In the fifth Codex Alera novel, Tavi is the recognized heir to the throne. When armistice with the Canim ends, and he and his legions take th...moreSynopsis:
In the fifth Codex Alera novel, Tavi is the recognized heir to the throne. When armistice with the Canim ends, and he and his legions take the Canim in Alera home, they discover that the Vord, hostile to Aleran and Canim alike, have ravaged Cane, and now the former foes must fight the common enemy. Meanwhile, Alera struggles to rebuild after civil war, but that doesn’t stop intrigues among the power-players. Perhaps the Vord attacking with the Alerans’ they-thought-unique weapon, furycrafting, will. A treat for action fans and series followers.
Man, oh, man. My heart is broken and then lifted up and put back together in this one. I cannot believe what these characters survive. One has fallen, though and I will miss him. I really will.
The Vord are back and the Realm is in severe peril. Tavi has no idea about what's going on at home because he and the First Aleran are escorting Varg, Nasaug and the Free Aleran to Canea so that the Canim can go home to fight back against the Vord. Once they get there, though, things are obviously much worse than they had ever thought they would be. Upon arriving at Molvar, Tavi and the others are told by the Pack there that all of the other ranges in Canea have fallen to the Vord. All that remains is the range of Shuara. Tavi and those with him end up being taken captive by the Shuaran Warmaster, Lararl and thing get really crazy from there. Tavi manipulates Lararl into letting them go so that they can help them against the Vord. Then he, Kitai, Max, Varg, Anag and a few others set out to hunt a Vord queen. Tavi's plan doesn't go quite the way he wants it to, but man that guy is smart. I freaking love Tavi and the way he thinks, but they show that bitch what for. And make one hell of an escape from Canea-and take what's left of the Canim with them. Those were some scary scenes, but I loved reading them. Love seeing Tavi being a hero. Love seeing Kitai's love for him and Maximus's dedication. It's so amazing the faith, trust and hope they have in him. It can be daunting, but it always manages to give Tavi strength when he's feeling insecure and low.
Meanwhile, back in the Realm of Alera, shit just got real and the Vord have seriously taken over. What they're up to and the help they have in it being done is the real issue. The Vord are bad enough on their own without people to help them. I'm just glad that not all of those helpers were willing. It would be so much better if a certain High Lady wasn't one of the biggest helpers of all. I hate that woman and want her dead, but she's still one of my favorite villains.
While Sextus is trying to hit the Vord where it will hurt, he's got Isana off in Antillus trying to broker a peace between the Alerans and the icemen so that the Antillan and Phyrigan legions can march south. And he's got Amara and Bernard off on a covert mission to discover how the Vord are doing something they really shouldn't be able to do. Things seem pretty hopeless for those two, but thanks to some amazing thinking, they rescue quite a few Citizens. Seriously, that was awesome. Amara still has hard feelings towards Sextus over the events in Kalare, but the Vord are a serious threat and they accept the mission. Despite all of the death they have to witness to get their information, they do it and do even more. Serious kudos to those two. And really big kudos to Isana. It turns out that the icemen really aren't so bad after all. Isana went so very far to secure the start of the peace. The biggest obstacle was Raucus himself. The end of that duel was so awesome, man. Scary as hell, but awesome and I respect Isana so much. What Raucus told her about why he decided to believe in her was moving. I love the letters he gave her, too. Now I know why the Aquitaines turned against Gaius. At least for Attis, it was because of what happened to Septimus. Invidia it seems, was just a woman scorned. *smh*
I'm jumping right into the next book because I have to see what happens. There's a new First Lord and he seems to truly want to do what's best for the Realm, but what will happen when Tavi returns? He has no idea what's been going on at home. Just wait until they dock. Talk about coming home to a nightmare...(less)
In his acclaimed Codex Alera novels, bestselling author Jim Butcher has created a fascinating world in which the powerful forces of nature ta...moreSynopsis:
In his acclaimed Codex Alera novels, bestselling author Jim Butcher has created a fascinating world in which the powerful forces of nature take physical form. For millennia, the people of Alera have used their unique bond with these elementals for protection. Now, as enemies become allies, and friends become bitter foes, a danger beyond reckoning looms. . . .
