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Has anyone read this series yet? Is it any good?
In some ways I don't think that I've read them because I don't want to be disappointed in something that Butcher writes. That happened to me with another author David Eddings and a few others.
The only reason why I haven't tried out his new series is I'm kinda tired of the sword & sorcery fantasy genre at the moment. Ya know the plotline...the young boy/man venturing off to find his destiny in some magical realm. It's gotten old for me so I've shied away from straight fantasy for the moment.
Another author I think that hasn't come up with anything original lately is Terry Brooks. It seems he's also using the same formula in his later books too. I've also stopped reading Terry Brooks too. The latest books he's come out with aren't as great, in my opinion, either.
What do others( that have read the books) think?
8gallandro_83 Primeira Mensagem
I've really enjoyed this new entry into a fantasy world since it isn't so filled with the standard fantasy creatures and sterotypes. I would recommend this to others and am wondering if anyone can recommend other stories like this where I can find the sort of political ramification that follow on the ations of the characters. (Two such stories are Carol Berg's Transformation series and Patricia Briggs Raven series.)
C J Cherryh is pretty good with political ramifications, fantasy wise Fortress in the eye of time is a good place to start, or maybe Morgaine saga which is excellant but less political.
10CursorsFury Primeira Mensagem
I love this series. Many Dresden fans seem not to and complain that they are not like Butchers other books. Well yeah!! It is a different series with different characters and even a different world. I have been told that the Dresden books are full of sarcasm whereas Codex Alera is not. I don't really care. I am a head over heals in love with this series.
There are three books out so far:
Furies of Calderon,
and Cursors Fury.
Butcher has been signed for three more, and Captain's Fury comes out on Dec. 4th 2007. I cannot wait.
These books weave a wonderful and unique world with characters that your never quite sure about and never feel false or flat. The traditional take on magic is not used here, but instead people gain their "powers" from a manifestation of different elemental powers in the form of furies. The world is dependent on furies in their every everyday life, to cook, heal, travel, hunt, build, fight, etc.
The main character is the only known Aleran to be considered furiless and it would be the equivalent of being born without both your legs in our world. He is looked down upon and considered a freak. He must use his mind and his drive to rise in the world and prove himself. You want him to succeed, you want him to win at everything, and you can’t help but cheer for him all along.
He is supported by a wide range of characters that really brings home the idea that no one and nothing is truely right or wrong, black or white. The "bad guy" you can't help but like and understand what he's doing. Some of the "good guys" you don't necessarily like and wonder if they are all that "good." I like that your are constantly re-evaluating your opinion of the characters involved through these books.
I've said a lot. I hope you give them a try and enjoy them as much as I have and will continue to do.
Only a week until Captain's Fury is out in bookstores. And I bet you can even get a book a day early, if it's not "strict on sale."
For those interested you can read the prologue and first four chapters on Butcher's site. Such a tease, but so far it appears that it's living up to his standard of every Codex book being better than the last.
I'm just starting the first one again so I can re-read the first three in the series in preparation for the new one to come out.
I just started Furies of Calderon and I am liking it lots.
That said, my worry was misplaced. The Alera books are GREAT because Butcher knows how to write endearing characters that stay with the reader. Honestly, after reading Academ's Fury, I went out and bought all the available books in the series.
You're reason for not picking them up is the same as mine. I didn't want to be let down by JB as has happened in the past with authors.
As you say though the series does not disappoint. I'm a good way through the first book and have recently put the 2nd one on hold at the library (going to put my new BPL card to use!).
Butcher should have his fantasy writer's license revoked immediately.
With this type of fantasy book I usually expect to see a map...and since I am just in book one I don't have much of an idea of what the layout of the land is. So I often find myself flipping to the front of the book to get orientated only to get disappointed time and again when there is no map. =(
I dropped hints with a few people though that I wanted it so maybe Santa will bring it to me for Christmas.
