Furies of Calderon : Codex Alera

  • by Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • Series: Codex Alera
  • 19 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- CameoMo

What a surprise!

At first I thought this novel would be the usual sword and sorcery story. Fun and exciting but nothing out of the ordinary. Well, what a wonderful surprise! Although based on the Roman civilization, especially its military structure, Jim Butcher put a refreshing twist to the barbarian hordes and the weak Garrison compound, unprepared to effectively defend the realm. Then there was the "magic", almost de reguer for a fantasy novel. I really enjoyed the use of elemental spirits and the strong bond between them and their human companions. A great touch was giving the elementals names.

The characters, both protagonists and antagonists were well crafted and so realistic that I could empathize (or hate) them with enthusiasm.

I could write an essay but I think prospective readers would die of boredom. so, this is my advice. Buy, read, keep and read again. Fun and thought provoking, rolled into one. By the way, the denouement is perfect.
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- Kindle Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-25-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK