Say something about yourself!
While this book and the reading are both great, throughout the book there are randomly interspersed pauses for a short sound byte of trumpets blaring. It's not long but it comes at random times, often in the middle of scenes or even partially through a set of dialogue, and detracts from the experience. I wish the creators would remove these. There are also instances where it sounds like a pause was removed and one part of the reading falls right into the next part. As best I could tell none of the story was actually left out but the discontinuity is distracting and does make me worry a section was removed whenever it happens.
I loved the action in this book. It was constant and awesome. I enjoy how the story developed and then wrapped up. He has a way to "finish" a conflict while carrying others on. It was very entertaining to read.
It was slow to begin, but this book introduces many likeable characters that you can root for. Jim Butcher is great at creating characters and situation that show courage, honor and compassion.
I think that Kate Reading is a fabulous narrator. She really brings the characters to life with their own voices but doesn't over do it.
Hard to say who my favorite is. Even the villains of the story have their understandable reasons for doing what they're doing. Nothing is simple as black and white. Though if I had to choose a favorite I'd likely say that it was Max. He's a good man in a hard spot and even his humor and flippant attitude has reasons behind it that are revealed in Cursor's Fury. I like the way he compliments Tavi as well. The strong fury crafter in Max and Tavi's lack of fury crafting but his quick wits and Batman-like ability to turn seemingly any situation to his advantage make for a great team.
Kate Reading has such a great voice and all her characters come to life with voices of their own. But I think my favorite rendition of hers is Odiana. The mad water witch really stands out from all the others and I love the mix of danger that Kate gives her but still a touch of childlike innocence behind it.
The charge Tavi and the Blood Crows against the Carnim surge across the bridge. I reached that part while at work and I actually cheered out loud anyways!
Great book of a great series! Can't wait to get the next one to see where it all leads. Each book amps up the danger and the threat to not just the characters, but to the realm in which they live.
a boy, to a man,to a king
when Gaius desides to save his most fear enemy from extiction by bring them to his homeland.
Kate is always great whatever she performs.
the whole series amazing
Nothing everything was the best
again the whole series its all good
LOL actually I cried and laughed
The 1st book was hard to get into for me but after that it just got...amazing
I will probably get struck by lighting for saying this but this book is as good as anything in the Wheel of Time series! Really its that good.
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
Speaking as someone working on the fifth book, I still have a book and a half to go so one of them might top this (one can hope!), but I still feel strongly that this is probably the best of the series. Tavi's time as a soldier is by far the most interesting development of his character thus far, and seeing how he slots into the necessary role was a pleasure that had me re-listening to various parts multiple times. His interactions with his friends and Kitai remain joyful, clever, and hilarious in equal parts. As I've grown used to at this point, Amara dragged on my patience and my dislike for her increased, but all in all the arc for her and Bernard in this story was one of the stronger ones they get (probably because of the supporting characters along with them).
I loved it, you'll love it, and if you haven't started the series yet and are for some odd reason on the page of the 3rd book, I honestly believe that the quality of this book makes a very good series great and is worth starting Codex Alera for.