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Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera #3)

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The power-hungry High Lord of Kalare has launched a rebellion against the aging First Lord, Gaius Sextus, who with the loyal forces of Alera must fight beside the unlikeliest of allies - the equally contentious High Lord of Aquitaine. Meanwhile, young Tavi of Calderon joins a newly formed legion under an assumed name even as the ruthless Kalare unites with the Canim, besti...more
ebook, 544 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Ace Books (first published 2006)
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Tom
Another 5 for sure on this book in the series! I’m not sure whether I liked it as much as the second book but I do know that I loved it.

I loved that this book takes place years after the last book and that gives the characters to grow up a bit. As in the other books in the series, there are constant twists and turns. The characters are so real and the villians again show to be in a very grey zone. I love how Gaius is supposed to be the “good” guy but the story is always bringing up evidence that...more
Kaila
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Jim
Another good addition to the series, but some of the foreshadowing was heavy handed, so 3.5. A fun, quick read. This didn't appeal to me in some ways as much as the first or second because Butcher is getting a little too predictable, still it had its moments. The series is definitely worth continuing. No real need for a full review - if you liked the first 2 books, you'll like this one. I did & am moving on to the 4th.

Update: This book in the MMP edition, is the only one to have a map, so fa...more
Stephen
4.5 stars. Another outstanding installment of this high quality epic fantasy series. Of Butcher's two series, I think I like this series more (even though the Dresden books are a ton of fun). The quality of the writing continues to improve, the scope of the story continues to expand and the world-building is absolutely superb. So far, each successive installment has been better than the previous one and I hope the trend continues. Highly Recommended!!
Rob
Executive Summary: To me this is where the series really starts to shine. Mr. Butcher established the world and the key players in the last 2 books, and now he gets down the business of telling the story.

Audio book: I didn't like Ms. Reading too much at the start. Her male voices bothered me. By this book however, I couldn't imagine anyone else reading this. There is a scene where random legionaries are calling out and Ms. Reading does different voices for all of them.

I think she's also flushed...more
***Dave Hill
(Original review: http://hill-kleerup.org/blog/2008/01/...)

Story: Good
Characters: Fair
Re-Readability: Good
Overall: Good

Story: This is a return to Butcher’s fantasy world, populated by apparent descendents of Ancient Rome (a mystery still only brushed against), and where magic manifests as bound / familiar elemental spirits, or furies. Furies can not only manifest themselves as elemental creatures. but also give to their controllers great power — strength for Earth, speed for Air, endurance for M...more
Amanda
Cursor's Fury is the third novel in the Codex Alera sequence by Jim Butcher. We return to events following Tavi, orphaned child - or, rather, young man by this stage - as he takes up a political position within the First Aleran Legion at the request of the First Lord. Gaius intends Tavi to learn the process of legion life, while trying to keep him away from the actual fighting - the First Legion is newly created and going through a drilling process. However, events conspire against the First Lor...more
Rosanna
This series just keeps getting better! I love these characters and story line. The only thing that kept it from a five star was the long drawn out battle scenes, other than that, this was pretty damn amazing.

On to book four...

Enzo
The "Codex Alera" series is not as followed as "Dresden Files" but Jim Butcher has really made it entertaining. Tavi is now a Cursor and is being sent out on missions. The latest to see a new Legion just formed. Have I mentioned how much I enjoy the fact its based on the old Roman Army: Legion, Cohors, Centurion, etc. (Well it was a bet and I the pokemon side is also great: furies)
The series really grows into you as we follow Tavi and his family. But the best part of this book is Tavi commandin...more
Julia
Dec 08, 2008 Julia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like fantasy
Recommended to Julia by: unknown
Shelves: fantasy
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Amanda
Wow. This series has completely blown me away. What I thought was a good story turned into a GREAT story and shows no signs of abating anytime soon.

