Title: Furies of Calderon

Author: Jim Butcher

Year published: 2004 (in hardcover) and 2005 (in paperback)

Blurb: In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies—elementals of earth, air, fire, water, wood, and metal—fifteen-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when 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.

(I think this is one of the most uninspired blurbs I’ve ever read)

Why did you get this book? Because everyone loves Jim Butcher but I couldn’t get into his Dresden books the first time I read them several years ago. But I love fantasy and this looked good (though not from the blurb, but from reading the start, lolol), so I picked it up many months ago.

Do you like the cover? Sure, it’s a very suitable fantasy cover and fits the book well.

Did you enjoy the book? Yes I did, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would, it’s very fast paced, has some hints of romance and the “magic” type aspect of it is very interesting (the furies). The writing was strong, there was a cast of characters, all of whom were extremely well-developed. Both primary and secondary characters and including some of the lesser antagonists. I think it’s the mark of a great author who can connect you to so many characters and help you feel as if you know them throughout just one book.

Was the author new to you and would you read something by this author again? No he wasn’t new to me. As I said, I’d tried the first of his Dresden books before. But yes I’d read more by him, in fact, I’d love to read the next in the Codex Alera series, if I could find it in ebook. And I’ll probably give the Dresden books another try at some point. Just not tomorrow 😉

Are you keeping it or passing it on? Keeping it for now, until I read the others, so I can re-read this one first if too much time passes.

Anything else? Why does Fictionwise only offer two random books from Jim Butcher, not in any discernible order and certainly not the ones I want at this point (either early Dresden books or the Codex Alera books?)

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