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Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, Book 5)
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Captain?s Fury and the Dresden Files novels.

Tavi of Calderon, now recognized as Princeps Gaius Octavian and heir to the crown, has achieved a fragile alliance with Alera?s oldest foes, the savage Canim. But when Tavi and his legions guide the Canim safely to their lands, his worst fears are realized.

The dreaded Vord?the enemy of Aleran and Cane alike?have spent the last three years laying waste to the Canim homeland. And when the Alerans are cut off from their ships, they find themselves with no choice but to fight shoulder to shoulder if they are to survive.

For a thousand years, Alera and her furies have withstood every enemy, and survived every foe.

The thousand years are over?

Customer Reviews:

  • Entertaining & fun
    There is no question that the Codex Alera series are excellent and the 5th book continues the trend. Would have liked a bit more character development that was present in the previous books as each character had been introduced and had grown & matured over the years. Still, Jim Butcher is an excellent writer, and I will be eagerly awaiting the follow-up in this series....more info
  • It was Okay but starting to lack content and get drawn out
    It was Okay but starting to lack content and get drawn out. The story is starting to get a bit drawn out, still a good read but was hopping that the next book and this one would have been combined. Overall a good book to read and enjoy...more info
  • The Codex Alera continues
    I've read the rest of the books in this series and this one continues to show how things evolve in the series. The main character, Tavi, once a shepard's apprentice, now the heir to the throne of First Lord, travels to the land of the Cain, an ancient enemy of his people, on a diplomatic mission but finds all but one of the great kingdoms of the Cain defeated and the last one besieged.

    His character evolves from the reluctant legion captain he once was to someone set to become a ruler, though he does not like the idea.

    Back home, the Vord, an old enemy of Tavi's, has returned to attack his home. The First Lord rallies the high lords and citizens to war, but are the already too late? Alliances will be made, the resolve of the people will be tested, and, for the first time in centuries, the legions might not be enough....more info
  • Great series but I want more about the people
    Tavi, now recognized as heir to the throne of Alera, has accompanied his former enemies, the Cane, to their home continent leaving Alera unsettled but ruled by his grandfather. A horrible threat rises both in the land of the Cane and in Alera--the Vord are intent on overrunning both. Unlike human enemies, who seek only wealthor power, the Vord destroy everything, using human and animal flesh for food and breeding huge numbers of warriors--so many even Alera's famed magic cannot stop them all. Worse, now the Vord seem to have access to that same magic. Alera's legions have suffered defeats, but they've defended the empire for a thousand years. Now, they're being destroyed--often with no survivors at all. It's a bad time for Tavi to be gone, but Tavi discovers that the Vord have destroyed most of the continent formerly home to the Cane--and are intent on completing their conquest. Still, ancient feuds run strong and a united front seems impossible.

    Author Jim Butcher puts a bit more focus on armies and fleets and a bit less on the people of Alera, and PRINCEP'S FURY suffers slightly as a result--but only in comparison to the really strong efforts in the other books in this outstanding series. Tavi continues to mature and has discovered the ability to call on fury strength--something he needs desperately. He's not unwilling to fight, but he's always anxious to look for other paths. Still, is there an alternate path when an enemy is looking only for your destruction?

    Fans of the series won't want to miss this one. Without Tavi's strong but subtle hand, Alera totters on the brink of complete destruction. Too many nobles have reason to resent Emperor Gaius, and the aging emperor is still horribly strong, but lacks the stamina he needs to call on all of that power. Still, Tavi's allies rally around Gaius, doing their best to prop him up a bit longer--at least until Tavi returns--even though many of them agree with Gaius's enemies.

    Students of history will find close parallels between Alera and Rome--with the introduction of magic. Indeed, The CODEX ALERA can be seen as an alternate history where Rome discovered magic in time to save itself from the German, Persian, and Turkic invaders who destroyed the Western Roman Empire and nearly did the same to the Eastern. Butcher's strong writing and intriguing characters definitely add to the interest.
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  • I cant wait to read the next one!
    It was a great, fun read. The characters are well written and the story keeps your attention all the way through. Its very hard to put down....more info
  • Enthralling Read
    Jim Butcher is among my favorite authors for a reason. I am a huge fan of the Codex Alera and the Harry Dresden series and I eagerly anticipated this new release, "Princeps' Fury". I was more than pleased. The book was compelling, exciting, even gripping. I judge a book on its ability to lose yourself in it, and this book suceeded very well. Jim Butcher does something unusual; he will develop a character in one book that seems evil, then alter our perception in a later book so that his or her actions become more understandable, sometimes attaching us to the character. I enjoyed the journey and anticipate the next release....more info
  • Absolutely stunning!
    Much like the predecessors of this novel, Jim Butcher continues to evolve his writing style, and we are all rewarded as he continues to deliver remarkable results. This book is undoubtedly the most entertaining and thrilling novel in the Codex Alera series thus far. I was quite literally on the edge of my seat for the vast majority of the book, and I can't even remember the last time that I found myself craving more of a novel before even finishing it. Not to give away any spoilers, but the ending of this novel most definitely leaves the reader eager for more from the world of Codex Alera.

    If you're a fan of Jim Butcher, or even one of fantasy/fiction in general, I would highly recommend this book....more info
  • Best book in the series
    This is by far the best book in the series. Where as with others, I could put down... this one was exciting and thought provoking from page one. Let me just say the Vorg are back and with a vengeance!...more info
  • Another Hit !
    Fantastic ! I laughed, I cried and I devoured this book! I'm just sorry it's almost over ! Does the next one really have to be the last? I still can't wait for the next book!...more info
  • Amazing
    Much like every other book written by Jim Butcher, this book is fast-paced and high octane. If you buy this book you'd better clear your schedule, because you won't put it down until you've finished. One warning, if you haven't read the other books in the series don't start with this one. There are about 50 characters, all with different stories, backgrounds, lineages, and secrets, you will be confused for days without the back story....more info
  • Jim Butcher is awesome!
    The Codex Alera series gets better and better with each book. I'm absolutely enthralled and can't wait for the very last one to come out later this year. ...more info
  • Very Good, But...
    "Princeps' Fury" is the 5th in Butcher's "Codex Alera" series (Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, Book 1), Academ's Fury (Codex Alera, Book 2), Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera, Book 3), Captain's Fury (Codex Alera, Book 4), and Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, Book 5) -- the 6th and, hopefully, final book, First Lord's Fury (Codex Alera) is due in November, 2009). The good news is that this book is another well-written, enjoyable read in standard Butcher fashion. The not-so-good news is that it feels a bit like a fill-the-gap chronicle. That's not as bad as it sounds since reading the book is very satisfying. It's just that unlike the other books in the series, 1) it doesn't fully tie everything up at the end, and 2) Tavi-wise, not much really happens that would justify the writing this book. Again, I really enjoyed reading the book. It's just that by this point, it might have been better to condense this material into half the size, add in what's probably going to happen in the next book, and finish things up. So, I'll rate this book at a Very Good 4 stars out of 5 and wait another 8 months for the next installment....more info
  • no ending? Just stops
    Somewhat tiresome. Seems that there was no conclusion. This series seems to never end. Maybe that's the point....more info