If you like Jim's style of writing, you will like the Codex books. It is straight up fantasy, nothing urban about it. His magic concept is highly original, and though he takes a fairly stereotypical fantasy convention (farmboy goes on to do great things) he does it in such a way that you're excited to find out what happens.
Captain's Fury is everything the sample chapters promise and more. Lots of things that were left open in the first three books are brought to a close...but not necessarily ended. A definite favorite for me.
I second whoever mentioned Carol Berg's work. She is a wonderful author and a really nice person (I've met her) and her books are great interweavings of magic and politics and emotion. Butcher and Berg, my favorite authors.
Calderon Valley http://www.bestsharing.com/files/1UIIU351046/calderonvalley5.jpg.html
Map of Alera http://www.bestsharing.com/files/B4kSmx351045/MapOfAlera14a.jpg.html
Map of Carna http://www.bestsharing.com/files/JNu75351048/Carna.jpg.html
For those interested in the thread they came from go here:
Maybe when I re-read Captain's Fury a second time, not rushing through it to see what happens, I may be able to pick a favorite but for right now they're at a tie.
I also recently bought Captain's Fury and I just know that I'm going to want to move right into that....despite the library books and early reviewer book that I have waiting for me. I might have to ask one of my friends to hold it hostage until I get those other books out of the way.
GIVE IN!!! You know you want to. Captain's won't let you down.
I can't read it now. I have 3 ER books to read (how I got so lucky I have no idea). I'm in the middle of one, The Translator, and its amazing and so should be done with it in no time. Another, The Journal of Curious Letters has been getting mixed reviewers over on the ER thread, but I have hopes for it. The third (Sephardi Entrepreneurs), which actually came first and shouldbe my focus, I've been struggling to get into. So I think that I will use Captain's Fury as a reward for finishing that book. At least that is my plan. I might just leave Sephardi unfinished...which is a reviewer in and of itself...but because it was free I feel like I should give it more then my normal cut off point before throwing in the towel. I will read it to the half way point. If its still a struggle then I will quit. Others have given it a good review so I don't know why its so hard for me. Perhaps Cursor's Fury is to blame. I was reading them both at one point before CF took all my reading time.....I think that its greatness has overshadowed my thoughts of Sephardi. (Note to self: don't try reading any other book while reading an Aleran series book)
Name - Size - (Size Broken Down) - (Leaders Title)
Spear – 8 legionares (File Leader)
Century – 80 legionares – (10 spears) (Centurion)
Cohort – 320 legionares – (4 centuries, 40 spears) (Tribune)
Legion – 4480 - 6400 legionares (14 - 20 cohorts) (Legion Captain)
Prime Cohort – 640 legionares – (double-sized of normal cohorts) (Legion Captain/First Spear)
First Spear – Senior Centurion
A Spear is made up of 8 legionares. These men do all of their work together and share a single common tent when the legion is in the field. In formation, they stand in a line, with the file leader standing in the front rank of the formation, the second man in the second rank, etc, 8 ranks deep.
There are fourteen to twenty cohorts in every legion. The specifics change from legion to legion, depending upon the needs of the various legions. Placida, for example, has a lot of big open land around it, and so carries more than the normal number of cavalry in each legion. Antillus is a northern city, in mountainous territory, whose legions primarily defend the Shieldwall, so they run with fewer scouts and skirmishers.
All legions are mainly heavy infantry units. Most carry at least one cohort of auxiliaries (scouts and cavalry). All of them try to have at least a century of Knights (which is referred to as a "cohort" in organizational terms, even though it isn't--except for the Crown Legion, which has something approaching an actual cohort-sized contingent of Knights.). Each cohort is led by a Tribune (except for the Prime Cohort, which is led, on paper, by the Legion's Captain, but is actually run by the senior Centurion in the Legion, the First Spear). And each Legion, which numbers between around 4000 to 6500 legionares, is led by a Captain.
"Alera has six books in it. I'm gonna write those, and we'll be done with Alera. I won't write off the idea of going back some day entirely, but at this time, I'm not really planning on it. Stories begin and go, and then they end. That's what stories do. If they don't end, they aren't stories--they're moneymaking franchises."
