Sunday, March 20, 2011

Book #19

The Furies of Calderon, by Jim Butcher. Unabridged Audio. I've never read any Dresden Files novels, and it this point, the series is so large it's intimidating. But I know plenty of people who like Butcher's work, and I prefer epic fantasy more than urban fantasy, so this seemed like a solid compromise.

The people of the land of Alera have for thousands of years united against various threats. Their bond with the magical elemental furies of earth, air, fire, water, and metal have aided this effort. But now, as the heirless leader of the land ponders his future, he sends the envoy/spy Amara to a mercenary camp. She is betrayed, and in her escape runs across Tavi, a young sheep herder. And there the adventure begins.

Aside from the magic system, there was nothing especially new or unusual about this book. It stayed well within the guardrails fo traditional epic fantasy. There were swords, battles, magics, intrigues, and betrayals. The story in this novel was strong, and I appreciated both of the main characters and how they developed. This novel had an ending, but enough intrigues were left outstanding that it is clear where book 2 will pick up.

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