4 stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I started reading this book before I realized it is book 9 in the Alex Verus book series by the author. I haven’t read any other books in this series, but was still able to follow the storyline and enjoy the book. This was a very good urban fantasy book. It kept my attention and makes me want to go back and read the first books in the series.

This world has a lot of magical people. They are governed by a Light Council, however Dark Mages and other lesser magical people do not like the fact that they don’t have a say in the decisions made by the Council. Someone is trying to stir these people up to resist the Light Council and their edicts.

Alex is now on the Junior Council of the Light Council. His magical ability allows him to see all of the possible futures so he can decide what action to take. His boss, now in prison, was the first Dark Mage allowed on the council. Alex has been appointed to take his bosses place awaiting his trial. Apparently in one of the previous books the dark mages raided a facility that held very dangerous and powerful magical items. Alex spends a lot of his time leading teams to recover these items. When the Light Council develops a bold plan to try to capture the Dark Mages new leader, Alex and his team unwillingly get swept up in the plans. It will take all of their cunning and skills to make it out alive.