After reading Jane Eyre I found it hard to find a new book to read. I picked up several, then when I couldn’t get into them I put them aside and picked up another book. When I eventually picked up Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher I found that I just couldn’t put it down.
Academ’s Fury is the second book in a series and all I can say is WOW. This book blew me away. I thought that the first book of this series, Furies of Calderon, was good but in comparison to Academ’s Fury it sucked. Everything about this book is just so much better. The characters. The Plot. The Villians. The story just sucks you in from the first page and then just takes off like a rocket.
Tavi is now studing to be a Cursor at the academy in Alera Imperia while also working as a paige for Gaius Sextus, the First Lord. He has made many new friends at the academy including Maximus “Max” Antillus and Ehren. He has also made some new enemies, in the form of school bullies. Though despite the occasional run in and fight life is going pretty smoothly for the former farm boy.
That is until word of a new threat, one greater than any previously faced in Alera, comes to him. The Vord, a changable group of creatures, who have only one purpose – attack anything non-vord that they come into contact with and wipe them out. Part of what makes the Vord so frightening is that they can also inhabit their victims, taking control of their bodies and abilities.
Around the same time Bernard, now a Count and ruler of the Garrison in Calderon Valley, comes into contact with the Vord as well. Soon its not long before epic battles are being fought both in Calderon Vally and in the heart of Alera Imperia itself! Unlike in Furies of Calderon, Tavi and company aren’t just fighting for their homes, now they are fighting for the very survival of the Aleran people!
In Short: This book grabbed me by the shoulders and wouldn’t let me go. This is quite possibly my favorite of all the books written by Jim Butcher.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Next Up: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro