Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, #1)

Jim Butcher
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.

Reviews

Reviewed: 2021-02-05
I started reading this series based on the recommendation of a friend who is a huge Jim Butcher fan (and the fact that I love the Dresden Files). Overall, I liked the book. I think it does feel a little too cliche and Hollywood at times, but it's still an interesting concept and a good read. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens with Tavi and the Keepers, although if it follows the Hollywood theme then I'm afraid I already know.
Reviewed: 2020-04-01
I wish I could say that this book was great. Unfortunately it wasn’t. There were far too many character perspectives with their own separate backstories and motivations that no one character got a chance to feel real. Along with that, the plot was so fast paced that you didn’t have any time to feel invested in the story. If this book was at least 3 times longer perhaps the author could’ve done something great with the information dumped into here.

Besides that the endless chain of “impossible to survive” situations where everyone got lucky and survived was beyond annoying.
Reviewed: 2018-01-25
Na okay, es ist gut lesbar, es macht Spass. Aber kommt da noch was?

Jim Butcher habe ich schon besser erlebt...
Reviewed: 2016-06-16
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