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Academ's Fury (Codex Alera Series #2)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Awesome sequel!

This is the second book in a great new series. It is every bit as good as the first (Furies of Calderon) and just as hard to put down!
Tavi continues to grow into young manhood and to impress those around him. Some new characters join his circle of friends and are just...
This is the second book in a great new series. It is every bit as good as the first (Furies of Calderon) and just as hard to put down!
Tavi continues to grow into young manhood and to impress those around him. Some new characters join his circle of friends and are just as individual as Tavi and his family are. Tavi and his family/friends are believable and show their weaknesses as well as their strengths. Their enemies, for the most part, aren't all bad. They sometimes have their good sides, too. The settings and the battle scenes are well written. Butcher has adeptly avoided the trap of getting long-winded and too wordy in this area so the story moves quickly.
I, for one, and quite happy that Jim Butcher has shared his conversations with his imaginary friends!

posted by wickedfaerie on February 22, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

ok for some not for all

I found there to be too much political intrigue for my liking. All the twists and turns made it hard to follow. Good book if you lile that but not my cup of tea.

posted by Spudacus_Avery on December 1, 2012

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    Better than the first book, but the character development still

    Better than the first book, but the character development still isn't satisfying and I have to wonder if my suspicions about certain characters arise because it is the writer's intent or because a lack of story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    An Enjoyable Read

    This whole series is enjoyable and is full of light reads. Tavi is a character that you can not help to love as the series goes on, and the plot takes new and interesting twists.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

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    Cool book

    A cool book in a cool series.

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  • Posted August 7, 2009

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    Come for the Worldbuilding, stay for the characters

    Academ's Fury is the second novel in the Codex Alera sequence by Jim Butcher. Although he is far more well known for the Dresden Files novels, here in the second book of the Codex Alera series, he starts to really show he can do epic fantasy too.

    The novel takes place some time after the events of the first novel. Tavi, as promised in the conclusion of the first novel, is now a student at the Academy in the capital city, and serves Gaius Sextus, the ruler of Alera, as a page.

    The political threats that ring Gaius threaten to draw Tavi in, especially given his relocation to the heart of the Empire. And then there is a mysterious rising of strange creatures in the north that threaten his uncle Bernard and his lover, the cursor Amara, and the Marat as well. And then there are the savage Canim, who through their Embassy are clearly up to something...

    As ably as he showed the pastoral Calderon Valley, in this novel, the partial change of venue (although there are plenty of scenes in this novel too) to the city shows good worldbuilding, and a whole host of new characters, intrigues and venues.

    The old characters grow and develop, too. Tavi, Kitai, Amara, Bernard and even Gaius are not set in stone, but grow and change. Come for the world building, stay for the characters and their personal stories.

    The appetite that was whetted by listening to the first novel has only been fueled by this one. Readers of the first novel will definitely want to read this one. And, probably like me, will want to read the third one in short order.

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