Man, oh man do I love this series! Tavi <3 He has grown so much from that undersized 15 y/o in Furies of Calderon to where he is now. He still makes mistakes and ends up in impossible situations, but that amazing brain of his manages to get him out of some seriously sticky situations. But he never hesitates to be the first one in the fray. The things Tavi will do for the realm and his friends never fail to awe me. I can't wait for him to get even stronger.
He was pissed when he learned the truth. He was also excited and very, very afraid. And yet, when he could have continued to hide his identity, he announced himself and put a traitor in his place. I loooooovvvvvveeeeedddddd those last few chapters. I loved the whole book, but those last few chapters seriously did it for me.
While Tavi was out running around trying to save everyone, Amara and Bernard were off on an adventure with Sextus to save the people of Kalare. Only.... Things turned out to be quite different. And Amara got her heart broken. It seems this will give her a chance to be with Bernard more often. Here's hoping something good happens for those two.
The biggest thing for me was how I've come to truly love Fidelias as a character. I hated him in book one for doing what he did to Amara and for what happened at Second Calderon. He does a lot here. I know it will come back to get him and I'm afraid to read it. Maybe, just maybe, he will pull through?
I worry about what the Aquitaines will do next. Lady Aquitaine has been hanging around the First Aleran camp too much. That will likely change now, but I don't like how much she's been around. She's already been plotting against Tavi and then Crassus. Who will she plot against next? And she sure seems rather involved with her husband coming to power. He's dangerous, but I worry about her more. Most of the ideas seem to come from her. It's scary how devious that bitch is.
Tavi has managed to work something out with the Canim now. I can't wait to see what happens next, though it's going to be scary to read. I just know it.(less)
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...moreSynopsis:
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, bestial enemies of the realm whose vast numbers spell certain doom for Alera. When treachery from within destroys the army's command structure, Tavi finds himself leading an inexperienced, poorly equipped legion—the only force standing between the Canim horde and the war-torn realm.
In "Furies of Calderon," bestselling author Butcher introduced readers to a world where the forces of nature take physical form. But now, it'...moreSynopsis:
In "Furies of Calderon," bestselling author Butcher introduced readers to a world where the forces of nature take physical form. But now, it's human nature that threatens to throw the realm into chaos.
Book two in the Codex Alera series and once again, I was completely drawn in. I would have liked knowing right from the start that two years had passed since book 1, but other than that, it was golden. Plots and danger everywhere. Jim Butcher does not like giving his characters downtime. I like that they are so capable of figuring things out when needed, though. It's always so amazing how one thing ties into another. Everything basically goes insane here. I never thought that what Tavi and Kitai did in the Wax Forest would come back to bite everyone in the ass, but boy did it ever. Not to mention everything else going on that led to decisions some characters never would have made. For now, I'm just glad everyone is still safe and in one piece. Not sure how much longer than can all hold out, though. There were some big revelations this time around, too. Mostly, they confirmed my own thoughts, but some were definitely new. That last chapter and the epilogue have me pumped, although I knew that info just from gut instinct. It was still awesome to see the information basically confirmed, even if the characters didn't come right out and say it. I'm so jumping right in to book three.(less)
In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies-elementals of earth, air, fire, water and metal, fifteen-year-old Tavi struggles wit...moreSynopsis:
In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies-elementals of earth, air, fire, water and metal, fifteen-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos-when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies-Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.
I really, really liked this. As usual, Jim Butcher had me so immersed in the world that he created that I couldn't stop reading. I had to know how things would play out and it was amazing.(less)
No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by t...moreSynopsis:
No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by the Others, unearthly entities—vampires and shape-shifters among them—who rule the Earth and whose prey are humans.
As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others.
Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.
Oh wow how I loved this book. I could not put it down. The first night I started reading, I was up until 3:30am reading it despite needing to be up by 5:30am to get ready for work. I just didn't want to stop. I had to know what would happen to Meg. Would the others take care of her? Would they care about her? Protect her? They did all of these things. I loved Meg. I loved Simon. I loved Sam. I loved all of the secondary characters. Honestly, I just plain loved those Others and the multiple POVs worked really well for this story.
