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First Lord's Fury: The Codex Alera: Book Six [Paperback]

Jim Butcher
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6 May 2010 Codex Alera

The aging First Lord of Alera has fallen in battle. Yet his people must continue to resist an invading inhuman army. Desperate Alerans even pledge fealty to the Vord Queen to survive, turning the incredible power of Aleran furies back on their own people. And despite all efforts, the Alerans are being ground into dust and pushed to the farthest reaches of their own realm.

However, Tavi has returned with vital insights from the Canim Blood Lands. He knows how to counter the Vord and, more importantly, believes human ingenuity can equal fury-born powers. Now events are rushing towards a last stand, where Tavi and the last Aleran legions must formulate a dangerous new strategy, together. For a civilisation is on the brink of extinction.


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  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841498513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841498515
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The dramatic conclusion to this compulsively fast-paced fantasy adventure, set in a world where courage and ingenuity vie with magic and power.

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Jim Butcher is a ten-year student of martial arts and also enjoys fencing, singing and bad science fiction movies. He is now a full-time writer and lives in Missouri with his wife and son and a houseful of computers.

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61 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It was worth it 24 Oct 2009
By AnetteF
Format:Hardcover
This was previously a review for the prologue and chapters Jim Butcher had published on his website in the run-up to US publication date. Well, I spend a fortune getting the book from the States, but it was worth it. For new readers... First Lord's Fury is the conclusion to Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series and I would strongly recommend that you start the series with the first book called 'Furies of the Calderon'.

Tavi or Gaius Octavian as he is now known, with Kitai by his side, is coming home to face the threat of the Vord which are now engulfing large parts of Alera as well as facing those that doubt his right of succession.

Battle rages on all fronts almost relentlessly from word go and the main characters go from one impossible situation to another. We have separate story lines involving Isana and Araris, Bernard and Amara as well as Invidia Aquitaine and the Vord Queen. And we come full circle, back to the Calderon Valley. Despite all the grimness of a near hopeless fight, the book does not sink into doom and gloom but again and again provides light in the darkness.

Amongst my favourite bits in this book are the complicated relationship between Octavian and Valiar Marcus, the ex-cursor Fidelias and the grudging respect some characters and not the least, the readers, aquire for Attis Aquitaine.

I have given it four stars instead of five because I felt that character development was not as good as in some of the previous books and the ending in the form of an Epilogue, did not manage quite the rousing finish I had envisaged. But I have to say, First Lord's Fury is probably the most action packed tomb I have read in a long time and I enjoyed it immensely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to save the realm 16 May 2010
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The Vord are swarming over what's left of the Aleran Imperium, and the Vord Queen even has a treacherous Aleran ally, Invidia.

Things are looking pretty bleak in "First Lord's Fury," and at first it's hard to see how Jim Butcher can not only satisfactorily wrap up his Codex Alera series, but also turn around the war against the Vord so the Alerans might actually be able to win. But this grand finale is a brilliant end for such an epic tale -- it's a bit rushed and scattered, but also a powerful and passionate story that leaves you thoroughly satisfied.

Gaius Octavian returns to his homeland, only to discover that the Imperium has fallen, many of the cities have been conquered, and his grandfather has been slain. What's worse, the Realm is divided over who the First Lord is, undermining his position. And when the Vord Queen offers an unacceptable surrender to the entire Realm (live but stop reproducing), Tavi reveals the depth of his determination: "When I`m finished, nothing will be left of your kind but stories."

Easier said than done. Isana has been kidnapped by the queen, and is slowly learning her reasons for this war. And Tavi must concentrate on driving back the Vord -- first in the furycraft-torn city of Riva, and then in the Calderon Valley where the conflict began.The final battle between the Vord and the Aleran legions begins... and it all will boil down to Tavi fighting the Queen herself.

"First Lord's Fury" is a pretty epic affair -- dozens of subplots to tie off and a large cast of characters to deal with. The grand finale is a powerful and masterful one, sweeping you off your feet... and the only real flaw is that the narrative is a bit rushed sometimes, and important stuff is skimmed over (the alliance with the Icemen...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW - Great Beginning, Great Ending 20 Jun 2010
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I read lots and lots of books, but Jim Butcher makes me come back for more every time. If you have read the rest of the series you won't be disappointed with this one. If you haven't read the series - go out and get them.

