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Princeps' Fury [Hardcover]

Jim Butcher
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Dec 4 2008 Codex Alera (Book 5)
Unabridged CDs ? 16 CDs, 20 hours

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The rousing fifth installment ... Butchers vivid characterizations, based on ancient Roman Republican ideals, range from duty-honor-country austerity in battle to brilliant peacemaking PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

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A martial arts enthusiast whose resume includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives with his wife, his son and a ferocious guard dog.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great chapter in the story... Nov. 26 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This series is keeping me entertained by its ingenuity, furious pace, and versatility from one book to the next. I just finished book 5, Princep's Fury, and I still don't know where this story is going. At the end of every book in this series I thought I could tell where the author was taking the reader, only to be surprised time and again but the turn of events. Everyone is a potential enemy, or a potemtial ally. Most characters are shades of grey and you can hate somneone is one book and find yourself liking them in the next one. Some characters are infuriatingly hopeless (Invidia) while others are surprisingly hopeful (Fidelias), and there is simply to telling how it will all end. Bits of the past are being revealed throughout, which makes things even more interesting/confusing.

It has been a very long time since a series has held me hooked like this one has. Another great read from Jim Butcher!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book, from a fantastic series July 2 2014
By cycler
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Fantastic book, from a fantastic series. I loved the novelty of the Elemental concept, which was very well done. Please write more, Jim Butcher! You don't need to sleep, or go on holidays, just keep on typing...
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A++++ April 4 2009
By Angel
Format:Hardcover
First Lord's Fury is due November 2009!!! I am so excited! This is an awesome series and shows another side of Jim Butcher than the one seen in the Dresden Files. Tavi and his friends are fun to follow and Mr. Butcher always has a surprise waiting around the corner. I really enjoy the fact that Tavi has to use his brains to solve problems and doesn't just mumble some magic and Voila! problem solved. I love the Furies! They are a refreshingly original view of magic. I was supposed to wait until the paperback came out to read it but there was no way I could wait another year so I bought the hardcover anyway. The wait until November is already going to kill me!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is this the end? Jan. 10 2009
By S. Lamm
Format:Hardcover
I have been hooked on the "Furies" series since book one. This was an innovative idea; one that I had not seen before in Fantasy, and I have read hundreds of books. This fifth book had the positive point of keeping me interested in the series, but the negative point of it being open-ended. It could be over, but there is definitely room for a 6th book. My only issue with this series is there is (in my opinion) too much attention paid to the battle scenes and not enough to the character development and the mysteries of the Furies themselves. Would I recommend these books? You betcha!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Things are heating up... Nov. 29 2008
By Timothy Fitzgerald - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The latest Codex Alera book is arguably the best in this excellent series. I am a big Jim Butcher fan and have been going back and forth as to what his better series is, Dresden or Alera. This most recent Alera book definitely has improved Alera's standing in the race.

I admit I was slightly disappointed in Captain's Fury (still a 4 star book) due to the fact that I felt it was the most "cliched" book in the series. One of the reasons I like Jim Butcher so much is after years of reading Fantasy, he has been able to show me something new and exciting in the genre.

In Dresden it is the Urban Fantasy and Alera utilizes the Roman Empire as a setting. However, Captains Fury felt too much like a synthesis of other great fantasy stories (like LotR). I just felt that I knew what was coming in Captain's Fury and was never surprised when things turned out as they did.

Not so with Princep's Fury. This book really takes the series to a new height and sets up what promises to be an amazing final chapter.

I must say, again, that I am a bit tired of Amazon listing its books with inflated page numbers. PR is only 386 pages instead of 400 ( a minor quibble, but I dont understand why they always seem to list books as being larger than they are?), but there is barely any downtime in the entire novel, almost entirely action-packed with little exposition or monologuing.

What I was very impressed with was Butcher's ability to provide more background and surprises on Septimus and his death, while simultaneously advancing the story in the present. The ability to weave in dangling plot elements while advancing the current plot is tricky, but Butcher pulls it off with his usual deft skill.

I do not like to give book reports in reviews, so I do not wish to explicate the plot and give a rundown. Suffice to say that Princep's Fury advances the plot on all fronts: Tavi and the Canim, Amara and the First Lord, The Vord, Isana and Septimus, as well as providing a nice look into the War at the Shieldwall with the Icemen and Antillar Raucus (an excellent character addition to the series).

Tavi is at his usual cunning best. The cleverest Aleran in centuries once again proves why he is so compelling and why Men are willing to follow him into one perilous situation after another.

The Canim and Icemen are both explored in depth in this one, and they are every bit as interesting and cool as you expected (or knew) them to be. Even the Vord are evolved to a point where they are still the enemy you know, without being rote or boring, but significantly different enough to make the reader feel as if he/she never really "knew" them as well as he/she thought they did.

What is also impressive is that every character is where they SHOULD be, no one seems at any point to be out of place or stick out. All the main characters are given roles that meet their potential and do not diminish their potency. It takes true literary skill to make the reader feel as if every character is in their proper role and acting according to their established character. Butcher never "reaches", never tries to fit an extra chapter in here or there just to have more about one character or another.

