Captain’s Fury

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Captain’s Fury

Codex Alera #4

Jim Butcher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

I originally read this back in ’10  and thought it was fantastic.

This time, I just flew through this book. It was great. I enjoyed the danger, the fighting, the tactics, the relationships and the story.

I love the fact that Butcher makes Tavi act outside the circumstances set up for him by others. Of course, it pisses me off when Tavi is maneuvered into impossible situations by people who call him on breaking laws while they themselves are grossly violating the laws.

Huh, kind of like liberals. Dang, maybe Butcher will make me political yet!

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Cursor’s Fury

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Codex Alera #3

Jim Butcher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

August 2012 Review:
In situations like described in this book, people either break or become stronger. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Tavi rise to each occasion and deal with them to the best of his ability.
He is no longer the whiny little shepherd boy from Calderon, but a fully fledged Cursor who cares about Alera, his men and his duty.

Academ’s Fury

Academ's FuryAcadem’s Fury

Codex Alera #2

Jim Butcher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

 

 

June 2012
I went into this knowing just how bad ass the vord were going to be and I STILL felt totally tensed up and “what is going to happen next?”. No, I don’t have a bad memory. I just find the writing to be as good upon re-reading as when I read it the first time.

The Canim are just phracking cool…

Furies of Calderon

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Codex Alera #1
Jim Butcher
Fantasy
5 Stars

 

Still a 5 Star book. I wondered, right before I began, if I was doing the right thing in re-reading it; maybe it wouldn’t be so good upon reflection, maybe the unknown made it better [see my review of Hunters of Dune], maybe, maybe, maybe.

Thankfully, Butcher is a consumate writer and this shines through.
Humor entwined with the horror of humanity [rape, even non-graphic, just makes me want to throw-up. To me it symbolizes everything that is wrong with humanity], action based around and on characters who persevere.

My appreciation for wordsmithing goes up this time. I didn’t have the “Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, this is so awesome!” feeling that I did in my first reading, BUT I really enjoyed how Butcher gives us just enough about the world to clue us in without either overwhelming us with info dumps or leave us completely feeling lost in a maze of a world (That’s a smackdown to YOU, Steven Erikson)

And I like fantasy better than urban fantasy, so this suits my tastes MUCH better

 

2010 Review

Furies of Calderon

Furies of Calderon

Codex Alera #1

Jim Butcher

Fantasy

5 Stars

 

A world where humans have carved for themselves an empire in a hostile world. Led by the First Lord, humans have the powers of ‘furies’ to enhance them.

This follows one young man from his beginnings

as a humble shepherd in the outer stretches of the empire as he saves the region, makes an alliance with a hostile race and is given patronage by the First Lord to attend the Academy.

 

Very well done. Good characterization, intriguing novel plot and an overarching plot.