The Codex Alera

Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher [4/5]

This is the first book in Jim Butcher’s The Codex Alera series, and it’s a fine start. Anyone who’s familiar with Butcher’s Dresden Files won’t be surprised that Jim can write good action scenes, and his general style of writing works well with the swords- and-horses (as he calls it) style of fantasy. This book may well gain Butcher a whole new readership from among the fans of fantasy writers like Eddings, Jordan, or Goodkind. Jim, though, is a better writer than any of them.

Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher [4/5]

The second book in The Codex Alera expands the complexity of the setting and pushes Tavi, our hero, onto the wider stage. It’s nothing groundbreaking for the genre, but if you’re a fan of sword-and-sorcery novels this is the series you should be reading. I had a few quibbles here and there, like the fact that one of the two main plot threads seemed to be moving at a much faster pace than the other (even though they were in sync chronologically), but overall it’s a strong effort.

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