I am SO glad I read this book. I highly recommend it. It opened to me the full series of Codex Alera and it turned out to be one of my all time favorite series. Sadly, this book is a little slow going for the first many chapters. But never fear and don't give up. It gets better and better. Luckily the next books in the series don't suffer from this problem.
If you like Sanderson, you will also like this series. That should be enough said but I know it isn't. This series maintains strong female characters, excellent unique magic system development, and continual excitement to a strong finish with the last book. The whole series is well thought out and presented excellently. It is well worth putting in the time with a bit of slow start to be able to go on such an excellent ride.
The idea is that every element making the world is somehow alive and the groups of elements can work together as furies. It isn't as weird as it sounds once the world is built up by Butcher.
I would love to see another fantasy series from Jim Butcher! I will definitely try out his other books.
Kate Reading is an excellent Narrator. If I can't listen Michael Kramer I want to be listening to Kate.
If you are looking for an EXCELLENT series, you won't be disappointed in this book.
Excellent writing. Edge of your seat for the last half, both creative and interesting to begin. Despite one main character being young, there is little in the way of sniveling or teen angst. Decent character development while retaining obvious secrets to be revealed later.uch more enjoyable than the first few Dresden books, the main character of whom I found recalcitrant well past the point of idiocy.
oh, and Kate Redding is a nearly peerless narrator!
this is a solid series with good writing and good narration.
tavi's story is very engaging but not so much with the five or six other POV that the author cycles through. i found i didn't really care much about isana or alara. i wanted to hear about tavi, not about the motivations behind aquataine or the first lord. alot of chapters ended up being skipped, which is something i rarely do.
i think this would have been a better series if it stuck with tavi all the way through, but i have heard worse series by far.
The story was entertaining but I'm not a big fan of Kate Reading. I would have much preferred Marsters, after the tremendous job he did on all of the Dresden files.
Avid reader of pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I love fiction and enjoy listening to books on my long commute.
I loved the stories and all of the colorful characters. It had all of the elements of good fantasy- magic, peril, mild romance, and of course a happy ending.
Kate Reading does a great job, I love her accent and she does a fair job of doing different voices for the characters.
The story is fantastic, but I wasn't a big fan of the reading. The nonsensical horns (was this originally on CD and that signaled the change?) were a distraction, but the worst to me was the way the narrator made the clever Tavi sound slow witted and whiny. Despite that, I still recommend.
loved it, little harder to get through than reading it and I HATED those horns... hated so much, but she told it well and did very very very well on the voices.