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Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1 | [Jim Butcher]

Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.
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In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

©2005 Jim Butcher; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Momo bel air, maryland, United States 01-10-12
    Momo bel air, maryland, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Really good...What the hell is with the trumpets?"
    What did you love best about Furies of Calderon?

    I quite enjoyed the book- I had heard about it on a podcast I listen to.
    And kate reading is quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators, due to her work on this series, and cherie priests clockwork century series.

    But seriously. The horns. In the MOST random places.
    It seemed to be mid-sentence sometimes. It wasn't something that ruined it, it actually would make for something of a drinking game. but it was odd.


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    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 12-07-11
    Joshua mcleansville, NC, United States 12-07-11 Member Since 2013

    www.newimperium.org

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    "Not the most promising start..."

    Finally made it through this book. I had high hopes, hopes that were maybe set a bit too high. I both to it and read the paperback at the same time, just to try and get through it. It's better to listen to the more boring sections and read through the action, in my opinion. Anyway, it was an interesting experience and definitely helps you churn through books more quickly.

    The book is quite traditional in as far as fantasy goes. I mean, the protagonist is a shepherd, for crying out loud. The story just doesn't have an epic scope or feel to it, and although I know it's just the first book of a long series, I would definitely have liked a stronger start to a series where the author asks for a SIX-book commitment. Not the most promising start.

    Almost three stars, because there are some interesting parts, and a long epic battle at the end. But even this battle is chock full of deus ex machina and frustrating elements that keep it from being truly enjoyable. Also this book does have some adult themes such a slavery and rape, indicative of a society or time period in which women are definitely seen as a lesser class. Another thing that I feel hindered the story rather than helped, although the baddies do get their comeuppance by the end.


    Unfortunately for me I bought the whole series used before I read the first one, a mistake I have determined not to make in the future. I will probably get around to book 2 eventually, because I've heard it's a lot better. But there are several other books on my to-read list that will be coming first, I'm afraid.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Toertel 11-15-11
    Toertel 11-15-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant"

    I went through this series in no time, absolutely love it.
    Codex Alera is a fantasy series set in a world with a bunch of different races, the human one being descended from a Roman legion that was dropped on it some 1,000 years before. Since then, Alerans have gained fury craft, while pretty much forgetting about non-fury-based technology. Each book describes a period in the life of Tavi, who starts out as a 15-year old "freak" as he has no fury craft whatsoever, and develops into a smart young man, becoming more and more a central figure in changes happening in Alera and an all-out war against the Vord who threaten to destroy Alera.
    Check out the wiki about Codex Alera for more details, or start with the first book to see if you like it :-)
    Kate Reading does a fantastic job narrating, I'll be looking for books read by her.

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    Jen 10-04-11
    Jen 10-04-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Not my favorite"

    I had high hopes seeing as it's a Jim Butcher book, but I didn't care for this as much as I hoped to. It was a good story, but I had a hard time paying attention to it. Lots of characters and locations, jumping around a lot in the beginning. I think it's partly because I listened in 20 to 30 minute bursts. I might have liked it more had I listened at length. I love this narrator, she was great. But I cannot STAND the trumpet sound between sections. And I'm guessing sections, it seemed kind of random. But it was horrible. Maddening, really. It was very jarring in the middle of a story.

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    DesignerBee Ft. Worth, TX 10-04-11
    DesignerBee Ft. Worth, TX 10-04-11 Member Since 2009

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    "Not my favorite"

    I had high hopes seeing as it's a Jim Butcher book, but I didn't care for this as much as I hoped to. It was a good story, but I had a hard time paying attention to it. Lots of characters and locations, jumping around a lot in the beginning. I think it's partly because I listened in 20 to 30 minute bursts. I might have liked it more had I listened at length. I love this narrator, she was great. But I cannot STAND the trumpet sound between sections. And I'm guessing sections, it seemed kind of random. But it was horrible. Maddening, really. It was very jarring in the middle of a story.

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    Christine 09-29-11
    Christine 09-29-11
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    "Good book, odd use of music"

    The reader does the usual great job, but there were odd cuts in the recording, like it was badly edited. I also had to re-download part 2 because it kept crashing on my phone.

    I enjoyed the intro/exit music, but there was also music inserted at intervals throughout the recording. It didn't seem to coincide with chapters. It was like it was maybe originally intended to be burnt to cd or something and it signaled the end of a cd.

    Still enjoyable.

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    Jackie 09-14-11
    Jackie 09-14-11
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    "Trumpets"

    Loved the book, hated the trumpets in between chapters or whatever they were, very disruptive. but loved the book and the narrator

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    J. Wilson Franklin, PA United States 09-06-11
    J. Wilson Franklin, PA United States 09-06-11 Member Since 2014

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    "My eyes hurt from rolling them..."

    This series has real potential, but Jim need to step back and read his own stuff again.
    In this one book one of the main characters are as good as dead and then miraculously escapes so many times that my eyes literally hurt from rolling them in my head. He also uses the same words over and over to describe these "a second from death" scenes. (20 plus times, I would guess...in one book!)
    Write an adventure, but leave the "B" movie stuff for others.

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    B. Mertz 09-05-11
    B. Mertz 09-05-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Solid Fantasy Title"

    This book has great pacing, lots of action, and an engaging interplay between the hunters and the hunted. The magic is believable, the characters are likable, and Reading's narration is excellent.

    One of the evil characters is impossibly, one-dimensionally evil, and most of the good guys are faultless. The only other downside is a somewhat drawn-out battle scene that gets a little unnecessarily violent at times. All in all this is pretty standard fantasy fare, but coherent, well-written, tight, highly engaging, and has a completely satisfying ending, especially for the first in a series.

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    Cynthia 08-31-11
    Cynthia 08-31-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable, unique and an easy listen"

    I have to say, I keep forgetting that this series is written by Jim Butcher. I love the Dresden Files written by him, but this series is so different from the Dresden Files that it is hard to imagine that they come from the same author. That is not a bad thing, in fact, I love the uniqueness of the series and have found it to be a very entertaining listen.

    This first book is quite good, and it is pretty easy to learn about the world that Butcher has created. In my opinion, the following books just improve upon the series (even the middle books are entertaining) which is not the norm for "epic" fantasy - at least not in my experience. The characters are easy to relate to, and Kate Reading does a very nice job with the narration, easily differentiating between a number of characters.

    Overall, I would say this book, and the entire series, is "light" fantasy. By that, I mean that things always work out in the end and there aren't massive casualties amongst the main protagonists. (I haven't read the 6th book in the series yet, so I am not sure if this changes.) There are dark themes and battles and death and strong emotion, but at the end of each book, "happily ever after" is not too far off the mark for a description of the ending. Not quite...but close. Which I am perfectly happy to read! There is nothing wrong with the good guy winning!

    If you enjoy the first book, then you will definitely enjoy the following ones. They are somewhat (quite) predictable, but I'm not reading/listening to them for a mind-bending puzzle...I'm looking for a nice enjoyable story and these fit the bill perfectly. Well worth the credit or $!

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