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Furies of Calderon by Jim Butcher
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Jun 11, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy
Read from June 11 to 20, 2012

Brief word from my phone here...
Without quite the charisma of The Dresden Files, Butcher already had the skills in place for this first Codex Alera book.
It's 'low' (i.e. not whacky) fantasy that's modelled on the frontiers of an openly Roman Empire-styled milieu with high-magic thrown in. Everyone -- except our teen hero -- has a familiar elemental spirit or two ("Furies") whose powers they can direct by a simple effort of will. Butcher makes great use of the possibilities for action and interaction in a ripping, highly readable page-turner.
FAO gamers, I'd say it was like Ars Magica spontaneous magic without any incantations, gestures or components or anything. Highly gameable. ;-)

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