Audiobook Review - Taken by Benedict Jacka

Taken by Benedict Jacka
Narrated by Gildart Jackson
Series: Alex Verus #3
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: January 27, 2014
Date Read: April 4, 2019
Length: 10 hours 6 minutes
Source: Purchased
This time last year, I could go weeks without seeing another mage. In mage society I was an unknown and, all in all, that was how I liked it. It’s hard to say what changed. Whatever it was, I got involved in the magical world again and started getting myself a reputation.

Alex Verus’s insights into the future used to be the best-kept secret in London. Now, with the aid of his apprentice, Luna, his unique investigative talents are all the rage. He just has to be careful about picking his employers, because everyone - even the beautiful woman who practically begs him to run security for a prestigious tournament - has motives that can be hard to predict. And Alex doesn’t do unpredictable.

But his latest gig just might be impossible. Apprentices have been vanishing without a trace - and someone on the Council could be involved. Alex has no evidence, no witnesses, and no suspects. All he knows is that someone is keeping tabs on him. And after assassins target Luna’s classmate, Alex sees that he doesn’t know the half of it - and that he could be the next to disappear.
My Review

This was really good!  I had never heard of this series until my friend Anne decided to host a read along on her blog, Books of My Heart, this year.  Since the pace was set at only one book per month, I decided that I could make enough room in my reading schedule to fit this series in without too much work.  That has turned out to be a fantastic decision because I have had a great time with each installment.

I really like both Alex and Luna and I was really happy that this book focused so heavily on Luna and the other apprentices.  It was great meeting a few new characters and seeing a little more about how their world works.  Luna has now completely committed to her role as an apprentice and is working incredibly hard to meet the demands put on her.  I really liked getting to see the relationships between the apprentices.

I never tire of watching Alex in action.  His ability to see into the future is so unique in useful as it is used in this story.  I love the way he is able to make smart decisions quickly and takes responsibility for his actions.  Alex is really just a great guy who is always looking to save the day and take care of those who need his help and he does it quite competently.

I thought that the mystery in this book was very well done.  I had no idea what was going on with the disappearing apprentices but I had a blast going along for the ride to find out.  There was plenty of action and some completely unexpected antics to keep things really interesting.  I love that this story kept me guessing until the very end.

Gildart Jackson does a fantastic job with this series.  He is the voice of Alex in my mind and I do think that he really does bring the character to life.  I think that he does a great job with all of the character voices and dialogue always flowed nicely.  I think he has a very pleasant reading voice and I enjoyed listening to his narration for hours at a time.

I would recommend this series to others.  This is the third book in the Alex Verus series which I do think would be best read in order if at all possible.  I can't wait to get started on the next book in the series very soon.

The Alex Verus Series

Book #1 - Fated - My Review
Book #2 - Cursed - My Review
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. I do have to take a look at book 1 :)

  2. Glad you are enjoying the series. I will be adding this one to wish list.

  3. I do wish that I hadn't already committed to a different book a month series read b/c each time you gals review the next book you read, I see how much you loved them and I'm pretty sure I would, too.
    Totally agree about Gildart Jackson. He is the voice to a favorite historical mystery series I read and I can't imagine anyone else as Sir Faucon. :)

  4. This does sound good and I love finding a new series!

  5. That's awesome that the read-along got you to try a new series that you're enjoying. I thought about it, but my schedule has been so full lately, I didn't do this one. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

  6. Carole - thanks for the shout-out and I'm so glad you are enjoying it. I, too, am loving it and book 4 is up next. Gildart Jackson is truly in my head as I read now. I tend to read rather than listen just because I can highlight quotes and such. Happy reading!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  7. I say this every time but I must catch up with this series.

  8. It sounds like the readalong was perfect for you and I am glad you enjoyed it so much! Alex's power to be able to see into the future is really cool and he sounds like a wise and fast decision maker. Great review x


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