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Cursor's Fury Mass Market Paperback – Nov 27 2007
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From Publishers Weekly
Butcher deftly mixes military fantasy and political intrigue in the rollicking third Codex Alera book (after 2005's Academ's Fury). Gaius Sextus, the First Lord of Alera, plants his nephew Tavi in a new legion, where Tavi can gather information on the rebellious High Lord of Kalare. Tavi, now a full-fledged Cursor, or spy, infiltrates the legion under the assumed identity of an officer, a station the green young man has not yet actually achieved. Treachery from a supposed ally opens the legion to attack from its bestial enemies, the Canim, incapacitating the captain and catapulting Tavi to the rank of the legion's commanding officer. Cut off from contact with the First Lord and with few seasoned officers to guide him, he must lead the troops in a defense of the Imperium against a horde of frenzied Canim warriors set on annihilating the Aleri people. Readers will cheer Tavi every step of the way. (Dec.)
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The third Codex Alera volume opens with Gaius, first lord of Alera, recovered from the murderous attack in Academ's Fury (2005) and seeking two would-be first lords' destruction. Tavi, young protagonist of the preceding books, he sends off for legionary training. Kalare, one of Gaius' targets, then takes hostages, depriving Gaius of much support. Gaius' personal spy Amara is dispatched to effect a rescue, for which she needs the help of Lady Aquitaine, close kin to the other would-be and one who never balks at disposing of those in her way. Sequences of Tavi's basic training alternate with Amara's rescue mission, providing lots of action. Frieda Murray
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Book 3 starts about 2 years after the events of book 2. I love how we are given a story that takes place over many years which helps in getting a sense of timeand evolution. Jim Butcher is giving us the life of a boy/man, of a world and its trials, over time, which means that those trials change with each book and yet have a sense of continuity that feels genuine. I am impressed with what has gone into this story so far. The main character was probably around 15 years of age in the first book and the story and left the reader feeling that Tavi's trials in that book were very much geared towards someone his age while still being quite grand in scale. As the story progresses over the years, the main character has made more enemies, got dragged into more political intrigues, and has more baggage as well. The reader can't help but feel that this evolution is genuine. Every book has had a different setting without making the story feel disjointed. And it is engrossing to witness the crosses and double-crosses at play in this book right up until the epilogue.
I strongly recommend this series to anyone who is a fan of action-packed fantasy. I grew up reading Weis & Hickman and R.A. Salvatore and this series is not without reminding me of those books: great action, great twists, and a quick pace. But the Codex Alera isn't geared towards role-playing maniacs like the works of the mentioned authors were. The Codes Alera is amazing fiction for grown-ups who want to be entertained.
Do yourself a favor and give it a try.
Some questions have been answered, more are outstanding.
Won't offer any spoilers.
Can't wait to start the next book.
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This is a continuation of the last book, in which Tavi is now a full fledged Cursor (spy, assassin and special forces operative), and is given an assignment to impersonate a Legion officer and sent to the furthest corner of the realm to avoid a potentially devastating civil uprising that could prove fatal to the young furyless Tavi. This does not work out well as the Legion is faced with an invasion force of Canim, a savage werewolf like race, many times the legions size. When a devastating first strike against the Aleran Legion destroys the chain of command, it leaves Tavi as the Legion commander with no experience as a Legionnaire or an officer. With no furies of his own, Tavi uses every bit of his wit and cunning and bravery to stop the Canim invasion.
Like previous Aleran Codex novels the books are divided into two stories. One is Tavi's and the other is of another cursor Amara. Amara is faced with saving hostages from the ruthless Kalare, who strikes at the First Lord to take the throne for himself. Amara must make an alliance with the Lady Aquitaine, the First Lords political enemy, and a traitor Cursor called Rook.
This book may very well be Butcher's finest work to date, and I say this as a long time fan that reads anything with his name on it. It hit every note correctly, it finally answers the mystery of why Tavi is furyless and confirms the identity of his parents (though Butcher gave it away in the most obvious hints in the first book). Like Harry Dresden, Tavi is a hero you WANT to see succeed at everything he does. IN this world furies are used to not just manipulate the elements but to augment physical prowess of a furycrafter. It's the practical applications of furycrafting that truly sets this series apart. Tavi being furyless doesn't mean he is a Fighter/rogue in a world of wizards, it means he is technically handicapped because furycrafting is used for EVERYTHING. It's like a man with no legs.
