Book Four of the Codex Alera. As Captain of the First Aleran, Tavi has been keeping the Canim at bay for two years now at Elinarch. His men respect hi...moreBook Four of the Codex Alera. As Captain of the First Aleran, Tavi has been keeping the Canim at bay for two years now at Elinarch. His men respect him and they can rightfully no longer be called fishes as the First Aleran is now a veteran Legion. The Alerans are still at war with Kalare and now the Senatorial Guard, led by Senator Arnos, is in the mix, supposedly on the good side. But the good Senator may be partnering up with some unfavorable kind and Tavi must battle with laws and correct conduct to convince the Senators to ally themselves with the Canim or defeat Arnos at his own game if he can't.
The Canim, led by Nasaug, fights beside the Free Aleran, the former Aleran slaves the Canim freed, against the Alera Imperia. Tavi must try being the diplomat and reconcile their differences if they are to survive what Tavi fears is coming: a greater enemy than them all, one that will require all of them to join forces - the Vord.
Tavi learns his true identity and that almost everybody else already knew, which is annoying as hell.
Maximus and Crassus have really grown as brothers and they bring comic relief to each page they appear, even on their own. And their jokes are not too overly done when considering the dreadful realities they face everyday. They feel natural and within these jokes I feel as if I can see the Butcher I know from the Dresden Files come out, which always bring a smile because I can just imagine that Butcher is dying to put these jokes in somewhere.
Valiar Marcus or ex-Cursor Fidelias, as we know him, plays a questionable role throughout Captain's Fury and it's hard to tell exactly which way he'll lean in the end but you can't help but want him to join the good guys once and for all. Lady Invidia Aquitaine with all her devious ways is a slippery snake and it would be wise to be wary of her.
Amara and Bernard are once again tasked with an impossible mission to keep Gaius alive while they travel without the aid of their furies to defeat Kalare at its heart. But Gaius may just be pushing his most valuable Cursor farther than she's willing to bend.
Isana and Araris join Tavi's gang in his expedentures and it's nice to the couple together and more than just nice to see Isana grow as a watercrafter to bounds unimaginable but helps her fill the shoes of what her rightful new title demands.
I have to say, Captain's Fury has the most epic ending so far in the series. Everything about the series feels so epic and grand like I'm witnessing something far greater than myself occur before my very eyes. It's like looking up at the stars and realizing how very large the universe is and how very like an ant I am in comparison. And it's perfect that it the story is told from more than one perspectives because something like this couldn't be rightly defined or expressed from one person's POV. It's like a web how everything is so entangled together even as separate as they may seem they all come together to form one picture.(less)
Book three of the Alera Codex. I loved Butcher from the Dresden Files, my all-time favorite series, and now I love him for the Alera Co...moreEdited: 7/17/12
Book three of the Alera Codex. I loved Butcher from the Dresden Files, my all-time favorite series, and now I love him for the Alera Codex. It was almost like reading work from two wholly different authors except for the fact that they're both utterly AWESOME! :D
The main problem I've alwasy had with high fantasy is the muliple POVs. It's distracting and off-putting at times but Butcher has managed to find a perfect middle ground. He knows when to stay on one character. In their critical points, he doesn't move off. For me this was pretty much groundbreaking. I've never seen it done it before.
We've seen Tavi grow over the period of Furies of Calderon and Academ's Fury, seen his strength and courage and wits grow. Now as an official cursor, Tavi is sent on a mission with Antillar Maximus or Max, one of Tavi's friends from the Academy, and Maestro Magnus, another former cursor. There to join a newly formed legion called the First Aleran under false identities. The legion wasn't expected to get much real field experience but before they know it everything goes wrong when a completely unnatural lightening bolt takes out the command tent and everybody in it... and the highest ranking person left is Tavi to lead a legion against an all-out attack from the Canim, the vicious beasts from the west.
I don't know about you but just writing this has made me want to reread the book. I'm all hyped. ;)
While the legion full of fish or what they call newbies in the Aleran military struggle to battle the Canim, Amara and Bernard work to keep High Lord Kalarus from taking the Capital and ending the reign of First Lord Gaius. Together with the dangerous and scheming High Lady Acquitaine they must put aside their differences to rescue High Lady Placida from the heart of Kalare to turn the tide of the rebellion. Back behind quickly crumbling walls in the city, Steadholder Isana battles her own war with the battleworn and battlescarred Araris Valerian. The most powerful swordmaster in the realm has lost the will to live and Isana must fight to show him a reason to stay.
Along the way we learn, if you haven't already guessed it from Academ's Fury...some serious spoiler-y stuff that I can't tell you. *snicker* But it is about Tavi and who he really is.
All in all, Cursor's Fury is a fast read even with its 521 pages.
