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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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4.5 stars.
I love Jim Butchers writing. I especially love them on audio. This Audiobook was fantastic, never a dull moment and read so perfectly. I lost track of time and got so involved in the story I dreamed about it while I slept. It is a full rich book that gave me hours of great story telling.
I loved the characters and cried and cheered along with them in their battle to save their way of life. There are great battles, betrayals, giant beasts, other worldly beings, magical abilities and love. There was a whole world written in these pages waiting to be discovered and I'm glad I finally found it.
I'm continuing the series. ( )
  TheYodamom | Jan 29, 2016 |
Pretty good start to a series. There is a lot going on, but I like the use of elementals with an ancient Roman concept. ( )
  biggs1399 | Jan 19, 2016 |
Furies of Calderon is an epic fantasy story. It takes place in a world where the people get their magic from furies, or magical creatures that they bond with. Tavi has the unfortunate handicap of not having a fury, so he has no magic. Tavi finds himself in the middle of political upheaval and war, and just might learn that he is stronger than he thinks.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a lot of fun and full of action. I enjoyed all the characters, including the villians. I was especially pleased with the strong female characters. While there were some aspects of the story that will be very familiar to fantasy fans, there was also a lot of fresh elements that helped the story avoid being too cliche. I will definitely continue reading the series. ( )
  Cora-R | Jan 17, 2016 |
Diese und weitere Rezensionen findet ihr auf meinem Blog Anima Libri - Buchseele

High Fantasy ist für mich etwas, das spannend, komplex und vielschichtig sein sollte. Wenn ich etwas lesen möchte, bei dem man die Charaktere und die Story nach zwei Seiten durchschaut hat… ähm ja, eigentlich will ich sowas gar nicht lesen. Und wenn es halt doch mal etwas seichteres sein soll, dann such ich mir irgendein schönes, leichtes Urban Fantasy Abenteuer. Aber High Fantasy hat für mich einen gewissen Anspruch an Tiefgang und Komplexität zu erfüllen. Und genau das tut der Auftakt zu Jim Butchers „Codex Alera“-Serie leider nicht.

Die Charaktere bleiben hier leider alle relativ flach. Schon zu Beginn der Geschichte sind sie, wenn auch sympathisch, doch weitestgehend oberflächlich und schemenhaft und leider entwickeln sie sich auch nicht nennenswert weiter – obwohl das Potential dafür wirklich zur Genüge vorhanden wäre. Dementsprechend leicht sind sie zu durchschauen und wie das nun mal so ist, kann man die Figuren auf Anhieb durchschauen, dann steht es um die Handlung meist nicht viel besser.

Dadurch fehlt dem gesamten Roman natürlich die Spannung. Gerade zu Beginn der Geschichte ist es mir sehr schwergefallen, mich überhaupt auf die Figuren und ihre Geschichten einzulassen, zu seicht waren sie mir. Spannungsbögen gibt es hier nur in sehr eingeschränktem Maß und auch wenn es in der zweiten Hälfte des Romans dann doch noch ein wenig besser wird, war es doch erstmal eine ziemliche Anstrengung überhaupt so weit zu kommen.

Auch mit dem Schreibstil des Autors konnte ich zugegebener Maßen nur mäßig viel anfangen. Die Art, auf die Butcher die Geschichte eines Landes erzählt, das eigentlich einige sehr gute Ideen aufweist und daher vor Potential nur so strotzt, lag mir persönlich einfach nicht und hat es damit noch schwieriger gemacht, einen Zugang zu der Geschichte zu finden.

Alles in allem bin ich definitiv mit völlig überhöhten Erwartungen an dieses Buch gegangen und das hat sich deutlich in meiner Wahrnehmung der Geschichte gezeigt. „Die Elementare von Calderon“ ist High Fantasy der eher seichten Art, was allerdings an sich ja noch nicht bedeutet, dass es ein schlechtes Buch ist. Nur mein Fall war es leider nicht. ( )
  FiliaLibri | Nov 10, 2015 |
It took me a few chapters before the "reeling in" process morphed into being. Once done, well - what can I say - another Butcher Series that will keep me reading (and entertained!!) for years to come! HIGHLY recommended! (finished) ( )
  idajo2 | Nov 3, 2015 |
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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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