Academ's Fury (Codex Alera, #2)
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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
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Published November 26th 2008 by Penguin Audio (first published 2005)
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Tom
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...more
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...more
Kevin Xu
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
Stephen
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.
Anna-louise
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...more
Amanda
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
Gabriel
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...more
Andreas
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...more
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
Robin
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
Kaila
As seen on Stumptown Books.

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 tho...more
Ben Babcock
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Nimrod Daniel
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...more
Jim
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.
Jacqueline Wagenstein
"Чутовно е леко остаряла дума, но само с нея може да се опише въображението на Джим Бъчър. Сякаш специално за тази книга авторът е имал своя писателска фурия, която е оставил да се развихри на воля. Новите неща във втора част на "Кодексът Алера" са много. Загатва се, че не става въпрос за друга планета, а именно за Земята. Има запазени сведения за Римската империя и героите дори гадаят и спорят дали може да се строят сгради без да се призовават фурии.
Сюжетните линии са няколко и разглеждат прикл...more
Paulina
Loved it! Action-packed, full of political intrigue and manipulations, and a bit of romance. Butcher is slowly adding more layers to the major characters as more is revealed about their backgrounds and motivations. As difficult choices have to be made on all sides, the "good" characters are proving to not be all good, and the "bad" characters not all bad. In the end, even Tavi has to make some questionable decisions for situations with no good resolutions, and the consequences of Isana's decisio...more
Jonas
Jeder Fan von “High Fantasy” sollte auf jeden Fall die Reihe beginnen. “Codex Alera” ist eine wahrhaft fantastische Reihe mit sehr viel Charme, Spannung und natürlich Fantasy. Als Fan von “Game of Thrones”, gefallen mir vor allem auch die vielen Sichten auf das Geschehen (PoV). Doch nun erst einmal zum zweiten Teil der Reihe ein bisschen etwas:

Allgemeines: Wie auch schon im ersten Band gibt es wieder ein paar Bedrohungen für das gesamte Reich, aber auch für den ersten Fürsten Gaius persönlich. V...more
Jon
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John
The first book in this series I rated as only four star. This second book gets a full five stars. This is the continued story of Bernard, Tavi and Isana as they attempt to make their way in a world full of very strange races of beings. In this book, we learn of the dog-like Canim, who are savage as they are honorable, or at least most of them are. We also learn of the Vorn, though we were actually introduced to them in the last book, even if we didn't know it.

Tavi, a vigorous seventeen, feels h...more
Books-treasureortrash
Book Review: 3 Treasure Boxes

Academ’s Fury takes place about 2 years after The Furies of Calderon. Tavi is away from home, studying. He still has no ability to use Furies and needs to deal with the prejudice and overall lack of strength that this causes. Regardless he is very talented in many ways and is training as a spy for the crown. We are introduced to the evil Vord with Tavi and the empire facing this vile enemy.

Academ’s Fury is the second of six books in the Codex Alera Series. This is a...more
Kat  Hooper
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...more
Jacqie
This was a solid fantasy, not quite as excellent as the Harry Dresden series but an enjoyable read. Definitely an improvement over the rather stilted "Furies of Calderon".
We see Tavi, our hero, a couple of years into his education. He is also in secret training to be a Cursor, a title which I don't quite understand, a combination liegeman/spy/advisor, maybe? We are introduced to the Canim, a canine race who are enemies of Alera, and the vord, an insectile borg-like threat. There are some solid...more
Pietro
**Contains some spoilers for the previous book: Furies of Calderon**

Academ's fury(thanks Jim for not putting obvious spoilers in the titles) is set two years after the battle at Garrison: Tavi is now an Academ in the capital(and part-time page for the First Lord), secretly training to become a Cursor; meanwhile in the Valley of Calderon things are going pretty well, and there's little to worry the new Count(and Countess).

Needless to say, this idyllic situation only lasts for a couple lines.

We ar...more
Sarah's Reviews
When a mysterious creature from Tavi's past resurfaces and hundreds of people throughout Alera disappear, no one realizes how far the danger has spread till it is almost too late. Academ's Fury introduces us to Tavi in the throes of the political upheaval, treachery, and diplomacy that permeate life in the capital.

This fantastic read sucks you in from the beginning and leaves you looking for more pages when it ends. It deals with the complicated issues surrounding loyalty, greater good, sacrifi...more
Mike (the Paladin)
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...more
Monika
Still loads of incredulous action and reasoning. Seriously, am I the only one who thinks that in case of an Emperor's temporary unavailability, there SHOULD be some established chain of authority? Instead we are given some shady "can't strust nobody" excuses, just for the convenience of the Author, who then happily throws some bunch of green kids in position of the highest ruler. Who happen know more about dealing with a crisis than both intellignece sevice's and royal guard's leaders.
I've got s...more
Adam
This is more of the same from the first book. A fairly entertaining read, but I like my fantasy a bit darker. You look at great fantasy like LotR or WoT or even Harry Potter and there is always a great price to victory. Without any sort of loss or suffering you end up with a fairly bland story.

The heroes in this series are too perfect. Every decision they make is honorable and just. They never make bad mistakes and never have difficult decisions to make. Their choices are always fight the bad gu...more
Woodge
Aug 10, 2009 Woodge rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fantasy geeks; sorcerers
Shelves: fantasy, recommended
This is the second in a series of six and this entry was every bit as exciting and thrilling as the first (Furies of Calderon). This book takes up two years after the events in the first book (Tavi is seventeen now). Many of the same players from the first book are back and there are many more new villains. Butcher keeps the action going strong and the interest level high which makes for a fast and fun read. The Codex Alera is fast becoming one of my favorite fantasy series. This book also deliv...more
Trey Mccain
It's rare that sequel is better than the first, but it's the case for Academ's Fury. I had a tendency to slow down with all the intrigue and such through the middle of the book, but once you're beyond that it livens up quickly.

I can't say that the book was unpredictable, though there were a few turns that were unexpected for me. No spoilers.

The best part of the book revolves around the saying "the enemies of my enemies are my friends." Fidelius would have to be my favorite character so far.

We...more
Nimrod Daniel
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...more
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A martial arts enthusiast whose resume includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives in Independence, Missouri, with his wife, his son, and a ferocious guard dog.
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