Warning: Minor Cliffhanger (Wow, I really thought it would end elsewhere.)

Amazon Blurb:

In the acclaimed Codex Alera novels, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher has created a fascinating world in which the people of Alera use their unique bond with the elemental forces of nature for protection. But even nature may not be enough to stave off the coming storm…

Tavi of Calderon, now recognized as Princeps Gaius Octavian and heir to the crown, has achieved a fragile alliance with Alera’s oldest foes, the savage Canim. But when Tavi and his legions guide the Canim to their lands, his worst fears are realized. The dreaded Vord—the enemy of Aleran and Canim alike—have laid waste to the Canim homeland. And the Alerans find themselves trapped alongside their former enemies.

Meanwhile, war-torn Alera rebuilds while politicians and nobles vie for power. But from the south comes the news: the Vord have come to Alera. For a thousand years, Alera and her furies have withstood every enemy, and survived every foe. But the thousand years are over…


“Sometimes you don’t know the most important things,” Tavi said. “You believe them.”


Princeps’ Fury is different than the rest so far. We’re mostly out of Alera. Or at least, all the good parts are outside of Alera. I really like the Canim, so finding out more about them was really nice. It is too bad how the book goes for them, though.

Now that we’re back to the Vord, I’m left feeling amazingly meh. I’m still left with so many questions about them. How did Tavi and Kitai wake the Queen up? How were they content to hibernate for so long? How is their rate of reproduction sustainable after only such a few short years without having completely taken over everything? Honestly, the Vord make so little sense to me that I just cannot work up any care about them overall.

On the other side, once again I just love the Canim. Because of story reasons, we weren’t able to see more of their homelands than one little part. I think this is a shame. It sounded so varied and interesting. The whole plotline was unfortunately kind of weak in how one-sided it was, how little there actually was to discover her. The Vord ruin everything.

The First Lord is much better in this book though. I actually enjoyed his storyline this time around (perhaps because he isn’t around Amara and Bernard). He is still a selfish asshole, though, no matter what he does. He is put in an untenable position and has to make something of it to buy time.

I wanted to like this one a lot more than I actually did. It was a bit light on anything other than action. As the penultimate in the series, it sets up a lot for the last book though. Definitely suffers from serving as mostly lead up to the last.

To read more reviews for this series, check out the Codex Alera series page!