Saturday, March 8, 2014

Cursor's Fury

Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera, #3)Cursor's Fury by Jim Butcher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book three in the Codex Alera series at a bit of everything: epic battles, dangerous rescues, intrigue and subterfuge. Tavi comes into his own when he's inserted into First Aleran Legion. They a new legion with unseasoned soldiers, who were not expected to see battle. The First Aleran Legion are trust into the middle of a Canim invasion, and are all that stands in their way. We also learn more about Tavi's past through Isana's dreams while she tries to heal Fade. There is a lot going on in this volume of the series.

I wish I had looked up the background of this story and where it originated from earlier. Apparently Jim Butcher was attending an online writing workshop and someone challenged him to write about two "lame" subjects: the Lost Roman Legion and Pokémon. I noticed, especially in this volume, that there are a lot of Romanic references that I picked up on after reading that. He writes about the legion, centurion, etc., and that structure seems to follow the Roman legion structure closely. I would guess that he did a lot of research to pull together and adjust the detail of Roman society and its military actions into his own world.

I'm impressed by the way Butcher writes a complex story that's stretched over six volumes, while he manages to keep it simple, intriguing, and wanting to read more. I've only read the first of the Dresden File series, but I hope he does the same their, even though they're more serialized. I'm a fan.

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