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!
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.