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©2009 Jim Butcher; (P)2009 Penguin Audio
This book was an excellent conclusion to the series. It's so good to see an author stick to his guns and tie up a series on time! He's left enough room for future books in the series. Looking forward to seeing some new books in the next few years; however, I'm also really looking forward to Jim's new SciFi series :) If you're a fan of the series this book will not disappoint!
Jim Butcher has brought this series to a wonderful conclusion. Like Butcher's other series, the main character of Codex Alera, Tavi, is clever and inventive. Half the fun in watching how he solves the problems he is faced with. The other half the fun is that Butcher isn't half bad when it comes to describing battles and handling the timeline while parallel scenes are occurring.
One could complain that the book is predictable, but then I would have to ask, "Where have you been for the last four books? Have you ever read a book by Jim Butcher?" So, If you are bothered by predictability, I'd be very shocked you got to this book.
I do appreciate that this is the end. Not that I wouldn't or couldn't read more, but there is something wonderful about completeness. We all know that epic fantasy can drag on forever, and so when an author has the foresight to pick a good ending point, it's refreshing.
All in all, Codex Alera is a great story.
Kate Reading has done a wonderful job reading the series, and her performance has done much to enhance my enjoyment of it.
Lover of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, mystery, and westerns in all media, including old-time radio dramatizations.
I've been a huge fan of Butcher's since first discovering Harry Dresden on TV. Sorry, Jim, if you read this. I’ve read that you weren’t pleased. If it’s any consolation, I’ve enjoyed the books even more. 'Codex Alera' didn't disappoint this fan, and 'First Lord's Fury' is a fitting finale. I stayed up late to finish the last hour of this great listen. Kate Reading is, I believe, one of the best that I have heard.
If you consider comments about what the author didn’t include to be a spoiler, don’t read further:
I was hoping to get the answers to some questions about the history of these people and how it ties into our own. The Roman references, names, and language beg for explanation that never materialized for me except for vague references to the humans, and other races in the story, coming from somewhere else. If I missed something, I would love for another reviewer to clue me in! Given the length of time that has passed since the last volume in the series, this one, was published; I don’t think we are going to get a lot of additional answers. Maybe we are just to call it alternative history and move on, but my minor OCD was looking for a little more. This in no way detracts from the quality of the work or the enjoyment that I got out of this series. I’d gladly recommend it to fans of the genre.
Come on Jim, get to writing! There’s easily room for another six.
I enjoyed this book intensely. I listened to it twice already and I am getting ready to listen to it once more. I truly hope JB isn't done with the world of Alera. There is so much more I want to know about what happens to the characters.
This last book in the series does not fail to live up to the expectations of his fans. It does enough to answer any open questions from the first four books while leaving room for another (I hope). Jim Butcher's writing style completely immersed me in this fantastic world. His writing style so thoroughly brought to life his characters and their environment I completely lost myself in them and his fantastic Alera. The story line is original and inventive but grounded enough to foster familiarity. I have never been so disappointed to have a series end. In addition, there is the added bonus of having his characters brought to life by the most talented narrator in the business, Kate Reading. Overall, this series is by far the most entertaining and fulfilling read for me in many, many years.
It is a great listen. Narrator's style complemented the flow of the book. I was waiting for this book, and it did not disappoint. It has a very satisfying end, and it does leave opening for future books. Sometimes it is a bit action heavy, but action is not exhaustive that author manages to be creative with most of the action sequences. Book does have good message in it, and touches upon some deeper topics. Over all, I would recommend this book
Repetitive battles took up a lot of time and pages, but added nothing to the story. The character Ehren was ignored when he could have been developed a lot more. Maybe the loss of a few of the authors favorite characters would have made it less predictable.
This was such an epic series, I am a huge fan of all the big heavy weights Jordon, Fiest, Goodkind, Eddings... ect and Butcher has raised the bar. Fantastic listening and the Audio by Kate is second to none, I have been searching through her work just to listen to her narrate again! Didn't want it to end and didn't want to turn it off!
I've read the first books in the series and wanted to read this one as soon as it came out. I had a long trip planned that required lengthy plane travel and thought I'd give an audio book a try...prevent that bleary eyed feeling after hours of reading :). This was very, very good. The writing was great and the narrator did a wonderful job bringing the words and characters alive. It was so much easier to carry my MP3 around the airport and on to the plane than a large hardcover...also the story drowned out the crying kids two rows up :)
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