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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: November 2008 ISBN: 9781440656880
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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.”

    AudioFile

  • “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.”

    Booklist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cheryl | 1/10/2014

    " I loved this book...action packed all the way through. I was never bored at all. I like the concept of the story and the world. The only complaint I have is that there are too many furies...it takes a fury to light a lamp or run a faucet? Just seemed lazy and like overkill on the author's part. I'm eager to start the next book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam Gutschenritter | 1/7/2014

    " As always, for me, Jim Butcher delivers! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Candace | 1/4/2014

    " Interesting fantasy novel. Magical powers have an different twist. Kept me guessing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paige Cuccaro | 12/23/2013

    " I love Jim Butcher's writing, but I'm not a big fantasy fan "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassandra Weathers | 12/14/2013

    " One of my students recommended it. I really surprised at how much I enjoyed the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dani | 11/22/2013

    " Once started, I couldn't put it down. I can't remember the last time I started and finished a book in one sitting, but that was how reading this book went. I devoured it, and immediately reached for the next in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Little | 11/13/2013

    " One of my favorite fantasy series. Well crafted characters and conflicts. Wonderfully new spin on "magic" and fantasy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 11/11/2013

    " Good. Still like Dresden Files better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 10/31/2013

    " Not up to Dresden standards. I abandoned partway through. Tolkienesque fantasy novels just don't do it for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 3/15/2013

    " I'm torn on this book. It is definetly not the Dresden files but it does have its own charm. I've decided to try one more to see how things progress. The main character, a young boy is so likable you want to know what happens. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyssa | 10/23/2012

    " There are so many cliffhangers in this book and in the rest of the series, the entire countryside must be made of cliffs. But it's not tiresomely so, and is worth reading. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tressa | 9/28/2012

    " I am sorry to say that I did not like Furies of Calderon. I had to stop listening to the audiobook as I lost respect for Amara. I had a difficult time with her...skills. Also, I felt that everything that was going to happen was too easily discerned so I lost interest. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Darcy | 9/4/2012

    " I liked the Dresden files, so I thought I would check out this authors other books. I couldn't get into this one, this series just isn't for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 4/8/2012

    " First book about the adventures of a young man named Tavi. He is the only person in Alaera that cannot work with the nature magic in the form of furies. We meet his family in the form of his Aunt Isana and Uncle Bernard. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Helen | 3/23/2012

    " Remember buying this. Remember not really getting it. Don't remember anything else! :S "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise Wike | 3/12/2012

    " Jim Butcher is a master at creating worlds you truly can believe in and the characters are amazing, though I'd like to see some female characters with a more feminine side. All in all a great read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Montanasmith | 3/8/2012

    " Don't think I will read the rest of the series. I really couldn't get into this book or the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chrysanthos | 12/18/2011

    " The best things in life come as pleasant surpises. When you least expect it something that you come across makes you overjoyed. That's what happened with this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 10/20/2011

    " i loved the detail it gave with everything and how no matter where i was in the book it kept me on the edge of my seat. rarely will a book hold me as strongly as this one did. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Elizabeth | 5/18/2011

    " I just don't think I'll finish this. Not a bad book, but not my thing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fractal757 | 5/11/2011

    " I well crafted story and interesting twist on the use of magic. The entire series is worth reading IMO. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 5/10/2011

    " A little slow starting, but great once it gets going. Good start to a good series, makes you want to read the next book.? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 5/9/2011

    " I didn't like it as much as the Dresden books. I wasn't exactly sure at first but then I realized it was because the humor was absent. I don't require books to be a joke a minute, but a little wit now and then keeps something from being too heavy. This was heavy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/30/2011

    " Took me almost a month. I really couldn't get into this book. I'm not saying it is an issue with the book; it just didn't mesh with me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 4/26/2011

    " I love this series. What a unique world. Highly suggested for traditional fantasy fans. Completely different feel from the Dresden Files, which I also love. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kegesund | 4/23/2011

    " One of the best fantasy series I've read in a long time. Butcher creates an entirely different world and amazing characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin | 4/22/2011

    " Good book.

    I've already read the entire series and most of the books several times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 4/21/2011

    " An exciting fantasy novel. The magic seems a bit different, but still interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max | 4/20/2011

    " Great series for those of us who like Roman-like civilizations and alternate magic systems. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 4/14/2011

    " Other than the SUPER-LONG fight scene at the end (hours!) I thought the mythology was creative. I like holder type cultures. It reminded me a little of Mistborn (but not as good). "

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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 thirty 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.