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Academ's Fury

(Codex Alera #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  66,743 ratings  ·  1,879 reviews
For centuries, the people of Alera have relied on the power of the furies to protect them from outside invaders. But the gravest threat might be closer than they think.

Tavi has escaped the Calderon Valley and the mysterious attack of the Marat on his homeland. But he is far from safe, as trying to keep up the illusion of being a student while secretly training as one of th
Paperback, 702 pages
Published February 2010 by Ace (first published 2005)
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Nirkatze Subtle, as in, there is no dating period, they are just together and accept it? And there is no talk of relationship status or do-you-love-me or anyth…moreSubtle, as in, there is no dating period, they are just together and accept it? And there is no talk of relationship status or do-you-love-me or anything like that? There's a lot of physical going on with them though.

The second book of Dreamblood, by N.K. Jemisin maybe. I would almost second Mistborn, except it is the opposite--almost no physical but a lot of mental worrying. Romance does not take center stage though, in either.(less)

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Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: butcher-jim
A good, old-fashioned fantasy series that doesn´t try to reinvent something, break with genre conventions, be progressive, but instead tells a great story, has a cool magic system, an interesting enemy and very good characterizations.

It has become a bit difficult for fantasy authors who don´t go the dark way and make everything grimmer and dirtier, but stay instead with a bit of the cheerful, Tolkien, happy go lucky style, reminiscing the good old days when bad was bad and good was good.

Some n
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pod People
If you were on the fence about the first book (Furies of Calderon) then go ahead and give this one a try. The pacing was faster, there are finally some explanations for the way the furies work, and (now that I knew a bit about the world) the entire thing is a bit easier to understand. Plus, I really enjoyed seeing the characters again!


This one was a bit different than the last book because, besides all of the political intrigue, there was also an Invasion of the Body Snatchers flavor to it!
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5/5 Stars

Another okay installment in the Codex Alera series, it’s time for me to part way with this series.

I’m going to keep this review short, I actually can copy my review for the first book here to explain why I won’t be continuing with this series.

Although my review is going to sound negative, let me state that this is not a bad series, but then again there’s nothing special about it and I don’t see any sign of improvement from the first book. It’s all once again, pretty basic and formula
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Minor spoilers follow as it is impossible to talk about the plot of the second book of the series without at least mentioning some characters indicating they survived to live by the beginning of the second one.

Two years have passed since the events of the first book in the world with magic inspired by very popular Pokemon franchise
with social structure coming straight from Ancient Rome. Thanks to a brilliant stroke by the First Lord (the Big Guy in charge of everything in the realm - for those
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
I liked Furies of Calderon (the first book in the Codex Alera series) but thought it was pretty average compared to other works in the genre. Academ’s Fury, on the other hand, was AMAZING!!!

Seriously – I couldn’t put it down! It delivered on every promise made in the first book and completely blew me away with its stellar pacing, fantastic battle scenes, exceptional characters, and overall creativity. I felt like my heart was ripped out a few times while reading it and I love it when a book can
Scott  Hitchcock
I'd say this one is marginally better than book 1. The first two- thirds I wasn't please with the progress of the series but the last third really made up for it. I think part of my frustration is that the two best new characters both got killed off and they both had great potential. Additionally I like several of the secondary characters more than the main characters. More Katai, Lady Acquitaine and Odiana.

The series has all the elements to be great but is just average at this point. I'm hopin
Nimrod Daniel
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I really enjoyed reading this book. The book has two main plot-lines – The first takes place in Calderon, and the second in the Capital. You'll see here more politics and intrigue and a bit less action, in comparison the first book in the series. Butcher gives his characters more depth, and reveal to us more knowledge about the world.

Academ's fury is another great book in the series. I really like the world, the writing, the characters, the action, and all the politics and intrigue.
So, once agai
Kevin Xu
Oct 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just as bad or even worse than the first book in the series, but for a the opposite reason. This book I love the pacing, but I hate all the characters. All the characters to me seemed 1-dimensional and flat that I was not emotionally connected, which for many books the pace of the plot is more of a problem than disliking a character. I think the writing, design of the cover, and the overall series are all just god awful words can't describe it. I for one will never try to read or go ...more
Mar 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Academ’s Fury is the second book in Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series. Although I enjoyed the first book, I enjoyed this one significantly more. The only reason it took me so long to read was due to time constraints. Whenever I picked it up, I never wanted to put it back down. There’s a lot of action in this book. For me it was the exciting, edge-of-my-seat sort and not the boring, repetitive kind.

After having a rough start with Tavi in the first book, I’m a big fan of him now. I did sometimes ge
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May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.25 of 5 stars


Omg, this book! I definitely loved this more than the first book! I certainly loved the political aspect as the main focus of this series. It always excites me whenever a story involves political mind games and battleground techniques. I specifically loved this because of the slow but intense world building. The dreadful battles didn't last for just a few pages, but span for almost half the book. Those battles kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. There was more
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Another action packed installment of a great fantasy series.

I didn't know where it where it was going to go after the first book but was floored when it was every bit as good as Furies of Calderon and possibly exceeding it. In Academ’s Fury we get to see Tavi grow as he studies to be a Cursor. We get multiple stories going again with many of the characters from the first book. In addition we are introduced to some new intriguing characters one of my favorites being Tavi’s best friend Max. Kita
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
3.5 stars. It was good, but not exceptional. There's nothing new here, just a decent, solid old-fashioned fantasy story competently told. ...more
Although this installment was easier for me to read than Furies of Calderon (my groans were cut down by about a third, I'd say), I liked this second novel no more than the first one. It has been two years since the events of Furies, and we're plopped right back into the action without so much as an update, which at first had me a little miffed. The problem with plowing through novels so quickly is that proper nouns quickly find their way into the oubliette, so even though it's only been about tw ...more
Jun 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy, fantasy
3.5ish stars.

