Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered theSynopsis:
Since his second sight made him infamous for defeating powerful dark mages, Alex has been keeping his head down. But now he's discovered the resurgence of a forbidden ritual. Someone is harvesting the life-force of magical creatures—destroying them in the process. And draining humans is next on the agenda. Hired to investigate, Alex realizes that not everyone on the Council wants him delving any deeper. Struggling to distinguish ally from enemy, he finds himself the target of those who would risk their own sanity for power...
I very much enjoyed this sequel. Alex ends up right in the middle of trouble once again and once again it mostly starts because of Luna. I'm glad she's still around, though I wanted to shake her a few times. I got where she was coming from, but she just wasn't hearing what Alex had to say. I don't blame her for wanting that curse gone, especially if the way to get rid of it was as easy as it sounded. She just wasn't trying to pay attention to the consequences of what she and her new pal Martin were up to. Alex for his part, could have handled the whole thing better. I'm glad he came to his senses. Too bad that once he had his revelation, the bad shit was already in progress.
Both Alex and Luna let themselves get played this time. As soon as Alex learned that Meredith was an enchantress, he should have sent her packing. They could have avoided a hell of a mess that way. Granted, if he had try to do that, she likely could have just used her magic to get him to change his mind. It seems to be the type of magic you can't really protect yourself against because you just can't tell when an enchantress is using her magic. Your thoughts may be your own, they may not be. And of course there was Luna getting involved with Martin. That little shit caused all kinds of problems. He ended up getting what he deserved, though. Good riddance.
Here's hoping Alex will be more careful about who he agrees to do work for from now on, too. Those Council members do so love using him for their own ends. This time things got really close to ending badly. Alex and his crew won in the end, but it was seriously a near thing.
Cinder and Rachel were around again this time, too. You would think those two would quit trying to use magic they can't handle, but they just don't. There was a surprising turn of events with those two that I didn't expect, but it actually worked out okay. My favorite part about that was seeing Cinder tell Alex he's a predator. I think Cinder's character assessment of Alex was pretty spot on. And then there's Garrick. I wonder if we'll be seeing him pop back up? And of course, Levistus is likely pissed at Alex all over again.
Alex has brought even more attention to himself with the conclusion of this latest case. What will happen to him if it's ever confirmed that he was directly involved with the disappearance of those Light mages? I think he and Luna have learned their lessons, though. Next time they're suspicious about someone, they'll pay closer attention....more
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 thSynopsis:
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......more
In his acclaimed Codex Alera novels, bestselling author Jim Butcher has created a fascinating world in which the powerful forces of nature taSynopsis:
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....more
The power-hungry High Lord of Kalare has launched a rebellion against the aging First Lord, Gaius Sextus, who with the loyal forces of AleraSynopsis:
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'Synopsis:
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....more
In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies-elementals of earth, air, fire, water and metal, fifteen-year-old Tavi struggles witSynopsis:
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....more
After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to liSynopsis:
After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.
The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside's shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.
As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.
This series continues to please me. I love Anne Bishop for creating it. I am a total fangirl for this series and I love and adore Meg, Simon and all of the Others. A lot of the other human characters have really grown on me, too. I didn't remember a whole lot about them from the first book, but most of them really proved themselves in this one despite everything going on and the scariness of the Others. The Others are pretty damned pissed off in this book and humans pay dearly for it. I don't know why they do not understand that their actions have consequences. They came to Thasia and the terra indigene allowed them to stay, as long as they stayed where they were told. Now some of them want more and are going to extremes to get it. The retaliation of the terra indigene is swift and brutal. If humans aren't more careful, they'll be finding themselves wiped out. Especially with creatures like Tess and the elementals walking the planet.
My favorite parts of the book aside from the Others being their scary selves were Simon and Meg's interactions. I totally fell for Simon in book 1, but I fell even more in this one. Simon's feelings are growing and he doesn't understand them and it makes him angry. A confused Wolf is an angry Wolf. He doesn't unnecessarily take his frustrations out on Meg, though. The other members of the courtyard warn him about becoming too human, so it looks like Simon will either have to find a balance or make a choice either way about which way he most wants to be. Somehow, I think his feelings for Meg may influence that choice the most. Monty sees what's happening, but he's smart enough to keep it to himself. I don't think Meg understands how Simon is feeling and considering the way she's lived up until she came to Lakeside, that's not really surprising. She does realize that things changed when (view spoiler)[Simon got into bed with her naked after changing to human form (hide spoiler)] even though that was a bit of a misunderstanding. He needed to talk to her, so he shifted. It didn't mean what she was afraid it meant, but when he told her that, it upset her and she doesn't understand why. Meg is likely not completely aware of her own feelings, but she knows things are different. Especially after that whole incident in the bathroom with the blood and the licking. I like that this is building slowly, though and that the two of them are still friends. They seem to feel the most comfortable with each other, but how long will the other Wolfgard and the rest of the terra indigene let Simon get away with it?
The other parts of the book that I really liked were the interactions between the terra indigene of Lakeside and the Lakeside police. Monty, Burke, Gesher, Kowalski, Debany and Doctor Lorenzo were in some tight spots, but they mostly proved themselves to the Others even more in this book. After taking such good care of Meg after what happened to her during the attack on Lakeside, Simon and some of the others trust them more. After helping with everything that they helped with in this book, I hope that relationship improves even more. There were a lot of POVs from Monty this time around and considering what's going on with his wife and daughter, I expect there to be plenty of him in book 3.
The terra indigene finally find out what was making them sick in book 1 and made them easy targets the times they were attacked in this book. The cassandra sangue really are Namid's wonderful and terrible creatures. Funny enough, I think that the terra indigene will take better care of girls like Meg than humans ever did. Not all of the humans are so bad. We meet a group of humans in this book that shed some light on where the cassandra sangue likely came from. I like the Intuits. I hope we get to see more of them in the future. I'm glad that something was able to be worked out for the cassandra sangue in this book, but those that use them for power aren't going to be giving up so easily.
We learn that all over the world there seem to be humans starting shit with the Others. They get surprised when they get hit back hard, but I'm still worried about what might happen. There's human on terra indigene violence, terra indigene on human violence and human on human violence. Those Humans First and Last types tend to be real assholes. They're getting people riled up and war is coming to Cel-Romano likely faster than the terra indigene over there realize. Will that war be humans against humans or humans against the terra indigene? Who knows, but I'm sure it won't be long before the residents of Lakeside feel the effects and get dragged into it. Like Jean said, Meg is a pathfinder. I just hope Simon can keep her alive long enough so that she can eventually get on a smooth one.
Book 3 is oh so far away. I will pine away for it....more
No one creates realms like New York Times bestselling author Anne Bishop. Now in a thrilling new fantasy series, enter a world inhabited by tSynopsis:
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....more