PW Starred Review for Cursed

Fated got a starred review from Publishers’ Weekly back in January, and now Cursed has got one too!  It’s my favourite review so far and I suspect it’ll stay that way for a while:  a really compact summary and captures the essence of the book nicely.

Jacka follows his urban fantasy debut, Fated, with an even more impressive tale of gunplay and spellcraft in present-day London. In a culture dominated by battle mages, Alex Verus’s best offense is a good defense: he can see all possible futures, and he aims straight at the ones where he doesn’t die. Both Light and Dark mages keep trying to hire him, but he just wants to run his magical trinket shop and teach his friend Luna how to manage her family curse. This dream is disrupted when a new friend of Luna’s claims he can destroy the curse with a dangerous wish-granting artifact, and Alex learns that some unhinged mages want to steal life energy from the dwindling population of magical creatures—including one of Alex’s few friends, the charming room-sized spider Arachne. Jacka keeps the emotional tension high with a series of wakeup calls for Alex regarding his relationship with Luna, his place in London’s magical social circles, and his image of himself. Readers will savor this tasty blend of magic, explosions, and moral complexity. 

Cursed will be coming out on May 29th in the US, and on 7th June in the UK.

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7 Responses to PW Starred Review for Cursed

  1. bungluna says:

    I’ve got this one earmarked for my vacation stach. Really looking forward to reading it!

  2. Benedict says:

    Thanks! We’re still in the ramping-up stage but I’ve had enough readers of Fated (in fact, pretty much all of them) tell me that they’re going to read the next, so I’m hopeful!

  3. JP says:

    Excellent! Can’t wait! 🙂

  4. barbara says:

    loved the first book .waiting impatiently for the next!!

  5. Katherine Petersen says:

    That review is spot-on. Cursed is fabulous!

  6. Benedict says:

    Glad you liked it – was hoping you would!

  7. MX says:

    Definately can’t wait for this one. Devoured the first one in three days on the first read-through. Would have been sooner, but that annoying job thing got in the way hehe