Captain's Fury (Codex Alera) Hardcover – 4 Dec 2007
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aFew writers balance military realism and cinematic swashbuckling with so much skill or wit.a
aConfirms Butcheras mastery of action-filled fiction.a
aI couldnat put this one downa]Great work.a
aA cleverly constructed world.a
aJim Butcher is a brilliant world-builder.a
a"MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW"
Few writers balance military realism and cinematic swashbuckling with so much skill or wit.
Confirms Butcher s mastery of action-filled fiction.
I couldn t put this one down Great work.
A cleverly constructed world.
Jim Butcher is a brilliant world-builder.
"MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW"
?Few writers balance military realism and cinematic swashbuckling with so much skill or wit.?
?Confirms Butcher's mastery of action-filled fiction.?
?I couldn?t put this one down?Great work.?
?A cleverly constructed world.?
?Jim Butcher is a brilliant world-builder.?
?"MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW"
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A compulsively fast-paced fantasy adventure, set in a world where courage and ingenuity vie with magic and power. --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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This is by far on of the best books that Butcher (hell, anybody)has ever come up with and I would be including the amazing Dresden Files 'White Night' in that list.
'Captain's Fury' has the same mix of epic fantasy and political intrigue that has made the series so successful while still managing to step up the drama and take the plot and the characters to the next level.
I have to admit that i was surprised that Butcher went the way he did in this novel (i really am trying not to give too much away), but it really strengthens the story and you realise as you continue to read on, that this is what Tavi needs. Also, minor characters are given more of the spotlight than i thought would be strictly necessary but it's never for long enough for us to forget what's going on with our other heroes.
Old enemies like the Vord are not as threatening as they have been in past books, they're more of a dark foreshadowing of things to come. Far from detracting, this allows the already full plot to come to fruition without being rushed. The clash with the Canim is still as brutal as ever, backstabbing politicians are still sneaking around waiting to strike, the First Lord and his cursors are still trying to outrun old age against huge odds and among it all, Tavi's still finding time to stop and see the Leviathans (best scene EVER, hands down).
I've rarely read a book where i've found nothing wrong with it but Jim Butcher is my favourite author for a reason. Even if you're only going to read one Codex of Alera book, 'Captain's Fury' should be the one.
The tone of these books are completely different from the Dresden Files but they are just as well written and just as addictive. These are very much 'traditional' fantasy books but for me that is most definitely not a negative point.
So if you like fantasy, enjoy Jim Butcher and want a series of books that you won't be able to put down then the Codex Alera is for you.
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
I'm growing ambivalent about this series. I enjoy every book - but not enough to devour every single page in a single sitting. I find some parts of the books enormously exciting and moving and generally fantastic. And then sometimes I find myself flipping pages without any real interest in what comes next. I reached the last one hundred pages of Captain's Fury and found that it took me three days to finish reading. Three days! For one hundred pages!
I'm getting tired of saying that this novels are light and fluffy, and perfect for people looking for a David Eddings-type read. There are only so many times and ways you can say this before it becomes dull to readers of the reviews.
But the fact remains that these books are indeed light and fluffy! The characterisation is good; the plot and pacing of said plot are good; the prose is well-written and reads smoothly. All of it is good. None of it is GREAT. By the time you reach the fourth book in a series like this, you are positively aching for some proper blood, thunder, swearing and down and dirty sex. The Codex Alera books are almost TOO wholesome!
That being said, I do want to recommend the books. I want to recommend them to people just setting out on their fantasy reading adventure. Where people like me picked David Eddings, young adults embarking on their first speculative fiction novels should choose the Codex Alera. They are highly suitable for younger readers - nothing is too complicated, there are deliciously scary moments but the person reading will not be frightened.Read more ›
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Continuing saga, with all the usual components, and a cast of likeable engaging characters. Well worth reading the series.Published 4 months ago by Savvy Gran
I found the book to be hard work to begin with, but persevered with it and found that it got much easier. Looking forward to book five now.Published 11 months ago by Mr Paul S Lavender
Gripping from start to finish great characters and plot twists excuse the predictable parts very fun to read recommend highlyPublished 14 months ago by Dg92