First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera, #6)
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First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera #6)

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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  28,097 ratings  ·  827 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....more
Paperback, 784 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Ace (first published November 24th 2008)
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Jim
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
Rob
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.

Full Review
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 interact...more
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...more
Gabriel
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...more
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...more
Tom
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
Dorri
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
...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...more
James
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 read...more
Jet
Introduction

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...more
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
Matt
A great ending to a great series. If you haven't read this series yet, I highly recommend it. The first book in the series is in my opinion the worst and they continually get better as they go.
Lightreads
Conclusion to this six-book epic fantasy about the lost prince rising to power in the land overrun by creepy hive-minded spider thingies.

It's not romanesque, it's romanish. Which explains everything you really need to know about this series, except that it's predictable and has quietly annoying gender issues and is deeply, deeply satisfying. Like dolphin noises satisfying. Like Anne McCaffrey when you're twelve satisfying, only more swords.

No, wait, I do actually have something else to say. The...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
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
Wang Xiuyi
Sorry Jim Butcher,

I had really high expectations about the concluding book to the series. But there was just something missing from the book. It was really disappointing the way you concluded the series, particularly the fight against the vord queen. A swift stroke and she's dead? No pomp or anything? It is just about as ridiculous as the worst fantasy series I have ever read.

I have huge respect for you as an author, and I have to say that this series does not match up to the standards that othe...more
Nicole
The Codex Alera series was really well put together, and after reading about Jim Butcher's novel methodology I can understand why. I'm sure, when starting with Furies of Calderon, he already saw the writing on the wall--though probably not as clearly, you know what they say about hindsight.

Now that it's over I feel a little sad, like I've lost something I really love. There is no more story, no more development, and still some lingering questions. For example, unlike his previous works, all the...more
Erica Anderson
I held off for a long time before I read this book, because Jim Butcher hasn't written any more fantasy. And that really bums me out. I tried the Harry Dresden books, but didn't enjoy them nearly as much as the Alera series. So, with the conclusion of First Lord's Fury, I am without a Butcher book-in-waiting.

As you would expect with a book in the Alera series, there is an extraordinary story arc, all leading up to The Final Battle between Tavi and the Vord queen. Tavi's ingenuity is evident in j...more
Crystal
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
Jason
In general I don’t like high fantasy, or books with a lot of different points of view, or books centered on war (Even with the current big thing in this genre, Song of Ice & Fire, I just managed to get through all the Arya & Sansa chapters.). So this book had a lot to overcome for me to like it; the main plus and the reason I picked it up is Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files being so great. But First Lord’s Fury is no Dresden File, and I do not feel tempted to read another in the Codex Alera s...more
Duchess Nicole
HUGE FIVE STARS!!!
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...more
Jeffrey
May 31, 2010 Jeffrey rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Akram Abusaif
An amazing ending to an amazing series. Jim Butcher once again displays his mastery of language, story weaving, and understanding of the human mind. Not only is he able to paint his main characters in an incredible light, but he also on occasion makes you hate yourself for hating the villains. He shows us that we ourselves are not so different from them and that we could have ended up being just as they were given the right circumstances.

Not only that but Jim Butcher has an amazing tendency to...more
Dantezgirl


Lady Aquataine lives! and STILL has the gall to call herself a Lady? Pfft. So the creature attached to her chest keeps her alive after her poisoning. And how does she know it wont suck the life and poison out of her eventually? Or the Queen wont order it to kill her? HOLY SHIT YOU CRUEL BITCH! I can't wait for Tavi to take the bitch out. The poor child! The poor mother!

Oh ho!So the Vord bitch wants a mommy aye? A family? That's either gonna work for or against her. I predict against. Sounds lik...more
Eric
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...more
Jared W
Butcher's foray into epic fantasy left me slightly disappointed, overall. It just didn't have the panache that makes the Dresden Files such an addictive read. Don't get me wrong, the Alera series is good, but I was expecting better from Butcher. The Vord represent a standard ominous threat (think Hive Queen from Ender's Game), but little thought was truly placed into them. The one real interest--the emotional development of the Queen Primus--was never fully developed and lacked real cogency. The...more
Justin
Grab your helms, shields and swords, fantasy fans. In The First Lord’s Fury, Jim Butcher is taking you to war! In the 6th and final book in the Codex Alera series, Butcher not only takes you to war, but makes you laugh and cry along the way. The First Lord’s Fury is a very suitable ending to what I found to be a most enjoyable fantasy series. The Codex Alera series takes place several thousand years after a lost Roman legion found its way to another world and rebuilt a society. The novels’ setti...more
Pietro
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...more
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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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