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For 1000 years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water and metal. But now, Gaius Sextus, First Lord of Alera, grows old and lacks an heir. Ambitious Lords manoeuvre to place their Houses in positions of power, and a war of succession looms on the horizon.
Far from city politics in the Calderon Valley, young Tavi struggles with his lack of fury crafting. At 15, he has no wind fury to help him fly, no fire fury to light his lamps. Yet as the Alerans' most savage enemy - the Marat - return to the Valley, his world will change.
Caught in a storm of deadly wind furies, Tavi saves the life of a runaway slave. But Amara is actually a spy, seeking intelligence on possible Marat traitors to the Crown. And when the Valley erupts into chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Amara will find Tavi invaluable. His talents will outweigh any fury-born power - and could even turn the tides of war.
©2016 Jim Butcher (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK
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4 out of 5 stars
By Mahadi on 04-16-18

Good story, decent narrator, horrible production

I liked the story, nothing that's going to surprise anyone but I found it entertaining and the pace was good, the narrator did a decent job but some of the male voices was off, I question why they choose a female narrator. The production and editing was absolutely horrible, sentences cut midway, disrupted the immersion.

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2 out of 5 stars
By CameoMo on 01-11-17

Badly edited / produced

This is another great story from Jim Butcher and, as always, a great performance from Kate Reading. Sadly all their hard work is ruined by bad editing and production.
The story pulls you in and you feel immersed into a detail narrative and spellbound by Kate's every word. Then you're yanked out by a sudden change of tone mid-sentence, where two sentences were spliced together punctuation be damned, or find a sentence has been cut too soon leaving dead air that makes you think the app stopped.
In any case, your enjoyment is constantly interrupted by bad editing.
I really hope they produce another version of this audio book, it is a shame to let Kate's performance go to waste.
I'm hoping the other books in this series have better quality control.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Gwen1818 on 09-28-16

badly edited but good story

the recording seems like its cut badly in places and seems like it skips but you can figure it out. great first book in the series though, I am looking forward to the rest. I see some similarities between GoT and WoT but it's different enough to keep you interested

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5 out of 5 stars
By R on 09-25-16

Highly enjoyable

I've have done almost no work since downloading this audio book as I could not stop listening. Highly enjoyable and very well read with characterisation of the dialogue. If you enjoy fantasy I definitely recommend this audio book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Oliver on 02-27-18

Who is Jim writing this for?

It’s a good story but there was something off about it. I realized what it was halfway through: it’s a coming of age story and seems to be quite “youth orientated” but then there are some very suggestive and almost blatant sexual scenes that are totally inappropriate for this kind of audience and the “coming of age” style. Some of the violent scenes seem to be out of kilter as well. Who is the audience?

As for Kate Readings reading- once again she proves her amazing skill!

The production is a bit sketchy though. Some of the sections would almost skip along too fast. Bad editing.

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3 out of 5 stars
By scott carroll on 02-25-18

Poor production value for good story

I have read the book and enjoyed Jim butcher’s world creations however the audible book skips ahead certain parts and the voice performance was decent.

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