Thursday, May 31, 2012
This entry was cross-posted to The Book Guys blog.
This is the third book in the Codex Alera, Butcher's high fantasy epic. I am a fan of the series and especially the setting, a land that very closely resembles Ancient Rome. Except for the "furies," the elemental spirits of Earth, Water, Air, Fire, Wood, and Metal that inhabit all aspects of the land.
A few years have passed in the land of Alera since book two, and war (both civil and with the hated Canim) is even closer. Tavi has become a legionnaire, and is growing into the young man of courage and strength that has been hinted at in prior books.
The Canim do eventually attack, but Tavi recognizes that something more is happening here than their regular incursions. Seeds planted in this plot will no doubt bear fruit in future novels. Butcher is able to avoid the typical "middle book" problems that some epic series fall into, as this novel moves both the plot and the characters fully along.
And as should happen at the halfway point of an epic series worth it's salt, the last few scenes contain a revelation that should change the course of the series from this point on.
Posted by Alan at 9:44 AM