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Good start to a series
on 28 September 2012
I enjoyed this introductory volume to what looks set to be a lengthy series (three volumes out now, September 2012). It's an action packed, none too cerebral, introduction to the Magical World of Alex Verus: shops selling magical paraphernalia, a Curse, elementals, good mages and bad, an ineffectual Council that won't stand up to the villains - and a climax that reads a bit like a Dungeons and Dragons scenario.
Yes, it may all sound a bit like Harry Potter grown up - especially that sub-plot about how the Dark mages are getting a foothold because the authorities prefer to look the other way - but I'm inclined to the view that's simply because both worlds are well grounded in human nature and the realities of politics. It's a good read and a promising start, generally well written, with only one flaw from my perspective - the continual use of "gotten" and "it fit" (rather than "fitted") by a British character. POssibly that reflects a target market in the US, but it still grates.