Captain's Fury (Codex Alera, #4)
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Captain's Fury (Codex Alera #4)

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In his acclaimed Codex Alera novels, bestselling author Jim Butcher has created a fascinating world in which the elemental forces of nature take physical form and are used for protection. Now, as enemies become allies and friends become bitter foes, a danger beyond reckoning looms for all.
ebook, 528 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Ace Books (first published December 4th 2007)
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Stephen
3.5 stars. Another excellent installment in what has turned out to be an above-average epic fantasy series. The description of the book tells enough about the story that I won't re-hash the plot and will simply point out a few things I like about the story.

The progression of Tavi from young, naive, fury-less Country boy to a veteran, capable, fury-full (is that a word) Captain of the Aleran forces has been thoughful, understandable and well done. I also find myself really liking the characters...more
Josh
Butcher crafts a compelling fantasy. These are some of the first books in years that have given me chills during some of the more stirring scenes. Can't recommend the series enough. Hail Octavian!
Tom
Perfection! 5 Every book has gotten better for me and I loved them from the beginning. Instead of a book of theories and questions it was an entire book of ANSWERS! The battle scenes were more condensed and that left more room for personal storylines. LOVE this series!
Rob
Executive Summary: While this one didn't live up to my memory of it, it's still a really fun read with a lot to like.

Audio book: At this point, I'm used to Kate Reading as a reader and can't imagine anyone else doing it.

Full Review
I originally maintained my 5 star rating after finishing my reread, but I think if I'm honest and rate it how I would if I were reading it for the first time, it would be a solid 4 star. This book starts and ends really well, but slows down in the middle some.

Like th...more
John
What a great read. The series started off as a pretty solid and entertaining read but each subsequent book is better than the last. Captain's Fury continues to show Tavi's growth and continued frustration at his lack of competency in fury-crafting.

More interesting, to me, is that Isana and Fade are built into extremely interesting characters in their own right, as they have a solid plot line all there on. And yet more Bernard and Amara, who are my favorite couple in the series right now.

The big...more
Jim
Another fun, quick read, although a bit predictable. The main character, Tavi, matures further & is slowly coming into his own, which is neat. The interactions with the Camin are interesting - different cultures meeting & clashing. It's nice to see that the 'good' guys aren't always perfect & often, no matter what they do, their options are limited so that they can seem pretty bad. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book.
♡Esra♡
Yep, this is IT for me. This is why I love Fantasy so much. I have nothing, not one single bad thing to say about this book. I LOVED IT. I can't stress that enough. THIS WAS AMAZING for me. I loved every single second of it.

At some parts it was emotional and I got teary eyed and I loved it. The battle scenes were amazing and if they weren't in this book I wouldn't love it this very much. Every time someone said Hail Gaius Octavian, I loved it AND got the chills. The parts with Canim, loved it....more
Reed
The continuing adventures of Tavi and the rest of the crew. If you are a fan of the series, you know what to expect. The characters get into loads of impossible scrapes, only to somehow pull themselves through.

I've noticed a disturbing trend in this series since the second book--I spend the first quarter to third of the book trying to remember who all the characters are, and where the assorted story lines were going. I spend the next third or so thinking "I love Butcher's novels, but I'm not sur...more
Yodamom
*Spoilers if you have not read the previous books
The short-Tavi's coming of age and power, the First Lord finally makes a move and love shines in Alera, War takes a huge toll.
It's all that and a bucket of chicken !



I feel like I have known Tavi all his life. Well, I have in a literary sense. He has gone from this little insecure child to an awkward teenager to this new confident capable man. He is in his early twenties now and faces some horrible circumstances, he must be the voice and mind of sa...more
Natasha M.
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Kaila
As seen on Stumptown Books.

It's no secret around here that I am not a Codex Alera fan. So far, the star spread is (links lead to the reviews):

Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) - 2 stars
Academ's Fury (Codex Alera #2) - 2 stars
Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera #3) - 1 star
And this book, Captain's Fury (Codex Alera #4) - 2 stars

That's not a very good track record to continue on with. And yet, I'm still reading them. Some deep dark part of me obviously wants to know how the story is going to end, and whe...more
Dantezgirl


So I think I've figured Butcher's style :) And yeah, looks like we do jump two years for each consecutive books. Dunno if I like that in terms of story wise.

So Octavian and Kitai sound like they've FINALLY done the deed. Kitai FINALLY has her horse. Tavi is still Captain. And the Cane are still roaming, now with ex-slave recruits! No doubt Tavi will win the Aleran folks back to his side. AANNDD sounds like Tavi may just be boinking his Cousin or Step Sister! *Shudders* Eww! (Butcher keeps bangi...more
Matt
I started off fairly skeptical about this series and stayed that way even after the first book. But as each book has progressed I've found myself enjoying these more and more. Captain's Fury is no different.
Leon Aldrich
Another well written Butcher sword-fest. On to book five!
trishtrash
A slightly disappointing fourth instalment of Butcher’s enjoyable Codex Alera series; only slightly, as the political and battle focus was as tightly wound and satisfying as in the previous book, Cursor’s Fury which I consider the best in the series so far. Captain’s Fury, however, spends too much time (and time-wasting peril inflicted for the sake of giving the protagonists something to do) with Count Bernard and the Cursor, Amara, escorting the First Lord of the realm through woods, swamp and...more
Richard
Feb 12, 2013 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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 lif...more
Duchess Nicole
I do believe that this is one of my favorite fantasy series of all time, right up there with George R.R. Martin, L.E. Modesitt, and Robert Jordan. There is something so normal about this crazy world that Butcher has created. These people have real, honest emotions. And while there are odd creatures abounding, from Leviathans ten times the size of a ship to the semi-friendly Murat and Canim hordes, the characters have everyday emotions and reactions. There is something for everyone to love about...more
James
This will be really short as due to the speed I have read these books I am struggling to separate them in my mind. They were that good.

