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Academ's Fury (Codex Alera #2)

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For one thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the Furies–elementals of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Metal. But now, the unity of the Alerians hangs in precarious balance. The First Lord of Alera has fallen in his efforts to protect his people from the vicious attacks ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 704 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Ace (first published 2005)
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Evgeny
Sep 17, 2015 Evgeny rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Minor spoilers follow as it is impossible to talk about the plot of the second book of the series without at least mentioning some characters indicating they survived to live by the beginning of the second one.

Two years have passed since the events of the first book in the world with magic inspired by very popular Pokemon franchise
Snorlax
with social structure coming straight from Ancient Rome. Thanks to a brilliant stroke by the First Lord (the Big Guy in charge of everything in the realm - for those
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Kevin Xu
Nov 02, 2013 Kevin Xu rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just as bad or even worse than the first book in the series, but for a the opposite reason. This book I love the pacing, but I hate all the characters. All the characters to me seemed 1-dimensional and flat that I was not emotionally connected, which for many books the pace of the plot is more of a problem than disliking a character. I think the writing, design of the cover, and the overall series are all just god awful words can't describe it. I for one will never try to read or go ...more
Tom
Dec 27, 2013 Tom rated it it was amazing
Another action packed installment of a great fantasy series.

I didn't know where it where it was going to go after the first book but was floored when it was every bit as good as Furies of Calderon and possibly exceeding it. In Academ’s Fury we get to see Tavi grow as he studies to be a Cursor. We get multiple stories going again with many of the characters from the first book. In addition we are introduced to some new intriguing characters one of my favorites being Tavi’s best friend Max. Kita
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Stephen
Mar 22, 2010 Stephen rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Outstanding follow up to the excellent Furies of Calderon. The expansion of the world introduced in the first book and the new races and characters introduced, together with the internal politics and geo-political forces dealt with at length, made this a superb story. Can not wait to read the next one.
Rob
Executive Summary: The chosen one goes to school in the capital and politics abound! If you enjoyed the first book, I think you'll find a lot to like here as Mr. Butcher continues to build out the world from the first book.

Audio book: Kate Reading once more does a great job as a reader. I've gotten used to her reading all the male voices so it's much less noticeable.

One of her voices in this one is so spot on to what I imagined, I find it annoying (because I find the way that character talks to
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Andreas
Dec 19, 2013 Andreas rated it did not like it
I gave this series a good second chance to win me over. There are many reasons why it didn't succeed:

Potboiler romance, shallow characters without development, predictable story is the best I can say. Though it's packed with action, it feels repetitive and you have to search for worthwile and important scenes. I had to skim through the pages to endure and reach the end.
I hoped for world building and interesting developments of the furies' magic system - but in 700 pages, nearly nothing new was
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Ctgt
Jun 23, 2015 Ctgt rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I don't spend much time on reviews for later books in series' and this won't be any exception. If it's utter garbage then I'll lay out more details but as you can tell from my rating, I enjoyed this second book in the series. It had been quite a few months since I read the first book so I was a little concerned about getting back into the world. It took a few chapters but fairly quickly I was thrust back into Alera with Tavi, Bernard, Amara, Isana and my favorites, Doroga and Walker. Some politi ...more
Anna-louise
May 23, 2012 Anna-louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not as tense as the first book but its still really good. The action is great you still go through that up and down sensation when you think everything will go smoothly but something then happens yet again!
The story line is different, more political, but equally as interesting and the main characters are developing well and i'm very invested now to find out what happens to them through the series, So i'm straight onto the next one even though i have a huge pile of books i had planned to
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Kathleen
Nov 14, 2015 Kathleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-scifi, audio
Even better than book 1, and with just a bit more romance (not that it's a romance novel). Wonderfully creepy villains in this book. The Vord!!! Yikes! (The Canim wolf-men weren't nearly as scary). And the bullies, especially the vicious Lord Kilarus and his murderous whelp Brencis. The scenes at the Academy reminded me very much of Hogwarts. Echoes of Harry and his chums, of Malfoy and his gang.

