Review - Chosen by Benedict Jacka

This review originally appeared on Books of My Heart.  Be sure to check out the read-along for this series as well as some pretty awesome giveaways.

Chosen by Benedict Jacka
Narrated by Gildart Jackson
Series: Alex Verus #4
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: February 17, 2014
Date Read: April 24, 2019
Length: 10 hours 24 minutes
Source: Purchased
I don’t publicly advertise that I’m a mage, but I don’t exactly hide it either, and one of the odd things I’ve learnt over the years is just how much you can get away with if you’re blatant enough. Hide something behind smoke and mirrors and make people work to find it, and they’ll tear the place down looking for what’s there.

Alex Verus is a diviner who can see probable futures—a talent that’s gotten him out of many a tough scrape. But this time, he may be in over his head. Alex was once apprenticed to a Dark mage, and in his service he did a lot of things he isn’t proud of.

As rumors swirl that his old master is coming back, Alex comes face to face with his misdeeds in the form of a young adept whose only goal is to get revenge. Alex has changed his life for the better, but he’s afraid of what his friends—including his apprentice, Luna—will think of his past. But if they’re going to put themselves at risk, they need to know exactly what kind of man they’re fighting for…
My Review

This was another great installment in the Alex Verus Series.  This is a series that really does need to be read in order since each book builds on the previous installments.  I think that I am liking each book in the series a little more as I work my way through the series and I get to know Alex and the gang better.  I worked my way through this book rather quickly because I was eager to see how everything would work out.  It really was a very enjoyable listen.

At the start of this story, Alex is learning to adjust to life with his two new roommates.  He is spending a lot of time with the apprentices and running his shop.  Alex's past comes into play and has a big impact on his present in this installment.  Alex was an apprentice under a dark mage when he was younger.  This is a group of adepts that wish to get revenge for Alex's actions while working with the dark mage.

I really liked getting the chance to learn some of Alex's history.  I had an idea that life with Richard was less than pleasant but it was very eye-opening to learn how things really were.  We actually learn some rather interesting things about several characters that currently play a role in Alex's life.  I thought that seeing Alex's past and how he dealt with those seeking revenge really showed what kind of man he has become.  Alex wants to do what is right and does not seek to harm anyone but he will do what needs to be done when pushed into it.  I really like that Alex is flawed and will cross lines when necessary but tries to be a good guy as much as he can.

Gildart Jackson does a fabulous job with this book.  He has become the voice of Alex for me and I am so glad that I decided to work my way through this series in audio.  This narrator does a great job with all of the character voices and brings a lot of emotion into the story.  He has a very pleasant voice that is easy to listen to for hours at a time.

I would recommend this series to others.  This book tells a very exciting story and is filled with an entire cast of fantastic characters.  I can't wait to start working on the next book in this wonderful series!

The Alex Verus Series

Book #1 - Fated - My Review
Book #2 - Cursed - My Review
Book #3 - Taken - My Review
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 always have a great time with each book of the series. I'm waiting for the new one in French as I started them like that

  2. Glad to see the series is still going strong.

  3. Well, you have told us and I need to listen :D

  4. Oh this series looks good and I like that you're still enjoying it into the fourth book. I really need to give it a try!

  5. Thanks Carole for sharing it with us. I am loving this series. Excellent review!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  6. I'm glad the series is keeping up a good standard. I still hope to read them this year but my series catch up is lagging behind where I should be!


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