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.
"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.
"A boy grows up"
in the top 10%
Because of the subject matter I feel it stands on its on but closest like it is the Dresden files for obvious reasons
very much so
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