This is the third book in the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher. This series is quite different from Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series but it is just as good. I started reading these books a bit reluctantly since the epic fantasy genre is very different from the paranormal alternate reality genre of the Dresden Files. This series proves that Jim Butcher is just all around a great writer.
The only problem I have with these books is that in the previous books I didn’t personally find any of the main characters extremely likable or engaging. They are all okay and fun to read about but none of them really “spoke” to me.
This book changed some of that. Tavi is sent off to join a newly formed legion where he is supposed to be spying for High Lord Gaius. A tragedy kills off all of the leaders of the legion and Tavi is suddenly the ranking officer of the legion. This proves interesting considering Tavi’s lack of military background. Amara is sent to do a daring rescue of some captured nobles and is forced to rely on the morally questionable Lady Aquitaine for assistance.
I like Tavi a lot more in this book. I also really like Kitai’s part in the book. Kitai is probably one of my favorite characters; I love her wit and daring.
This book was a fun read. It is very fast paced with a lot of action. Tavi takes some great steps toward growing up and becoming a true legendary hero. The book kept me interested and kept me up late at night. Still when all is said and done though I feel like something is lacking in this series in general.
I am not sure what that thing is. I don’t know if it’s my lack of being able to relate to the characters or if it’s just that I keep hearing Harry Dresden in the back of my head while I read these.
Anyway, it’s a good book and if you’ve been reading the series, you have got to read this book. If you haven’t been reading the series I would highly recommend it. It is well-written and entertaining. For some reason though I just don’t get extremely jumping-for-joy excited about these books and this book is no exception.
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