Gretna, LA, USA | Member Since 2006
An exceptional audiobook has the ability to draw you in, suspend reality, and place you within the story. This fantasy novel will do exactly that, so recommending it is a pleasure. Magic, science, politics, epic warfare, and world creation come together in a fantastic read/listen.
It is, in a word, exceptional.
Without giving anything away, the hero makes makes a simple yet startling game-changing magical discovery towards the climax of the story. Something so close, yet just out of reach. Buy this audiobook, and when it happens, you'll know exactly what I'm telling you.
Not too much, he's done an extremely capable job. I look forward to hearing more of his work in the future.
"Wake up. Your nightmare awaits..."
I've read the other reviews, and while I don't agree with some of them, you'll note that almost all of us recommend you acquire it and listen. What's interesting, is the different reasons why to do so. So, there's not much more I can say, other than: "Get this wonderful audiobook. It will NOT let you down."
If you follow my reviews, you know that I like to roll the dice, to randomly buy a series on a whim, on the luck of the draw. Sometimes, it's a bust.
This time, it's a definite win, but if you go by how the series was created, you'd probably run in the opposite direction.
Here's one for the books: Jim Butcher is well-known for his "Dresden Files" series, created a fantastic fantasy series on a BET. Yep, a bet. Read on.
To quote the Codex Alera Wiki site, "the inspiration for the series came from a bet Jim was challenged to by a member of the Delray Online Writer’s Workshop. The challenger bet that Jim could not write a good story based on a lame idea, and Jim countered that he could do it using two lame ideas of the challenger’s choosing. The “lame” ideas given were “Lost Roman Legion", and “Pokémon”.
It DOES sound lame.
Well, Butcher makes it work. To the nines.
I've finished this first novel, and I'm enjoying this unique story line of humans with Roman similarities binding with elemental furies. Add unique races, backstabbing, politics, military battles, duels and an interwoven story line that pulls it all together, and you get a fantastic story that's simply put, a VERY VERY good listen.
The whole concept of fighting alongside elemental familiars used here is wonderfully executed. It's deep, well-thought magic-based partnership of man and magical creature is a pleasure to experience.
So, what about the writing?
Again, if you follow my reviews, you know that I love ENGAGING fantasy or scifi writing. Anything less won't do. And this is definitely engaging. There's great characters that plot, backstab, challenge, fight for their beliefs, devour their enemies, and celebrate their victories. You're taken on a great romp of a story, and in the end, isn't that what we all want in a good listen?
I know I do, and I so enjoyed this first audiobook in the series, that I bought the entire series. Yep. And I'm not disappointed with the decision.
Who knew that Lost Roman Legions and Pokemon could knock it out of the park?
Home run, Jim. Home run.
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