I'd have to say, it ranks fairly high on my list of books in this genre. It is a little bit...innocent? for my taste, but other than that, it is really-as s series- one of the best there is. The magic is good- original and interesting, the story is TOP NOTCH, and the characters are, almost to a one, still, years later, stuck in my head with how real and likeable they are. There is also something else, I cannot put into words, that makes this story really one of my favorites.
This book was a really fun read. The main question that the characters are having to deal with is how to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks with little in the way of resources. Jim Butcher thinks of really creative ways for them to either succeed (or fail) at any given task. The entire book is fast paced and full of more action than I even knew what to do with. Another cool thing is the magic system and the different races that inhabit Alera (each with their own special talent of course!). You only see one race in this first book, but I personally love a series, and Jim is great about opening up the whole world to the reader. I originally picked up this audiobook because I saw a review that said it is similar to the Wheel of Time series. I can definitely see the similarities although nothing can compare to the Wheel of Time in my mind, but it is cool that Kate Reading also reads these books. She always does a fantastic job with the narration/voices/everything else. I'd suggest giving this book a try because if you like it then there's always 5 more that you can enjoy.
I would so recommend this book. It was so much fun to listen to. The characters were very well developed. The story kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I would find myself sitting in the car even after I got where I was going just to listen. Very imaginitive!!! I missed the characters so much the first day after completing the series that I am starting over at the beginning.
I just loved Tavi's resourcefulness and ingenuity and his ability to not take himself seriously at times but to at other times. Kitai was so great in her cynicism. (of course I don't know how to spell her name as I listened which I am sure she would reply that I am stupid)
Reading was magnificent!!!!!!!!! Each character had his/her own voice and did so throughout the entire book. You never had to wonder who was talking. She was above and beyond awesome.
I enjoyed each and every book in the series and had a great time listening to them.
I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters, I tried reading this book years ago and couldn't get into it, but it came highly recommended from a friend so I thought I would give it a second chance on Audiobook. same results its just so boring.
The reading was good. The book itself was not great, but it was good enough that I'd like to see where the story goes. Perhaps Jim Butcher will have had a better idea what he wants to do with these characters as it moves on, after all!
And this is a big BUT.
The recording was driving me crazy. As others have noted, the horns interject at seemingly random times. If, as others have said, they marked the beginning/ends of CDs, they were a terrible idea for CDs and I'd have hated them on that. They're a worse idea at random in the otherwise-unbroken audiobook. And it will be stopping me for continuing further in this series in the audio format because it's THAT irritating.
I thought the reader was terrible and the story was way over the top; although I confess I turned it off early on.
I have just finished listening to the final book in this series and I can happily say I am very happy with the entire series. This first book is a bit slow to get into because the world of Alera is new and different and it takes time to comprehend all that is being described. Overall I loved this series. There is so much to this series. Lots of action, great battles, many different characters (that you will grow to love), impossible odds and satisfying conclusions at the end of each book. I have listened to all of the Game Of Thrones books (that exist to date) and enjoyed that series, but I enjoyed this one more, especially since all the books in the series have been completed.
The narrator does a great job with this series and remains the same narrator throughout. It did seem odd to me at first that a female narrator would be used for a story where the main character is male, but it works because the main character starts out so young, and by the end of the series I had become so used to the voice, it just felt natural.
Treat yourself and start listening to Tavi's story today.
The trial for Tavi with the Marat.
perhaps, but the story would have to be very good. there were times when her tone seemed tiring.
it became one later on.
The 1st chapter was pretty good. Then it was pretty slow for a while. The mythos holding up the whole story is stated but in bits and pieces so you have to pay attention to really get it and it builds on bits and pieces of similar ideas from the genre. They're more like familiars than the greek myth; this is what in the title caught my attention but I was happily surprised. Once you get it, it's pretty interesting and sort of complex.
Despite this, it gets a slow start for the 1st 1/4 or maybe 1/3 speckled with little bits of this and that. There's a fair bit of dry humor. However once things get going, I had a hard time hitting pause. The rest was generally pretty action filled, helped along by the namesake furies. Lastly you get sort of the ending you expect and hoped for and lets you wonder what exactly the 2nd book will focus on.
Really good book. It took me a little while to figure out some of the terms and the magic system was (they are furies, not furries... very different haha). But really the magic system is original, and the main characters are mostly very likeable. I have read a couple of books in the series now. Although they all finish a story, there is always a little left open for the next book to start. You won't feel as dissatisfied with everything being for naught (like I was with the WOT series, sorry to all you huge fans out there). As with all of my reviews, I will put what other series I enjoyed so you can get a scope for where my tastes lie- Inheritance Cycle, King Killer Chronicle, Rirya Revelations Series, Way of Kings. The book may not be as comical as some of the others that I listed, but still keeps me interested enough to always have the next book of the series downloaded and ready to go when I finish one of the books.
Many recommendations for this series from friends. Very enjoyable, if you enjoy something that gets your adrenaline flowing. I liked the world of elemental magic created by the author and Kate Reading, the narrator, is a real pro, handling the shifting points of view and the wide range of voices with ease.
I'll definitely try the next in the series, and see how well the storytelling is sustained.