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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Cursor’s Fury by Jim Butcher

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Holy freakin’ wow. My love affair with Jim Butcher’s The Codex Alera series continues with Cursor’s Fury. This story picks up two years after the second book in the series, Academ’s Fury, where life in Alera has settled somewhat back into the normal routines of political intrigue and espionage. Tavi is continuing to not only survive but thrive in a world where most people consider him to be a freak because he has no furies of his own to control.

However, its this lack of furies that makes Tavi into the man that he is. He has had to learn to use other methods in order to deal with the dangers that surround him. To rely on his wits to get him through tense and difficult situations when those around him might simply fly away.

In the third installment Tavi is sent to a remote region of the country by the First Lord. Gaius Sextus knows that trouble, in the form of High Lord Kalare, is brewing and wants to get Tavi out of the way. Instead he ends up sending Tavi deep into the heart of the lions den. For at the same time that High Lord Kalare is making his play for the thrown, a host of ferocious Canim warriors have begun to invade and their path will take them straight through the legion camp where Tavi is stationed. The odds seem impossible – sixty thousand Canim against one legion of rag tag warriors made up of all the counties in the realm.

Butcher has a talent for taking the tension that exists on the battle field and bringing it to life on the page. The idea that one false step could mean the death of thousands. Butcher also has a diabolical sense of creating suspense. Knowing just the right moment to cut away from the action to look in on one of his other principal characters. Forcing the reader to want to turn the pages faster to get back there where he left off…..needing to know what happens next with Tavi, or Isana, or Amara and Bernard.

Part of what I loved so much about this story is that Butcher continues to develop Tavi’s character. In Cursor’s Fury, he is far from the boy that he was in Furies of Calderon and this is shown through his thought process. His thoughts are well detailed and thought out. He considers all the angles and often manages to find the path that is so crazy and unimaginable that it just has to work. And while doing so he manages to create a loyal following and create unity in a place that none thought possible.

In Short: Better than any of the books in the Dresden Files. A fast paced read that leaves you panting and eagerly wanting more.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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