The story keeps moving on ,and brining you along with it, characters are realistic, with flaws and good points, and writing is great as in all Jim Butcher books.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First Lord's Fury 8 April 2010
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The sixth, and perhaps the final, book in the Codex Alera. Jim Butcher has created a world which might be a future version of Earth without machinery but with a lot of magic. The shepherd boy, Tavi, has developed and become Gaius Octavian, First Lord of Alera. He has made treaties with former enemies based on a closer understanding of their needs and has fully come into his powers. The previous books in the series have led to the final confrontation in Alera itself and now Alera must defend itself against an implacable enemy, but only one instead of three.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 12 Jan 2014
By Coleve
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This is a fantastic set of three books portraying the life and rise of a young boy with adventures and friends to die for loved the read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Conclusion 1 Jan 2014
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Thus concluded the codec alera, if you have read the previous five books you should buy and read this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant end to a brilliant series 18 Oct 2013
By GOTTON
Format:Paperback
There is a paradox that I have found when it comes to the ending of a good, long running fantasy series. It seems that a good series will either go on so long that the books are no longer good any more and so you wish for series to end before it comes to complete ruin; or the series ends before you are quite ready to say good bye to it. The paradox is that no matter how good the books are, you are just never going to be happy when they end.

This is true with this brilliant series as well.

The Codex Alera novels fall into the second category I spoke about above. It is a set of six novels that brilliantly tell the tale of the people of Alera and their fantastical neighbors as they fight through their issues and unite against an enemy to bring about a great deal of change to their world.

One of the brilliant aspects of this novel (and the series) were the well written characters that I simply wasn't ready to say goodbye to at the end. Tavi was a fantastic David vs Goliath character and he was well supported by the wonderful Kitai, his family and his other friends that he picked up along the way. The other characters in this novel deserve an equal amount of praise and quite frankly to do them justice this review would go on for far too long and so I will simply say that they all worked really well.

One of the key aspects of this novel that stood out from so many others was the brilliant relationships that were built up between the characters. Whether they were familial bonds, friendships and especially with the romantic entanglements, every relationship in this series of novels flowed well, they all felt incredibly natural and best of all they were a strong addition and even a driving force to the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars complete the saga
Ok, basically more of the same with even bigger battles to bring the story to a conclusion. No surprises or further character developments, but if you stuck with it so far, you... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fantasy Kitten
5.0 out of 5 stars SPELL BINDING
I don't know where to start with this review,because i've never read anything like it before.I read the dresden files,and thought that series was good,but this saga is in a league... Read more
Published 9 months ago by grant mcnicol
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present for daughter
A present for daughter, as she is at Uni it will take time to read,but has read Jim Butcher books before
Published 11 months ago by gts mummy
5.0 out of 5 stars Love them
I started with Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, and spread side ways to these. I've really enjoyed reading the whole series and would recommend starting with book one. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Carolyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Great ending to a series
The last book of "The Codex Alera" is another brick. "First Lord's Fury" is almost 700 pages long.

I think the reason I like Tavi's character is because he is a bit... Read more
Published 11 months ago by humanitysdarkerside
5.0 out of 5 stars Furies - They're Great
Have all the 'Furies' Books and they are a great read, Jim Butcher was a new author to me when I bought the first book but then I went on the by them all.
Published 13 months ago by Harried Grandmother
3.0 out of 5 stars last book
this is the last book. by this book the plot was very familiar following the same style as the other books. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Heather Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
An excellent read and well worth the purchase.

Great story and full of action and thrill.

Cannot recommend it enough.
Published 15 months ago by matthew adlard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great finale to a great series
I only wish there were more In the series, I cannot rate the Codex Alera series highly enough. The ending was perfect.
Published 15 months ago by Lloydy
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding series
One of the best fantasy series I've ever read - it certainly gives George Martin a run for his money (eventually gave up on the Game of Thrones series, even though it's... Read more
Published 17 months ago by jj
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