I have just finished the latest instalment in the Alex Versus series by Benedict Jacka and I already cannot wait for the next release!
Benedict Jacka has created a vivid world of magic in modern times and his characters are both unique and lovable. The main character, Alex Versus, is a mage with a past. Previously a Dark apprentice he broke with his master only to be shunned by the Light mages and the Council which rules over all mages within the U.K. Living independently he offers a unique view of an old and corrupt political system that rules over mages with the presumption That anyone not a mage, particularly if they are an adept or sensitive (have some magic but not at mage level) they are second class citizens to do with as you please. As the books progress I struggle to see the difference between the so call Light and Dark mages as all commit atrocities in the name of ‘Light’ or ‘Dark’.
Alex is different though, he sees both sides as they are and tries to stay out of things while helping those he comes into contact with. One particular person is Luna, a young woman with a terrible curse on her that means she lives in isolation. Their friendship blossoms in the books as Alex becomes her mentor and she his apprentice. With each book Alex is dragged into something involving the council, who, while they despise him, cannot deny his valuable abilities as a diviner. Alex makes further friends as the books continue, although he is continually hounded by both the council and other dark mages.
The latest book is aptly named ‘burned’ as by the end all I want to see is the mage world burn and the council get exactly what’s coming to them.