You Review: Fated by Benedict Jacka

Reviewed by Stefanie Rosenboom

Normally I am not a big fan of urban fantasy, but Jacka’s Fated is a cover-to-cover read! It’s hard to imagine that this writer previously only wrote for children. The book is clearly aimed at an adult audience, but the content is never too dark nor too complicated: teenagers would love it as well.

Jacka interweaves the magical world into our own with shocking ease. His storytelling is simple, but filled with cleverly put witticisms. His main character, Alex, is a bit of a mystery. However, you can not help but like him from the first page onward. He owns a magic shop in Camden town and has few people he trusts. Did I mention Alex is a diviner, one who sees all possible futures and has to rely on luck and skill to stay alive? The closest thing he has to a friend is a girl with a mysterious curse that hurts those around her, who he considers an apprentice of sorts. You cannot help but root for a budding romance between the two (just like Arachne does).

However, this is not a love story, it is an action packed urbanised story filled with fantasy elements. The book contains magic spells, elementals, dark mages and an even darker back story for Alex which is only sparingly hinted at. If I had to compare it to another book series it would Artemis Fowl. However Fated clearly has deeper layers and better writing. Fated is the first of a trilogy. The as yet unpublished sequels will surely be on my future must-read list.

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