Meg is the sweetest thing, but as she lived on her own amongst the Others, she showed that she was no pushover. She spoiled more than a few of the Others (love how she was with Sam and love the ponies!), but she stood up to them when she needed to. She did hold a lot in, but considering how she'd spent her life before running away, I wasn't surprised that she played most things close to the vest. But there were several instances where she did ask for the help of one of the Others. I'm hoping that soon Simon will be one that she calls on for help. I'm also hoping that she begins calling him by his name more often as well. She calls him Mr. Wolfgard throughout most of the book as a way of keeping him at arm's length, but I couldn't blame her for it. Simon snarled at her a lot in the beginning and he wasn't that nice. There are good reasons for why he acted that way and he was never truly mean to her, but he sure didn't endear himself to her. They begin letting their guards down around one another as the story progresses and I loved seeing the slow evolution of their relationship.
There's no romance in this book, but I think it will build up to that at some point in the story. I'm actually kind of glad that they didn't fall for each other right away, though. Mostly because for Meg, she knows nothing about romance, so I'm sure she was never thinking about it. For Simon, there's this weird human around that doesn't illicit the instinct in him to think of her as prey, but he doesn't really know what it means and it bothers him. He does begin to realize as the story unfolds that being around Meg makes him feel content and he feels friendship towards her and recognizes her as one of his Pack, but I don't think he realizes that he feels something beyond these things for her. It's nice not having that instant connection between heroine and hero like so many UF tend to do these days. Here, I get to watch them get to know each other without hormones getting all in the way and causing them to avoid each other.
I thought Simon was fantastic. It was so interesting watching him go from thinking that all humans are just meat and if they aren't just meat, they're at least useful meat, so he won't eat them. Meg's influence on him is quite positive, even if he does react badly to her in the beginning. I loved watching him fuss over her the most. He really cares about what happens to Meg and considers her as one of his own. Perhaps, he may even begin to consider her in other ways. ^_~
I will say that the villain in this book as a bit cheesy. I suppose though, that she isn't exactly the true villain, but she was definitely an antagonist. Her motivation for doing everything she does is just so stupid, really. That's not to say that she doesn't do evil things, she does, but she's still on the cheesy side. I just wanted to throat punch her a bunch of times. She gets what she deserves in the end. I do believe she suffered quite well.
We still have the real villain out there and thanks to events at the end of the book, Simon now knows what is causing the sickness in the Others. I hope he will be all right. And I really want to know what the Controller will do next to try to get Meg back, because he will definitely try to get her back. Can't wait for March 2014 for book 2.(less)
I rather enjoyed reading this chapter from Aiden's POV. I did feel like it was truly his voice. Yes, Aiden is a gentleman. Yes, Aiden is a good guy. B...moreI rather enjoyed reading this chapter from Aiden's POV. I did feel like it was truly his voice. Yes, Aiden is a gentleman. Yes, Aiden is a good guy. But he is still a guy! I don't think anything about this chapter from his viewpoint tarnished the image of him as a character. Were they supposed to be doing what they were doing? No. But they both knew that. Would Aiden have stopped if Leon hadn't knocked on the door? Probably not. But I don't think that diminished him in any way. Because I know he really cares for Alex. In the end, he realizes what the nearly did. Because she would be the one punished, not him. This POV chapter only made me love him more.(less)
OMG! How can it end like that?! Six friggin' months until we can find out what happens! Is that going to stay a secret? Is Alex finally going to lose...moreOMG! How can it end like that?! Six friggin' months until we can find out what happens! Is that going to stay a secret? Is Alex finally going to lose her virginity and who will it be lost to? How deeply is it that Seth feels for Alex? Will there be any more back and forth on this? Who's going to die next?! So many questions...
Man, there are so many suspect people in this series. Is Alex the only one that doesn't know anything? I have a feeling that Marcus doesn't know much, either. And Aiden... It doesn't seem like he has a clue what's going on either. That sweet, sweet wonderful man. And of course, there's the lovely Seth. I can't help but like him, but I feel like he knows so much more than he says. I want him to care about Alex more than just her being a power boost. I do hope he survives all of this. I worry about that guy. His temper control is as bad as Alex's is. And Lucien. Wtf is that guy really up to? I really have a feeling that he's the one playing both sides as the oracle mentioned saying he has someone believing every word he says. I have such a feeling that he's playing Seth like a drum. And then there's Laadan. After reading that ballroom chapter from Seth's POV (totally appreciated that!), I know she knows more than she lets on. I think she's seriously trying to get Alex and Aiden together. "She's not for you," indeed.
