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Jim Butcher
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28 Jun 2005 Codex Alera (Book 1)

For a thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive 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 Lords manoeuvre 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, young 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, his world will change. Caught in a storm of deadly wind furies, Tavi saves the life of a runaway slave. But Amara is actually a spy, seeking intelligence on possible Marat traitors to the Crown. And when the Valley erupts into chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Amara will find Tavi invaluable. His talents will outweigh any fury-born power - and could even turn the tides of war.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Ace Books; Reprint edition (28 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044101268X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441012688
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 10.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 684,955 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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A real page-turner (Booklist)

A marvellous read (Patricia Briggs)

A fascinating world and magic system ... start of a promising series (Locus)

Absorbing fantasy ... an abundance of convincing detail (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A compulsively fast-paced fantasy adventure, set in a world where courage and ingenuity may yet triumph over magic and power. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why on earth has no one read these books?!? 26 Oct 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is very engaging and definitely worth reading. Some people might initially dismiss some of the core plot ideas as old and overdone (a young orphan boy, raised by his aunt and uncle, exceptional only because unlike everyone else he has no 'magical' abilities is living in a small isolated village, on the outer edges of the realm)however, Jim Butcher 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 first instalment of a larger story, Jim Butcher has very carefully started some (initially seemingly unimportant) plot lines that develop beautifully as the series continues.

As with the reviewer before, 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, stopping only for lunch and supper, 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Mills VINE VOICE
A hefty fantasy, first in a series, "Furies Of Calderon" tells of a rebellion in the valley of Calderon at the northern edge of the kingdom of Alera. Amara, a young spy for the crown, uncovers the plot and rushes to the valley, teaming up there with Tavi, a poor but resourceful youth. Meanwhile the rebels are allying with the Marat, a northern nation of warlike nomads, to invade Calderon and push south. Amara and Tavi must overcome the scepticism of the land's leaders and organise resistance in the nick of time.

The 'unique selling point' of this fantasy is the furies: sentient elementals of air, earth, fire, water, wood and metal, who bind with humans and provide use of their powers. Air-crafting allows Amara to fly, while Tavi's uncle Bernard uses earth-crafting to sense where his enemies are; metal-crafters are exceptionally good swordsmen, whilst water-crafters make great healers. The Marat have no such powers, though they ally themselves with animals; whilst young Tavi, to his great misfortune, is a 'freak' with no furies at all.

All this is interesting, but not massively so. Though the characters are well-drawn and the plotting satisfactory, I found this a quite ordinary fantasy, lacking in passion or purpose. Butcher's prose is workmanlike, though it occasionally jars the reader with ill-judged idioms like "case-by-case basis" and "death benefits"; and the book feels like a first instalment, an opening skirmish, rather than a whole tale in itself. As an escapist adventure it's fine, but nothing in it really mattered to me. I might recommend it as 'beginner' fantasy for teenagers, although be aware that there are 'adult-content' elements like an implied gang-rape.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fantasy 2 May 2005
I bought this book having enjoyed Butcher's Harry Dresden Series on a whim and really enjoyed it. Unlike the Harry Dresden series which are based in the modern day world this more traditional fantasy. The Aleran people are supported by elemental 'furies' - earth, air, fire, water etc. that aid them to perform magic. The main protaganist, fifteen year old Tavi has no fury, highly unusual for one his age. However his intelligence and ingenuity compensate for his lack of magic. He is drawn into an adventure involving high treason and war with their savage neightbours - the Marat. A highly enjoyable tale that is captivating and engaging from the start. Other characters are well drawn and it is a complex and well written novel. This is the first in a series and although this is a complete story it leaves the reader hungry for the next installment - roll on July!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of modern Fantasy Fiction. 4 Jan 2008
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This review is for books one, two and three of The Codex Alera.

We start the story with Tavi and his uncle looking for a lost herd of sheep, while looking they attacked by a Marat warrior.
Tavi is forced to flee while his uncle lies injured, his uncle finally manages to escape. This leaves only Tavi to hunt.
After several days of running Tavi manages to escape. While returning home he finds an injured woman, her name is Amara and she is a Cursor(warrior, spy, assassin) for the First High Lord.

And so Tavi's adventure begins through the invasion of the Marat and the treason of some of Alera's high lords. Through to his education at the Academy and to him joining the Cursors and stopping an assassination attempt by the dreaded Vord.
And then his adventure continues through civil war and to the invasion of the Cane, during this time he has command of his own Legion and eventually to the defeat of the Cane.

These are the first Jim Butcher novels I have read and they were brilliant, they were very well written, the magical elements of the story were great(they were almost as good as the magic in Erikson's books) and the battle scense's were AMAZING definatly in the top three of any fantasy I have ever read.

P.S, The forth book in this series is out now on hardback.

I hope this review was of some help to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant series!
This is the first in a series of books that is quite definitely the best fantasy series I have read in years! Read more
Published 26 days ago by Overload
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely out of this world
I am a big fan of Jim Butcher, having read all of the Harry Dresden books, including the short stories. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic start to what looks like a cracking series
I was just about to start reading the Game of Thrones series, when a friend in Denver asked me if I had read the Codex Alera series. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lance Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to a new fantasy world
The Furies of Calderon is an excellent first book in what I am hoping is going to continue being an excellent series. Read more
Published 6 months ago by GOTTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Action packed
I wasn't thinking much of this book when I started reading it. The cover isn't all that great (yes I know don't judge a book by its cover) and the synopsis was not that great... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anna-Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is a brilliant series - if you're a fan of fantasy in general, don't even think twice. Just read it. Great characters, great story.
Published 7 months ago by A. Sohanpal
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fantasy book
Be warned - you'll end up buying every book in the series! All if them are great, both the storylines and characters make you want to read more and more!
Published 8 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of action
The action starts right away in this book. Quite an array of characters but not too many names to remember. Very graphic in descriptions. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Fifer
3.0 out of 5 stars Review for the Series
Another high fantasy series about an orphan boy with a secret past that not even he knows about? A story about the little person overcoming the odds? Read more
Published 12 months ago by FantasyWriter
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
Pretty good but have doubts how I will enjoy the next in the series,I think they need to extend on the furies.
Published 13 months ago by Paul Anthony Bevin
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