And here's a piece of fan art that directly relates to events in Cursor's Fury by sandara. :D
So badly wanted to finish it and was completely enamored by each story but sadly it was originally a gift for someone else and had to stop reading. :(...moreSo badly wanted to finish it and was completely enamored by each story but sadly it was originally a gift for someone else and had to stop reading. :( The thickness of the book conquered me. Hehe
Got a quarter of the way through.
I have to say the story about the Coal, the Straw, and the Bean was perhaps the funniest and shortest I read.
Each story was somewhat short, only 1-4 pages maybe, but each one felt fulfilling; it was amazing. Never been so satisfied with a story that fast. Each one was rich with emotion and struggle.
I expected the Grimm stories to not be so happily-ever-after but it was. The only difference compared to the popular fairy tales is that the evil witches and mean stepmothers and stepsisters are all punished way more severely and parts could get a little gruesome, especially for a child to read. However, I believe that if being read with a parent and if the child is at least 10 or 11 then they could handle it and actually enjoy it more for it's blunt nature and honesty compared to the easy and predictable popular fairy tales.
Must remember to pick up these stories again some time.(less)
1) There was even a "I'm your father" scene. Lol, cracked me up.
2) Vi really surprised me, she was fucking insane in the beginning. Still...moreMain points:
1) There was even a "I'm your father" scene. Lol, cracked me up.
2) Vi really surprised me, she was fucking insane in the beginning. Still kind of is but her madness is more explained as it goes on. Like this one scene:
"'She's one hot bitch, ain't she?' Tom Gray said, grabbing a breats.
She ignored him. 'Don't make me do something you'll regret,' she told the Shinga.
'Can I have her after you're done?' Tom asked. He squeezed her breast again and then he petted her hair.
'DON'T TOUCH MY HAIR!' she yelled.
Both the bodyguard and Tom flinched at her sudden fury, Barush Sniggle forced a laugh a moment later.
'You little guttershite, you sewer froth, you touch my hair and I swear I'll rip you apart,' Vi said, trembling.
He swore at her and ripped out the leather thong that bound her hair back. Her hair fell loose around her shoulders fo teh first time in years. She stood exposed, naked, and the men were laughing."
She's been raped and been trained under Momma K. And her master was Hu Gibbert so, yea, you can just imagine, if he has a bloodlust for murder, how he is with sex. So she doesn't feel naked when she is literally naked. Instead, it's when her hair is down because she only takes it down when she's going to bed and only if she's safe. It's become an important symbol for her.
She once explains:
"Her nudity is her armor. It blinded the drooling fools. They couldn't see anything else while they saw her body." AND "Her sex was totally numb."
She's explained men as the destroyers of life and women as the nurturers and givers of life. So, you get that she views men, as a whole, as shit. Kylar changes that for her. He shows her something she didn't think existed in men. He's compassionate towards her and sees her like no one else ever has. And didn't reject her. However, he loves Elene.
I feel for her but she doesn't beat Elene, not for me.
3) That ending was such a twist. I thought for a split-second: this is becoming like a soap-opera. hehe.
4) Kyler coming back to life is becoming overused. Something like that shouldn't be able to be overused. And, one of them was just plain funny. But, it was hinted that there is a major price for it so we'll see.
5) Momma K and Lord General Brant Agon.<---- I can so see it. :)
7) Logan was pretty awesome. He had some of the best scenes and the Hole was insane.
8) Hu Gibbert, ha!
9) Mags. Damn. I have total respect for her. That whole scene with Garoth's women was just sick. Part of why I shelved this book under antagonist-5 stars. Garoth is messed up.
"He would enter silently and wake Magdalyn roughly. He loved Magdalyn's scream. He would beat her savagely and acuse her of plotting against him.
If she begged and swore it wasn't true like most frightened women would, he'd throw her off the balcony. If she cursed him, he would bang her, matching her defiance with an equal degree of brutality, and she would live another day. Before he left, he would hold her tenderly in his arms and whisper that he was sorry, that he loved her. Decent women always wanted to see something good in him. He shivered in anticipation."
11) The scenes with Vi, Sister Ariel, and Uly were almost like a dream come true to see Vi talked to like that. lol
12) The battle at Screaming Winds with Khali was freaking crazy. She's like a what-do-call-those. They sing and they lure you to their deaths with their beauty. Mermaids? Hold on, let me check this on wiki or something. Sirens! Mermaids, lol. It's because of that last Pirates of the Carribean movie and those killer mermaids.
13) Poor Uly. Vi probably messed her up for life, explaining to her, in detail, sex. The. Worst. Person. Ever.
14) Caernarvon's thugs are just laughable.
15) Kylar as an ex-wetboy was actually not that bad. The scenes with them as a family were sweet. Just imagine him with an apron on. Hehe. It would've worked, if only...
16) Retribution, my precious. I got a teensy-weensy upset over that, but it ended it okay, so I'm good.
I think that covers it. Hope I didn't give too much away. =)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)