Academ's Fury (potential for spoilers)

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Academ's Fury (potential for spoilers)

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1Irisheyz77
Editado: Nov 21, 2007, 1:12pm

Here is a place to discuss the second book in the Codex Alera series Academ's Fury.

Summary from bn.com:

Synopsis
For one thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the Furies--elementals of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Metal. But now, the unity of the Alerians hangs in precarious balance. The First Lord of Alera has fallen in his efforts to protect his people from the vicious attacks of their enemies. Now, the fate of the Alerians lies in the hands of Tavi, a young man who must use all of his courage and resourcefulness to save his people--and himself.

Publishers Weekly
Best known for his Harry Dresden fantasy noir novels (Dead Beat, etc.), bestseller Butcher shows he's equally adept at epic fantasy in the second Codex Alera book. Two years after the events of Furies of Calderon (2004), the First Lord of Alera, Gaius Sextus, struggles to control a realm facing growing border troubles and civil strife as High Lords scheme to advance their own causes. Fortunately, Gaius has loyal supporters such as his nephew Tavi, now a 17-year-old Academ, a student of Alera Imperial's great Academy, who also serves as Gaius's page and is secretly training to become a Cursor, one of the First Lord's elite spies. Then Gaius falls ill, leaving those closest to him, including Tavi, desperate to keep his weakness secret. With Cursors being murdered, an ancient menace known as the "vord" heading for the capital and civil war on the horizon, Tavi has his work cut out for him. Butcher skillfully weaves in the necessary back story without slowing the pace. Solid world-building, intriguing characters and vivid action make this a solid addition to a marvelously entertaining series. Agent, Jennifer Jackson at DMLA. (July 5) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

2TinazReading
Nov 27, 2007, 10:57pm

I was hesitant when I first picked up Jim Butcher's Academ's Fury. I was already hooked on his Dresden books and feared being disappointed by his work in a completely different genre. To my surprise, I ended up sleeping at 4 a.m. after finishing the novel in one sitting! Now I can comfortably say that I'm a die-hard Butcher fan. If he writes it, I'll read it.

3Irisheyz77
Jan 13, 2008, 2:29pm

I just started to read this book and I think that its even better than the first one so far. The characters are a little more fleshed out and the plot is more edge of your seat interesting. I find it hard to put the book down. There is so much going out at all times that I both love and hate when the narrative moves to another character. I love finding out what is going on with that person but I hate being pulled away from where I am.

I look forward to seeing where this one goes!

4Irisheyz77
Jan 13, 2008, 3:04pm

I have a question about Amara.

When talking with Serai she mentions that she was blighted and can't have children. Do we know when she got sick?

Do we know anything about this blight that the characters mention? Other then its apprently a deadly illness - perhaps something along the lines of the plague. Or small pox since it leaves pock-marked scars on those lucky enough to survive.

5Irisheyz77
Jan 16, 2008, 8:27am

I just finished this book and let me just say that this book was so much better than the first one. First novels are usually the worst in any given series but Furies of Calderon almost sucks next to this book. It was just so well written. The enemy just so much better. Even the characters where just better. After reading this I think that the Codex Alera has become my favorite Butcher series. Don't get me wrong....I love Harry....but this series just blows me away so much more than Dresden ever did.

6seitherin
Mar 9, 2008, 7:26pm

I've finished the book. It didn't quite bore me silly, but it came close. The book was very much way too predictable. Nothing the least bit surprising happened. And I really wish Butcher had chosen some other name for Lady Aquitaine. Invidia is too much like NVIDIA and all I can think about whenever I read the name is graphics cards which leads me to wonder if I should upgrade the card on my computer.

7Caspettee
Mar 12, 2008, 7:56am

I liked this book as it filled in a lot more of the gaps.

Not personally sure about it being better then 1st book. I loved the action and fast paced nature of the 1st book. I liked the 2nd book for continuing the story, filling in gaps, and giving the characters more depth.

I have to say I now find miss Isana to be horribly hypocritical. I enjoyed Max who was wonderful and Serai was also delightful.

Wonder if the Blight is anything like Blight in plants? Perhaps it is a fungal disease that effects humans? I had a look on the net and could not find a disease in our past called the blight (for humans anyway).

Interestingly I found something about human fungal diseases which I thought sounded similar to blight "Systemic or deep mycoses are able to infect internal organs and become widely disseminated through the body.This type is often fatal".

8Irisheyz77
Mar 12, 2008, 9:10am

That does sound a little like what we've heard mentioned about the blight in the books.

I think that of all the characters Isana is my least favorite for just that reason caspettee.

9Caspettee
Mar 13, 2008, 7:10am

But I guess you always need characters to dislike. Perhaps she will learn that being a leader is not as easy as right and wrong?

I would be interested in knowing if JB based his illness the blight on a disease from the past. I had a look on the JB Forum and couldn't see anything. For all we know maybe he did get his inspiration from the great potato famine especially if pokemon can inspire him.

Speaking of which I almost wish I hadn't read that as now when I read about the furies they have a cuter look in my head then I probably should. Still waiting for JB to crack out "Brutus I choose you" but hey Im easily amused LOL