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Furies of Calderon

por Jim Butcher

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Séries: Codex Alera (1)

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In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies--elementals of earth, air, fire, water, wood, and metal--15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. As his homeland erupts in chaos--when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies--Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.… (mais)
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Loved the characters both good and bad - some you just loved to hate! The plot was fast paced and reminded me a lot of Lord of the Rings. In fact, I saw some of plot twists coming due to this (the foreshadowing is pretty heavy handed). This has one of the most epic battle scenes I've encountered towards the end of the book, and I was seriously worried about some of the characters throughout it. Even though this was a little long at 502 pages, I felt like I flew through it. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
The world and character building across this series is pretty darn spiffing. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
Furies of Calderon is the first book in the six-book Codex of Alera epic fantasy series. I enjoyed it quite a bit and am happy to sink my teeth into another epic fantasy world.

The story is told in third-person from a few different perspectives. The main plot has some factions in Alera secretly moving against their High Lord, so there is political intrigue as well as plenty of action. There’s also a lot of magic, and most humans in the story have control of one or two “furies” which are elemental-type creatures like earth, water, etc.

The story is told well, although it does have quite a few standard epic fantasy tropes and there isn’t much that’s particularly twisty or surprising. It’s just a fun, solid epic fantasy story. Although I didn’t predict everything that happened very far in advance, I did usually predict it at least a little bit before it was revealed. The one exception was in the beginning when Fidelias turned out to be a traitor. As soon as the characters were introduced, I was thinking, “Ah, the beloved mentor figure. He’s not long for this world. The only question is whether he’ll be killed off at the beginning or the end. So when he was apparently killed off straight away, I nodded sagely and thought that was that. I was caught entirely off guard when he not only turned out to still be alive but also to be a traitor.

With the exception of one character from the opposing side who doesn’t get much POV time, I liked all the POV characters. Tavi, the fifteen-year-old boy, did take longer to grow on me, because the story starts off with him being irresponsible and dishonest, two things I have very little patience for. I enjoyed the story too. Even though it has familiar tropes, they had their own unique spin, and the magic system was different in my experience. It did get a little ridiculous though how many people nearly died but managed to be saved in the nick of time either by their own cleverness or somebody else’s intervention, or were severely wounded but managed to survive long enough to be healed.

Although I liked the concept of the elemental furies quite a lot, I wasn’t really sold on its implementation. It wasn’t very clearly defined; it was just used for stuff that kinda/sorta seemed related to the elemental being used. The water crafters in particular had abilities I wasn’t convinced made any sense. They could heal even very serious injuries, and could sense emotions. It felt more like the author needed those abilities for his story, so he assigned it to the elemental that seemed the least unrealistic of the bunch. But lots of fantasy books have magic that isn’t clearly-defined, so it isn’t usually a deal-breaker for me. Maybe it will gain more depth as the series progresses.

So in summary, the story isn’t perfect, but there was a lot I liked about it and it was a satisfying read to me as an epic fantasy fan. Although the main plot isn’t resolved by the end, the main events from this book do get wrapped up and it doesn’t end on a cliff hanger. I look forward to seeing how the series develops. ( )
1 vote YouKneeK | Mar 1, 2021 |
This one was ok, but I think I'm getting burned out on the NPR Sci-Fi/Fantasy list. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
This book was an adventure from beginning to end. Interesting magic system, good characters, and an engaging plot. It wrapped up nicely but still left lots of questions unanswered and I am excited to find out more in the upcoming books.

Ratings:-⭐⭐⭐⭐ ( )
  ShreyasDeshpande | Oct 24, 2020 |
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In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies--elementals of earth, air, fire, water, wood, and metal--15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. As his homeland erupts in chaos--when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies--Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

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