Yet Tavi overcomes this handicap and excels beyond anyone's expectations by showing intelligence, forethought, preparation, and quick wits, you can overcome anything.
The ending is everything you hope. You read each chapter wondering how Tavi is going to overcome the odds, and it's not just his mental skill that proves out, it's his ruthless focused mind that drives him to do the things he does.
In the end you know Tavi will rip through everything if ever gets furies on his own, because he is so devastating without them.
This is a must buy for Butcher fans, and anyone that is looking for a new series to get into, buy Furies of Calderon and get started.
I am grateful for the day I discovered Jim Butcher and "The Dresden Files," because that is a well-written, enjoyable series in its own right. However, having been a sword-and-sorcery connoisseur for much of my life, I may be even more pleased with the Codex Alera. Mr. Butcher has created a world and society that are different enough to capture interest (the furies are an inventive twist on "magic") but familiar enough so that you don't spend all of your time trying to puzzle out different languages and unpronounceable names.
Almost all of the primary characters in these books are likable, or at the least, intriguing. As I tend to prefer, there are shades of gray and uneasy alliances. The reason I prefer this is because it injects some "real life" into the proceedings. I love the shifting political winds and the actions taken to adjust to them. But mostly I really enjoy Tavi, the protagonist, and his efforts to survive and excel while being possibly the only Aleran citizen with no ability at furycraft. His history and the hints that he may be more than he seems are handled masterfully, not too heavy-handed or too cryptic. I will continue to follow this series and I know I will enjoy Tavi's ascension to whatever fate awaits him. Thank you, Mr. Butcher, for a thoroughly enjoyable read.
So I finally read book two, Academ's Fury. And by the time I was done, I was totally hooked on the series. The first thing I did after I finished the last page was order book three, Cursor's Fury, even though it was only available in hardback. I couldn't help it. I had to know what happened. Cursor's Fury was even better than Academ's Fury - Butcher has this truly incredible ability to get a series off to a good start and then make each book better as it goes along.
I think it's only now, at the end of the third book, that this series is really ready to begin. All of the characters are on the brink of major changes, all of them are well developed, there are incredibly complex relationships between them, conflicts between personal and political goals, between feeling and principle. Characters must choose between good and evil, but they must make even more difficult choices between different goods, which cannot both be obtained, and different evils, which cannot both be prevented. We know who the (many) main characters are, what they're up to, and how it came to be so.
I love the character of Tavi, and I really love that Butcher has written against the genre and created a character who can be a hero in a magical world without ever using magic. And I absolutely cannot wait for the next installment of the series to appear.
So what? Lots of writers do that. But how many series have you read where the author starts out great, then after a couple of books the story starts wandering across an overly descriptive landscape with characters that do nothing but talk? For example, I loved the first books from Jordan, Eddings, and Goodkind.
Well, enough of that. Jim Buther creates great characters on both sides - not just the good guys. Every plot line he opens he brings to a logical conclusion. Yes, the major story ends with a teaser, but we want that. You can actually finish the book satisfied, but still wanting more. If you've read Modesitt, you'll understand what I mean, although Modesitt's books are a little more standalone.
Many other great reviewers have described the storyline very well here, so I won't bore you with details. The bottom line, as others have noted, is that this is a excellent book in a great new series. Get it now.
The book follows two battles, a second battle of the metaphysical sense, and one rescue attempt covering four different area and three different set of people. Basically the book was battle after battle being fought. The scenes were great and the discription of each battle was some of the best written that I have ever encountered. There was even this one paragraph on page 409 (I can't believe I can remember the page number--goes to show) that was fantastic writing; I even got a bit teary-eyed. I'm so looking forward to the next in the series. So why four stars instead of five? I guess its the woman in me. I didn't find that Butcher did much with his characters. There was no further character development in the story whatsoever. The characters in this story had become so life-like to me from the previous novel that I was looking forward to see them grow. There was no growth. I definitely liked the shocker at the end. Forget it, I'm not even going to hint!