I really enjoy all of Jim Butcher's work, and while the Alera series isn't quite the Dresden Files, they are still excellent reads. The only hitch in this series is that Kate Reading, while an excellent narrator, seems to struggle a bit to read this series. Unfortunately for her, most of the character's voices are deep booming bass voices or menacing evil monster voices, and try as she might, her impersonations always come off a little feminine and British sounding. It's not too distracting, but it's a little jarring in the beginning. Still highly recommended!
SciFi nut from a very young age. Started with Doc Smith, Asimov, C. S. Lewis, Heinlein, Bradbury. Can't get enough of the good stuff.
I need a rest. Lots of excitement, a great finish, and an epilogue that demands you attention to the next installment.
I am really enjoying this series. The audiobooks are narrated by Kate Reading, who is one of my favorite readers. She captures the essence of each character by modifying her voice, she uses inflection and pace to enhance the action sequences. And there is plenty of action in this book. Tarvi continues to influence events in the realm despite not having any furies of his own to help him out. There are some pretty graphic battles, which I can handle, it's the movie and TV violence that I can't handle. The book ends with plenty of lead-ins to the next in the series, which I'll definitely be listening to.
This is a very enjoyable series with more character driven plot twists then the usual fantasy novels. The world building is developed throughout the series and the "magic system" introduced in the first book is developed slightly more in this one. Although further on in the series as the story line needs it the magic system is better detailed. As usual this reader does a great job.
Strongly recommend this series.
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
This book moves Tavi's story out of the country and into the city. As opposed to book 1, Academ's Fury is where the story arc has it's true beginning. It kind of makes Furies of Calderon seem like a pilot episode where the writers knew mostly what they wanted but then decided to take the rest of the story in a slightly different direction. And I do mean "slightly" here.
This book has a lot more intrigue, more politics and about the same amount of magic combat. It's a really good read, enough twists to keep you on your toes and enough explosions and sword fights to keep your inner 15 yr. old boy engaged. Character introduction and development is solid too.
I am still not entirely pleased by Reading's accent in this audiobook. I don't get why the producers felt the need for her to go British. I normally like her a lot. Despite the contrived accent, her characterizations are firming up. She has obvious talent.
I still don't understand what is up with the random horn fanfares. Is that there because the book was originally split into multiple files to speed up downloads?
I would recommend this book to fans of fantasy. Well worth a credit.
Great follow-up book Although, the version I downloaded from audible to my iPhone was missing about 10 minutes from chapter 50.
I dont think i can stop myself from listening to it a second possibly a third time. This book was even better than the first! So much more is explained and you begin to understand a bit more of things that were not disclosed in the first book.
Fade, Enough said.
No matter who the character she manages to give them all a life of their own.
This is only the second book, but so far its my favorite. I cant wait to start reading the third.
Even better than the first book. Some more of the background of the main characters and some of their history starts to fill in during this book. I very much enjoyed the book's plot, dialog, further character development and side stories. The narrator did a fine job and she has a good voice.