Book #2 provided a lot of what I loved about book #1, added a few more things that I love and, unfortunately, a few things I didn't love as well. Possible spoilers to follow.

The first chapter led me to believe that the series had gone waaay downhill somewhere in the gap between where the last book ended and this one began. Literally every stupid high school cliche I've ever read in one chapter- poor Tavi and his nerdy friends are getting bullied by the bigger, stronger more popular
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
Academ's Fury was a truly excellent book. The characters all showed great depth, the struggles they faced kept me tearing through the pages to see what happened next, and the new dangers (view spoiler) were terrifying.

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Feb 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.00
Steve Naylor
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Rating a solid 4 stars

I like these books much better than I like the Dresden books. Between the Dresden books and now the Codex Alera books I have come to the conclusion that Jim Butcher has an over-the-top writing style. There is basically non-stop action throughout all his books. One could argue that there is almost too much action. What I mean by over-the-top writing style is that he makes the odds against the good guys terrible from the beginning and then throughout the story makes them wor
Jonathan Terrington
Jim Butcher's first two books in his Codex Alera are fascinating - weighted with capable, yet flawed female and male characters, and full of political intrigue and adventure. The very concept: an alien world populated by future descendants of the Roman people is intriguing. However, at times the writing itself feels 'too neat' and the suspension of disbelief falters.

The book follows Tavi, a young man in a world of furycrafters, who cannot furycraft. Furycrafting is the magic system of this world
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a sequel!!!!! It is always a nail biter when it comes to the second book in a series because normally they fall flat and don't live up to the awesomeness that was the first. That is not the case here with Academ's Fury the second book in the Codex Alera!! This books was everything the first was and so much more. I am absolutely having a blast with this series! The story is engaging and the characters are riveting to read about. Butcher also has a way with writing action sequences that leave ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: librarybooks
When the first Lord of Alera Gaius mysteriously falls unconscious after drinking Spirit fire, Tavi and his friends must come up with a plan to cover for the ill Lord before the realm ends up in chaos. Can he succeed? Will his Uncle Bernard be able to save the realm from the Vord demons before it is too late? The answers you seek lie in this book when you read it for yourself.

This was a pretty good second installment of the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher. It was action-packed and the dialogue
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I don't spend much time on reviews for later books in series' and this won't be any exception. If it's utter garbage then I'll lay out more details but as you can tell from my rating, I enjoyed this second book in the series. It had been quite a few months since I read the first book so I was a little concerned about getting back into the world. It took a few chapters but fairly quickly I was thrust back into Alera with Tavi, Bernard, Amara, Isana and my favorites, Doroga and Walker. Some politi ...more
Feb 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Outstanding follow up to the excellent Furies of Calderon. The expansion of the world introduced in the first book and the new races and characters introduced, together with the internal politics and geo-political forces dealt with at length, made this a superb story. Can not wait to read the next one. ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Academ’s Fury is the sequel to the Furies of Calderon though it doesn’t necessarily read like a sequel. Full of action, political intrigue, and characters I will now follow to the ends of the earth, the Codex Alera is a series I’m now committed to 100%.

As I mentioned previously, Academ’s Fury does not read like a sequel for the most part because of the nature of the plot. The novel follows Tavi as he navigates school and training to become a Cursor. With this type of plot comes the typical tro
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Executive Summary: The chosen one goes to school in the capital and politics abound! If you enjoyed the first book, I think you'll find a lot to like here as Mr. Butcher continues to build out the world from the first book.

Audio book: Kate Reading once more does a great job as a reader. I've gotten used to her reading all the male voices so it's much less noticeable.

One of her voices in this one is so spot on to what I imagined, I find it annoying (because I find the way that character talks to
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I loved this book. I was sucked into it right away. I always love when I'm held hostage by a book. I try to limit my audio listening to just when I'm at work, but I couldn't stop listening to it. So after I got home from work, I slipped out to my garden for awhile just to hide from my family (more or less), then I came in and busied myself by canning 35 lbs of tomatoes. (The kitchen is also a place to hide in after dinner because no one wants to be put to work.)

I loved the story line, and also,
Shreyas Deshpande
I actually enjoyed this more than the first novel. The characters are better developed, and strands of politics are finally being drawn together to lay the foundation for what will hopefully be a complex, integrated rest of the series.

Actual Ratings:- 4.5 stars
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Brilliant! Loved this book. I didn't think Jim Butcher could make this book as exciting as the first. I was wrong. Starting the next one right away. ...more
Sheyla ✎

“Anger subsides. Love doesn’t.”

What an excellent second book! Just as good or better than the first. If I had one word to describe this book, I would use the adjective EXCILERANT!

Jim Butcher is a master at crafting a unique world where amazing characters live. I wish I could join them. Maybe even have my own furies too. Who wouldn't want to meet Doroga, Tavi, Isana, Gaius, Bernard, or Kitai? I certainly would.

“Your Kind, Aleran, are the most vicious and gentle, most savage and noble
Nov 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
I gave this series a good second chance to win me over. There are many reasons why it didn't succeed:

Potboiler romance, shallow characters without development, predictable story is the best I can say. Though it's packed with action, it feels repetitive and you have to search for worthwile and important scenes. I had to skim through the pages to endure and reach the end.
I hoped for world building and interesting developments of the furies' magic system - but in 700 pages, nearly nothing new was
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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

Other books in the series

Codex Alera (6 books)
  • Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, #1)
  • Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera, #3)
  • Captain's Fury (Codex Alera, #4)
  • Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, #5)
  • First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera, #6)

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