I made a mistake. I read Jim Butcher’s Storm Front and then Fated. The similarities between the two are very easy to spot. While I can appreciate that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Alex Verus and his adventures should be able to stand alone and not as part of Butcher’s world. Or to put it more simply, if I wanted to read a Butcher book I would and I wouldn’t muck around with a pastiche. Despite this and some plot quibbles, I did enjoy Fated.