For 1000 years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water and metal. But now, Gaius Sextus, First Lord of Alera, grows old and lacks an heir. Ambitious Lords manoeuvre to place their Houses in positions of power, and a war of succession looms on the horizon.
Far from city politics in the Calderon Valley, young Tavi struggles with his lack of fury crafting. At 15, he has no wind fury to help him fly, no fire fury to light his lamps. Yet as the Alerans' most savage enemy - the Marat - return to the Valley, his world will change.
Caught in a storm of deadly wind furies, Tavi saves the life of a runaway slave. But Amara is actually a spy, seeking intelligence on possible Marat traitors to the Crown. And when the Valley erupts into chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Amara will find Tavi invaluable. His talents will outweigh any fury-born power - and could even turn the tides of war.
©2016 Jim Butcher (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK
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"badly edited but good story"
the recording seems like its cut badly in places and seems like it skips but you can figure it out. great first book in the series though, I am looking forward to the rest. I see some similarities between GoT and WoT but it's different enough to keep you interested
I've have done almost no work since downloading this audio book as I could not stop listening. Highly enjoyable and very well read with characterisation of the dialogue. If you enjoy fantasy I definitely recommend this audio book.
Very good listen, definitely stopped me working at times! Looking forward to the rest of the series!
this would have been a great book if it was not for the bad editing.
the editing was a bit ubrupt in place but it's a wonderful story read well.
"Lack lustre narration with random music played"
The narration droned on and grated at times, not terrible just uninspiring. With the inserted clarion of horns played at random moments I'm sure to emphasise drama but come across as bizarre. It's a shame I loved the books but it's just not good on audible.
"The narrator kills it"
I read the first Dresden Files and although it was not for me he is a good writer. Kate Reading just bores me to death. I have other books where she is part of a team of performers which is OK. However, on her own the book just drones on.
A new reader to breath life into the story and the characters.
I will not be buying any more of the series.
Can't wait for the next book, as always very satisfied with the story. I lissend to it twice because it was so good.
"Good performance, good book"
Kate reading was as good as ever, well read with clear character voices.
Jim Butcher seems as though he wants to write a very looooooong series of these books. Don't get me wrong. It's a good book with a decent story line and engaging characters who you can care about, that's why I gave it four stars. However, Without spoiling the plot, you could probably read book 2 of the series (and I do hope he does a book 2) first without missing too many major developments.
Would definitely recommend this book to fans of both Jim butcher and Kate Reading
well thought out. excellent narration. can't wait for more. want a fury myself now. hm
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