I have enjoyed this series. The author has a way of writing that makes the book and story very easy to read and follow. I've enjoyed the world he's created and the characters that live in it. Each character has some interesting story behind it. In this book, the young orphan (Tavi) has reached adulthood and is now assigned as a very junior officer (which he is not - since he has only trained as a spy) to a newly created legion of the military. This is hard for him to pull off since he doesn't have any ability with the world's magic system. He's considered an aberration with the danger that the men wouldn't accept him if they knew of his lack of magical ability. In this part of the series, the conflict with the fearsome Canim (a large canine like race) is brought to the boiling point with an invasion of the Canim to the Aleran homeland. The ensuing battles show how he has to improvise (without anyone finding out that he has no magic) to take the fledgling legion of inexperienced fighters to defeat the very powerful fighters and "ritualists" that the Canim are. Answers are found (only for the reader) to some of the questions of Tavi's background and to some of the history of the ruling family as well as Tavi's family. It does set the stage for the next book and sequence of events that I'm eager to read.
Jim Butcher rotates between 2 series, his Harry Dresden stories and this, my FAVORITE series about Tavi and his planet of complex and different species. Jim Butcher really drives his stories in unpredictable directions, with many minute details that made me a real fan of his books. Unfortunately, the Dresden TV show was dismal so I didn't watch. My son who doesn't like to read also liked these book, and used them for his required English book report assignments. He told me "Mother, Jim Butcher obviously plays a lot of video games!" Well, I don't play a lot of video games but I do like his books.
The new releases always come out in hard cover, then in about 10 months are released in paperback.
This is the 3rd of five books in this series (Codex Alera) 1st is Furies of Calderon, 2nd is Academ's Fury, 3rd Cursor's Fury, 4th Captain's Fury, latest: Princeps' Fury
These are what I keep on my shelves, to enjoy repeatedly!
Book three of the Codex Alera, an excellent fantasy series by the author of the Dresden Files.
A great addition to an already great story line. Butcher's characters seem to really jump off the page and into your mind. The characters grow and change in a believable manner that really carry you along and beg you to read long past your bedtime.
This book is part of what (so far) has turned out to be THE BEST FANTASY SERIES I have ever read. I gave up on Robert Jordon's Wheel of Time series and Terry Goodkind's series because they just go on forever with little or no action. This series sets the situation, introduces a list of fascinating characters and puts the petal to the metal. I am amazed at how the plotting and action continues to move forward. The level of creativity, character development, world building and plot advancements is is like nothing I've ever seen..