Simply put, the first book is more of introduction to the world of the Furies, but as a stand alone book, it is the weakest of the series. Unlike the Dresden books, how the society works the powers the people have access too, aren't well explained in this book. And you will feel lost at times.
The plot is a tad muddled & it suffers a bit in switching back & forth between characters.
The books that follow in the series more than make up for this & expand on elements intro'd in this book. I'm only up to the 3rd book, but I can say the 2nd & 3rd book make up for the shortcomings of this book.
So, if you're willing to stick it out & follow the entire series, this is the book for you. As a stand alone book, it does get a tad tedious at times & hard to stick with.
I finished the Dresden Files and had high expectations for this series. Very different from the Dresden Files but he didn't disappointment me.
The last review about the book being overly brutal and graphic I found to be an overstatement. Yes, there are some brutal scenes, but I exptected it to be even more graphic than it was. The story itself is very good. It's not the same kind of writing as the Dresden files, but it's still worth a listen. I also thought the narrator did a pretty good job. While she isn't the best narrator ever, she still does a good job with the characters. I would recommend this book
The Furies of Calderon is book 1 of a 6 book series. It is basically one big story broken up into chunks. I enjoyed the story and thought the magic system, called fury craft, was fun and well thought out. While I enjoyed the story it was a bit simplistic in nature. It felt like something a young adult would read and really enjoy however; there were parts (in all six books) where sexual innuendo is used. As an adult I didn't mind these short parts and Mr. Butcher did a good job of keeping things relatively clean... I just think that they seemed unnecessary. As a result I would not recommend this book for kinds under 12 or 13 years of age. I rated this story as a three because I thought it was good but not great. It kept me interested and I ended up listening to all six books. Just don't expect something on par with some of the more involved or complex fantasy series'.
Age Rating: 13+
Sex: No overt sex scenes but significant innuendo throughout the series
Language: Unless you consider "bloody" to be a swear word there is none in the series.
Based on previous reviews I had purchased this first book thinking I would have to drudge through it to get to the rest of the books with better ratings. I don't know what the others were thinking but I was NEVER bored. What a great set up to the rest of this ongoing story! Anytime one plans to read/listen to a story of this magnitude one has to expect the first couple of books to be mostly background and set up for the rest. I was pleasantly happy with the whole thing and have already downloaded the second book and though the trumpets blowing are a little odd, they aren't near as bad as everyone else made them sound. I love Jim Butcher, I love the Dresden Files, and now I love the Alera Codex too!
first off I love the dresden files books, Jim Butcher is hands down my fav current author, however this is not the desden files, you will not find yourself laughing out loud like you might while reading the self deprecating smart assed humor you your get form Harry in his other books. That being said, if you can fight thru this first offering in the series the universe and the charicters will really have grown on you by the second and third and you will be addicted to this series like i was. I remember thinking "why doesn't Jim just write the dresden files books full time (and faster) and stop with the fantasy" but by the end of the series i was wishing he would write more of this series as well. All in all Jim Butcher is a great author and although this book is pretty slow, i would recomend it in for no other reason than it lays the ground work for some great later books.
This book was awful, I couldnt even finish it. I love these types of stories and am not squeamish but this author both bored and horrified me. It feels like a very lazy effort because he liberally borrows from the classic "orphan boy hero doesnt know his own power", done so much better, storybook. Then he threw in some Terry Goodkind level violence to raise the stakes. But he lost me when the marat were eating people who were alive. UGH.
Kate Reading on the other hand does an awesome job as usual. I especially liked the way that she slightly changed her voice when reading the story from the perspectives of the different characters.
I'm a big fan of Butchers other series The Dresden Files. A friend recommended this one to me and I haven't been disappointed. Butcher does an excellent job of breaking the formalistic rhythm of his first book series and engulfing you in the rich world of Alera with his second. This first installment included everything I would expect and many things that I did not. All working together to build the foundation for a solid series.
Recommended read for high fantasy fans or anyone who enjoys Butchers work.
Before you completely disregard my review, please notice the sheer number of reviews below which appear to be positive because of the *entire* series instead of this first book. I've only read/listened to the first, and the scope of my review is limited thusly. My understanding is that the series is excellent, but I must confess this first book was a let down for me. Below is my brief list of grievances:
1. Characters have no depth. Beyond age and height, the characters have virtually no personality. Sure, there's good guys and bad, but none of them have defining characteristics (with one exception). They seemed to exist as merely names on a page.
2. Magic system is a bit mundane. I'm not into fairies, nymphs, sprites and the like, and this just seemed far too much like that. Nothing wrong with it, but it could use some brushing up.
3. Magic is vastly underutilized. At certain points in the book, you have people doing unreal things (one chick calls in a huge flood - I dig it) however, when it comes to the real battle at the climax of the book there's next to no show of magical force. I'd be like, "F9 Meteor Strike - What now?!?!" But seriously the good guys are getting dominated and the *only* magic I recall from that scene is a few people flying. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?
4. Magic wasn't well explained. No idea how long magic can be sustained, what a "strong" practitioner is capable of, etc. Hopefully this is detailed in further installments.
5. Tavi is a giant D bag. There I said it. I've wanted to tell someone for the past 20 some hours of my life, and it feels really good to get that off my chest. But seriously, it really bothered me that the main character was the one with the most boring story line.
For all my complaining, I'm going to listen to the second book. I'm crossing my fingers, fellow reviewers, and hoping I can trust you. If this book were any worse at all, I'd be asking for a refund from Audible. Just sayin'..