In Tavi, Amara, Bernard, and the countless others, Butcher has created a juggernaut-like cast of characters. In the first book, you like them, but in the following two, you grow to love them. Tavi inspires a feeling of awe, his characters is so well crafted(pun intended). What begins as a major handicap showcases Tavi's courage and intelligence. He d...more
Nicholas
Good, good, good book. Tavi is growing up, and his mysterious past, and why he has no furies is finally revealed.

Things that are really good:
1. Maximus
2. Maximus
3. Grown-up Ehren
4. Kitai
5. Tavi as a legionnaire captain

oh wait, .5. The Freaking Canim.

Finally Tavi's got some worthy adversaries and while treachery is always afoot in the Kingdom of Alera, this time, there's far more open conflict. Butcher continues to write really well and put his characters through legitimately believable emotion...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Getting to know the characters better here. The "aforementioned" underlying plot comes more clearly into focus and the story grows. Well written and very enjoyable.

I gave these short "I liked them reviews" when I finished these books. My attention was brought back to them and I want to take a minute to recommend them and say again that I like them. Being a huge Dresden fan I probably tend to give them a bit of
short shrift.

You can tell by the titles that Tavi's is moving through life. Having gon...more
Anna-louise
Another great book! The main characters just get caught up in a whole heap of trouble yet again and you get taken along for the ride again. What i loved about this book was the story of Isana and Fade it was a battle just for those two unlike what Tavi was going through and the outcome made me cry! This book has some clever twists that i really didn't see coming. Straight onto the next for me :)
Kira
4 1/2 stars
♡Esra♡
The story and everyone in it is getting better and better. I already love this series but I guess this one was better than the others. We are beginning to get a few answers to our former questions and form up new questions from that point. Which is always a plus for me because I don't like to wonder about the same thing till the end.

The best thing about this book was that it wasn't draining at all. In the other books we couldn't even take a breather before we were thrown back into the battle or...more
Jon


Bit of a letdown from the first two. Maybe it's because I had lower expectations from them? Taking a break from this series so it'll be fresh when I get back to it. DF worked that way too. Two books at a time was good. Third was asking too much.

Too much military stuff. I don't mind it as a topic but it made the book monotonous. If the side plots played bigger roles I wouldn't have minded so much, but they were very minor compared to Tavi's plot.

Monotony aside the relative unimportance of the...more
Qing
Ahh Tavi <3 He's so smart... lol^^^^I was feeling very smug in figuring most stuff out before it was revealed, though one thing was kind of still surprising, which I won't mention (obviously... unless you *really* want to know, um, wiki it? lol).^^^^I felt that the book wrapped up some loose ends nicely and so am wary in starting the 4th book, but Minh sez that the 4th book is even better AND each book is really stand alone (which I didn't know)... and she also disagrees with book 3 tying up...more
Melissa
First, let me say that I enjoyed the chapters that focused on Tavi. I like him as a character, and seeing him in a commanding role and developing as a leader is a nice set-up for what I'm assuming is going to be happening the future of the story.

Having said that, there were other parts of the story that were...aggravating to me. I'm an expecting first-time-mom, and let me tell you-- I spend nearly every waking second (and some REM cycle seconds) worrying about my baby. I have a 30-60 minute com...more
Cheryl Landmark
Ah, Tavi! This young man is rapidly becoming one of my favourite fantasy characters. Despite being furyless, he possesses other qualities that make me love, respect and admire him more every subsequent book--he is courageous, clever, intelligent, resourceful, audacious, witty.

In this book, he had need of every one of those qualities as the enemies of the Alera realm threatened, invaded and killed many of its citizens and legionaires. Mr. Butcher has a great knack for depicting battle scenes and...more
Irisheyz77
Holy freakin' wow. My love affair with Jim Butcher's The Codex Alera series continues with Cursor's Fury. This story picks up two years after the second book in the series, Academ's Fury, where life in Alera has settled somewhat back into the normal routines of political intrigue and espionage. Tavi is continuing to not only survive but thrive in a world where most people consider him to be a freak because he has no furies of his own to control.

