Taken (Alex Verus, #3) by Benedict Jacka
Alex Verus #3. It was fun. Probably the best so far? Urban Fantasy with a mature tone. People are actually treated as adults, there is no gratuitous sex just for the heck of it, the bad guys are not cardboard cut-outs, there is a lot of grey areas and Jacka writes good action sequences.
The mystery plot was good, although the additional, final revelation was a bit too detached from the main story for my taste. Set-up for later shenanigans, maybe?
The dueling apprentices is a fun idea and a nice way of explaining the magical mechanics of this world. I appreciated the juxtaposition to Alex‘s duel towards the end.
The tone still reminds me a little of Peter Grant, but grittier, with less focus on being funny (though it is).
This series should definitely be read in order and I have the next one lined up to read in a few months…