Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera Series #3)

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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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Overview

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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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780441015474
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/27/2007
  • Series: Codex Alera Series , #3
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 61,310
  • Product dimensions: 4.54 (w) x 7.64 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Butcher

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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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    Lots of great battles; quick plot pace

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Cjerecter adoption

    I choose luvli

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Moshi monsters- charecter adoption

    Make your monsters here! Choices: katsuma furi poppit luvli divalo and zommer. Select your monster here!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Quite good

    Another excelent romp by jim butcher

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    Excellent

    Very good read..Excellent series

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  • Posted March 27, 2012

    Nicely done, recommended

    I loved the entire series.

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  • Posted February 15, 2012

    A tad disappointing

    Jim Butcher excels as a storyteller and this book is right on target - except for his tendency to over-explain. Just when the action is at its hottest do we really need the cold-water shower of unnecessary "explanations?" I will read the remainder of his books but if they are like this one there will be many pages to skip over. Its the pure action pages that make his books worthwhile.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2011

    Instant favorite

    Butcher again proves his ability to enthral and entertain. As a pretty solid Dresden fan, I was a bit skeptical about the transition to Alera. I truly enjoyed the adventure which compares to Lackey and the character personalities rivaling Eddings. Ive read all of Dresden and Alera and admitt, I can't wait to see what comes next.

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  • Posted August 23, 2011

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    Keeps getting better!

    This series gets better with each book. Cursor's Fury is still solidly in the military fantasy camp. The battles are well-written enough for the story not to drag on. There are twists and revelations that take it beyond pure military fantasy, and some great developments to whet my appetite for the next book.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

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    A really good book

    I really good book. I'm new to this series and really enjoy it.

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  • Posted September 10, 2010

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    Thrilling Ending - Adult Read

    When civil war, unexplainable magical attacks, and thousands of invading foes spread death across Alera, the magic-less Tavi must counter the enemy with what he does possess - wits and guts.

    Cursor's Fury is a fast paced tale with a thrilling ending that leaves you wishing you had the next installment already at hand. The reader should be aware that it contains more sexual content than the two earlier books in the form of implicated/stated sexual desire and foreplay - though I wouldn't classify it as erotica. I would not recommend this as a young adult book.

    Overall a highly enjoyable adult read and a worthy third installment.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    It's been a long time since a book has kept me up all night.

    I don't think I've turned on my television in weeks - every spare minute has been spent reading the Codex Alera series (of which Cursor's Fury is #3). The characters have depth of personality: I find myself hating the decisions some of the good guys make and even the bad guys have some character traits one if forced to admire. The plots are well-crafted and keep me turning pages.

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  • Posted February 22, 2010

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    Fantastic!

    Jim Butcher continues his story of Tavi and his friends. It is every bit as hard to put down as the first two in this series!

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  • Posted February 16, 2010

    Great book

    Masterfully written in a logical, epic world with rich, likeable characters.

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  • Posted November 9, 2009

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    The Very Best of the Series So Far

    Jim Butcher hit a home run on this installment of the Codex Alera series. He brought out the best in his characters in this book. The book has everything one would want to find in one's reading. Pure enjoyment!!!! Thank you Mr. Butcher. I also reccomend the Pern Series, Valdemere series and of course The Wheel of Time series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2009

    I love Jim Butcheer

    I have reead everything he has written. I love is dark humour, his pacing. A great read, any time. every time!!!

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

    Incredible Tease

    Although by now in the series, everyone who's kept up on the Codex Alera novels knows where this is going, it would still be nice to be given enough time to see the sights along the way.

    Here we were finally given a fantastic chance to view the homeland and the intricacies of the Canim world, but instead, we saw those hopes quickly dashed against the tormented seas of Alera. It felt as though Caana was a perfunctory stop to tie off threads and back home.

    The characters, in some ways, although developed and now fleshed (specifically Max and Ehren) need something deeper to either drive them into the final story or let them loose as they felt like they were being drug along by the angry gargant that is the Tavi-Kitai-Vorg plot.

    On the very positive side, the story, although moving in a predictable end, is still taking more than enough turns in other threads to keep things entertaining. More importantly, the continuing development of Tavi into his final destiny is now questioned with his involvement with Kitai. One can sense a horrible collection of choices and possible missteps lying ahead for our hero, and we realize he sees that he may be forced into decisions that may decide between destroying those he loves and destroying that which he has vowed to protect.

    To be fair, Jim Butcher doesn't ever shut off the possibility that perhaps, huge pause, just perhaps, Tavi can do both. And he does a fantastic job of showing that every step now will echo in future books. And *that* is what makes this so enjoyable.

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  • Posted March 10, 2009

    i love it

    very goood

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2008

    A reviewer

    this surpasses the standard set by the other books in the series. a captivating and injoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2008

    Not quite the quality I am used to

    I found this book very dreary. I battled to get through it, it was predictable and not quite the rollicking adventures I am used to from Jim Butcher. I grab his books the minute they hit the shelves and have read all the Dresden series and loved it, read the first two installments of this series and enjoyed them but this one just dragged on and on and you know Tavi is never going to suffer any dire injury and will always come out tops with everyone loving him. Just annoyingly predictable.

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