However, its this lack of furies that makes Tavi in...more
Dantezgirl
Does Butcher jump two years between each book? I'm on book three now and he's jumped two years for each consecutive book. I initially thought it was so Tavi could get he rocks off with the Marat, but no. Any who. Tavi and his GF haven't done the deed but are frisky LOL and yes, sick of hearing him whinge about her :( Interesting he's in the Legion, but tis about time.

Amara/Bernard sound like they're still going hard but still no young yet :( Hopefully their time off soon will help like Burnard...more
Kathleen
When Captain Hammer sings "everyone's a hero in their own way" it is a joke, but I really feel that is the best way to describe these books. Unlike in most fantasy novels, all of these characters are actually different, with different motivations and strengths.

Tavi continues to be the clever-yet-non-magical youth, though in this book he finds himself in command of a legion, which is fun because we get to see how very not!Roman the world is. In fact, Tavi and an archeologist get to play with som...more
Pietro
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW
YEAH.

Finally.
Cursor's Fury is everything this series promised to be and more, it's the "Changes" of Codex Alera, miles beyond both Furies of Calderon and Academ's Fury.

If book 1 was good old coming of age fantasy and 2 was "Harry Potter meets Xenomorph" , 3 is an all-out military fantasy and IT IS AWESOME.

I won't spoil the plot, except to say that it involves major shifts in the scales of power in the continent of Alera: the precarious balance portrayed in the previous volumes...more
Duchess Nicole
Listened to audio, so spelling may be off.

Another good installment. Moved the series on quite a bit, and there were both sad and happy moments. There wasn't really any Murat interaction except for Kitai. They're always a big plus for me.

A few momentous things happen. We learn more about Tavi's parents, Bernard and Amara have another big heart to heart, and Isana and Fade literally fight death. Max was present, but not as involved as the last one. Though he and Tavi are both growing up and leavi...more
Tom
I have come to the conclusion that no matter what the author does, anytime characters talk about "furies" it will sound silly to me. And this is from a high fantasy novel series where magic should be the norm (the odd part here being everyone can do it instead of a small handful).

This, however, is my only complaint. Jim Butcher, as he has proven elsewhere, is a master of getting the action going and keeping things moving. Once the fighting starts, there's no time for anything else and that's jus...more
Katera
I remember thinking that I wouldn't enjoy this series all that much. I was wrong. My favorite character throughout the books has been Fade, and so, of course, I love this book best so far. I'm a huge sucker for loyalty and self-sacrifice, and I can think of few characters who have sacrificed as much as Fade has in the name of loyalty. It makes me love him. It makes me want great things to happen for him. It makes me wish he was the main character. It makes me want to hurry up and start the next...more
Marcela (BookaholicCat)
4 ½ Stars
This series is so addictive I haven't been able to stop listening. I'm on an audiobook binge and enjoy every single minute of it... Now to fourth audiobook.
Proud Book Nerd
While I really enjoyed this book, I didn't like it quite so much as I had the first two in the series. I'm not quite sure why, but perhaps because it wasn't quite as surprising. It seemed somewhat formulaic as part of this series. Good guys face incredible odds. Somehow, these HUGE underdogs once again emerge victorious. And, oh, yes, there's something even bigger as a common thread throughout the whole series thus far. And the big bombs dropped? Yeah. Saw those coming a mile away. Still, I love...more
Kaitlin
This is book number 3 in the Codex Alera series and I have really enjoyed the previous two so I was hoping to really love this one too and it did not disappoint!

The storyline of this book is focussed mostly on Tavi once again as the main character, but it does still include chapter snippets into the lives of the other major players. Whilst the first book was mostly a set up book and the second was mostly based in Politics, this one was based mostly around warfare and battles.

In this storyline we...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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