Glad to say, Tavi still shows no sign of special fury-crafting powers, which means he must win by hi
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Kaila
Although this installment was easier for me to read than Furies of Calderon (my groans were cut down by about a third, I'd say), I liked this second novel no more than the first one. It has been two years since the events of Furies, and we're plopped right back into the action without so much as an update, which at first had me a little miffed. The problem with plowing through novels so quickly is that proper nouns quickly find their way into the oubliette, so even though it's only been about tw ...more
Amanda
Jan 20, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
Academ's Fury by Jim Butcher is the second novel in the Codex Alera sequence, featuring Tavi, a young man who has been taken under the wing of the First Lord of Alera and provided with sponsorship so that he can train as a Cursor. In the course of this book, the Alerans discover the threat of the Vord, a race of shapeshifters governed by queens who aim to destroy all life in Alera. Tavi discovers that his lack of furycrafting (the ability to manipulate natural forces) is a boon in the fight agai ...more
Jake Menne
Jul 03, 2014 Jake Menne rated it it was ok
Okay so in all fairness I think there were factors working against me liking this book from the get go.

Firstly, I think there was a little bit of the proverbial half hour death slot after Seinfeld syndrome here. For the longest time NBC could not get a show to succeed directly after Seinfeld because nothing could follow it up without being directly compared and found wanting. I read this book right after reading Blood Song which blew me away.

Secondly, there was an almost two year gap between my
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Gabriel
Sep 16, 2011 Gabriel rated it liked it
Jim Butcher continues exploring the great fantasy world he created in Furies of Calderon with this one. This time around, we get political intrigue full of double-crossings and backstabbing that ties together with a strange creature that tries to do battle with the people of Calderon (and with the First Lord).

Exactly like the first book.

Well, that's fine enough for me. I enjoyed the first book and I enjoy the story in this one. Sure it follows a bit close to the first book's plot, but the world
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Xara Niouraki
Mar 03, 2015 Xara Niouraki rated it really liked it
Academ's Fury is a big improvement compared to the first book. It has all the positives of Furies of Calderon but not many of the negatives. The characters are its greatest advantage, both the good and the bad. It isn't so predictable and it kept me reading until the last page. When you open one of Butcher's book it is certain that you will have a good time.
Yodamom
I love this author and this series has won my heart. Tavi the young lad is in the academy and is being bullied and thinks he is less than others because of his weakness in certain areas. Tavi, has a good group of friends and some amazing facility members surrounding him.* He really reminds me of another young magical student HP. Tavi, has to grow up in this book and his family has to try to survive the coming of the deadly ancient Vord. Action plus packed with non ending fun and excitement. I ch ...more
Angie
Apr 18, 2014 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: action adventure fantasy fans
Recommended to Angie by: no one
I hunted down my 1st edition version s of these books after reading and falling instantly in love with all the characters. Tavi is joined by some friends now when he is learning at the school were the First Lord took him after the events in the first book. He's even become one of the first lords pages. The new characters are all fun even the awful ones, Max ended up being a great favourite of mine. Again there is a plan to get rid of Giaus and have someone else be first lord, but the Vord , a cr ...more
Anna
Nov 12, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
After the events of ‘Furies of Calderon’, Tavi succeeded in entering the Academy and have been training as a cursor for two years already, not knowing that an ancient and incredibly powerful enemy has awakened and plotting the downfall of Alera. There are three distinct plotlines developing throughout the story, though they become intertwined and connected in the end, an interesting contrast to the first book, which started with a single plotline that separated into several during the course of ...more
Ren
5 stars

After Furies of Calderon succesfully blown me away, the next installment of the Codex Alera series, Academ's Fury apparently did the same. This book, despite its thick and tasty length, able to awake me from my reading slump for almost 2 months. As expected from Jim Butcher, with his vivid story telling and his story crafting that feel like magic, more than any fury crafting that happen in this book.

Two years after the event in Furies of Calderon, Second Battle of Calderon Valley that ha
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Enzo
Oct 21, 2014 Enzo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jim Butcher does it again!

Yes, that should be enough for a review. "Academ's Fury" is a great second book in the Codex Alera series. Sometimes it doesn't pan out this way but luckily for us, it is. He has really advanced favorite characters and skillfully merged in a complete set of new ones that don't really act as just assisting the tale to continue but seem to be elevated to full on characters in the future. Cursors really get more time and their abilities show up nicely.
We also see into th
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Terence
Mar 30, 2014 Terence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
Academ's Fury was a truly excellent book. The characters all showed great depth, the struggles they faced kept me tearing through the pages to see what happened next, and the new dangers (view spoiler) were terrifying.