While it is the shortest book in the series, it is in many ways the best. I do not think it would have worked as well had he not written the other four books so well to set this one up, but it still manages to deliver on all the potential the previous books promised. The brevity also makes this one a real page turner, as a previous reviewer has mentioned. I stayed up reading for 5 hours straight once I got to a certain point because I just could NOT wait til morning to see what transpired. How would Tavi or Isana or Gaius get out of this situation? What would they do next? I could not stop turning pages to answer these burning questions, and I was never disappointed when I finally did get there. By the end I was left so eager for the next installment I regretted reading it so fast with the prospect of another YEAR to wait to follow up on the final end note!!!!

Being a History major in college and having a particular affinity for Rome, this series is just sensational to me. It has become everything I would expect and hope for from a Fantasy series set in the Roman Empire. The parallels between Gaius Sextus and Caesar and Octavian and (duh Octavian/Augustus) are very striking, and I am impressed that Jim is able to incorporate these elements without making it seem like a History lesson. If you know Rome, it is an added bonus, if not it is still an excellent Fantasy series with fresh new ideas and take on the genre.

I have read hundreds of Fantasy books by now, but Codex Alera definitely holds its own against ANY non-Tolkien (the undisputed King of Fantasy for my money) Fantasy I have read, and while I am excited for the next installment, I am also a bit sad that it will likely be the last entry in this amazing world.

Well worth the price of admission at any cost, be sure you do not miss out on what is the BEST "Swords and Horses" (Butcher's description of the Genre) Fantasy going right now.

386 HC pages 4.5 out of 5 stars
21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Page Turner Nov. 26 2008
By Chris Murdoch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I must admit that when I read the synopsis of this book, I was a little under-thrilled. I'm glad to say that what I thought was going to be a drawn out chapter before the ending turned out to be extremely riveting and fast paced. I wrongly surmised that the novel would be only about Tavi's development, but while yes, it's about that, it's also about developments in Alera leading up to Book 6. This book really sets us up for a good old fashioned spectacular ending. Previous Alera novels have seemed to me to lack character dimensions. While only Tavi had been in my opinion well explored, the characters of Isana and Amara were thoroughly put through the ringer in this installment and so many of their inner workings and mindsets seemed to come alive in this book. The plot surrounding the death of Septimus starts to make sense, as does the political wranglings and power struggles of the realm. Lords of whom we haven't seen much so far are brought into play. I feel that many of the previous books plots and devices are explained in this book. This book is a page turner, and is very hard to put down. Absolutely a great read.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely stunning! Nov. 25 2008
By Khoa D. Le - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Much like the predecessors of this novel, Jim Butcher continues to evolve his writing style, and we are all rewarded as he continues to deliver remarkable results. This book is undoubtedly the most entertaining and thrilling novel in the Codex Alera series thus far. I was quite literally on the edge of my seat for the vast majority of the book, and I can't even remember the last time that I found myself craving more of a novel before even finishing it. Not to give away any spoilers, but the ending of this novel most definitely leaves the reader eager for more from the world of Codex Alera.

If you're a fan of Jim Butcher, or even one of fantasy/fiction in general, I would highly recommend this book.
24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointed Nov. 29 2008
By Troy Puyear - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As I read the other reviews posted here, I can't help but wonder if we all read the same book. I agree that the character growth was good, and Jim's writing style is enjoyable to me in both his Codex Alera and Dresden files novels, but this book felt like filler to me.

Perhaps it is necessary at times in the world of serial novels to write an installment that doesn't accomplish too much. Although there was plenty of action, only one major plot point really helped advance the story for me.

Jim Butcher's fans tend to be rabidly supportive, so I expect to be panned for this viewpoint, but really - without including plot spoilers, I felt like much of the novel was just illustrating more of Tavi's cleverness, educating everyone on the racial peculiarities of the Canim and sending Amara and Bernard on another improbable mission.

Ah well, we all have opinions, and this was still enjoyable enough of a read - I'm not sure Jim Butcher CAN write a poor book at this point in his career. I eagerly (and impatiently) await the next installment. Thank goodness Turn Coat comes out in April.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just my Take Jan. 9 2009
By Mental - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
For me, the biggest thing when grading how well a novel is written is determined by one thing. How much sleep do I lose because I can't put the book down. Although this book was shorter than the previous installments of Codex Alera, I still found myself satisfied at the ending and wanting more.
Now my only real issue with the book was the Bernard and Amara storylines. I guess I just want to read more about Tavi and what he will do next. Isana probably stood out as the stronger of the characters, and Doroga's wit once again made me laugh. I felt thoroughly satisfied with the money I spent on this novel and will try to get as many of my friends into the series as I can.
I am not a literary buff or anything like that. I just want to be entertained and if a writer can draw me into the world that they create hook line and sinker, I will rate them well everytime.
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