Academ's Fury (potential for spoilers)
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Summary from bn.com:
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.
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.
I look forward to seeing where this one goes!
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.
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".
I think that of all the characters Isana is my least favorite for just that reason caspettee.
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