Thursday, August 6, 2009

Book Review: Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) by Jim Butcher

Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, #1)

I read this book after I ran out of Dresden Files. I read it sometime ago, but thought I'd post my review since the newest in the series (and the last) is coming this November. Jim's little blurb at the end of his books had convinced me to give it a whirl. Let it be known, this is not to the caliber of The Dresden Files. It is a good book none the less. The story follows several characters in the world of Alera, who find themselves intertwined together in a land on the brink of war. This is a book of themes. Bravery, honor, love, family and sacrifice are all themes predominately displayed through out the story. Alera itself is not described in much detail, and the reader is left mostly to context to piece together what the world is like. The main characters are likable, but not easy to identify with. What I liked most about the book is its simple yet engaging storyline. It's essentially good vs evil. I'm sucker for a story where the good guys wins, and heroes get the girls...or guys. Overall I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys classic fantasy story telling. I do however caution Dresden fans, this is not Dresden Files, or even Dresden files like. This is the start of an epic fantasy that Jim has often talked about wanting to write. A very good start so far.

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