Forged US Release Today!

And it’s finally here!  Book #11 in the Alex Verus series, Forged, releases today in the US and Canada, in mass market paperback, ebook format, and an audio version narrated by Gildart Jackson.  

This is the second-to-last book in the series, so as you can probably guess, this is not a good place to start.  Books #1 through #9 in the Alex Verus series are reasonably standalone – if you skip a few books you’ll miss some things, but you’ll still have a fairly good idea of what’s going on (especially books 1-6, whose contents all get recapped).  However, the last three books of the Alex Verus series, #10, #11, and #12, are really just one big interconnected story that happens to be split into three volumes.  If you’re going to read Forged, it is REALLY REALLY important that you read book #10, Fallen, first.  Otherwise once you get into the first chapter (which you can read here) then I promise you, you will have absolutely no idea what the hell is going on, why Alex is in the position he is, or why he’s chasing the person he’s chasing.  

Anyway, enough warnings, go enjoy the book!  Readers outside North America will have to wait a week for the UK/rest of world release date, which is December 1st.  

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11 Responses to Forged US Release Today!

  1. Kat says:

    Forged was just incredible. Fast-paced, action-packed. I devoured it in a few hours, and hours later am still reeling emotionally from it. Lots of confrontations happened that I’ve been looking forward to for years, and I was blown away by every one. And the end actually left me feeling anxious.

    Thank you so much for this book. It exceeded all my expectations, and I’m desperately looking forward to getting my hands on the final book.

  2. Andrew says:

    Looks like Amazon UK are sending out copies of the US Ace paperback for people who’ve preordered rather than the UK Orbit version.

    Pro (for reader) – I get to read the book a few days early.
    Con (for reader) – It’s tiny, and it doesn’t fit with any of the others on the shelf.
    Pro (for author) – I will probably buy an Orbit edition so more books sold!
    Con (for author) – you’ve already got one grumpy one-star review on Amazon as a result (not from me!)

  3. Matt says:

    Just got my copy a few hours ago and am already a couple of chapters in. So excited to see how this turns out! Amazing cast of characters that I love!!!

  4. Tamara says:

    Ahhh, so satisfied with Forged- I inhaled it like a delicious 5 course meal! I enjoyed all the character changes and developments, and I can’t wait to read the series finale next year!

  5. Celia says:

    Great book, thanks so much for writing it!!! The cliffhanger though, arrrrghhh!!! 😉

  6. Deborah says:

    Benedict, I am going to tell you that my poor heart nearly stopped at the end of Forged because for muddled reasons I thought this book was the last of the series. Thank goodness it is not. I hope that you and your family are healthy and well in these Covid times. And I want to thank you, for my husband and myself, for giving us this wonderful series to power read these last few months. Between discovering the Alex Verus series and getting 2 (!) new Dresden Files novels, our quarantine has been filled with magics. Thank you.

  7. Bob says:

    Finished Forged last night at 11PM. Was able to read 5 chapters at work (I am the boss!). Bravo Mr. Jacka: another page turner which left me wanting more!

  8. Benedict says:

    Thanks for the responses, guys!

    And yeah, for some reason UK Amazon are selling the American mass market paperback edition. No idea why, they’ve never done it before. I’ve asked my publishers about it.

  9. Eugene G says:

    Great book. I’ve mostly only listened to them – never read them. It’s interesting how sometimes character voices change between books. I preferred Drach, Levistus and Morden’s old voices to the ones used in this book – even though it’s the same narrator!

    Wish the next book would come sooner!

  10. Jason Enberg says:

    Great book! The best so far! What a blast! An early Christmas gift 🙂

  11. Ziich says:

    This book is great I am so excited for the next one. I am also kind of sad that this is the second to last book. Will ask Luna still continue after the end of the series?