Audiobook Review - Cursed by Benedict Jacka

Cursed by Benedict Jacka
Narrated by Gildart Jackson
Series: Alex Verus #2
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: January 6, 2014
Date Read: March 13, 2019
Length: 10 hours 3 minutes
Source: Purchased
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 from enemy, he finds himself the target of those who would risk their own sanity for power...

My Review

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 finished it up pretty quickly.

This book picks up shortly after the events of the first book.  Alex has received some attention but he is back in his shop just getting through each day as it comes.  One of Luna's friends stops in the shop and picks up a dangerous item despite Alex's warnings.  There also seems to be some strange deaths of magical creatures that are raising a lot of questions.  To top things off, someone seems to be trying to kill Alex.

I am really growing to like this group of characters.  Alex is very loyal and is determined to protect those that he considers his friends.  As far as that goes, Alex is pretty quick to try to protect anyone who he thinks needs it.  I love how he is able to use his abilities and I think that it really keeps the story interesting.  Luna is a fun character but she makes some terrible decisions in this book.  There are some other really colorful characters that help to move the story along as well.

I thought that this book was pretty exciting.  There was a lot going on and I was never quite sure what would happen next.  It was fun to watch Alex try to juggle so many things while looking into the future to see potential outcomes.  There were a few twists that I didn't see coming and a few moments that had me a bit worried before everything drew to a close.

Gildart Jackson continues to do an amazing job with this series.  It was so easy to listen to this book for hours at a time.  His pacing is perfect for the story and I think he adds a lot of excitement and emotion to the reading.  He does a great job with all of the character voices as well.  I do believe that I probably liked this book just a little more because I made the decision to listen to it.

I would recommend this series to others.  This is the second book in the Alex Verus series which really does need to be read in order.  I found this to be a very exciting and intense story that was very hard to put down.  I cannot wait to start the next book!

The Alex Verus Series

Book #1 - Fated - My Review
Book #2 - Cursed
Book #3 - Taken
Book #4 - Chosen
Book #5 - Hidden
Book #6 - Veiled
Book #7 - Burned
Book #8 - Bound
Book #9 - Marked
About the Author

Benedict Jacka is half-Australian, half-Armenian, and grew up in London. He’s worked as a teacher, bouncer, and civil servant, and spends his spare time skating and playing tabletop games. He’s the author of the Alex Verus series, including Burned, Veiled, Hidden, and Chosen.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter


  1. 9 books! gonna have to commit to it like i did with atticus! but would be trying to finish dresden files first

  2. You piqued my interest with your review of the first book. I am definitely adding these to my wish list.

  3. This sounds good and so does the whole series.

  4. yay! I have such a good time with this series. I'm waiting for book 5 in French!

  5. I'm feeling better and better about picking a less known series. Thanks for joining me on this journey! Anne - Books of My Heart

  6. Love that the second book is even better for you and the characters continue to grow and also grow on you. Yay for Gildart Jackson. He's a fav of mine, too.

  7. Wow. A long series. Great covers too. I often find that the second book is more enjoyable. You are already familiar with the characters and the world the author has built.

  8. I have the first on audio Carole, so I am glad you like this even more.

  9. I have got to catch up with this series this year! I know I keep saying that but I must! I'm just not in an urban fantasy mood right now though.


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