Academ's Fury (Codex Alera Series #2)

Academ's Fury (Codex Alera Series #2)

by Jim Butcher

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ISBN-13: 9780441013401
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/28/2006
Series: Codex Alera Series , #2
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 720
Sales rank: 39,113
Product dimensions: 4.24(w) x 6.74(h) x 1.18(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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. Jim is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera novels, and the Cinder Spires series, which began with The Aeronaut’s Windlass.

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“Intense…I can’t wait for the next adventure.”—Philadelphia Weekly Press

“High adventure with engaging characters and a satisfying conclusion.”—Locus

“Solid world-building, intriguing characters and vivid action make this a solid addition to a marvelously entertaining series.”—Publishers Weekly

“The author of the Dresden Files series demonstrates his skill with epic fantasy…A fresh approach to magic and a cast of appealing characters make this an exciting read.”—Library Journal

“A fine coming-of-age, fantasy-action novel. The characterizations are excellent, and the plotting is very well developed.”—Booklist

“Jim Butcher is a brilliant world-builder.”—Midwest Book Review

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Academ's Fury (Codex Alera Series #2) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 333 reviews.
wickedfaerie More than 1 year ago
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!
ssbookreviews More than 1 year ago
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.
ScoRcH More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
bell7 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Two years after Furies of Calderon ended, we find Tavi at the Academy under the patronage of Gaius, the First Lord himself. Bernard is now Count, and his sister Isana is finding herself caught between a rock and a hard place because of Gaius' appointment of her as the first woman Steadholder. Meanwhile, trouble is brewing for Alera from without and within. Another fast-paced read in the Codex Alera series. As the series progresses, I'm enjoying getting to know and care about the characters and having a tough time putting the book down.
edstan76 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is the second time i've read the series. It is definitely an exciting series to read. Here in the 2nd book, it has been 2 years since the 2nd Battle off Calderon and Tavi is living in the capitol as Gaius's page and in training to become a cursor. He's got a group of friends to help him out to between Max, Ehern, and Gallele. Also Katai shows up in there at some point. The main plot that takes place in both Calderon Valley and the capitol revolves around a small event that took place in the first book and set things in motion for this book. The way Jim weaves the story is very masterfully done. Yes you can see some things coming from a mile away but thats done on purpose. The intrigue is not the big mysteries but how the characters discover them and the political intrigue that goes along with it. And once again Fade shows just how much more there is to him then meets the eye. The epilogue at the end between Gaius and Sir Miles shows just how much Gaius really knows what is going on in his realm. At times I think Gaius could give Dumbledore a run for his money.
willowcove on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is a GREAT series with a new 'power' twist.
PardaMustang on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Academ's Fury, second in the Codex Alera series, takes place two years after the events in Furies of Calderon. This book, like its predecessor, follows the lives of the furyless Tavi and his family, focusing on the growing threat of the alien Vord and the introduction of the wolf-like Canim race.When the First Lord, Tavi's Patron, collapses Tavi and his friends must weave an elaborate deception keeping the First Lord's affliction secret while keeping the Empire running. Meanwhile, Tavi's aunt Isana has come to the capital to seek help for her brother Bernard, now Count Calderon. Finding none forthcoming from the First Lord Isana finds herself in a most unlikely partnership to gain the help she requires.
ljbryant on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This book continues to build on the deep and imaginative world that Butcher began with Furies of Calderon. In addition to a unique and interesting system of magic, Butcher provides us with a wonderful story line, likable (and of course, in some cases, despicable) characters, and an in-depth view of the interaction between vastly different groups of people.In addition, in a world where magic is king, Butcher manages to make the main character, who completely lacks magic, into an intelligent, powerful character who is able to overcome this handicap quite handily.
Silver on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Somehow not as enjoyable as the first in the series - some of the battle scenes dragged a bit - but still a fun read with great characters. Especially enjoyable is the slow revelation of Tavi's past and his developing relationships with the other cursors-in-training and Kitai.
Jvstin on LibraryThing 24 days ago
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.
woodge on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is the second in a series of six and this entry was every bit as exciting and thrilling as the first (Furies of Calderon). This book takes up two years after the events in the first book (Tavi is seventeen now). Many of the same players from the first book are back and there are many more new villains. Butcher keeps the action going strong and the interest level high which makes for a fast and fun read. The Codex Alera is fast becoming one of my favorite fantasy series. This book also delivers some cool plot twists/revelations. Highly recommended.
