In his acclaimed Codex Alera novels, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher has created a fascinating world in which the powerful forces of nature take physical form. But even magic cannot sway the corruption that threatens to destroy the realm of Alera once and for all…
When the power-hungry High Lord of Kalare launches a merciless rebellion against the First Lord, young Tavi of Calderon joins a newly formed legion under an assumed name. And when the ruthless Kalare allies himself with a savage enemy of the realm, Tavi finds himself leading an inexperienced, poorly equipped legion—the only force standing between Alera and certain doom…
“Give it to ’em!”
Take ’em down!”
Kick their furry–”
“Men plan. Fate Laughs.”
This was a very solid book with some great (though sort of predictable) twists. I’m kind of glad I powered through the first two books to get to this point, because this was a book worth reading.
Man, I love Tavi. So much. He is the only thing that makes this series worth it. I got almost an entire hour of nothing but Tavi in this one! It was the best. If I didn’t read on an ereader, I would have tossed the book when it switched perspectives. Tavi is the best character in this series. He is capable, he is able to take everything that comes at him. He reminds me of one of my favourite characters ever, even. At first, this felt like a young adult series because he was young and dumb. Now, though, he is becoming a very capable, important adult.
I think the greatest injustice of this series so far is that Kitai isn’t one of the perspectives I get to see from. I love Kitai. She is awesome and perfect for Tavi. I love the bond they have, too. I love how they’re bonded together. Everything about these two are great!
Cursor’s Fury is different from the first two, as Tavi has to go through his required 3 years military experience. I have got to go look for more military books, because this has seriously been the most fascinating part of the series to date for me. I was on the edge of my seat and so looking forward to how it was going to go. I love how Tavi is in an officer position, how he has to take command. The major battle of this book is amazing with fantastic consequences. I can’t get to into it because of spoilers. However, I just love how the entire book worked up to it and then announced what it was going to be and how.
EVERYTHING about Tavi and Kitai was great. It would have been 5 stars had it just been them.
Our other two storylines for the series now:
Bernard and Amara? Their story was even more useless this time than last time. It is more about their relationship. I just can’t work up a care about these two at all. Their story once again ties into the Tavi story, but it is so distant and doesn’t have much of a direct impact on the main story that it just feels completely useless. I’m sure what they’re doing is going to be important by series end.
Isana’s story was better this time around, though! It dealt with her backstory, and how it ties into Tavi. It was actually really predictable, but it didn’t take up much time so I was okay with it. It was also really important to know. I worry about how the changes because of how her story finished this book will change the rest of the series, though.
Also, for the love of everything STOP SWITCHING PERSPECTIVES SO IT ENDS ON A CLIFFHANGER! I’m so damn annoyed with it after three books. Almost every single perspective shift is only because the last one ended on a cliffhanger. By the time I get back to that story I’ve completely forgotten what was happening anyway! There are better ways to do this! Someone please, please make it stop!
Also, the ending? Very, very cute.
To read more reviews for this series, check out the Codex Alera series page!