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First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera #6)

4.37 of 5 stars 4.37  ·  rating details  ·  36,289 ratings  ·  996 reviews
For Gaius Octavian, life has been one long battle. Now, the end of all he fought for is close at hand. The brutal, dreaded Vord are on the march against Alera. And perhaps for the final time, Gaius Octavian and his legions must stand against the enemies of his people. And it will take all his intelligence, ingenuity, and furycraft to save their world from eternal darkness.
Hardcover, 465 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Ace (first published November 24th 2008)
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The book picks up right where the previous one left. I have an impression the only reason for the split of the story between books 5 and 6 was the author's desire to put a prologue with a nice epigraph at a certain point - this and the consideration of length of the resulting books.

The big bad enemy suffered a temporary setback, but was not beaten by any means. At least this gave the good guys time to regroup and collect their forces. For a lot of High Lords incoming complete devastation is not
This is the final book in the series & it did sum everything up nicely - too nicely. Butcher is just too attached to some of his characters. While that makes this a fun read, it lacked any depth of emotions for me. (view spoiler) It just took all the suspense out of it. C'mon Butcher, grow a pair! Life isn ...more
Oh Mr. Butcher, You are so good, you left me in sad/happy tears. I hated to say goodbye to Tavi after spending a year with him and his companions. I loved and hated them, they became a part of me. His story ended so well, so beautifully weaved through horrors, happiness and heartbreaks. I was there riding the moving earth with him and I was there for the signing of the final contract. What an amazing trip it has been.

Executive Summary: A mostly satisfying conclusion to an enjoyable series.

Audio book: Another enjoyable performance by Kate Reading. She really adds that extra something I hope to get from every audio book performance.

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This series is a lot of fun. My main complaint on my first read still holds true on the reread. I just don't care about the Vord. I enjoy the internal politics of the Alerans. I love the differences of the Alerans to the Marat, Canim and Ice Men.

The battles and interac
Nimrod Daniel
It’s a great book with lots of action and lots of fun. Definitely among the best books written by Jim Butcher, so prepare yourself for this big battle, because most of it is a super-awesome battle. The series ends up while all the loose ends are tied up pretty well, but there’s still an option for one more series, and I really hope that Butcher will get back to this world someday.

So what have we had in this series:
Great action – check.
Excellent writing – check.
Interesting plot – check.
Humor – c
Gaius Octavian. Suuuuuper Genius.

I wonder how many people think of Wile E. Coyote as possessing significant heroic qualities. Jim Butcher certainly does. No matter how crazy the plan or how painful the results, once restored, the coyote finds himself undeterred and ready to strap himself to a giant rockets and light the fuse. This is a quality enjoyed by the heroes of Alera who are always ready to try a crazy plan that never fails to leave them a bloody mess. They pay the price for their super
Duchess Nicole
Well, me and my nerdy, fantasy loving self simply adored this entire series. Tavi is all grown up, the First Lord of Alera, and it has been such a fascinating journey. This is (so far) my favorite fantasy series, EVER!!!! Jim Butcher simply floors me with his imagery and skill at finding just the right way to write something as to keep me completely absorbed during the ENTIRE SERIES. Truly, in the fantasy world, there seems to be a handful of standout authors amidst a freaking
No doubt about that 5th star for the book and the series! Although this book ends the series there just seems to be so much more to be written. An entire book epilogue would be perfect. The epilogue in this one gave you a good idea on how things ended up and you can use your imagination on how the characters are going to complete their lives but I just LOVE THEM ALL AND WANT MORE!!!! I actually thought that it ended pretty good. Then the more I talked to my friend on what more could be written I ...more
The series ends here, with some nagging loose ends that bugged me, but on a feel-good footing. The epilogue was a welcome sight — even if too flat, a barren reporting of events. I wish Butcher had allocated fewer pages to battles and more to the aftermath. The main story line abruptly ended after several lengthy battle scenes, portrayed from several viewpoints.

