Furies Of Calderon
First Lord’s fury
Alera is a realm where people are able to use elemental furies to their advantage. Everyone except for Tavi that is. Rebels kick start chaos in their plans to usurp the power of the First lord. And suddenly Tavi is dragged in the middle of conflict with nothing but his mind to protect him and those he loves.
The world building in this series is great, I love how layers are added all the way through the six books. There’s no massive info dump at the start of the book (though you are dropped straight into the story) but the information is swiftly braided into the storyline. At the end of the six books you have a very complete and complex universe. The magic, the furies, in this world was a lot of fun to read about and I really loved the concept of it.
Characters in this series are a lot of fun to read about. Especially with the multiple points of view you get close to different characters in the books. Though the switching of view points was interesting, at times it was also a bit irritating (but in the best possible way) because so many exciting things were happening with a certain character and then it switches! Because of the time that takes place in between the books it also allows everyone to grow and mature throughout the course of the story, this makes it so that the progress also becomes more believable.
Writing-wise this book was also strong. There was no dillydallying about in these books. Instead there was a lot of action, plot and character development and world building. The combination of all these things made these books highly enjoyable to read. There were also many plot twists that allowed a continued interest throughout all six books. And the war-tactics in these books are very clever as well, from both sides of the battle. It made for many interesting battles where the outcome was never certain.
Only one thing was a slight letdown for me in this series. And that’s the ending. It’s not so much that the ending was bad, it’s just that some things were perhaps too neatly tied up. It’s very clear that Jim Butcher really cares for the characters he writes about and it shines through in the books and even more so in the ending.