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Cursor's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 3 | [Jim Butcher]

Cursor's Fury: Codex Alera, Book 3

The power-hungry High Lord of Kalare has launched a rebellion against the aging First Lord, Gaius Sextus, who with the loyal forces of Alera must fight beside the unlikeliest of allies - the equally contentious High Lord of Aquitaine. Meanwhile, young Tavi of Calderon joins a newly formed legion under an assumed name even as the ruthless Kalare unites with the Canim, bestial enemies of the realm whose vast numbers spell certain doom for Alera.
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The power-hungry High Lord of Kalare has launched a rebellion against the aging First Lord, Gaius Sextus, who with the loyal forces of Alera must fight beside the unlikeliest of allies - the equally contentious High Lord of Aquitaine. Meanwhile, young Tavi of Calderon joins a newly formed legion under an assumed name even as the ruthless Kalare unites with the Canim, bestial enemies of the realm whose vast numbers spell certain doom for Alera. When treachery from within destroys the army's command structure, Tavi finds himself leading an inexperienced, poorly equipped legion - the only force standing between the Canim horde and the war-torn realm.

©2007 Jim Butcher; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Readalot SC USA 05-25-09
    Readalot SC USA 05-25-09
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    "Great series"

    This review applies to the series. Normally, I listen to sci-fi and decided to give this fantasy series a try because of the high ratings the books got at Amazon, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The characters are excellent, the plot good, etc. The first book takes a little getting use to the new concept of furies and the author doesn't really try to explain how one gets these furies powers. (This probably explains some of the poor reviews on the 1st book) He does implied that it is genetic, but how many people in today's society really understand genetics? Who's ya daddy! The sixth book of this series is due out in November and I looking forward to it.
    Kate Reading does one of the best jobs of narration in this series that I've heard anywhere! If you like a narration performance, you'll like this one. Lots of blood and guts, but very, very few 4-ltr words, if you dont count CROWs; - this series swear word.
    Audible needs to cross-reference these audio books with the book reviews in Amazon, their parent company (I believe). This is especially true where there are few or no reviews on the book. Just a note about my high 5-star ratings - I usually only rate books that I really enjoy, hence high ratings in all my rating history. Hope this helps!

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Joni Island Park, NY, United States 10-01-10
    Joni Island Park, NY, United States 10-01-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Great read despite the strange and wierd horns"

    After reading the two preceding books, I Still can not figure out what the deal is with the horns. I can live with them, I just don't understand their purpose. I love this series and though it took me a while to snuggle in with all the characters, I feel as close to them now as I do with Jamie and Claire of the Outlander series. I'm glad I stuck with this one. The only reason it didn't get a five star rating was because of the excessive battle descriptions which I consider a cop out for book filler. He's got a better writers brain and shouldn't be stooping to such silly tactics.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Jersey City, NJ, United States 02-16-10
    Adam Jersey City, NJ, United States 02-16-10 Member Since 2009
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    "War in Detail"

    The larger story arc of the series so far is wonderfully fascinating and intriguing. I have enjoyed following the main characters' arcs through the story. It is a bit black and white in some ways with the Very Bad being Very Bad and the Very Good... well, you get it, but there are a lot of grey areas and characters (Lady Placida is fantastic!) The story involving Fade and Isanna is beautifully written; Lady Aquitaine (et al) is fascinating...

    My biggest problem with how the series is developing - and it's a major issue for me, is that at least 1/3 of the book is taken up with battle tactics during the war which seem much like a fantasy version of a History Channel documentary. Hours and hours are spent in detailed battle plans and execution. Nothing there there, just details of swords/arrows/spears/etc. While I can see how probably many fantasy fans find this exciting, to me, it became extremely tedious. Every battle or development in the war, over time, started to sound exactly the same in every respect. There's absolutely nothing creative or of interest for me in this kind of war documentary. To quote from the book: "And the battle went on, and on. And on." And it does.

    This incidentally was why, of the Dresden Files, "White Knight" is probably my least favorite (huge battle there, which, compared to this Alera book, makes it seem short....)

    Jim Butcher remains a favorite author of mine, but I'm not sure that I'll continue on with this Alera series, just because of these endless, tedious battle-upon-battle scenarios.

