Cursor’s Fury (Codex Alera #3) ★★★★★

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Title: Cursor’s Fury
Series: Codex Alera #3
Author: Jim Butcher
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 654
Words: 177K

 

Synopsis:

From BN.com and Me

The power-hungry High Lord of Kalare has launched a rebellion against the aging First Lord, Gaius Sextus, who with the loyal forces of Alera must fight beside the unlikeliest of allies-the equally contentious High Lord of Aquitaine.

Meanwhile, young Tavi of Calderon joins a newly formed legion under an assumed name even as the ruthless Kalare unites with the Canim, bestial enemies of the realm whose vast numbers spell certain doom for Alera. When treachery from within destroys the army’s command structure, Tavi finds himself leading an inexperienced, poorly equipped legion-the only force standing between the Canim horde and the war-torn realm.

Steadholder Isana finds herself trapped in a city under siege by Kalare and his forces. The Canim have cast some sort of spell that turned the sky read and has filled the clouds with intangible monsters that can kill anyone who comes within reach of their clutches. This means that air travel is nigh impossible for the Knight Aeries and that the city is on its own. Fade protects Isana from an arrow but it is poisoned and he begins to die. Isana performs a very dangerous form of healing and during the process we learn what happened at the first Battle of Calderon where Isana gave birth to Tavi and Septimus died. Fade, now fully Araris, is healed and reveals his love for Isana and she returns it.

At the same time, Amara and Bernard team up with Lady Aquitaine, her 2 underlings from the first book and Rook, the woman controlled by Kalare. Lady Placida is being held hostage by Kalare and only Rook knows where. Everyone agrees to rescue Rooks little daughter while they rescue Placida. Once Lady Placida is rescued, her husband Lord Placida can unleash his forces against Kalare and help the First Lord. The rescue happens, the expected double cross from Lady Aquataine happens and Amara handles it all.

Tavi, now leading the Legion in the area of the Canim incursion, realizes that the Canim are divided between the warriors who are loyal to their War Leader Nasaug and the Ritualists who are loyal to Sarl, who we briefly met in the previous book. Tavi throws the Canim back and eventually breaks their spirit. However, he finds out that the boats were carrying the Canim nation, not just warriors, when he finds a Canim female with a newly birthed litter of pups. Tavi realizes that the Canim were not invading Alera but were fleeing their homeland.

My Thoughts:

Oh my goodness! Oh My goodness!! Oh My Goodness!!!

This is exactly what I want in my Epic Fantasy. How can this book be written by the same guy who writes that whiny loser Dresden? It must be a miracle!!!! Or Butcher is just that good of an author and knows what exactly to write for each genre his series is in. Give this man a cookie. Phhh, give him the whole box of oreos!!!!

Once again, this was my “lunch break”, “down time at work (hahahahaha!”) book and I found myself making excuses to read it outside of the normal parameters. Get to work 5 minutes early? No problem, just sit in the car and read this for 5 minutes. After work, let the car warm up and read until I’m ready to drive home. Heck, have my bookbag with me with this in it and sitting in a parking lot waiting for a Craigslist deal to go through, read this!

With this being my 3rd read of this book, there obviously weren’t any surprises. Yet I wasn’t bored in any way nor did I ever come to a section and feel like “oh, here we go, hang on until we get back to the good stuff”.

The story, the characters, how the plot unfolds, it just works for me. These aren’t Dune level of books, in that there are deeper, underlying themes and ideas, but for pure entertainment that is well written and stands up to multiple re-reads, The Codex Alera just can’t be beat.

The only thing to be aware of, which might be an issue depending on your personal psychological make up, is that each book usually only takes a week to happen and then there are 2 year skips between books. From the first book to this has been 5 years. But you don’t get 5 years worth of data about Tavi growing up. You get little snapshots. That doesn’t mean there is no character growth, you just get it compressed. It works well for me but I know that it might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

These are big books (this was almost 700 pages) but Butcher never gets bogged down. He skillfully keeps the story moving at a breakneck pace. Onward to the next book!

★★★★★

 

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25 thoughts on “Cursor’s Fury (Codex Alera #3) ★★★★★

  1. Man, you seem to just love these! I haven’t read any of the Codex Alera books yet, but this seems such fun that I’m really tempted – especially as I’m on the lookout for a solid epic fantasy series after my recent burn and crash with The Poppy War 🤣
    I’ve read The Black Prism and will continue with Weeks’ series, but I’m looking for another one as well as to not get oversaturated – do you think this holds any promise for me?

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    1. I suspect you’d enjoy this, but not nearly as much as me.
      This is very much of the inevitability of the good guys winning type of writing. I eat that kind of thing up, not so sure you do though.

      My recommendation would be to try the first book and see if you like it. It’s nothing like Dresden, so forget that it’s even written by THAT Jim Butcher. This Jim Butcher is a whole different author 😉

      This is a coming of age, feel good story about roman soldiers with pokemon…

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        1. Have you read the Tales of the Otori by Lian Hearn? I enjoyed her writing and while slightly fantasy, it was more alt-japanese historical than anything. If it sounds interesting, start with her “Across the Nightingale Floor” and read them in publication order.

          I’d also recommend Corriea’s newest series, as it is an alt-Indian fantasy, but as it is not yet complete, and I havent read more than the first, I hesitate to really recommend it.

          My final idea might be for you to try Sean Russell’s Swan’s War trilogy. It is slow but runs deep.

          All fantasy. I didn’t think to try to offer any SF…

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    1. Thankfully, I read this series first. Then of course I read a bunch of dresden trying to find that “this is so good” that everyone else was talking about, and didn’t find it at all.

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  2. Wow, this was literally the exact opposite of my reaction after reading the Codex Alera. How can this crap be written by the same guy that writes the awesome Dresden Files? 🤣🤣 It seems I’m a bit in the minority on this one, but eh, what can you do? Glad you liked it!

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    1. hahahahaha! Isn’t that hiliarious?
      He really seems to be writing for 2 very different audiences with each of the series and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of crossover, in either direction, from what I can tell.

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    1. If you didn’t care for Dresden, you’ll have a better than average chance of liking this series. There seems to be some sort of inverse ratio likeability thingy going on. If you like Dresden, you’ll probably not like Alera. If you like Alera, chances are you won’t care for Dresden 🙂
      Butcher started another fantasy series, the Cinderspires, but it is stuck at only 1 book and fans no longer expect any sequels. It was good though…

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    1. I’m almost tempted to try to get a government grant to do an “indepth” study on the differences between readers of the Dresden books and the Alera books. I’m very sure that is important! (somehow)
      😉

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    1. I know, right? Here it is years later and I still can’t believe it is the same guy. I did read his Cinderspires book and it is more inline with Alera than Dresden and I really enjoyed it. So I was sad when he pretty much abandoned it.

      Butcher seems to have burnt himself out though with writing in general. I feel bad for Dresden fans 😀 ok, not really…

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