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December 11th, 2008

December 11th, 2008
10:36 pm

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Book review: Captain's Fury
Today's book review is Captain's Fury by Jim Butcher.

This is book four in the Codex Alera series.  Start at the beginning with Furies of Calderon.  The important characters are all ongoing.

I liked this series from the start, and it just keeps getting better.  It's the same flavor as the past books.  A couple of the major pieces of the story arc have fallen into place, perhaps inevitably but satisfyingly.  There is great heroism, exciting battles which are made interesting to the jaded reader by magic, touching romance, and some good plot twists.  There's a lot going on but I felt more able to stay on top of it than in the earlier books.  There are a couple of weak points.  Magic doesn't seem to be limited by much except the convenience of the plot, and it might be hard to swallow if you weren't in a mood to go with it.  And there are a couple of tight spots where the characters only seem to escape by cheating.  But there's only one place where it actually bothered me even a little bit.  This world is so vibrant, the characters so much larger than life and yet still real so that I can empathize, the action so riveting, that if I were a faster reader I wouldn't have put it down.  I did take a week to read it (I've been busy), but I seldom feel so eager to get back to reading my book as I have with this one.

10 out of 10.

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