Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) (Paperback)

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I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to write a review for this book–it’s only one of my FAVORITE series ever! This series follows fifteen-year-old Tavi, a young shepherd living with his aunt and uncle. In a world where every person bonds with one or more elemental spirits called Furies: (fire, wood, metal, air, earth, water) that assist and protect them, Tavi has none. Morose and frustrated with his lack of Furycrafting, Tavi is forced to use his brains and his heart to survive. When he stumbles upon a secret attack big enough to start a war, Tavi is thrown into a terrifying world he never thought possible; a world whose very existence hinges on him. 

Jim Butcher (NYT Bestselling author of The Dresden Files) writes Roman military tactics with such precise detail, that you swear he was there in person. His characters are so specific, his story arcs fascinating, and his world-building breathtaking. I read this series at least once a year.  If you’re looking for a brilliantly written high fantasy adventure, this six-book series will enrapture you for the fall and into the winter. If you loved Harry Potter as a kid, you’ll LOVE this series as an adult. Do yourself a favor and pick this book up for your next great read!


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— From Saucy September Staff Picks


In this extraordinary fantasy epic, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dresden Files leads readers into a world where the fate of the realm rests on the shoulders of a boy with no power to call his own...
For a thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the furies—elementals of earth, air, fire, water, wood, and metal. But in the remote Calderon Valley, the boy Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. At fifteen, he has no wind fury to help him fly, no fire fury to light his lamps. Yet as the Alerans’ most savage enemy—the Marat horde—return to the Valley, Tavi’s courage and resourcefulness will be a power greater than any fury, one that could turn the tides of war...

About the Author

A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri. Jim is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera novels, and the Cinder Spires series, which began with The Aeronaut’s Windlass.

Praise For…

“Epic fantasy in the best way, inspired by Tolkien.”—New York Times bestselling author Simon R. Green

“A stay-up-all-night-’til-you-finish-it-book, Furies of Calderon is a marvelous read.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs
“Filled with plot twists and white-knuckled suspense, this is a ripping good yarn that delivers terrific magic and nonstop action.”—National bestselling author Deborah Chester
“A fascinating world and magic system...the start of a promising series.”—Locus

“Butcher has created a wonderful new world of fantasy...This first book in the series introduces all the main characters and the creatures and events that make Alera a great world in which any reader can get lost.”—SF Site

“Absorbing...Butcher does a thorough job of world building, to say nothing of developing his action scenes with an abundance of convincing detail.”—Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780441012688
ISBN-10: 044101268X
Publisher: Ace
Publication Date: June 28th, 2005
Pages: 688
Language: English
Series: Codex Alera