Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Book Review: Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, Book 1), By Jim Butcher

Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, #1)
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Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, book 1)
By: Jim Butcher
ISBN 13: 978-0441012688
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What if everyone in your world had magical abilities except you? In Alera, where even lighting a lamp requires magic, Tavi is in just such a situation. When the realm falls under attack he has only his mind to help save himself, his family, and the whole of Alera.

Furies of Calderon follows several characters through the web of conflict that threatens their lives. The story can seem slow and overwhelming at the beginning due to the complexity of the world and situations, but is very engaging in the long run. 

It contains:
  • Profanity: crows (world specific profanity), wh*re
  • Slaughtered animals 
  • Killing vicious animals in self defense
  • Injuries (cuts, burns, broken bones)
  • Graphic violence/killing (although much is left to the imagination)
  • References to people being eaten alive
  • Kissing
  • Various Nudity
  • References to the characters feelings of “hot need”
  • Teenage individual fantasizing about seeing teenager of opposite sex naked
  • Group Rape (not described in detail)

Slavery and the use of slaves for sexual things is a side issue that is seen throughout this book, though not approved of by the protagonists.

Parents should be aware that while the main protagonist is very young and aspects of the story easily appeal to a younger audience, Furies of Calderon is an adult book and this is reflected in the level of sexual content, and some of the subject matter.

Academ's Fury (Codex Alera, #2)
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Readers who enjoy a romping good Sword & Sorcery or Epic Fantasy will likely enjoy this book so long as they can get through the overwhelming nature of the first quarter.

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1 comment :

  1. This book sounds very interesting. I may have to check it out. Thanks for the review.


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