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Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, Book 1) (edition 2005)

by Jim Butcher

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Title:Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, Book 1)
Authors:Jim Butcher
Info:Ace (2005), Edition: First Thus, Paperback, 512 pages
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Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher

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This is the first book in the Codex Alera series and i't pretty good. It's pretty obvious who the story is really going to follow and who will be the big hero, it is not over blown. Several things that at least to me appear to be obvious, where not revealed in this book and to a certain extend, that makes it different from the other pig boy/shepherd saviors, at the end of the book, Tavi is still an unremarkable person.

The big thing that irritated me about the book, and maybe it's more obvious when listening to it, is that when people should be acting, they tend to stare and watch like deer in the headlights. It can be very frustrating when people are not doing things that should be clear to them and just sit and stare in 'disbelief'. Now and then it's expected, but when everyone does it allowing the bad guys to do what they need to do, it gets a little old. ( )
  readafew | May 26, 2015 |
Yes, but Kindle.
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
Although it begins with a slow burn, "Furies of Calderon" does a great job of building a world and populating it with interesting characters. Butcher's villains pop from the page, though his heroes are fairly generic. I've read a great many books in which the shepherd boy becomes a reluctant hero, and this one fits that mold perfectly.

One thing that Butcher writes well is family. I fully believe in the relationships he has established between his characters, and the conflicts and resolutions on these personal levels are some of the most engaging in the book.

Whenever I read the first book in a series, the true test is whether I decide to buy the sequel--and how soon. Having finished the first this morning, I picked up the second volume on the way to the airport today.

Excellent light fantasy, and if it's different from Butcher's other work, good for him. He has great range here. ( )
  shabacus | Mar 6, 2015 |
I really liked this novel. I love the author's other series, so I thought I would give his epic fantasy a try. Good decision. The characters are well-painted, the story interesting, and the ending amazing on all fronts. I have already purchased book 2! ( )
  ladypembroke | Nov 22, 2014 |
Obvious plot twists are overly obvious. ( )
  Gobbers | Sep 28, 2014 |
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For a thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, wood, and metal. But in the remote Calderon Valley, the boy Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. At fifteen, 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 horde - return to the Valley, TAvi's courage and resourcefulness will be a power greater than any fury, one that could turn the tides of war...

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For a thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening 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 High Lords plot and maneuver 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, the boy Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. At fifteen, 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, he will discover that his destiny is much greater than he could ever imagine." Caught in a storm of deadly wind furies, Tavi saves the life of a runaway slave named Amara. But she is actually a spy for Gaius Sextus, sent to the Valley to gather intelligence on traitors to the Crown, who may be in league with the barbaric Marat horde. And when the Valley erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Amara will find Tavi's courage and resourcefulness to be a power greater than any fury - one that could 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, 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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