Sunday, December 13, 2009

FIRST LORD’S FURY Book 6 of the Codex Alera Series by Jim Butcher

Publisher: ACE Books
Date published: November 24th, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-441-01769-0
Reviewed by Dawn
Obtained by Library

Gaius Octavian, the rightful First Lord of Alera, has to battle the deadly Vord who have come back to claim Alera and beyond for their own. By forging new alliances with past enemies, Gaius is running out of time as the Vord continue their deadly reign to world dominance. Can the legions Gaius has put together along with his allies and friends beat the Vord back so they may live free or will Alera fall to the deadliest enemy the world has seen?

Jim Butcher is a masterful storyteller who sucks the reader in with his complex characters, action packed storyline and lots of wonderful twists and turns to keep the reader glued to the edge of their seat. I am one of this author’s biggest fans in his Codex Alera Series and frankly, this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. FIRST LORD’S FURY is the swan song to a series that will keep you utterly enchanted, even as the last page is read. We have politics, romance, action and enemies plus many returning characters continue to keep the reader flipping pages, just to see what happens next.

I have to say this series is very unique in that it is told in first-person format by a few different characters. The reader is given a glimpse into four to six or more main characters telling the story yet Mr. Butcher does an amazing job keeping it all tied together with a big red bow. This is an author who delivers every emotion you ever felt- hopelessness, love, fear, and more within these pages and in his other Codex Alera books. What we get in FIRST LORD’S FURY is something that will make you laugh; cry and cheer as Tavi, Isana and their friends and allies find a way to beat the Vord before it is too late. I don’t want to give much away if you haven’t read this series yet.

FIRST LORD’S FURY is the sixth and final book in this wonderful fantasy series. I highly recommend reading the series in order as each book compounds on the last and you get a sense of who is who throughout Alera (Furies of Calderon, Acedem’s Fury, Cursor’s Fury & Princep’s Fury). I read this book within two days and now I am back to reading the entire series again as it was so enjoyable. I can highly recommend this entire series for those who enjoy complex characters, riveting drama and lots of action-adventure as well as some surprising twists that keep you coming back for more. I am sad to see this series end but hope in the future that Mr. Butcher delves back into Alera so we can see how our beloved characters are doing.


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