Having read all six books, I'd classify this series as fantasy light, although there is apocalyptic death and destruction, grim murder,
It all came back to Calderon.
The furyless boy who stopped a barbarian invasion ,the Academ who saved the First Lord's life,the Captain who fought for years the Canim and inspired everyone to follow him to death ,the Princeps who forged strong alliances became the First Lord who led his people to victory and the reason the Realm survived.
To say that this book was intense is an understatement, but I can't find words sufficient to describe it. Nor can I describe my sorrow that it is over,or the r
I have two words to describe this book. Brilliant. Brutal.

From the back of the book: "For years he has endured the endless trials and triumphs of a man whose skill and power could not be restrained. Battling ancient enemies, forging new alliances, and confronting the corruption within his own land, Gaius Octavian became a legendary man of war-and the rightful First Lord of Alera.

But now, the savage Vord are on the march, and Gaius must lead his legions to the Calderon Valley to stand against th
Tom Andry
This review covers the entire line of the Fury books. I can't honestly believe I made it through all of them. It must be some sort of perverse thought that they would end better. Butcher is in love with these characters. All of them. Even some of the minor ones. No matter how hard he kills them, they always seem to come back. It seemed that every third or fourth chapter ended with a "cliffhanger" of someone dead or almost dead just to have them resurrected in the next scene.

I thought, "Well, it
Feb 12, 2013 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of epic fantasy and/or the Dresden Files
I finished all six volumes in Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series, so I’m writing one review to cover the whole set. Regardless of which of the books this review is attached to, if you want to read this epic saga, start with the first book: Furies of Calderon . I’ve also read all fourteen of the full-length books in his Dresden Files, and there are some interesting points of comparison.

First and foremost, this is a well-crafted and engrossing tale — definitely worth reading.

The tale follows the li
Xara Niouraki
A satisfying ending to a great series that kept me entertained and made me keep on reading. The characters were great, the action was non-stop and Fidelias was awesome (like always). I ended up understanding and feeling sorry for the vord queen and I think that is the greatest strength of the series. The motives behind the actions are realistic and clear. The bad guys aren't inherently bad. They have a logic and many times they believe that they do good. I really hope Butcher will continue the s ...more
Great end to an exciting, enjoyable series. Just finished so I might come back and write a better review

This series chronicles the adventures of a young man, Tavi, as he rises over and above his humble beginnings to save the realm of Alera, a fictional empire that mirrors the social structure of ancient Rome. The single patriachial monarch, the First Lord Gaius Sextus, is dying and having no heir or clear successor, shows no sign of relinquishing his control over an increasingly fragmented empire. As civil war looms, Alera comes under attack on all sides by hostile enemies and it is up
Milen Semkov
Frankly, it was a disappointment. Not that it didn't have some good moments, but I am sure Jim Butcher could, and should, do better. Overall, First Lord's Fury felt like an unwillingly and hastily done job. It's written without feeling, inspiration or enthusiasm - like these last hours in the office just before the weekend, when you just want to finih your work as fast as possible and be done with it. Granted, Butcher remains a skilled professional and even his not-so-good works are better than ...more
Beanbag Love
This is going to be a short review because it's the sixth and final book in a very complex series and everyone who's reading this story is going to read it anyway.

Codex Alera is a military/fantasy series. It takes place in a world similar to earth, but could be someplace else entirely. It's got cities, but also farms and estates, called 'steadholts'. The people of this realm have the ability to use and attach 'furies' which give them specific talents such as manipulating wood, earth, water, meta
I hardly know what to say. The series is finished for now, though there are loose ends that could lead to more stories in this universe, if Butcher desires. I think my comparison to the Mistborn series is apt. This series is an adventure story if there ever was one, and the magic system has tactical advantages as in the Mistborn series. The first few books were certainly the best, with the most detail and clearly thought out battles. As the enemies Tavi faces get stronger, the resolution to conf ...more
And so it ends.