Wova4 on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Behold the inherent difficulty of plotting a fantasy epic: balancing the scale of the work against the movement of plot. Two common outcomes from this tension are: plodding along under the padding of over-world-building; and low-stakes/low-importance conflict. It would appear that the Codex Alera depends mightily upon the major characters (Bernard, Amara, Tavi, Kitai, Isana, Fidelias, and Gaius) surviving through several volumes until they can be positioned for the final confrontation. But, in order to hold reader interest, there must be conflict, so we get early volumes in the series like Academ's Fury.Don't mistake me, I enjoyed reading this book. Butcher's penchant for world-building and a keen ability to write action sequences more than make up for what I feel are serious shortcomings of the mundane aspects of any fantasy epic. The characterizations established in the first volume are strong and the interactions between characters are intriguing. Old antagonists are cast into new, uncertain light. Even the introduction of the Borg...sorry...Vorg provides an interesting enemy, especially given the typical standard fantasy warty things with clubs we all know about.Butcher even kills some characters this time, but nobody you really need to worry over.Still, Academ's Fury provides the reader with another heart-stopping confrontation (two, actually) with beyond-impossible odds of success, only to whisk the key players into safety. At least in this volume, Butcher didn't kill people and then have them pop back up afterwards none-the-worse for wear. Much. (I'm looking at you Kitai).
lewispike on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Part two of the Codex Alera picks up two years later as Tiva, at the academy, is getting close to graduation.He has to cope with bullies, both academic and student for his "freak" status with no furies. He is, however, doing really well at many of his other skills: his intelligence and good training giving him a solid base.Meanwhile out in Calderon the Marat turn up with news of a newly awakened ancient evil - this being Tiva's fault to some extent for burning the Wax Forest. The story in both places develops, in Calderon mostly in military terms which works well, although there is a romance there, of course. In the capital there is a mix of frantic action, intrigue and politics which also works rather well, although the range of factions and alliances seems rather daunting - but there is a character who feels just the same to help you make sense of it.Butcher's re-awakened ancient threat is nasty, with an entity that exerts some sort of mind control that can adapt to control just about anything - leaving legionares being attacked by mothers, kids and the like and struggling against this foe.We find out more about the Marat, which is always good, and interesting, and there are hints that there will be more about the history of the men and the development of furycrafting, but it's all hints and little clues at the moment.There are a couple of not all that surprising little twists at the end, but the pace is high and fun and all the elements work, even when you think characters are doing the wrong thing you understand how they got there and sympathise with it mostly.
elbakerone on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Set a few years following the events of Furies of Calderon, Jim Butcher returns to the Calderon Valley with another grand adventure for his unlikely hero Tavi. In a world where most people have connections to one or more elemental spirits called Furies, Tavi is alone in his inability to furycraft, to control the magical elements, but his quick thinking and clever mind are often a more than suitable alternative for his lack of power.In Academ's Fury Tavi has left his home in the Valley and is training at the Academy to become a Cursor. Though his lack of furycrafting singles him out as a target for bullies and ridicule, Tavi finds himself surrounded by a few supportive friends. Tavi's patronage from the First Lord of Calderon provides him with connections and contacts within the kingdom's politics but also places him at the center of webs of deceit and intrigue involving those who seek to overthrow the heir-less ruler of the realm. Meanwhile, back in the Valley, Tavi's aunt Isana is the target of an assassination attempt. Her new status as a steadholder is a threat to many who do not want a woman to hold so much power, but the Valley faces an even more dire threat as hordes of a parasitic enemy called the Vord have been unleashed. This strange new foe also seems to have Tavi in its sights as the tracks of their destruction lead directly to him. Once again Jim Butcher layers on action and suspense in his fantastical and unique environment. The dialog is peppered with humor and Tavi's cleverness and creative thinking constantly provide unexpected plot twists and dramatic escapes from peril. Many readers of the series have mentioned that they prefer this book to its predecessor, but I suppose if I had to choose, I may have liked Furies of Calderon a bit more. Both books have moments of a GRAND REVEAL and where I found the twist in the first to be shockingly perfect; in this book it was an element that I had already predicted after finishing the first novel. But that said, I fully enjoyed this adventure too and saying I slightly preferred the first is nothing against Academ's Fury as it was definitely an excellent entry in a very strong series.
