The story is told in the third person point of view from a few different characters the same ones from the previous book and whether you listen to it in audio version or read every exciting page you will be ensnared by the story. I could gush over many of the elements of the story that I enjoyed between the character development the action and overall storytelling Jim Butcher doesn't really do anything wrong here. There's always a good balance between the danger the pacing and even the times of humor. We get to see many different types of love between loved ones Lovers and Friends as well as those that are just in life for themselves. Jim Butcher does a great job in telling a story in a way that feels up close and personal but also large and epic. With the many different points of views he's able to flavor the story in such a way that will satisfy most fantasy readers.
What a sequel!!!!! It is always a nail biter when it comes to the second book in a series because normally they fall flat and don't live up to the awesomeness that was the first. That is not the case here with Academ's Fury the second book in the Codex Alera!! This books was everything the first was and so much more. I am absolutely having a blast with this series! The story is engaging and the characters are riveting to read about. Butcher also has a way with writing action sequences that leave you completely immersed in the battles that take place. I am so looking forward to continuing on with series!!!
Although I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I bumped a point off because it was a bit formulaic, at least to itself. I don't think there were any BIG surprises for me. There wasn't a terrifically large amount of new information on the world, beyond some things that most people had probably figured out by the end of the last book and introducing some of the other power players on the political scene. Oh, and there's two new(ish) species introduced and further mention (but no appearance) of another species.
Where, in the last volume, I found it somewhat frustrating that Butcher used one of the 'bad guys' as a lens character, this time it did not bother me as much as his actions where portrayed somewhat less as the evil, mustache-twirling, baby-killing villain and overlapped more with the main storyline; providing a perspective on the events that we needed and wouldn't reasonably have achieved from the any of the other points of view. I also find one-off lenses very annoying. I hope Butcher learns from the mistakes of Robert Jordan and doesn't do this too often.
Time flow also feels a bit weird in this book. The start of one battle takes a chapter for a few minutes of progress, then a chapter for over an hour, then another chapter that only took a few minutes. Then there was a fight going on elsewhere at more or less the same time, that felt like it must be taking hours (it lasted several chapters) but realistically was probably only a handful of minutes during which our title character spent most of one chapter running up and down stairs (literally). And although the number of characters killed on-screen adds up, considering the amount of fighting going on off-screen, I'm pretty sure Butcher's math was off on this one.
Finally, I'm all for the underdog win, but somehow it feels cheapened when it was achieved primarily through the actions of individuals besides our lens characters. The reset to status quo (more or less) at the end also negates much of the feeling of progress in the book.
That said, there were more witty one-liners in this book than the last one, though not quite to Dresden levels of wise-cracking. On the whole, there were definitely less lulls in the story than in the previous book. But mostly, if you read the last book, its what you'd expect a sequel to be.
When I purchased the first book in the Codex Alera series, I was already a huge fan of the Dresden Files. I knew that the setting and world-creation for this series was vastly different than the Dresden Files, but I didn't expect it to be different in author style, but it is. I have read thousands of books, and hundreds of authors, and I can usually tell an author's personal tone from book to book (I can tell a book by Michelle Sagara, or Patricia Briggs, Brandon Sanderson, or R.R. Martin, just by reading the first chapter, no matter what series of theirs the book is from) But Jim Butcher's tone changes so dramatically from here to the Dresden Files, that I would not have known he was the author of this series, were his name not printed on it. If you are looking for the Dresden Files in an epic fantasy setting, you will not get it. However, I do not mean to disparage the Codex Alera series. The series is good of itself. I am an epic fantasy lover, and I have enjoyed this. It is not as deep, or dark, or complex as some I have read, but the characters are lovable and the world is an interesting place to visit.