First Lord's Fury

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First Lord's Fury

Codex Alera

Once again Jim Butcher presents a book with epic proportions (at least when dealing with the Fury Series). I loved it! It was a great read; I found it answered all the questions, which arose from previous books. Mr. Butcher did an excellent job pulling all the various pieces of this world into an enormous book. Despite it's size, I still could not put this book down.

As for length, this was the only area I felt deserving a criticism. This was a big book (it seems each subsequent book has gotten bigger in this series). While length is the main issue, it's merely a symptom, I felt at times I was reading a soap opera and not a story with less sentimentality. There were times I was forced to rehash the depth and breadth of anguish for some character's decisions by seeing these choices via other characters' experiences and comments. It seemed at times overwrought with drama/emotions which was off putting at times (not enough to put it down though). A little more brevity of emotions or less revisiting previous decisions would have shortened the length and still provide a dearth of emotions. This is why I gave this book a lower score than I'd like to see for one of Mr. Butcher's books.

Book Blurb for First Lord's Fury

For Gaius Octavian, life has been one long battle. Now, the end of all he fought for is close at hand. The brutal, dreaded Vord are on the march against Alera. And perhaps for the final time, Gaius Octavian and his legions must stand against the enemies of his people. And it will take all his intelligence, ingenuity, and furycraft to save their world from eternal darkness.

Night Owl Reviews Dec, 2010 4.50