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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Butcher does it again...., 27 Nov 2008
Princeps' Fury for those who don't already know (and if so, why not?) is the fifth book in Jim Butcher's excellent Codex Alera fantasy series (the previous books being - Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera) (Codex Alera),Academ's Fury (Codex Alera) (Codex Alera),Cursor's Fury: Book Three of the Codex Alera and Captain's Fury (Codex Alera (Paperback)). The books are set in a Romanic influenced society where the people have furies - sort of elemental powers over air, water, fire, earth and metal that are used for everything from healing to construction and transport. Tavi (Octavian) the principal character started the series as a furyless shepherd living on a middle of nowhere hold (farm) but his birthright as the Princep (heir to the throne) of Alera has eventually come rather dramatically to light.

This book is not a stand alone work and for anyone picking it up without having read the previous books in the series it's not going to make much sense. Jim Butcher doesn't waste time rehashing previous plot points for the uninitiated, he just plunges straight into the action and this book is seriously full of action.

The story begins several months after the events in Captain's Fury. Tavi, along with the First Aleran and Free Aleran Legions are aiding the Canim to return to their homeland but the threat of the Vord has returned to Alera and the Icemen in the North are also proving an increased threat. Bernard, Amara and Isana all have dangerous missions to complete in Vord occupied territory and in the icy wastes by the Shieldwall.

This book does not suffer from lack of plot, action or drama and I could't put this book down once I started reading it. The Tavi strands were gripping and the Canim culture was interesting to see more of. It was also fascinating to see how he develops as a leader and strategist. The Isana and Amara subplots also interesting and there's so many threads being woven for future plots in the next (the last from what I gather) book of the series. While the storyline in the Canim homeland was concluded the book ends on a cliffhanger and it's going to drive me mad having to wait another twelve months to finish the story properly.

All in all this is an excellent book and one which existing fans of the series will love. If you haven't read the other books in the series - read them now. It's a fantastic series from a fantastic author.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Hail Octavian, 10 Dec 2008
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Lisa Hamilton (Perth, WA Australia) - See all my reviews
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Jim Butcher is a master storyteller and writer. If only he could write faster. The Dresden Files are awesome and so is the Alera series. I have finished this book and am going straight back to re-read it. To me that is a hallmark of a master storyteller.

If you are a sword, sorcery and adventure fan buy this book.

Princeps Fury is the fifth book in the Alera series, it is not a stand alone novel you will need to read the previous books. All five books are above average. Do yourself a favour go out and get this series you will not be disappointed. Great Christmas present to yourself.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book written in Years!!!!, 7 Dec 2008
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J. Robinson (north shields) - See all my reviews
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This is the 5th book in the series codex alera ( if you have not read this series ..why?) it is brilliant, complex plots, complex charecters, fantastic writing. The best book i have read in years!!!!!...and years!!!! It is not a stand alone book you must get the others in the series, or you will not follow the story. The author does not treat you as a fool and dives straight in to the story without pause, and ends on a cliffhanger that will irritate and make you itch for the next book!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series, 19 Jun 2014
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Very good set of books, have kept me wanting to turn pages. Characters are diverse and interesting, with many side stories mingled in with the main theme A *****
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing, 26 Feb 2014
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One of the best fantasy series I've ever read, jim butcher really nailed it with this one, never has a series inspired so much emotion and joy in me, I practically jumped out of my seat multiple times reading this. A true joy to read for any true fantasy fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars like helm's deep in lord of the rings, 4 Feb 2014
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Darker than the previous books. Building to a final conclusion. Jim Butcher knows how to craft an epic tale. This series is fantastic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Princely book, 1 Jan 2014
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As good as the rest of the series and worth reading as much as any great fantasy book is. Alera.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read!, 20 Nov 2013
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I couldn't put it down, another winner from Jim Butcher! I found both his Codex Alera series and The Dresden Files series absolutely enthralling. If you want an exciting, rollercoaster of an adventure with really well developed characters, then read anything by this guy!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!, 10 Sep 2013
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Fast paced plot and sub-plots outlining a ripping yarn of heroism and integrity as sentient beings fight for survival and mutual understanding. I loved this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The series just gets better and better, 17 July 2013
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This is the penultimate book in Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series, and it is going from strength to strength. The penultimate novel in the series sees Tavi in the Vord infested lands of the Canim, making good on a debt owed to Varg. There, he learns more about the star destroying Vord, and how he might possibly lead Alera to victory against them. Te book starts with a bang and ends with a bang - action all the way, great character development and lots of "punch the air moments"! What more could you ask for?
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