The first chapter of Risen, the twelfth and final book in the Alex Verus series, is now online! You can read it here.
I’ll be posting one more preview chapter two weeks from today, on the 5th of November.
Caldera joined Anne!
Doubt Caldera did so willingly – she’s likely possessed. 🙁 Great chapter!!!
That’s great!!! Thankyou!!! I can’t wait to read (or rather listen to) the whole thing!!!
Enticing first chapter – thanks for posting and I’m looking forward to the rest!
Nice to see J-Y back. I liked her the first time around. Looking forward to reading the rest!
Good. Need to know how it ends.
That was an intense first chapter! The anticipation to get the whole book is going to be killing me.
I’m definitely liking the new Darth Vader vibe about Verus. The tone of the narration changes remarkably as he falls more and more to the Dark side. In this chapter his behaviour and his train of thought are just barely human.
It takes a special kind of genius to get the reader to sympathize and be repulsed by the same character at the same time.
That was awesome.
Wow. Alex is not holding back anymore and definitely terrifying here. He went full Dark Mage… I love it.
And things definitely escalated if we’re only in the first chapter and already seeing annuities armies, death and battlefields.
For some reason I’m nit seeing a perfect happy end here for Alex and Anne. Between them they look ready top tear the world in two.
… having that said, I’ll can’t wait for the book. Still waiting to discover more about Drakh. 😀
First Chapter does not disappoint!
Wow, this chapter got me thinking about how the Fateweaver might be impacting Alex. Abithriax, the original holder of the Fateweaver, was murdered by his fellow mages because; according to Abithriax, they were afraid of him. What if Abitraix wasn’t always the murderous jerk we met in Fated? What if bonding with the Fateweaver and slowly pouring his mind into it, are what made the ancient mind mage into the monster we saw him to be? Perhaps that mind meld went both ways.
Alex’s mind is certainly linked with the Fateweaver. Also, Arachne told Alex that imbued items have their own motivations. Alex may have more to worry about than the Fateweaver simply killing him. And that’s assuming Alex even survives the mayhem that will surely follow in this story.
Just some food for thought. I can’t wait to read the conclusion of this series.
Kurt Von Bosse I think this is not about the Fateweaver, though it is a possibility.
It’s more like – all the Dark Mages are by definition murderous jerks, and Alex was driven past the point of utter despair in Drakh’s mansion, and finally broke. By the end of Fallen he learns that Anne’s never coming back, the only way she can even survive is if he sacrifices himself. So he really doesn’t want human emotions at this point – there is nothing left in the world for him but pain.
I think the only motivation left to him is to get his revenge on the Maride sultan and on Drakh, before he dies.
This is so exciting.
I remember kinda liking Ji-yeong back in Hidden. I remember Alex asking her if she talked to her family in Korea still and she said she did, on Skype every week. Not entirely surprising that she’d end up being…his apprentice, I guess? Or temporary accomplice. Though, whew, not sure I’d trust a life mage who just switched sides like that (however prudently) to heal me. Interesting to see where this eleventh-hour new relationship between characters goes.
I just read the first two chapters, and wow, very nice! Not that I expected anything else.
I am especially happy to see Ji-yeong back again; I hope she sticks around for a while. I liked her in the beginning, always had the impression that she was dark out of convenience not out of inclination, and didn’t really relish the company she was keeping.
Alex has a little more self-doubt than I was expecting, in chapter 2. I thought he had internally resolved what had to be done about Anne, as of the close of book 11; but here he seems to be still struggling with it. That’s gonna be a problem.
This thing always says it will remember my name and email address if I check the box. I always check the box, and it never remembers. I don’t know if that’s universal or a miss configuration in the website or what, or just a safari thing, but I thought I would mention it.
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