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Robin
Nov 06, 2009 Robin rated it it was amazing
This book really deserves more than five stars because it was better than Furies of Calderon. Tavi, our furyless hero from book 1, has moved on to the big city and the Academy. Of course this is danger and intrigue there. Of course, he is hated and bullied for being different. Of course he gathers together a group of loyal friends/accomplicies to take them (and everyone else) on. It is fantasy lit 101. But, in my opinion, it is when you can do all of that and STILL make it irresistible....that's ...more
Kat  Hooper
Mar 04, 2013 Kat Hooper rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit.

Academ’s Fury is the second book in Jim Butcher’s CODEX ALERA series. It takes place two years after the events in book 1, Furies of Calderon. Tavi, who feels like a “freak” because he’s the only Aleran who doesn’t have any magical connections with the elemental spirits called Furies that inhabit his land, is now at school in the capital city under the patronage of the First Lord. In return, he acts as the First Lord’s page and accidentally becomes involved in Aleran
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Ben Babcock
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Liza H
Oct 19, 2015 Liza H rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy, fans of Jim Butcher
Shelves: done
Okay, book 2 was much better than book one of this series. I take back what I said about Butcher not really being able to do the full-on Fantasy-type of writing as well as his contemporary fantasy ... this book had me riveted! To say it had some action is quite the understatement... it was 300-style action, pretty much for about 500 pages of the book. There were many of the usual Jim Butcher "mistakes" (why oh WHY must EVERYONE "roll their shoulders in a shrug"?? Can't someone just shrug? And wh ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Oct 06, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
Story continues logically and the characters continue to grow. By the way these books bear no actual resemblance to the Dresden books. Butcher has written with a completely different flavor here.


Update. The above was the original from 2009. One of my hurried reviews...sort of, I liked this one. Updating March 12, 20012.

This picks up a couple of years after Furies of Calderon. Tavi still has no Furies but has been backed to go to the Academy, to become an Academ by the Ruler (read Emperor) himsel
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Nimrod Daniel
Sep 09, 2013 Nimrod Daniel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed reading this book. The book has two main plot-lines – The first takes place in Calderon, and the second in the Capital. You'll see here more politics and intrigue and a bit less action, in comparison the first book in the series. Butcher give his characters more depth, and reveal to us more knowledge about the world.


Academ's fury is another great book in the series, I really like the world, the writing, the characters, the action, and all the politics and intrigue.
So, once again
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Zenki
Jul 10, 2015 Zenki rated it it was amazing
It's hard to believe that a book could literally exhaust you and take your breath away, but this book certainly has. James Butcher never runs out of surprises. Think of his plot as a wide river with many extending branches of water. All the paths already ignited countless theories within me. I notoriously can't wait to read the following books because the curiosity, excitement and emotion just can't be bottled up anymore. However, I probably need time to rest before going on to the next adventur ...more
Jim
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
Better than the first book. We continue to follow Tavi into more trouble with a new menace. Butcher expands the world nicely & definitely opens it up for future books, but still has a nicely contained story. It's a lot of fun & a pretty quick read for all its size.

WARNING - Do NOT read the blurbs on the backs of the books from now on or you will know the story. The book blurbs are a bit more in-depth & Butcher's take on this world is more predictable, so they're a spoiler.
Allison
My complaint about Furies of Calderon was that the battles dragged on far too long. This 2nd book is much better. Plenty of political intrigue, danger and magic - and the fighting is in better proportion to the rest of the story.

I also enjoyed the setting at the Citadel, with the wider political realities opening up and more direct involvement with Gaius. Tavi is a student at the Academ, and since I always love magical school stories it really wasn't hard to win me over.
Laura
Jul 14, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's okay, I didn't need any sleep anyway :/
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Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resi ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Codex Alera (6 books)
  • Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, #1)
  • Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera, #3)
  • Captain's Fury (Codex Alera, #4)
  • Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, #5)
  • First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera, #6)

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