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4.00003726198905 out of 54.00003726198905 out of 54.00003726198905 out of 54.00003726198905 out of 54.00003726198905 out of 5 4.00 (26,837 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:
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For a 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, Gaius Sextus, First Lord of Alera, grows old and lacks an heir. Ambitious High Lords plot and maneuver to place their Houses in positions of power, and a war of succession looms on the horizon. 

Far from city politics in the Calderon Valley, the boy Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. At fifteen, he has no wind fury to help him fly, no fire fury to light his lamps. Yet as the Alerans’ most savage enemy—the Marat—return to the valley, he will discover that his destiny is much greater than he could ever imagine.

Caught in a storm of deadly wind furies, Tavi saves the life of a runaway slave named Amara. But she is actually a spy for Gaius Sextus, sent to the valley to gather intelligence on traitors to the Crown, who may be in league with the barbaric Marat horde. And when the Valley erupts in chaos—when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies—Amara will find Tavi’s courage and resourcefulness to be a power greater than any fury—one that could turn the tides of war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Absorbing…Butcher does a thorough job of world building, to say nothing of developing his action scenes with an abundance of convincing detail. This page-turner bodes well for future volumes.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Delivered by Kate Reading, this otherworldly story becomes an introspective look at the power of destruction through the eyes of a child. Reading’s ability to provide original characters with their own personalities and voices is apparent from the start, and her ability to relate those characters, no matter how futuristic and unfamiliar they may seem, is truly a marvel.”


  • “A real page-turner, with the classic plot of a kingdom threatened by both an outside invader and internal treachery enlivened by an abundance of original details and sheer storytelling gusto…A promising series launcher.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Emily | 2/20/2014

    " A solid fantasy series, but not my absolute favorite. Certainly good enough for me to keep reading and see where he takes it. While I thought some of the characters were flat, the main character Tavi had enough interest for me to want to keep reading to figure out his story. I thought the world was well-drawn, though the overuse of the magical insta-heal is something that tends to bug me in fantasy novels and was certainly present here. I'll revisit this series, but maybe not immediately. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Vanessa | 2/15/2014

    " This was a... I don't know that fun is the right word...fantasy novel. It was a change from what most fantasy books seem to be and I loved that. I did find the story at times a little predictable and never felt compelled to get to the end of a chapter to see what happened before putting it down. For all that I still enjoyed it and always picked it back up again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Trista Funk | 2/2/2014

    " Having been a Harry Dresden fan I wasn't sure what to expect from this series but these fantasy books are wonderful. I could not put them down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Norah | 1/11/2014

    " I like the storyline, but was not impressed with the writing itself. Which is odd, since I like Butcher's other series (Dresden Files). There was a lot of listening to characters puzzle things out ("If this, happens, then this, then if that, then maybe this?"), and using the same descriptions for a character every time someone met them (yes, her hair and skin are the same color, yes, it reminds you of a statue, I get it). But, whether it was because the story was really interesting or because it was an easy thing to listen to on my commute to work, I finished it. And I'm intrigued enough to listen to the next one. "

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