This book continues on with the same brilliance that was evident in Cursor's Fury, with the tale picking up pace really well; at times I felt like I was caught in an unstoppable stream, it's current picking me up and not letting me down.

This is because the plot was brilliant and fun, well devised and complex enough to make sure that there was little chance you...more
Amanda
This is the fourth book in the Codex Alera sequence by Jim Butcher, a high fantasy story following the story of Tavi as he grows into manhood and learns the destiny that lies before him.

I'm growing ambivalent about this series. I enjoy every book - but not enough to devour every single page in a single sitting. I find some parts of the books enormously exciting and moving and generally fantastic. And then sometimes I find myself flipping pages without any real interest in what comes next. I reac...more
Nicholas
Damn entertaining and the best book of the series so far in my opinion. Tavi learns of his heritage and the whole conspiracy (minus who really was behind the death of Septimus) comes unraveled with some pretty interesting consequences.

Butcher shows his politically medieval acumen as the jostling for power in Alera continues with the added threat of the Canim lurking to the north. Just what are they up to? And why are they building ships?

Butcher also creates one of the most loathsome villains in...more
Max
Quite good, quite good. The series just keeps getting better and better with every book, and I am very happy that I still have two books to go.

I read the last 40% of the book in one go on a long train ride, and since there were a bunch of children in the same wagon, I put on some loud music. And I have to say, reading battle scenes while listening to The Classical Conspiracy by Epica is pretty damn epic. So, even though the story itself almost-but-not-quite-warrants a five star, the experience o...more
Colin
This story. These characters. These plot twists. The action. The heart wrenching moments.
Need I say more?

The Codex Alera series is something you need in your life. The ending of this one was rather ominous and it's hinting at some absolutely insane events that are about to unfold in the last two books.

Needless to say, I'm kind of frothing at the mouth excited.
Angie
Nov 25, 2013 Angie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fantasy
Recommended to Angie by: the first one was a gift
Things are really changing for Tavi in this book. He's allways thought of himself and also been told that he's an orphan. Well he now knows the truth.

I like how Tavi s character is changing, he's no longer the appreniice sheep farmer on the boarders of his land. But blessings he learned there he uses in his life now. Kitai, his girlfriend is also changing. So for the better, but she's still the wild girl at heart.

So in this, Tavi has got to figure out a way to sort out the Canim invasion, and ne...more
Lady*M
Second reading; August 2014

3.5 stars

In every book before we were following usually three groups of characters until, at some point, they converged. In this book, we were mostly following two groups: Tavi and his group and Amara, Bernard and Gaius. There is a smaller portion that follows Tavi's legion, under Crassus. While there were several exciting scenes in every one of these plot lines, Amara & Co. travel on foot for pages and pages and, frankly, until the end, this part of the book bored...more
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
4 ½ Stars

Another winner!
I'm looking forward to next two (audio) books in the series.
Annette
This is definitely one of those times when I wish Goodreads had a 10 star system, because I try to be Really parsimonious with my 4 star ratings - and yet this book is really Far better than the run of the mill 3-star read. Better yet, I'd like to give the series as a whole a 4 star rating, while perhaps none of the individual books rise to quite that level. Anyway, whining about the lack of granularity in ratings aside, this is a Solid series which has only improved as it went on. I was uncommi...more
Jeffrey Grant
The titles of this series tend to be misleading; Academ's Fury spent very little time with Tavi as a student and more time with him acting like a cursor, Cursor's Fury very quickly made him Captain of a Legion, and now Captain’s fury has him in command for very little of the time.

An ambitious and idiotic senator arrives with his own personal army and the idea that the Canim will just be a cakewalk, which obviously doesn’t jive with Tavi’s way of doing things. Tavi is relieved of command and goe...more
Aleshanee
"Die Vergangenheit hatte über zwanzig Jahre geruht, sie konnte noch ein wenig warten. Die Zukunft dagegen gebärdete sich außerordentlich launisch. Sie konnte ebenfalls warten. Sie wartete ja immer. Im Hier und Jetzt standen Menschenleben auf dem Spiel."
S. 229

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Tavi ist unter dem Namen Rufus Scipio bei der Ersten Aleranischen Armee zu einem beliebten Hauptmann aufgestiegen, doch die ständige Bedrohung der Canim ruft den Senatsausschuss auf den Plan und setzt ihm den eigenwilligen, machthu...more
Carl Cranney
As you can tell from the dates of my reviews of all of the Codex Alera, I just can't put these down. More of the same awesomeness with Tavi and his friends and allies. The little extra that was in this book was the addition of the First Lord of Alera, Gaius Sextus, going to war and killing entire groups of people at once, not to mention unleashing a volcano that completely ends a rebellion by obliterating an entire swatch of his kingdom (reluctantly, but it was the best option available given th...more
Terence
There was nothing particularly special about this one. There was a lot of things that were quite obvious (view spoiler). We didn't find anything new out like the last book (view spoiler).

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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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