terriko on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I'm definitely still enjoying this series, but I got this as an audiobook and I'm not entirely sure if that was the right choice: it felt even longer than the first book due to the fact that I couldn't skim, and while I appreciate the reader's ability to distinguish the voices, her interpretation of Isana and Amara was so far from my own that I found it distracting. However, I'm still enjoying the story, the new characters introduced in this volume, and I'm very glad to see that in this fantasy world that "evil" isn't always black-and-white (The us-vs-them mentality of many fantasy novels grates on me like bad propaganda at times.)
Darla on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Academ's Fury takes place two years after Furies of Calderon. Tavi is at the Academy (hence the title), still fury-less (magic-less), training to become a Cursor (secret agent), and working as the First Lord's page. It's finals time, and as his final exam as a Cursor, he's to catch the Black Cat--a thief who's been plaguing the capital but is inexplicably able to avoid the watch furies. He has other finals as well, which should be enough pressure, but then the First Lord collapses, and Tavi has to get him aid while keeping it a secret to prevent the realm from falling into civil war.Meanwhile, back on the steadholt, Tavi's aunt Isana is attacked by an assassin as she's preparing to go to the capital for Wintersend, where she's to make public appearances as the first female steadholder.And then the Marat arrive, led by Doroga, a small band who've survived a battle with a foe called the Vord. Cross the Borg with zombies, maybe, and throw in some horror movie spiders, and you'll get an idea of what they're up against. Oh, and it seems that one of the three Vord queens is looking for Tavi.So now Isana has a bigger mission for her trip to the capital--alert the First Lord to send aid to the Calderon Valley, and warn and protect Tavi, while Bernard and the cursor Amara stay back in Calderon to fight the Vord there.We're introduced to Tavi's new friends, the powerful but tormented Max and the weak but wily Ehren. And we're introduced to the Canim, huge wolf-like creatures.The story is exciting and fast-moving. The book, as do the others in the series, alternates between story threads, and Jim has a habit of leaving readers on a cliffhanger at the end of a chapter, which could make one skim through some threads, if they weren't all so exciting.In addition to the book-long plot of the fight against the Vord, there are also dramatic developments in the ongoing series plot. Tavi's growing both physically and mentally and gaining confidence through his Cursors training, as well as making important friendships and learning to wade through the politics in the capital.We learn more about the other races on Carna, and through them, more about the Alerans. And some events occur that will have repercussions for years (and books!) to come. It's all just so tightly written that everything has a purpose, even as it's telling a thrilling story.
kayceel on LibraryThing 26 days ago
I'm completely loving this fantasy series by a beloved author, Jim Butcher. Tavi, basically a shepherd boy from a farm, showed courage, strength and loyalty in fighting to protect his family and his uncle's steadholders, and won a position in the realm's most prestigious academy.Now, two years later, Tavi is in training to become a cursor (a sort of spy for the crown), but when an unknown creature begins threatening his home in the Calderon valley, he's drawn into danger again.Tavi is a great character - strong and a born leader, but not quite cognizant of that fact yet. Hampered by his inability to call and command the furies of nature that all Alerans are able to, he is forced to rely on his own intellikgence, hone his fighting and athletic skills and listen to his sharp instioncts in order to survive. He's simply wonderful. *sigh* Butcher's secondary characters are richly drawn, from other heroes to the bad guys, and the truly BAD guys are scary indeed. This series in full of battle, death and gore, but completely compelling.Highly recommended.
CursorsFury on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Loved it!! Better than the first. I loved the thoughts that ran through Tavi's mind and how so much balanced around his every decision. He coming into his own, and we saw him for more than a boy, but for the formidable man he is growing into. (LOVED chapter 9)
Caspettee on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a great book that is faced paced and addictive to read. I found it a little slow at the start but it rapidly picked up pace as the author weaved his tale. The book is set two years after the events in the 1st book and Tavi has been training diligently. The realm is threatened on two fronts, the Vord which is a race bent on destroying anything other then themselves, and a King who is mysteriously absent. Tavi is smack in the middle of things doing what he does best - saving the realm!The characters are more fleshed out in this book and learn more about their personalities and what drives them. We also discover in this book more about the political intrigue that is occurring in the capital of the realm.This series is fast becoming one of my favorites.
greylady on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Book Two of The Codex Alera, Academ's Fury takes us to Alera Imperia, where we find Tavi still running around like a mad creature. He has managed to enter Cursor training, and finds himself thrown into situations far beyond what he could have expected to be in as a lowly page.All the reviews compare this work to fantasy greats, but they skip the things that are most important. Jim's books are plotted in advance, told with an obvious love of language, and well worth a second read, and this is no exception.
therhoda on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I love this series for the depth and detail of the characters. Tavi's life is never easy and seeing him rise above it is always a treat.
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Loved it ! !