    Last word: I sincerely wish that there was more actual story and development here. Mr. Butcher's creative imagination is strong, unique and wonderful. If you love battle scenes, you have a lot to love in this book.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ken 12-03-13
    Ken 12-03-13 Member Since 2011

    I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone

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    "War"

    the emperor has sent tavi his commission he is to be a low ranking officer in the army. and they are placed out of the way of the impending war. a high lord rebels and enemies of the empire unite to defeat him.

    at the same time Bernard is again needed to help the empire with his secret wife take septimus to the city. but septimus can not use magic. while the high lord is fighting the rebels a enemy force lands on the coast making Tavi the only defense for the empire

    Butcher again has secrets to show you as you read the books. but most of them you can figure out before the secret is reviled. but with his skill he plays some misdirection making people see the secrets he wants you to see while hiding others.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Cincinnati, OH, United States 05-18-12
    Kenneth Cincinnati, OH, United States 05-18-12
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    "Wow !"

    First let me say, I don't do reviews and am not a "staff writer" of which I suspect are the source of some reviews. Just my opinion. :-)
    In either case, I just love this series. The characters, the storyline, etc.
    I've done the Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind series. Good but not great. More soap opera than not. Always got the feeling it was written with a "string 'em along" publisher's attitude in mind. The Codex series is just a great series. The characters are kept to a manageable number and are very engaging. Jim Butcher's style is addicting. Yes, the good guy wins, but it's the way they win. Leaves you breathless.
    Books 1 and 2 are, for me, simply captivating. I'm finishing up on book 3. and it's a nail biter to say the least. Likely I'll do them all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Huff Arvada, CO 11-27-13
    M. Huff Arvada, CO 11-27-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Can quit listening"
    If you could sum up Cursor's Fury in three words, what would they be?

    Extremely addictive & Entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tavi - his ability to grow into his part and become a leader among not only his people but others as well.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    Kitai - She is able to bring out her personality extremely well through her voice and mannerisms.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed in some parts, but I listen to the book at work and would catch myself just listening to the book instead of working because I wanted to know how things would pan out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. M. Waite Maine, USA 08-06-13
    A. M. Waite Maine, USA 08-06-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Loved every second of it"

    Now into the third book, probably most people who are reading this just want to glance at reviews to make sure it's worth continuing their investment in this series: it is.

    Butcher crafts a wonderful story, Kate Reading outdoes herself with, in my opinion, a flawless performance. This was my favorite of the three books so far, introducing new dangers and deceptions while giving me more of the characters I've grown to care about.

    If I was forced to make some sort of critical remark, I can only think of this:

    Those annoying trumpets still dot the dialogue at the seemingly oddest places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John PELION, SC, United States 05-23-13
    John PELION, SC, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Series - character development and plot"
    What made the experience of listening to Cursor's Fury the most enjoyable?

    The combination story and plot. Surprises were plentiful without "reaching" to unforeseen and unexplained character development and plots. I always attempt to map out where the story is going and why characters are being driven to do... This was a real treat with my guesses turning out about 50% right; and when I was wrong, a line could be drawn though earlier actions / character development. explaining the characters' actions.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development and interaction. Surprises that kept the storyline fresh.


    What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great narration. Many readers try to do the English brogue and become all but unintelligible. Kate did a great job of walking that line.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Shaffner 03-28-13
    T. Shaffner 03-28-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Great book, great reader, bizarre addins"
    Any additional comments?

    While this book and the reading are both great, throughout the book there are randomly interspersed pauses for a short sound byte of trumpets blaring. It's not long but it comes at random times, often in the middle of scenes or even partially through a set of dialogue, and detracts from the experience. I wish the creators would remove these. There are also instances where it sounds like a pause was removed and one part of the reading falls right into the next part. As best I could tell none of the story was actually left out but the discontinuity is distracting and does make me worry a section was removed whenever it happens.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Molly AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 03-20-13
    Molly AUSTIN, TEXAS, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved the Action!"

    I loved the action in this book. It was constant and awesome. I enjoy how the story developed and then wrapped up. He has a way to "finish" a conflict while carrying others on. It was very entertaining to read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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