Author Profile: Benedict Jacka

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About (from Orbit / Little Brown): Benedict Jacka became a writer almost by accident, when at 19 he sat in his school library and began writing in the back of an exercise book. Since then he has studied philosophy at Cambridge, lived in China and worked as everything from civil servant to bouncer to teacher before returning to London to take up law, but has always found the time to keep writing. CBP - Fated - Benedict Jacka CBP - Aug - Veiled

Benedict’s first published works were the Ninja series for children, published by Simon & Schuster in 2005 and 07. His big break came in 2012 with the debut of his Alex Verus urban fantasy series, of which two sequels came the same year. Now publishing on an annual schedule, the sixth is due in August (at the time of writing).

Lauded by urban fantasy master Jim Butcher – “Books this good remind me of why I got into the storytelling business in the first place” –  and Charles Stross – “Whoop-ass excitement from the new master of magical London” – Benedict Jacka is the hidden gem of London’s urban fantasy scene, with great appeal to the genre as well as the general reader.

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The Alex Verus series (Orbit)

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The Ninja Series (Simon & Schuster)  

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Veiled – Due Aug 15
Burned – Due Apr 16


More on Benedict’s first Alex Verus novel below – but check out the praise for this fantastic series:

“Harry Dresden would like Alex Verus tremendously – and be a little nervous around him. I just added Benedict Jacka to my must-read list. FATED is an excellent novel, a gorgeously realized world with a uniquely powerful, vulnerable protagonist. Books this good remind me why I got into the storytelling business in the first place” — Jim Butcher

“Filled with tense and compelling writing” — SFX

“Jacka writes a deft thrill-ride of an urban fantasy – a stay-up-all-night read. Alex Verus is a very smart man surviving in a very dangerous world.” — Patricia Briggs

“London’s hidden wizardly community spell-blast each other entertainingly in this urban fantasy romp. Fated is highly enjoyable” — Sun

“Fated is an excellent example of not just great urban fantasy but also of brilliant story-telling. There is a near perfect mix of everything and it has been masterfully crafted with a meticulous eye for those pieces of humanity that make a great protagonist and a fantastic story” — FANTASY FACTION

“Fast-moving and energetic” — SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

“One of the most invigorating and engrossing fantasy novels of the decade” — SCIFI NOW

“Jacka puts other urban fantasists to shame . . . A stellar blend of thoughtful philosophy and explosive action” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

“Whoop-ass excitement from the new master of magical London” — Charles Stross


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Pub. Date
Mar 2012
Alex Verus
Camden, North London. A tangled, mangled junction of train lines, roads and waterways. Where minor celebrities hang out with minor criminals and where tourists and moody teenagers mingle.
In the heart of Camden, where rail meets road meets leyline, you might find the Arcana Emporium, run by one Alex Verus. He won’t sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but if you know what you’re looking for, he might just be able to help. That’s if he’s not too busy avoiding his would-be apprentice, foiling the Dark, outwitting the Light, and investigating a mysterious relic that has just turned up at the British Museum.