If I owned the actual book and not the audiobook I would classify this as a real page turner.
This is one of the most original pieces of fantasy literature that I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time. The magic system, religions and cultures, while not totally unique, have enough of a twist on them to keep the story interesting. The book is not as complex as some other books in the fantasy genre but its simplicity is, in a sense, refreshing. Brandon does a superb job of helping the reader feel like they are part of the story.
Once I started listening I just couldn't stop... I found myself looking forward to driving to and from work so I could listen to the book... once I arrived at my destination I found myself sitting in the car for those few extra minutes just to hear what was going to happen next.
Since listening I have purchased it as a gift for my two brothers and will be buying it for my nephew this Christmas.
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.
I purchased this book for my 6 and 4 year old to listen to during a road trip. The story was the same standard story that I grew up with, which is what I expected, however; The background music was too loud and the all of the cat's dialogue was done with a french accent. This would have been fine except my children couldn't understand what the cat was saying! I recommend that the sample portion of the audio book be listened to before purchase. It was a good story but probably not appropriate for my children.
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