" . . . pretty much nobody recognized furies as pokemon until I pointed it out."
I love that. Furies as pokemon?? I just can't seem to see it.
although it doesn't include everything and there are spoilers involved for those who haven't read all 4 books.
Perherps we can start up a thread/guide here to try to keep everyone straight.
I can see how the furies and pokemon are related...but I don't like the reference so I'm gonna choose to ignore it. lol But Think of it though Pokemon are these magical-eske beings that have various powers. They are captured by people and housed in a ball and brought out when they are in need of that particular powers.
Furies are always magical-eske beings, although they don't have as much physical form as the pokemon beings do. The furies become attracted to humans and are drawn/bonded to them. The rest quietly around and within the people until they are drawn out because they are needed. And it is then that they can manifest into physical form.
One more person to discuss these books with.
Welcome to the dark side . . . well . . . welcome to the amazing word of Alera at least.
Ok back to the book I go.
You've been infected with the bug now Caspettee....you know you are addicted when you think that normal life activities are getting in the way of your reading time. Rmember though...work is needed to earn money to pay for all those pesky bills that keep a roof over your head and food in the tummy. Speaking of food, don't forget to eat & get in some sleep!
After that you can plunge back into the Dresden-verse...finish White Night and be ready for when the next book comes out next month.
I'm about halfway through. Its certainly different!
I'm not too keen on the multiple switching POVs, particularly when we only get a brief glimpse and also from those characterss with whom I don't think (at this stage) we are destined for a long relationship.
I could have done with a lot more world description - what are furies, how and why people "get" them, crafting, etc. I'm slowly getting my head round it, but for a concept that different, more explanation early on would be helpful. I don't think many people who aren't already well versed in mainstream fantasy tropes are going to be flocking to this.
however, I am enjoying it. Its a fascinating world, great characters.
When I've finished it I'll post a full review, and comment on the appropriate spoiler threads.
I felt the first book didn't really need h explanations as it was so action packed you just thought "ok they have magic awesome" and got on with it. The 2nd book there was a lot more depth given which was more believable. I preferred Tavi at school explaining theories on furies to me better then I would have in the first book. So to me that made more sense. The 2nd book also filled in a lot of the gaps as well.
I have just jumped onto amazon to order the 3rd book and I'm totally excited to see what JB does with the 3rd book.
I was able to find updated maps if anyone was interested you can find them here http://www.jimbutcheronline.com/bb/index.php/topic,5303.0.html
"It is a realm that occupies the lion's share of a continent. :) They share it with the Icement, who have been walled off a la China, only it's worked out a bit better, tactically, and done a little less damage to the economy. Alera, though, is the only nation of humans, and the word "human" and "Aleran" is essentially interchangeable.
The continent next door is linked to the one Alera is on via a land bridge which is where you find the Calderon Valley--hence its importance in relation to matters involving the Marat, who live next door.
The world itself is called Carna, but Alerans (like the inhabitants of many large and insular empires in our own history) in general don't spend much time thinking about things that happen beyond their borders.
I agree I couldnt say I love it better then Dresden I like it for different reasons. I would put both Dresden and Alera on the same level for different reasons.
A title has been given finally for the 5th book in the series.
Princeps's Fury - release date of Dec. 2nd, 2008
Although now that Small Favor is out the tide might turn back.
I'm with you Caspettee. Even when I can see whats coming from a million miles away I still love the journey to get there. =)
Back on track I recently found this explanation of the Roman influence in the Alera series on Wikipedia I thought it was fascinating:
Author Jim Butcher, when participating in a recent online debate about this subject, said "Alera is set more or less in the present. It just isn't happening on Earth.
"There's plenty of Lost Roman Legion stories out there. Mostly, the stories are about where they went, and what they did when they got there. This one just happens to be about the world they got lost on, and the society that developed there over the next couple of thousand years."