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Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, Bk 5)
Princeps' Fury - Codex Alera, Bk 5
Author: Jim Butcher
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 safely to their lands, his worst fears are realized. The dreaded Vord -- the enemy of Aleran and Cane alike -- have laid waste to the Cani...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780441017966
ISBN-10: 0441017967
Publication Date: 11/24/2009
Pages: 622
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 64 ratings
Publisher: Ace
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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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 latest of five books (so far) 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... both series!
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This book is a "bridge" book for the final book in the series. That's the only explanation I can come up with for the lagging text and story. There's lots of description and it's done well, but there isn't a whole lot of action IMO. It's okay because most long series have at least one book that is for laying ground for the next books. This one just didn't have as much interest in itself for me. I'm sure the final book will be better for having read this one. The reader learns a lot about the Canim as well as the Vord. I think I might be glad that the installments in this series are spaced like they are.
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reviewed Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, Bk 5) on + 550 more book reviews
This is my favorite Jim Butcher series. 6 books, then it ends. I loved every book and recommend this for young male readers, I even got my son to read it. The imagination, the story was just great and thrilling! READ IT, but in order, starting from the 1st book.
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This is Book 5 of the Codex Alera series.

Except for the Dresden-like abuse that Butcher inflicted upon Tavi in Academ's Fury, he has managed to lay off his main characters for the remainder of this series. Instead, he has turned his penchant for unforgiving destruction and chronic exhaustion onto the people and places of Alera herself. In Princeps' Fury, the Vord have ravaged the world of Carna in such a way that it permeates each page with a sense of hopelessness and despair that would make even Dresden's worst nightmares for Chicago look like a preschooler's tea party. As a reader, I found it to be emotionally exhausting.

While Captain's Fury was fairly centralized, the plot of Princeps' Fury scatters again and covers a lot of ground. Time in the story is pretty evenly divided between all of the main characters, and each one of them is up to their eyeballs in conflict.

This is something of a set-up book in its own right, a bridge between books 4 and 6. There is no real resolution to any of the issues, only a progression and expansion of them. It seems to be setting the stage for what will apparently be one long and painful push towards the end in Book 6. It stands to reason that the "good guys" will win, but I can't for the life of me figure out how that is going to happen.

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