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First Lord's Fury

The Codex Alera: Book Six
Narrated by: Kate Reading
Series: Codex Alera, Book 6
Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
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The aging First Lord of Alera has fallen in battle. Yet his people must continue to resist an invading inhuman army. Desperate Alerans even pledge fealty to the Vord Queen to survive, turning the incredible power of Aleran furies back on their own people. And despite all efforts, the Alerans are being ground into dust and pushed to the farthest reaches of their own realm.

However, Tavi has returned with vital insights from the Canim Blood Lands. He knows how to counter the Vord and, more importantly, believes human ingenuity can equal fury-born powers. Now events are rushing towards a last stand, where Tavi and the last Aleran legions must formulate a dangerous new strategy, together. For a civilisation is on the brink of extinction.

©2016 Jim Butcher (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

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Awesome

Awesome series, probably my favourite ever. Read it first, then listened, even better audio. perfect

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  • alex
  • Denmark
  • 03-19-18

brilliant

really good series! Jim butcher is just amazing! a book that started as an auther challenge and ended as a legend!

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  • Robyn
  • 04-26-17

Outcome inevitable, but route interesting

6 books later, I feel somewhat exhausted - it's like one enormous battle scene from start to finish.

Absolutely epic final battle. Although the outcome is somewhat inevitable, the wins and losses along the way were anything but predictable. It's a satisfying ending (perhaps too satisfying after such epic battles? but then, that's why we have water-crafting), with only a few threads that might have been more tidily handled (personal preference thing).

I thoroughly enjoyed this series. It's good, traditional epic fantasy: sword swinging; a sort of magic; goodies and baddies - and heroes to save the day (and the baddies even wear black!). I grew very fond of the characters, and was sad to say goodbye to this tale.

This is not a series you can join half-way through - you do really need to start at the beginning to fully understand all the characters. However, unlike my approach where I listened to all 6 books almost back to back, perhaps take a breather between instalments - might keep it feeling a little bit fresher. I've had to give this series 5 stars based on my compulsive need to download book after book - that surely says something about it.

Re narration: Kate Reading is not one of my favourite narrators, but she does an admirable job here, giving all the characters distinct voices - and she's consistent across the series, which must have been a challenge.

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  • liam russell
  • 05-29-19

Fitting Conclusion to an incredible series

So i have just listened to all 7 Books in this series in 3 weeks. and i'm devastated its over.

I have read all these books before, but first time I've taken the opportunity to listen to it. The performance and voices used are simple but effective. so often people/narrators try to over complicate the characters tone or pacing. but this simple but distinct approach was pleasant and not distracting.

The world that Jim Butcher has created "Alera" is brilliant. the politics, class barriers, slavery and racial issues. are nothing new, its approach in equal measure, respect and realism. Of course the real world has all the same issues. its nice to read an author/listen. approuch it without shying away from the fact its a plan and simple fact of life.

His Character Arcs are not the most complex, but why does that have to be a bad thing. for me its a brake from recent novel and series where each charactor has and increasingly complex and diverse nature/moral. GRRM has a talent when it comes to these complex arcs. but leave it to him other attempts at adding layers and layers to peoples nature is incredibly hard to do well. Jim Butcher keeps it simple in the most complimentary way.

Shame its the last of the Alerian world and Lore.

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  • James
  • 05-11-19

Needs editing

They kept the trumpet noises from the cds to announce time to change the disk so you get random trumpet noises halfway through paragraphs.

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  • Tom006k
  • 04-20-19

dragged out so much

I enjoyed the series, but this, the last book, has so blatantly deliberately been dragged out. When I initially saw how big it was, and knowing how good an author Jim Butcher is, I thought great. I like long books. The writing is great, too, but it feels as though it should have been shorter or something more added, dividing it into two books. It's still good, but annoying in that reading it becomes more about getting to the end than the journey itself. 20 hours of travelling from A to B might indeed be used to portray a realistic passage of time, but it was too much.

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  • R. C. Wissner
  • 02-18-19

Obnoxious horn sounds interrupt flow

The audio book would have been more enjoyable if the producer hadn't felt the need to break up paragraphs with obnoxious horn sounds placed seemingly at random.

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  • John FQ
  • 02-14-19

Awesome! A true 'must-listen'!

A fitting end to one of the most underrated fantasy series ever written. Criticisms lobied at this series are wholely unfounded, I laughed and cried and was wholeheartedly engaged throughout - anyone who disagrees can go to the crows!

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  • willg
  • 11-09-18

missing bits!

good book. But the this audio version keeps skipping segments and playing a trumpet randomly for no reason.

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  • angela
  • 06-22-18

Fantastic

This was a great series, I couldn't wait for each book, I'm just sorry it's ended now.

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  • SherbertLemon
  • 03-23-18

REVIEW OF THE SERIES

I have both the books and the audible version and have both read the series and listened to it.

In reading the books, I found that, although I enjoyed them and found them well written, I had a tendency to skip some of the more detailed battle scenes. Whereas I could not do that with the audible version and so I feel that I got more out of listening to the story but I think either version well worth the price.

The narrator, Kate Reading does a superb job of bringing the story, and characters, to life. In the past I have found Audible versions ruined by the narrator and so it was with pleasure I listened to these.

The books are well written and the pace stays fast enough to keep interest. Personally, I did not enjoy book 5 as much as the others, as I thought the author lost his way a bit, but still found it worth the read.

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  • Andrew
  • 10-10-17

Five star story and reading

Sometimes an epic story like this one loses pace or focus in the mid sections. This is a pleasant exception.
Lose a star for stupod Toot-toot-a-toot fanfares destroying the drama, excitement and flow of the story.

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  • Ivette
  • 07-30-17

Love these books!

Love the book and her reading of it, I thought it was annoying but I really enjoyed it by the end of the first book.

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  • Mark
  • 04-02-17

Outstanding finish!

Excellent series has come to an excellent conclusion! Highly recommended to all lovers of High fantasy.