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4.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 5 4.20 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Butcher Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Codex Alera Series Release Date: November 2008 ISBN: 9781440656897
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For one thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the furies—elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal. 

But now, the unity of the Alerians hangs in precarious balance. The First Lord of Alera has fallen in his efforts to protect his people from the vicious attacks of their enemies. Now, the fate of the Alerians lies in the hands of Tavi, a young man who must use all of his courage and resourcefulness to save his people

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 2/7/2014

    " hmmmm.... Tavi is 2 years at the academy, also training to be a Cursor under Killian; one early scene has Tavi, Max, Gaelle, and Ehren are in the tunnels with Killian for a cursor test - there are 3 'battle' tests, and Tavi goes first - criticized for ducking a shoulder, or not keeping his eye on the something... and apparently failed the tests; he stays after the others leave and Killian complements him, saying did you notice Max remembered not to duck his shoulder, and Gaelle did not - Killian was using Tavi to remind the others how to avoid giving into their weakness... He is picked on by some of the boys, especially as he does not have any fury power so he continues to use his wits to overcome them and his friends... Max is a strong ally, and they protect Ehren, intelligent but weak furycrafter - and Tavi is Gauis' aide (along with full time student)... one night he goes to Gauis when he is in his meditation chamber - and Gauis has been trying to furycraft aid a village by the ocean overcome with storms and he yells as Tavi and passes out, becoming comotose - and Tavi's quick thinking has him calling Killian and Sir Miles to strategize - and pull in Max to furycraft looking like Gaius to make it look like Gaius is healthy during the festival, to prevent (funny scene when Max as Gaius has finished with a delegation, and Gaius' young wife comes in angry that he never called for her, and Max flirts with her, distracting her - and when Gaius is finally awake, she goes to him in his bath, surprising the real Gaius). In the meantime, Doroga goes to Amara, Bernard, and Isana to tell them that he has lost 2/3rds of his people to the Vord - an enemy his people has dealt with before. The Vord queen(woken by Tavi in the last story) and the Others will want to take over the world - the queen has 2 more queens, and they split to conquor - they Take over individuals - taking their souls and living in their bodies, making it difficult to fight as they are their friends. The steadholders join Doroga in trying to track down one of the queens (1 is dead, 1 is after Tavi, and 1 is in tghe steadhold)... so their battle is 1/3rd of the book - as they fail to save one of the steadholds (except for the children that had been protected in an earthcrafted hole - and then try to withstand the queen's attacks while waiting for reinforcements. It is harrowing, they keep loosing people, but keep fighting - Amara and Bernard marry (though Amara knows they should not marry as she cannot give Bernard children, part of his commitment to his position) and on their last ditch assault to try to kill the Vord queen, Aqualaine's mercenary's get there to help. Isana is sent with Serai (a cursor / cortesan) on Gaius' request during festival... she cannot get to Gaius (as he is in a coma, and Tavi et al are turning all away) when her retenue is killed and she is injured, she is saved by Fidelius, by request of Lady Aqualaine, who wants an alliance with her & ultimately against Gaius. Isana agrees with the concession that aid is sent to her brother (it gets there at the end). Isana hates Aquataine and Gaius, and lets both know. at the very end we find out for sure that she is Tavi's mother, though she doesn't tell Tavi. In the town there is a theif who is stealing by bypassing the furies, and not using fury... when Tavi needs to break Max out of the Grey Tower which is imprenatable to furycrafting, he tracks down the theif - and it ends up to be Kitai - Kitai;s first words to him are something like, darn - dad was right, you did grow. Kitai helps Tavi from this point on - at a quiet time, he asks her why she is in the town, and starts to better understand their mating bond (though it isn't discussed directly) and he tells her that her people go to the tribe where they are or will be mated to observe and learn about them - she is there to study his people - and she has some very perceptive insights, in both the positives and negatives of the Alerians - and finds much to admire inspite of seeing both the bad and good. and Tavi - is finding his voice of authority, when he simply must act... he has a quick grasp of situations and options, and implements the right response, guided byhis heart of goodness and rightness. He accepts Kitai (and they get to do some making out once everything is better)... and the Vord's Taken, Others, and queen do not harm him when there is fighting - hmmmm I think because of the drop of blood that he spilled on the queen's body in the first book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Salvador | 2/7/2014

    " I really enjoyed this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Clarice | 2/1/2014

    " Well... this was a fun read. Although he has this set for when the main character is in school, this is not your typical student fantasy novel... you know what I'm talking about. Harry Potter, the Crestomanci books by Diana Wynne Jones, etc. Nothing like that. This is political intrigue, drama, sword fighting, hints of aliens and such (not sure where that might go) etc. Which means fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kanani | 1/30/2014

    " Better than the first book, but the character development still isn't satisfying and I have to wonder if my suspicions about certain characters arise because it is the writer's intent or because a lack of story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth Lee | 1/20/2014

    " I loved book 1 of this series and thought I knew what to expect in book 2. I was wrong. Academ's Fury is even better. The book reminds me of the exciting parts of Harry Potter. :) I LOVED this book. Can't wait to read what happens next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wonderbunny | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was a great second book and yet still a beginning of this series. I also liked how you learned more about characters as the book progressed and got hints for the future. This was a solid adventure and I'm looking forward to the others in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 12/30/2013

    " I'm enjoying the series. I thought this book did a good job of developing Tavi's character. I got kind of tired of the Amara / Bernard love story and will be happy when they cool their heels a little or at least stop it with the intense glances and fluttering hearts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason King | 12/16/2013

