Academ's Fury (Codex Alera Series #2)

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In Furies of Calderon, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher introduced readers to a world where the forces of nature take physical form. But now, it is human nature that threatens to throw the realm into chaos…

For centuries, the people of Alera have harnessed the furies—elementals of earth, air, fire, water, wood, and metal—to protect their land from aggressors. But no fury can save them from the dangers they face within. A mysterious attack from across the sea...

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Overview

In Furies of Calderon, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher introduced readers to a world where the forces of nature take physical form. But now, it is human nature that threatens to throw the realm into chaos…

For centuries, the people of Alera have harnessed the furies—elementals of earth, air, fire, water, wood, and metal—to protect their land from aggressors. But no fury can save them from the dangers they face within. A mysterious attack from across the sea has weakened the First Lord. Should he fall, a bloody civil war is inevitable. The responsibility of fending off assassination attempts and treachery within the First Lord’s circle of spies falls on Tavi, the one man with no fury to call…

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In this stand-alone sequel to the well-received Furies of Calderon, young Tavi continues to struggle with his inability to control the furies. Unfortunately, he has no time to salve his insecurity: A mysterious attack from across the sea has weakened the First Lord, leaving him vulnerable to plots within. To save the kingdom, Tavi must thwart assassination attempts and court treachery, heady assignments for a fledgling youth. A sympathetic protagonist; clear, vivid story lines.
Publishers Weekly
Best known for his Harry Dresden fantasy noir novels (Dead Beat, etc.), bestseller Butcher shows he's equally adept at epic fantasy in the second Codex Alera book. Two years after the events of Furies of Calderon (2004), the First Lord of Alera, Gaius Sextus, struggles to control a realm facing growing border troubles and civil strife as High Lords scheme to advance their own causes. Fortunately, Gaius has loyal supporters such as his nephew Tavi, now a 17-year-old Academ, a student of Alera Imperial's great Academy, who also serves as Gaius's page and is secretly training to become a Cursor, one of the First Lord's elite spies. Then Gaius falls ill, leaving those closest to him, including Tavi, desperate to keep his weakness secret. With Cursors being murdered, an ancient menace known as the "vord" heading for the capital and civil war on the horizon, Tavi has his work cut out for him. Butcher skillfully weaves in the necessary back story without slowing the pace. Solid world-building, intriguing characters and vivid action make this a solid addition to a marvelously entertaining series. Agent, Jennifer Jackson at DMLA. (July 5) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The world of Alera draws power and protection from harnessing the elemental furies of air, water, fire, earth, wood, and metal. When Tavi, a young spy in training for the First Lord, succumbs to his failure to control the furies, he awakens something powerful and deadly that seeks its awakener. An attack from the sea nearly kills the First Lord, prompting civil war if he dies. Facing threats from both within and without, Alera needs even its flawed heroes to survive. The author of the "Dresden Files" series demonstrates his skill with epic fantasy in this sequel to Furies of Calderon. A fresh approach to magic and a cast of appealing characters make this an exciting read for most fantasy fans and a good addition to libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441013401
  • Publisher: Ace
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: Codex Alera Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 720
  • Sales rank: 72,617
  • Product dimensions: 4.24 (w) x 6.74 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Butcher

A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri. He is the author of The Dresden Files (Skin Game, Cold Days, Ghost Story), and the Codex Alera series (First Lord's Fury, Princeps' Fury, Captain's Fury).

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    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 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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2010

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    Excellent but for Sexual Content

    When a mysterious creature from Tavi's past resurfaces and hundreds of people throughout Alera disappear, no one realizes how far the danger has spread till it is almost too late. Academ's Fury introduces us to Tavi in the throes of the political upheaval, treachery, and diplomacy that permeate life in the capital.

    This fantastic read sucks you in from the beginning and leaves you looking for more pages when it ends. It deals with the complicated issues surrounding loyalty, greater good, sacrifice, and compromise. The reader should be aware that it contains some gruesome violence (arms getting ripped off, people pulverized, etc) as well as some sexuality. The sexuality ranges from suggestive comments, to lead up sequences and is my main angst with the book as it prevents me from recommending it to just anyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2009

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    A great sequel to the first book.

    I thought this was a great second edition to the Codex of Alera book series. I wasn't a huge fan of the first book but I enjoy Jim Butcher's writing style. The first book came together very well at the end which made me purchase the second. After the first few chapters, I knew i would read the entire series. The characters were expanded upon and the plot thickened. They referred to the first book on occasions subtly which I enjoy in series like these. They were never too romantic but kept the story of Tavi and Kitai alive. They also kept the action nonstop. When it doesn't seem like it could get worse, it does. I do suggest only reading this book if you plan to continue the series. Jim loves to end each book with a new problem to face.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2012

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2014

    Recommend if you like fantasy adventure

    Enjoyed the entire series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    One of the

    Best series I hsbe read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Moshi monsters- houses and gardens

    From here to twenty results down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2013

    Anonymous

    This series is amazing. Can't wait to see what happens next.

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  • Posted January 2, 2013

    Jim Butcher has done it again!

    I have no idea why I waited so long to read these books when I was already a fan of his Dresden Files series. These books are just as good and I am disappointed that there won't be anymore. I wish he would write more to this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Great Read!

    I'm enjoying the originality of the story and characters. I'm part way through the third book and still enjoying them.

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  • Posted June 28, 2012

    To have been conceptualized as a dare: combine the 2 worst possi

    To have been conceptualized as a dare: combine the 2 worst possible ideas for a fantasy series and make something out of it...(the author's friend decided on Pokemon and the Lost Roman Legion as the two concepts) Jim Butcher not only devises an immersive world out of the impossible, he also populates this world with characters who can speak to our own world's issues as well as dealing with the personal challenges confronting each of us. Then again, why should we be surprised? It's Jim Butcher at the helm of these wonderful books. In this segment of the series of 5 books, the hero, Tavi, comes of age in the capital and begins to find his growing place in the realm.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    Excellent

    Very good read..Excellent series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    Great book

    I love this book and strongly reccomend everyone reads the whole collection of books

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    Great part of the series

    I loved the story of these characters as a whole, and read the entire series. I have also read all of the Dresden books. I expected to not like the Alera series quite as much, but I did.

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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 March 12, 2011

    loved it

    a great book really easy to get into the characters a good sequel can but cant wait to finish the 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2006

    SUPER AWESOME!

    this is a great book with a great story line. this book as very hard to put down and left you wanting more. i can't wait for the third one to come out

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