And then there's Telly. His convo with Marcus that Alex and Seth overheard made it sound like he wants to protect the Apollyons, but was that just fake? I'm sure he does want one or both of them controlled, but I can't tell if he's genuine at trying to protect them. He acts like he hates Alex's guts. Can't get a real read on that guy.
Oh man, though. I can't believe those last two chapters. Alex warned them. They didn't listen. Bet they're paying attention now. And how did Alex do what she did to the furies? Did Seth have something to do with that? And oh! The danger Aiden has put himself in. October, you are too far away!(less)
So, this was enjoyable. I did pretty much know what would happen, but there were some pretty decent revelations that set this series apart from the ot...moreSo, this was enjoyable. I did pretty much know what would happen, but there were some pretty decent revelations that set this series apart from the other series so many reviews compared it to. I tried not to think of all of that while I was reading this or I probably wouldn't have liked it at all.
I did like that in this series, the one initially making moves towards a taboo relationship was the guy and not the girl chasing after what she could never have.
I did like Alex despite her cockiness and tendency to mouth off. Not to mention her tendency to do shit she shouldn't do. I do wish she could have gone against the grain and not done the run off to take care of business on her own thing. I really do hate it when heroines do that. Made me want to slap the shit out of her. They just end up getting scarred and killing the bad guy by pure dumb luck. I knew she wouldn't be able to do it and I was trying the whole time not to think of that other series while I was reading that part, but damn, it was remarkably similar. I would have stabbed her if anything had happened to Caleb.
The thing though that makes this series different is the whole crazy mess with the Apollyon and Alex's part in all that. I found that part really interesting and am wondering if the situation will play out the way it did the last time they experienced this crap in their world. Here's to waiting and seeing if Seth will flip out and bring about his and Alex's deaths someday.
I rather liked Aidan. He's a good dude. Looking forward to seeing how that relationship will play out. I've got to admit, those kissing scenes and that cabin scene were hotness.
I'm going to try not to hold the similarities (because they really are huge ones) against the author. I may not have even noticed if I hadn't read the entire Vampire Academy series less than a year ago.(less)
Pretty good prequel. Introduces us to the world and Alex's situation. Looks like she's going to have quite a rough time ahead of her. Hope she makes i...morePretty good prequel. Introduces us to the world and Alex's situation. Looks like she's going to have quite a rough time ahead of her. Hope she makes it. Talk about a terrifying situation.(less)
Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she's trying to ou...moreSynopsis:
Joanne Baldwin is a Weather Warden. Usually, all it takes is a wave of her hand to tame the most violent weather. But now, she's trying to outrun another kind of storm: accusations of corruption and murder. So, she's resorting to the very human tactic of running for her life...
Her only hope is Lewis, the most powerful warden known. Unfortunately, he's stolen not one but three bottles of Djinn-making him the most wanted man on earth. Still, she's racing hard to find him-before the bad weather closes in fast...
I enjoyed this more than I expected to. I already enjoy Rachel Caine's books as it is, but I'd heard so many mixed reactions with regards to this book, so I was slightly wary going into to it.
I was afraid that I would be quite bored with this. That was the impression a few people had with it. With all of the descriptions of weather and the ways in which Joanne manipulated it that didn't really make a whole lot of sense, but that I was able to picture her doing anyway, I'm not surprised. But I loooooovvvvvveeee storms. So to me, that shit was hot.
My biggest problem with this book is that so much of the worldbuilding was done via flashbacks. There's still a lot that we don't know. What is the history between the Wardens and the Djinn? How do Wardens find people with the potential to become future Wardens? Is it like what happened with Jo and how she got discovered? There's a lot still to know, but I'm sure it will be revealed in future books. My other problem was how Jo and David got so attached to each other so fast. Is it just because of the situation they were in? Just because she did what she did that day and he did what he did that day? I really want to know. Maybe it doesn't matter. It was just so fast, though.
I knew that David's identity had to be what he was. I just wasn't prepared for him to be who he was. That took me by surprise. It probably shouldn't have, but there you have it. I loved him, though. He's not terribly alpha or anything. Maybe not even all that different from your typical UF love interest. Still. I want a David.
I was really hoping the bad guy wouldn't turn out to be who it was. That totally sucked, but I'm still glad that Rachel Caine did it. I even liked that twist at the end. At least we found out why Lewis was so damned hard to find. And who kept trying so damned hard to kill Jo. That still sucks, though.