Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera Series #3)

Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera Series #3)

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by Jim Butcher
     
 

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In his acclaimed Codex Alera novels, bestselling author Jim Butcher has created a fascinating world in which the powerful forces of nature take physical form. But even magic cannot sway the corruption that threatens to destroy the realm of Alera once and for all.

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In his acclaimed Codex Alera novels, bestselling author Jim Butcher has created a fascinating world in which the powerful forces of nature take physical form. But even magic cannot sway the corruption that threatens to destroy the realm of Alera once and for all.

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"The author of the 'Dresden Files' modern fantasy series is equally familiar with old-style, 'classic' fantasy, demonstrating his skill in complex plotting and vivid world crafting to masterly effect." -LIBRARY JOURNAL "One of the best volumes yet in this entertaining series." -LOCUS
The Barnes & Noble Review
Jim Butcher may be best known for his Dresden Files (Proven Guilty, Dead Beat, et al.) -- a series that blends dark fantasy with hard-boiled crime fiction and features a Chicago-based wizard/paranormal investigator with a distinctively sardonic view of the world -- but his epic fantasy saga the Codex Alera is quickly gaining him an entire new audience among fans of authors like David Eddings, Raymond E. Feist, and Robert Jordan.

In Cursor's Fury, the third book in the series thus far (after Furies of Calderon and Academ's Fury), civil war rocks the realm of Alera. As the ruthless High Lord of Kalare launches a brutal assault against Gaius Sextus (Alera's aging ruler), the saga's heroic main character, Tavi -- working as an undercover spy in the newly formed Aleran Legion -- witnesses the brutality of war firsthand and finds himself in command of an untrained group of misfits, the only force standing between a horde of nightmarish Canim warriors and the gates of war-torn Alera…

Fans of shelf-bending, multilayered fantasy sagas like the aforementioned Jordan's Wheel of Time and Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth sequences should definitely check out Butcher's Codex Alera, which is reminiscent in many ways of Terry Brooks's original Shannara trilogy (The Sword of Shannara, The Elfstones of Shannara, and The Wishsong of Shannara) first released in the late 1970s and early '80s -- an intricately detailed, thematically complex fantasy filled with nonstop action and adventure, powerful characterization, and some of the coolest world building to be seen in a long, long time. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
Butcher deftly mixes military fantasy and political intrigue in the rollicking third Codex Alera book (after 2005's Academ's Fury). Gaius Sextus, the First Lord of Alera, plants his nephew Tavi in a new legion, where Tavi can gather information on the rebellious High Lord of Kalare. Tavi, now a full-fledged Cursor, or spy, infiltrates the legion under the assumed identity of an officer, a station the green young man has not yet actually achieved. Treachery from a supposed ally opens the legion to attack from its bestial enemies, the Canim, incapacitating the captain and catapulting Tavi to the rank of the legion's commanding officer. Cut off from contact with the First Lord and with few seasoned officers to guide him, he must lead the troops in a defense of the Imperium against a horde of frenzied Canim warriors set on annihilating the Aleri people. Readers will cheer Tavi every step of the way. (Dec.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The ruthless High Lord of Kalare has declared open revolt against First Lord Gaius Sextus, who allies with the rival Lord of Aquitaine to hold his realm together. While the Countess Amara, a Cursor, or protector of the realm, embarks on a perilous mission to rescue hostages from the heart of the Lord of Kalare's stronghold, young Tavi, a member of the First Lord's household, is sent away from the war-though he finds a way to bring the war to him. The third volume of Butcher's newest series (after Furies of Calderon and Academ's Fury), set in a world reminiscent of the Roman Empire but powered by elemental magic, brings to a climax one portion of his epic tale, leaving room for further volumes. The author of the "Dresden Files" modern fantasy series is equally familiar with old-style, "classic" fantasy, demonstrating his skill in complex plotting and vivid world crafting to masterly effect. A welcome addition, along with series predecessors, to most fantasy collections. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780441015474
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/27/2007
Series:
Codex Alera Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
704
Sales rank:
66,845
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 7.49(h) x 1.38(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"The author of the 'Dresden Files' modern fantasy series is equally familiar with old-style, 'classic' fantasy, demonstrating his skill in complex plotting and vivid world crafting to masterly effect." -LIBRARY JOURNAL "One of the best volumes yet in this entertaining series." -LOCUS

Meet the Author

A martial arts enthusiast whose resume includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives with his wife, his son and a ferocious guard dog.

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Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera Series #3) 4.6 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 342 reviews.
Riss82 More than 1 year ago
This is the third edition in the codex alera series, and it's no disappointment. As the title would lead one to believe, the protagonist has moved up in the world a bit, and he joins the Legions who, of course, go to war. There are lots of great battle scenes that are beautifully detailed without being too gory. I'm not too interested in war or fighting, but the literary style keeps things interesting. The pace is fast and gives one a sense of being there in the moment, with all of the adrenaline of the battlefield. And there is no shortage of character development and interesting story line. Definitely a worthwhile read!
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velvetjk More than 1 year ago
Lots of intrique and adventure
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