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Furies of Calderon

by Jim Butcher

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Series: Codex Alera (1)

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In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies--elementals of earth, air, fire, water, wood, and metal--15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. As 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.… (more)
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This is the first book in a five-part story. Do yourself a favor and just buy the whole set. By the time you get to the end of Furies, you will require the next one, and so on. The end of the last book is both satisfying and leaves room for more, a neat trick! Furies of Calderon introduces you to a complex world in which a few things seem familiar if you are at all versed in Roman history, but this world is way more complex.

This series is a very complex and compelling blend of historical fantasy and science fiction, by an author known for his world-building abilities.

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  terriaminute | Dec 4, 2022 |
Classier than Xanth, but the same disgusting approach to women. That was a chapter and a half I wish I hadn't seen.
  brutalstirfry | May 6, 2022 |
Si bien no llega al nivel de la fantasía de Geralt de Rivia o juego de tronos por ejemplo, es muy intenso, crudo, solido y entretenido ( )
  Enzokolis | Jan 17, 2022 |
{First of 7 of Codex Alera; fantasy, epic fantasy, re-read}

Review from March 2013:

It's been a couple of weeks since I read this book, so this is just a brief review. Butcher also wrote the 'Dresden Files', which I haven't read, but I've seen a couple of the TV programmes.

This is the first book in the Alera Codex, where the Calderon Valley is the northernmost part of the realm of Alera (which seems to be designed along Roman lines), and the first defense against the alien Marat hordes which, from time to time, try to invade through the only break in the mountain wall. All human adults are bonded with one or more furies, which are elementals of air, water, fire, earth, wood or metal, and allow their humans to influence their surroundings. We are not told, initially, but they confer other powers, too. For instance, those bonded with fire can affect emotions, those with earth have superhuman strength, and those bonded with water furies are able to heal (though that connection was a bit tenuous for me)

Tavi, a fifteen year old boy, is the only human known who has not bonded on maturity with a fury, however weak, and he is considered a cripple of sorts, as he therefore cannot 'furycraft'. However, he has courage aplenty, and, in spite of (or because of) his weakness, turns out to be a hero.

I really liked this story; the action is fast-paced, and engaging. We also see affairs from other people's points of view, not just Tavi's; we see sorceror's and politicians, and the in-fighting of those who would be emperor, or believe they are saving the empire, and get a well-rounded view of the Aleran world. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

4.5 stars ( )
  humouress | Oct 18, 2021 |
3.5 Stars. Full Review soon. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
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Frangie, RitaCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reading, KateNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies--elementals of earth, air, fire, water, wood, and metal--15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. As 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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