Well... what do you say when a series as great as this finishes? Me?, I sat back and let out a breath and stared at the page for a whole minute just absorbing the fact that it had ended. This series was miraculously brilliant, easily one of my favourite fantasy series of all time. No, scratch that; probably the best series I have ever read . Evidence? I read all six books in four days. That's six books, each with 300-400 pages, in four days. One of the quickest series I have rea
May 31, 2010 Jeffrey rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Butcher fans of the Codex Alera
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2009
I really liked this book and burned through it in one day. Its hard to talk about the novel because it was a conclusion of a six book series in which the earlier books were much better, but all of the story lines were concluded satisfactory.

That being said, I felt that Tavi, who is the focus of most of the story was basically off page for more than half of the book, as the author tried to tie up the loose ends involving some of the other characters. That is a minor quibble. Also some of the inve
I loved this series, and the final book is no exception. I’m sorry to see it come to an end. My first thought was that the series should continue, now that Tavi is the First Lord. Seemed to me like that was the beginning of a whole new series of adventures.

But then I thought about it some more, and realized this series could be considered a coming of age tale, not just for Tavi, but for all of Alera. At the beginning of the series, Tavi is a young man hampered by his lack of furycraft, and he g
An almost-perfect ending to the Codex Alera , First Lord's fury builds upon the previous book's plot to deliver non-stop action right from the start.
The plot is great, tightly delivered, with a very big scope, and is shown through perfectly placed PoVs. By "perfectly placed Povs" I mean that each and every character feels important to both the story AND the narration: each one showing a different part of the big final battle and providing insights on the various fighting sides.

Of course some cha
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Joell Smith-Borne
Finally finished the whole series. I've been comparing reading these books to being on a sugar binge, and have to say, now that they are done, the comparison holds up. I'm feeling kind of disappointed in myself, and in the books. It was a fun ride, but gah--the epilogue was insane. Exposition-fest! Let's bring in all the important characters to have meetings with the hero--right before his wedding!--and present reports on everything that has happened since the fighting ended. And then we'll end ...more
Jo Bart
I think it most likely that I would have liked this series much better if I’d read it at the beginnings of my fantasy adventures. However, after reading Hobb’s and Sanderson’s and, not to mention, Tolkien’s masterpieces, I’ve become somewhat spoiled when it comes to high fantasy. Therefore, I wouldn’t give this series more than, let’s say, 3.7.
It is a well written, somewhat engaging read, but nothing more than that.

As I mentioned in the review of Furies of Calderon: I. Hate. Amara. H-A-T-E. Hate
I love discovering a new series after it's been completed. Read the first then plow through the rest.

Anyhow, this book is so cool. I've gushed on this before but let's reiterate. There's magic wielding Roman legionnaires, nine-foot tall wolf men, telepathic yetis, barbarians with bond creatures and the unholy love child of Starship Trooper's Arachnids, the Tyranids and the zerg.

The whole book is just one awesome moment piled on top of another. Like Tavi breaking open the gates of Riva with the
This is a pretty great series that I really enjoyed. It is a lot different from Butcher's urban fantasy, the Dresden Files, but I think that both series have their merits. I read the whole series in a couple of weeks, and was engaged the whole way through. I would recommend this series to fans of epic fantasy.
*takes a deep breath, sniffs, clears throat, wipes a few wayward tears*
Well. That was a good week of reading. And now the series is over.

Reader's reaction: good grief that was a ride and a half.
Writer's reaction: I have so much to learn and to apply before I can be this good.
Final reaction: I do think I might have to buy these books. Not that they'll be a once-a-year re-read, but perhaps once every three or four years.

And I will forever be disappointed by Araris' diminishing part in the last tw
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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)
  • Academ's Fury (Codex Alera, #2)
  • Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera, #3)
  • Captain's Fury (Codex Alera, #4)
  • Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, #5)

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