For 1000 years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water and metal. But now, Gaius Sextus, First Lord of Alera, grows old and lacks an heir. Ambitious Lords manoeuvre to place their Houses in positions of power, and a war of succession looms on the horizon.
Far from city politics in the Calderon Valley, young Tavi struggles with his lack of fury crafting. At 15, 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 - return to the Valley, his world will change.
Caught in a storm of deadly wind furies, Tavi saves the life of a runaway slave. But Amara is actually a spy, seeking intelligence on possible Marat traitors to the Crown. And when the Valley erupts into chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Amara will find Tavi invaluable. His talents will outweigh any fury-born power - and could even turn the tides of war.
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"Badly edited / produced"
This is another great story from Jim Butcher and, as always, a great performance from Kate Reading. Sadly all their hard work is ruined by bad editing and production.
The story pulls you in and you feel immersed into a detail narrative and spellbound by Kate's every word. Then you're yanked out by a sudden change of tone mid-sentence, where two sentences were spliced together punctuation be damned, or find a sentence has been cut too soon leaving dead air that makes you think the app stopped.
In any case, your enjoyment is constantly interrupted by bad editing.
I really hope they produce another version of this audio book, it is a shame to let Kate's performance go to waste.
I'm hoping the other books in this series have better quality control.
"What a surprise!"
At first I thought this novel would be the usual sword and sorcery story. Fun and exciting but nothing out of the ordinary. Well, what a wonderful surprise! Although based on the Roman civilization, especially its military structure, Jim Butcher put a refreshing twist to the barbarian hordes and the weak Garrison compound, unprepared to effectively defend the realm. Then there was the "magic", almost de reguer for a fantasy novel. I really enjoyed the use of elemental spirits and the strong bond between them and their human companions. A great touch was giving the elementals names.
The characters, both protagonists and antagonists were well crafted and so realistic that I could empathize (or hate) them with enthusiasm.
I could write an essay but I think prospective readers would die of boredom. so, this is my advice. Buy, read, keep and read again. Fun and thought provoking, rolled into one. By the way, the denouement is perfect.
"badly edited but good story"
the recording seems like its cut badly in places and seems like it skips but you can figure it out. great first book in the series though, I am looking forward to the rest. I see some similarities between GoT and WoT but it's different enough to keep you interested
I've have done almost no work since downloading this audio book as I could not stop listening. Highly enjoyable and very well read with characterisation of the dialogue. If you enjoy fantasy I definitely recommend this audio book.
Very good listen, definitely stopped me working at times! Looking forward to the rest of the series!
the editing was a bit ubrupt in place but it's a wonderful story read well.
Can't wait for the next book, as always very satisfied with the story. I lissend to it twice because it was so good.
"Read this book years ago amazing what you miss"
I love the Dresden books and when these books became available I bought the series and read them. They are so different and yet so well written.
When listening to the above book (it is a few years after I read the series) it is amazing what you miss. Compared with Jim Butcher's last book The Aeronauts Windlass (which I hated), the characters are believable and you feel an attachment to them even the villains.
In respect of the narrator I found two small problems in a couple places she seem to mix up the voices of the characters. Plus a couple of places the recording was jerky (bad recording).
But she has a pleasant voice that I virtually finished the book over two days .
Cannot wait for book two.
I often judge a book by how quickly I rush off to download the next in the series. On that scale, this one is a 5/5. (Book #2 was downloaded within an hour of finishing #1).
I've enjoyed Jim Butcher's Dresden and Cinder Spires books - this is nothing like either of those. Think Wheel of Time meets Stormlight (perhaps due to the narrator being Kate Reading?) It's a new world with a well crafted magic system - epic fantasy. Loved it!
Lots of decent characters, nothing too predictable (even if it does have all the usual ingredients), and it moves along at a cracking pace.
The editing is not perfect - some sentences feel spliced together - but it didn't create any gaping holes in the plot and it didn't detract from the story too much.
What's also great is that there appear to be multiple books in the series. I'm already happily halfway into book #2, and the pace hasn't let up yet....
"Badly edited - Bits of audiobook missing"
Improve the editing.
Occasionally Kate's sentences have been edited so they run into each other (absolutely no gap between them). Occasionally whole sentences (or in one case an entire page) appear to have been dropped
Kate's presentation of Doroga is brilliant
All the characters are pretty integral to the plot, so it would be hard to cut a character. I used to think Aric was a throw away character, but cutting him from the first book would impact heavily on the second (Academ's Fury).
If a character really had to be dropped perhaps Steadholder Warner and his sons could be dropped?
Fix the audio recording. Its a great book. It deserves a great recording.
"I strongly advise getting this book"
This had elements of Game of Thrones, Wheel of Time, Stormlight Archive and a few other genre leading titles but with Butcher's unique twist.
It combines political manoeuvrings with magic, monsters and adventure.
I quite enjoyed the wax forest...
I refuse to answer this question as the word 'be' is used too many times.
This is a wonderful story about a Romanesque kingdom, it's subjects and their powers. To be honest the start of the book was a little frustrating as it jumps straight in using specific language and terms which mean nothing to the reader until further on in the story but after a little while this doesn't matter. All you really need to know is that everybody has the ability to manipulate one or more of the six furys which are entities residing in the elements.
I am reading the third book now and much like The Wheel of Time, the characters are already starting to feel like old friends.
For those Dresden fans this book is certainly worth reading but don't expect any similarities with the Dresden Files, apart from the very occasional dollops of sarcasm that is.
All in all I can't recommend this book enough. To fans of epic fantasy it's a must.
this would have been a great book if it was not for the bad editing.
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