    " Academ's Fury starts two years after the events of Codex Alera's first installment, Furies of Calderon. Tavi is now in training to be a Cursori and while he still can't Fury-Craft, he has developed his mind and body to the point that he has already begun to perform important tasks for the crown. However, his impending graduation is interrupted when the First Lord falls into a coma, Tavi being the only person to witness it. With the First Lord's political position unstable, and his enemies seeking his overthrow, Tavi takes the fate of all Alera in his hands as he tries to juggle being an Academ, the First Lord's personal page, a Cursori, and dealing with an incursion from a dangerous new enemy. Academ's fury was everything that I expected it to be, no more and no less. It is a solid, character driven fantasy novel in spite of its employing some old cliche's. Three stars for the solid but not surprising Academ's Fury. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob Hancy | 12/12/2013

    " The reviews say that this one is better than the last...I had my doubts because the first book was amazing. But alas, it was incredible. Thank you Jim Butcher for a wonderful story! I'm currently reading book 6 of the Dresdin series...and love that too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clayton Ellis | 11/12/2013

    " This is a great series, by a great author. I like that he has the versatility to write such different style of story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Criss Rosenlof | 11/10/2013

    " The second in the "Codex Alera" series by Jim Butcher. Again, a great read. If you like classic fantasy, you will like this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 10/20/2013

    " Big improvement on the first in the series. Obviously did not need the scene setting of the previous book. Lots of action and good weaving together of the plot threads. No annoying characters either. Will read more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam Gutschenritter | 10/13/2013

    " Like always Jim Butcher delivers a wonderful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keri | 4/27/2013

    " I'm learning that this character likes to stretch out his character development over his whole series. The main guy was more interesting this time around. Still very high, nonstop suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mairtin Mcnamara | 2/11/2013

    " The plot thickens, we get to see the villains that dominate the series, etc. Even more intrigue and Xanatos Gambits than the first "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne Ward | 2/6/2013

    " I'm hooked. I've already bought book three (don't I love an ereader!). This is a great book full of fun characters, magic, monsters, heros and heroines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 • Tom • | 1/9/2013

    " Enjoyed book #2 as much as I did #1. Lots of action & intrigue. Good character development. No glaring plot holes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 10/26/2012

    " Another great start to the book, brings the characters together realy well. couldn't put it down. Am going to start one of his other series Storm front as don't want to move onto next one becouse series will end to soon for me. loving this auther. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lissa Small | 9/19/2012

    " love the series - great writing, fast moving, characters move the plot along rather than heavily relying on magical/fantasy elements. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 DelSheree | 7/13/2012

    " i love how he develops the main character Tavi through these books. You keep waiting for big things to happen, and they do but hardly ever in the way you expect. great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 June | 4/5/2012

    " I got attached to the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belinda | 10/25/2011

    " Going from strength to strength this series continues 2 yrs after the first. Many characters have continued to develop and still do so as the book introduces a new threat, a new enemy to Calderon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gigi | 10/16/2011

    " Book 2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Piat | 5/24/2011

    " Another fast-paced, incredible installment in Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series. Tavi's now a cursor and all of our favorite characters are growing too. The development is great and just such a delicious read!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/25/2011

    " I am caught up in the characters and can't quit reading the series even though the author's ability to get me to suspend my disbelief is weak. It does keep me going and wanting to know how Tavi is going get out of it this time. It also seems to me that the titles are off. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 4/1/2011

    " See my comments for Book 2 of the Codex Alera series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allie | 3/26/2011

    " Great series, not one of those that is repetitive "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 3/22/2011

    " Still loving these, and I am also plowing through them quickly.... can't wait to finish the series, and then go back to re-read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Troy | 3/14/2011

    " Wow, I read that fast. I'm already pretty far into the next one.

    This book started out slow and almost bored me, but when I hit about a quarter of the way into it I was hooked. Jim Butcher may not be Steinbeck, but he does know how to keep a reader engaged. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynne | 3/12/2011

    " I'm very into this series. Book 2 left you wanting to hit book 3. Cursor's fury was fast and I even enjoyed the military battles. And it leaves you wanting to get to book 4 which is Princeps Fury.
    Love the characters, love the magic.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gregory | 2/23/2011

    " The series is really starting to get good. I enjoy the cool new ideas and conflict introduced here. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary-Helen | 2/22/2011

    " Probably my favorite of the series so far-- And the ending is such a great cliffhanger. I love this series! I am totally sucked in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerjonji | 2/20/2011

    " I think this was my favorite of the six. Tavi grows into his adulthood, bringing his friends and family along with him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gloriavirtutisumbra | 1/29/2011

    " As odd as it sounds, I'm starting to get a little exhausted with the levels of never ending adventure and crisis in these books, will there ever be a moment when the bleep doesn't all hit the fan at once? But have to find out what happens next.... so..... on to book 4. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/15/2011

    " My absolute favourite of the series. I couldn't put this book down, and had to pick up the next one right away! "

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About the Author
Author Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. He read his first fantasy novel when he was seven years old—The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. By the time he turned eight, he’d added the rest of the Narnia books, the Chronicles of Prydain, every book about Star Wars he could find, a great many Star Trek novels, and The Lord of the Rings to his count. He was pretty much doomed from the start. Love of fantasy drew him toward a fairly eclectic spread of interests: horseback riding, archery, martial arts, costuming, music, and theater. He played a lot of role-playing games, a lot of fantasy-based tactical computer games, and eventually got into live-action role-play. He took up writing to be able to produce fantasy novels with swords and horses in them, and determinedly wrote terrible fantasy books until, just to prove a point to his writing teacher, he decided to take every piece of her advice. He was certain that once she saw what hideous art it produced, she would be proven wrong and repent the error of her ways. The result was the Dresden Files. She has not yet admitted her mistake and recanted her philosophy on writing. Jim stands accused of writing the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera. He has plead insanity, but the jury is still out on that one.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.