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Academ's Fury: The Codex Alera: Book Two [Kindle Edition]

Jim Butcher
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For centuries, the people of Alera have relied on the power of the furies to protect them from outside invaders. But the gravest threat might be closer than they think.

Tavi has escaped the Calderon Valley and the mysterious attack of the Marat on his homeland. But he is far from safe, as trying to keep up the illusion of being a student while secretly training as one of the First Lord's spies is a dangerous game. And he has not yet learned to use the furies, making him especially vulnerable.

When the attack comes it's on two fronts. A sudden strike threatens the First Lord's life and threatens to plunge the land into civil war. While in the Calderon Valley, the threat faced from the Marat is dwarfed by an ancient menace. And Tavi must learn to harness the furies if he has any chance of fighting the greatest threat Alera has ever known . . .

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Book two of this compulsively fast-paced fantasy adventure, set in a world where courage and ingenuity may yet triumph over magic and power.

About the Author

Jim Butcher is a ten-year student of martial arts and works as a computer support technician. He lives in Missouri with his wife and son and a houseful of computers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1450 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (4 Jun. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TZ3CGS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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Jim Butcher is a ten-year student of martial arts and works as a computer support technician. He lives in Missouri with his wife and son and a houseful of computers.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This book is very engaging and definitely worth reading. Our main protagonist Tavi has got what he dreamed of, a place at the capital city's academy - and yet as is nearly always the case in life, it's not as rosy a situation as he could have hoped for, and once again danger is looming on the horizon (keeping in mind that 2 years had passed since the first book, it's not that improbable) Jim Butcher once again manages to completely suck you into the world he has created (more original than many other fantasy worlds) using a form of magic that is original and very satisfying to read about.

This book works best if you consider it the second instalment of a larger story, Jim Butcher has very carefully cultivated some (initially seemingly unimportant) plot lines that develop beautifully as the series continues.

I stumbled upon this book (and series) because of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, which I also enjoyed a lot.
And although the Dresden Files series are unquestionably the better known series (no wonder as it was started earlier and has been adapted into a T.V show), I have to say that it's this series that really makes him stand out as an author for me.

I'm completely and utterly addicted to this series, I read the first and second books in one sitting(thank God for e-books otherwise I would have had to wait), stopping only for lunch and supper - reading long into the night, and then read the third book the day after.

Please read these books - they seem painfully unappreciated, especially considering how good they are!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!!!ABSOLOUTELY FANTASTIC!!! 21 Feb. 2010
I STILL can't believe that the second one is better than the first one!!!
The story just keeps on getting more complex and you find yourself gripping the book when you think something is going to be revealed but it doesn't but when that happens it doesn't leave you dissapointed, it only makes you thirsty for more!!!
The second one is two years after the first one and Tavi is 17 and he is now at the academy. Even with his disadvantage he is still the greatest in everything he tries. Everything seems perfect, but is it...
What monster has followed Tavi...
Why does he crave Kitai's company more than others...
Will he lose everyone he's every loved...
What is his "aunt's" past...5 STARS ISN'T ENOUGH!!THERE SHOULD BE 6,7,8!!!!!
If you haven't read the first one then go to this link-Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera 01 (Codex Alera 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as good as the first 30 Nov. 2010
Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher is the second novel in the Codex Alera sequence, featuring Tavi, a young man who has been taken under the wing of the First Lord of Alera and provided with sponsorship so that he can train as a Cursor. In the course of this book, the Alerans discover the threat of the Vord, a race of shapeshifters governed by queens who aim to destroy all life in Alera. Tavi discovers that his lack of furycrafting (the ability to manipulate natural forces) is a boon in the fight against the Vord, and he steps to the fore to try and push them back.

Ugh, well, that summary took me around twenty minutes to write. Strikes me I don't want to be writing this review. Not because I didn't enjoy the book - in fact, I romped through it and immediately picked up the third book in the series. I like my high fantasy heroism, but this novel prompted me to ask the question on Twitter: "Should I write a review of individual books in a series or just provide a wrap up of the entire series?" Fact is, this review will read much like the first in the series (which can be found here).

Academ's Fury is heavier on the political intrigue and moves much of the action to the city of Alera. There is more romance and more heroism. But there is also a greater feeling of D&D to this one - it feels like a mission written by a games master for a group of role players. For instance, the Vord came mostly out of nowhere - we sort of saw them in the first novel, but they were just called the croach or wax spiders. Suddenly in this book, they are the Vord and they have the capability of destroying all life. The fact that the Marat (eternal foes of the Vord) didn't recognise the Vord in the first novel is explained away glibly by the fact that they are shapeshifters and therefore unrecognisable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fantasy series 13 July 2010
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Just finished the sixth (and final) one of this series and really enjoyed them.

Highly recommended as a fantasy series

I finally got them on the basis of the being a fan of The Dresden Files, so I had high hopes, and I started reading as I had just got the sixth (and final) one ... I hate having to wait for a year between each book in a series, my memory is awful !

I did struggle to get going in the first book, but I'm very glad I persisted.

Ok, the books are not some deep cerebral world shattering tome, but you're not expecting that.
What they are is good entertaining fantasy with a nice world, plenty of ideas, grand battles and good vs evil.
The switch in each book from nothing through Academ, Cursor, Captain, Princeps and finally First Lord was a nice idea, along with the changes in the "enemy". It was interesting to see the threads of plot stretch across the series. Each book is a stand-alone story, but they form that "arc" that makes all the great series.

I was cheering for the good guys all the way to the end ... Tavi, Kitai, Isana, Amara, Karg, Max, Marcus and many more.

Go out and buy the set ... you'll enjoy them
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More people should read this fantasy series. I am enthralled. Well written, fast paced, and just as good as the Dresden Files although quite different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
The most underrated fantasy series around, none of the volumes disappoint and I recommend it to everyone.
Published 4 months ago by dave10
4.0 out of 5 stars good if you enjoy fantasy series- I like this author ...
good if you enjoy fantasy series- I like this author from the Dresden files, and this is different, but still fun to read
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Inventive plot with unexpected twists
Published 11 months ago by Patricia Simmonds
5.0 out of 5 stars The codex alera
Great book as always. I have just started on the codex books and I am enjoying them as much as the Dresden files.
Published 12 months ago by Skatgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars The second book in a fabulous story
Young Tavi is away from home and in training to be a Cursor where he daily has to use just his agile imagination, (no special abilities like the bullies and establishment) to get... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Butcher. Again
I couldn't stop reading this wonderful slice of Fantasy. If you liked the first book in this series, get this one. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ivan Slipper
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the reviews suggested
Other reviews suggested this wouldn't be as good as the first in the series. It's different, but really good and I'm looking forward to where this is going to go.
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