The Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Well, I finally got desperate waiting for the next Dresden Files book to come out. (It’s still a long way off!) I’ve never been a big follower of anything that smacked of epic fantasy, but beggars can’t be choosers. So I downloaded Book 1 of Butcher’s Codex Alera series, Furies of Calderon. And guess what? I liked it. A lot, actually, especially considering that Butcher’s writing has improved greatly over the years. Still, the concept was good, the characters engaging, the monsters nice and scary, and the action fast and furious. All in all, I was so pleased, I immediately downloaded Book 2, Academ’s Fury, and started right in on that. And now, I’m reading Book 3, Cursor’s Fury.
I didn’t mean to get quite so involved in this tale, but it pulled me right in. It seems there are six books in the series, which I’m guessing is wrapped up, as Book 6 was written in 2010, and I don’t see anything else. At the rate I’m devouring them, I expect to finish the series in another week or ten days. My apologies to any and all who are in my To Be Read basket. I haven’t abandoned you. I’ve just gotten very distracted by a young boy named Tavi, who has no “fury” (magical power over wind, earth, water, or air) in a world filled with people who do. There are too many characters to mention in this review, and relationships are complicated and surprising. But you’ll have to take my word for it.
If you love epic fantasy, worlds very different from ours, people who are not very different at all, combined with beings of every shape and size who are, and epic battles where the fate of entire kingdoms (and maybe even the world) hangs in the balance, I recommend giving this series a try. The writing is not as polished as The Dresden Files, at least not in the first two books, but the imagination of this author is just wonderful. Check it out! And be sure to let me know what you think of the Marat, the canim, and (shudder) the vord.