Genre: Urban Fantasy
First line: "It was a slow day, so I was reading a book at my desk and seeing into the future."
(My new favorite) main character: Alex Verus, diviner, mage, and owner of a shop in Camden Town called The Arcana Emporium. He's quick-witted and resourceful, and he can see into the future, or at least several possibilities of it. He also has a talent for staying alive. Which is a good thing considering he's not on great terms with the Council of Mages. (Even though they sometimes need his help.) The dark mages don't like him much either, but he's never let that stop him yet.
My thoughts: This is an awesome urban fantasy read. It's well-plotted, fast-paced and fun, with cool magic, an intriguing mystery and lots of suspense; there's plenty of great secondary characters, too. In fact, there isn't anything I didn't like about this book. Jacka has created a world I can't wait to visit again. Which is why I'm off to the library to check out the second books in this series.