brilliant read, really brought the characters forward. If your missing your harry fix then read these.
  • John
    Five enthusiastic stars. This was even better reading than the first book in the series, and that one was rounded up to five stars (see my review of Fated at, which I'll be referring to here). This sequel was not only engrossing but delightful all the way, and the very few problems I had with the first book are absent here.Once again, the first-person narrative style was very congenial, drawing me into eac...
  • Veronica
    These are short and mostly enjoyable books. I do feel like more could be done as far as fleshing out all the characters. Alex is a likable as far as main characters go but two books in and I still feel like I know hardly anything about him. There have been hints about his past but I really need more. As for the secondary characters, they're little better than cardboard cutouts at this point. Sonder has some potential but I find Luna to be pretty ...
  • Steve
    This book didn't pick up immediately after the first book of the series, but it very quickly dumped us into the action, while doing a slight bit of explanation for those who weren't clear on who was doing what and how. Through some plot twists, we arrived at a rather brilliant climax, which was rather satisfying. The resolution covered a little bit, but enough to make me glad of what was there.
  • Roy
    Continues the fun!! Definitely reccomend this series.
  • N.E.C.C.
    This was good, better than Fated.Cursed is definitely better than Fated but at the same time is very similar in terms of the plot. Still, very interesting in this world.I liked the story but it didn't blow my wig. It's and improvement from the privous book for sure and i'm very interesting in this series, this books are easy to read and bery entertaining.The characters were really good except for Luna, i didn't like her in this one either, she ma...
  • Melliane
    Mon avis en FrançaisMy English reviewVoilà un nouveau roman mettant en scène Alex Verus et son amie Luna, et j’avoue que j’étais bien curieuse de découvrir leur nouvelle aventure !Alex a repris le cours normal de sa vie, ou en tout cas c’est ce qu’il pensait jusqu’à ce que quelqu’un essaie de le tuer, qu’une femme se présente chez lui pour lui demander de l’aide et que Luna amène un ami à elle qui va se mettre également ...
  • Muffinsandbooks
    Cette saga est juste géniale ! Aventure, action, magie, univers incroyable et personnages attachants au possible... j’ai adoré ce tome 2 !
  • Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
    Synopsis:Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures—destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda. Hired to investigate, Alex realizes that not everyone on the Council wants him delving any deeper. Struggling to distinguish ally f...
  • Jeff
    That difficult second book ... so often a promising first book is followed by a weaker sequel.I'm pleased to say that's not the case with the second in the Alex Verus series; on the contrary, this is an even more polished book than its predecessor, tighter and not weighed down by the same burden of necessary exposition. It builds nicely upon "Fated", continuing to weave subplots established in the first book around a primary plot that builds well...