excellent story, Butcher reaches his full stride in this universe.
The final battle with the Vord queen was flawless.
Strange edits in this book, lots of jumps where there should be brief pauses.
Minmal backstory and a well written book
Moon gives us a great view into the minds of her characters..the depth of emotion and the thought process and logic behind them is vivid, believable, and entertaining....
Odiana is one of her best performed in the series....while not a major character she gives this one alot of depth.....
Roman battle wizards and politcal intrigue abound
Well read well written....a good buy if you're a member but 39$ is too much for a book this length if you're not...go be an audiobook junkie like me and the price is right.....
When Mr. Butcher wants to fill a reader with suspense, he certainly can. He proves this in
Princeps' Fury; however, this book is riddled with lulls between the exciting bits that make you wish the story would just get on with it! I do not think Alera should have been stretched out this far, and I say this with one more book to go in the series.
Perhaps what separates this series from Mr. Butcher's other, his Dresden Files, is it is a continuously building story whose ending is predictable. Obviously, I should not include spoilers in my review, so I won't. However, I've already placed a bet with a friend who is also reading this series about how it will all end.
Another issue I am facing with these books is the romance scenes. I do not know if it is Kate Reading's performance or just the writing itself, but I cannot help but skip past them. Certainly having Ms. Reading read the part of the "deep, gravely" voice of Bernand is a little laughable. She tries, though, to her credit. I think the story would be improved if the romances between the characters were downplayed.
I was looking for a filler while waiting for the last WoT .... Codex Alera filled the bill. my only complaint is that "I want more". And the BEST part is ... we have an author who delivered a complete story in a timely fashion. If you like WoT and Miistborn ... you will love the Codex Alera series. And there is NO waiting YEARS for closure. l LOVED IT. And try to form, Kate Redding delivers an excellent reading.
Sci-fi/Fantasy fan with a library-worth of reading behind him
A vast improvement over the already excellent other books in this series. What can I say other than that most of my minor gripes with the previous books were gone in this one. And when I say most, I mean all except those accursed trumpets hahaha.
All in all, a great listen that I highly recommend. At the end of it I was very glad that I had an extra credit ready for the last book!
Say something about yourself!
Yes, the series is worth seeing through to the end
The maturation of the main characters, not so won over by the main threat in the book.
As always she is excellent, she never lets me down. I wish she and Mike Kramer could do everything I listen to.
Story wise it seems to ask for another book or even series. Though I think I would have to consider wether or not I am done with the story and characters as is.
I loved the first 3 books, and the last two were fine, some elements did not come together like I thought and I was not really inspired by the main protagonist, although fearsome enough, the great evil was to much 1 note for me and it did not seem to contain enough dynamics to make it nearly as interesting as the bulk of the other charaters involved. I'd also say as much as I like battle scenes, there may have been to much emphasis on them starting with the end of book 3. However with all that said, I loved 1,2 and most of 3 where character develoment and tension building were great, and the series is certainly worth enjoying.
Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.
I love reading and the audiobook experience is the difference between black and white TV and high def or your laptop without an internet connection and with. The story is amazing but with the right narrator it is almost interactive there is a flow of images when you read, but when it is on audible it is a river. Your vision is expanded by hearing the words and when you don't have to stop reading for other tasks that use your hands ...... I get to read A LOT more with audiobooks.
This is a question that asks for spoilers. There are a couple of places in this on that I actually cried.
Kate is wonderful and puts her heart into every book and ot shows
All of the above
Tavi is a character of hope and determination we can all learn from him
This book I found a slight bit more enjoyable than the last. Mr. Butcher has a style of putting all his characters in the "oven" and turning it on "high" and then letting you wonder for a while how they will get out. They always seem to get out. Likewise, when things are going great, you know something terrible is going to happen. However, while in the last book, I found some of the situations while not exactly predictable, they weren't always riveting. This book was better. I was refreshed at the biggest disaster in the book and the creativity with which it happened. On a slightly down note, as I've worked through the Jim Butcher series, the number of audio hiccups has increased. In this last version, I couldn't be sure if there weren't entire words and in at least one case, entire sentences cut off. Kate Reading does a great job reading, but the recording side of it needs a little more careful monitoring.
I really enjoyed the story, and the Narrator Ket Reading is great. but the steady use of trumpet fanfaires throught the book is the worst use of audio cues I have ever heard.
Nothing new in the plot, the villains are scary and overwhelming right up till the moment the underdog hero/s pulls off a last minute victory. Yet the characters and story remain enjoyable. Kate Reading is a pleasure to listen to.
If you like a series in the style of Tolkien, Jordon and Sanderson, you will enjoy this series - just don't expect the depth of character or complexity.