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.
The characters, plot, and lore became even more rich and interesting. Jim Butcher is a master of story telling and Kate Reading is now one of my absolute favorite narrators.
If you liked the first Codex of Alera, I would consider this a must-read. Most of the characters from the first book return; some are growing up and changing while others expound on their established traits and personalities. There's also several new and colorful characters that take the stage without weakening the presence of the established cast from book one.
There's an organic revealing of the world and the many cultures through the story. While much of the first book took place near the farms and fields of steadholds, book two takes us into the city and stronghold of the First Lord. A better view of the social structure is offered through the eyes of Tavi and his new friends. One of my favorite parts was seeing first hand the power of the fury crafting by nobility. Bloodline is more than just name and fortune in Alera.
Some questions and suspicions raised or hinted at in the first book were answered, leading to bigger questions behind them. And once again, at the end, Butcher wrote in an amazing hook that had me clicking directly to book 3.
I'm officially and happily invested in this series.
The story is never dull and keeps up the tension.
Everybody seems to be in danger and in need of help.
It was hard for me to stop listening. A real page turner.
Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"
Once again...can't say enough about these two! What a dynamic combination Jim Butcher and Kate Reading are in this series! Jim's stories are fabulous and Reading does a terrific job of bringing them to life!
I liked this second book in the series. Kate Reading is getting better with every book. Things that she did in the first book that annoyed me I actually liked in this book. Jim, as always captures my imagination and makes me want to pick up a sword and join in. The only downside is the Crowsbeggoten Horns! For some unknown reason there are horns blowing at random intervals during the story, usually at key exciting parts of the story. I want the name and address of the person who made this decision so I can send them a Horn-O-Gram at interesting points of their life.