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Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, Book 5) Audio CD – Unabridged, Audiobook
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The rousing fifth installment of Butcher's military fantasy cycle (after 2007s Captains Fury) finds the land of Alera recovering from Lord Kalaruss rebellion, an invasion by the wolven Canim and a bloody slave revolt. Now a new threat emerges: the all-devouring insectoid Vord, who have learned to control the elemental furies that once protected Alera. Young Tavi of Calderon, recently recognized as the heir to Aleras throne, fights seasickness and interspecies hostilities escorting the Canim invaders back to their homeland, only to negotiate a fragile alliance with them against the Vord. No less powerful than his intense battle scenes, Butchers vivid characterizations, based on ancient Roman Republican ideals, range from duty-honor-country austerity in battle to brilliant peacemaking, noble self-sacrifice and Tavis coming-of-age as a wise Marcus Aurelian ruler. (Dec.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
In the fifth Codex Alera novel, Tavi is the recognized heir to the throne. When armistice with the Canim ends, and he and his legions take the Canim in Alera home, they discover that the Vord, hostile to Aleran and Canim alike, have ravaged Cane, and now the former foes must fight the common enemy. Meanwhile, Alera struggles to rebuild after civil war, but that doesn’t stop intrigues among the power-players. Perhaps the Vord attacking with the Alerans’ they-thought-unique weapon, furycrafting, will. A treat for action fans and series followers. --Frieda Murray --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top customer reviews
There is a wonderful blend of mystery, action, whit, suspense, humor, and romance in these novels and appeals to a wide audience. The story is comprised of several different character arcs artfully woven together to progress the overall plot, which helps keep things interesting and creates quite a few cliffhangers throughout each book. Overall, a great read!
Tavi, the main character is the only person of the Roman descendants that doesn't have a fury and he's considered a freak. Throughout the whole series, he has to keep coming up with ways to stay alive and improve his situation without the use of a fury. You continuously come to turning points where you just know that he's fixing to get his own fury...then he doesn't. It's a riveting story that keeps you on the edge the whole time, wondering how Tavi is going to smart his way out of this one. You should read the whole thing and then move on to his 'Dresdan Files' series.
The writing style is realistic and engrossing. He does an amazing job at making strong characters with flaws and personalities, as well as keeping the plot on track. With all writing, there are things that are easy to predict, but he still keeps you guessing and fearing desperately for the characters involved.
I would absolutely suggest this series to lovers of fantasy. This is very different from the Dresden Files, but absolutely a brilliant book in a brilliant series.
Highly recommend the codex alera series.
5 books in, we finally meet the Icemen, although we unfortunately don't learn very much about them (the way we have about the Canim or Marat). Lots of big deals in this book and at the very end it feels like Butcher skipped over a significant bit to keep the page count down while still reaching a stopping point. But it still feels like only a half a book as Alera is left in the worst situation its ever been in. I had to resist the urge to dive immediately into the second book, as I'd already spent a whole day reading. I will hold any further review until I read the First Lord's Fury, though, since to me it feels like they must really just be one book.