For centuries, the people of Alera have relied on the power of the furies to protect them from outside invaders. But the gravest threat might be closer than they think.
Tavi has escaped the Calderon Valley and the mysterious attack of the Marat on his homeland. But he is far from safe, as trying to keep up the illusion of being a student while secretly training as one of the First Lord's spies is a dangerous game. And he has not yet learned to use the furies, making him especially vulnerable.
When the attack comes it's on two fronts. A sudden strike threatens the First Lord's life and threatens to plunge the land into civil war. While in the Calderon Valley, the threat faced from the Marat is dwarfed by an ancient menace. And Tavi must learn to harness the furies if he has any chance of fighting the greatest threat Alera has ever known....
©2016 Jim Butcher (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK
I'm so glad this series is finally available as an audiobook.
Huge fan of the books and the narrator has done the series justice.
One weird thing though, every now and then a horn will play during the narration.
Other than that it's amazing.
"Kate Reading is wonderful as usual"
Kate reading remains one of my favorite narrators, and the story is interesting. However, half of chapter 50 is missing, and what I assume to be fanfares between cd's in the original production aren't removed in edit.
Chapter 50 has a few important plot points, and it gets really confusing a few chapters later when you notice something's missing.
Yes. It's a good story.
The battle to protect the High Lord.
The use of American pronunciation for basic English words was irritating beyond belief. There were many instances but, missile, fragile and lever will serve as examples.
The editing was poor. The sound quality altered dramatically every time a word or sentence was spliced into the narrative which broke concentration and spoiled an otherwise good book.
"The series gathers pace."
A satisfying second book that begins to gather pace and flesh out the wider story.
The narrator does a good job, although with Jim Butchers penchant for deep voices, Kate struggles a little in her characterisation. It's not a big issue though.
I'd recommend these books to fans of the genre. Not genre defining but a good listen for sure.
"Huge chunks missing from Audio book"
Actually include the whole book.The audio book skips large chunks at random. For example where are the last 6 pages of chapter 50. This is just one example but the story seems to randomly skip at times, and the few times I went back to the actual book to figure out why its because large chunks of text had been omitted
Katai. I love Katai's outlook on the world
Kate is always a great narrator and this is up to her usual standard.
I LOVE this book.The audiobook however is broken.
Please fix this audiobook, because this great story deserves a great audio book.
"The story continues at great pace...."
I listened to this immediately after finishing book #1, and I'm currently downloading book#3. I'm thoroughly enjoying this series, and there is something enormously satisfying about having all the books in the series ready and waiting on audible......
The story cracks along at a great pace - never a dull moment. Although slightly predictable, it does take some unexpected twists/turns to get there. Characterisations are fine, and whilst the narrator is not my favourite, it doesn't detract too much for me.
Other reviewers have mentioned the bad editing- and I agree. There is a large hole in one of the main story arcs right at its climax. I haven't downloaded the e-book to see exactly what is missing, and I don't want to give any spoilers by referencing it here in any detail - just to say that it was slightly disappointing not to get the whole story, but that you can still work out what has happened by the following chapters. (perhaps it wasn't bad editing and the author just chose to do one of those "interpret the outcome" things? tho' doesn't seem to be his style). This is the reason for the reduced star rating.
The most annoying issue with this recording is the random trumpeting. Initially I thought it was at the end of each chapter or section, but there were a few blasts which seemed very randomly placed.
Unfortunately this is my favourite genre and I'm very much enjoying this tale, so I will continue to put up with the bad editing and trumpeting etc as I download the rest of the series.
"Blaring trumpets and large missing portions of the"
The story is good, as is the performance. It's a shame it's ruin by poor editing.
The audiobook completely skips out the ending of one of the two major subplots. That combined with the random loud blaring trumpets for no apparent reason at completely inappropriate times is enough that I probably wouldn't recommend the audiobook to others.
"Large section missing near the end ruined it"
Missing parts in this audio book. Towards the end too, one story arc is ruined completely
"Moving on to next book"
Thoroughly enjoyed, including narration, which is excellent. Now downloading next book to continue the adventure.
"Good stoiry, bad recording"
This book is a very good but isspoiled by a bad recording that has large chunks of the story missing.
"really great but missing part"
Kate Reading's performance and the story is great. I did have to buy the e-book to finish chapter 50 though because, like another reviewer mentioned, it was cut-off by about half a chapter - which was very disappointing
Cracking series from Jim Butcher. Well read although not sure about the blare of trumpets every so often.
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