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Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, Bk 5)
Princeps' Fury - Codex Alera, Bk 5
Author: Jim Butcher
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 laid waste to the Cani...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780441017966
ISBN-10: 0441017967
Publication Date: 11/24/2009
Pages: 622
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.

4.4 stars, based on 64 ratings
Publisher: Ace
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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KellitaJ avatar reviewed Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, Bk 5) on + 550 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Jim Butcher rotates between 2 series, his Harry Dresden stories and this, my FAVORITE series about Tavi and his planet of complex and different species. Jim Butcher really drives his stories in unpredictable directions, with many minute details that made me a real fan of his books. Unfortunately, the Dresden TV show was dismal so I didn't watch. My son who doesn't like to read also liked these book, and used them for his required English book report assignments. He told me "Mother, Jim Butcher obviously plays a lot of video games!" Well, I don't play a lot of video games but I do like his books.
The new releases always come out in hard cover, then in about 10 months are released in paperback.
This is the latest of five books (so far) in this series (Codex Alera) 1st is Furies of Calderon, 2nd is Academ's Fury, 3rd Cursor's Fury, 4th Captain's Fury, latest: Princeps' Fury
These are what I keep on my shelves, to enjoy repeatedly... both series!
ruthy avatar reviewed Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, Bk 5) on + 56 more book reviews
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This book is a "bridge" book for the final book in the series. That's the only explanation I can come up with for the lagging text and story. There's lots of description and it's done well, but there isn't a whole lot of action IMO. It's okay because most long series have at least one book that is for laying ground for the next books. This one just didn't have as much interest in itself for me. I'm sure the final book will be better for having read this one. The reader learns a lot about the Canim as well as the Vord. I think I might be glad that the installments in this series are spaced like they are.
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ravensknight avatar reviewed Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, Bk 5) on + 178 more book reviews
I did not enjoy this book [and the next] nearly as much as the earlier books in the series. Mainly because the thread from the Vord was such so overwhelmingly great that the lightheartedness seen throughout the first 3 books was completely extinguished.
Still a fantastic story, and really one where you immediately NEED to read "First Lord's Fury" afterwards [I can't imagine having had to wait for it], just that Tavi is changing into someone who isn't the happy boy we were introduced to.
ophelia99 avatar reviewed Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, Bk 5) on + 2527 more book reviews
This is the fifth book in the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher. The series is 6 books in length, the last book is "First Lord's Fury". It was not as good as the previous book, but still a very good read.

Tavi is heading off to the Canim's homeland with the First Aleran. There he hopes to return the Canim to their homeland without incident, unfortunately a big sea storm devastates the fleets of ships and plans change. What Tavi and the Canim find upon reaching the shore is horrible and unexpected. Back in Alera the First Lord (Gauis) is dealing with a crisis of his own. As Gauis's health continues to deteriorate he is left dealing with an attack from the Vord. The Vord are an insect-like race that was fought in the first few books in this series. The First Lord calls on Amara and Bernard to, once again, take on a dangerous mission to figure out how the Vord have learned Fury-craft. The last storyline deals with Isana, now the First Lady. Gauis sends Isana to the north in an effort to make peace with the Ice-men there; in hopes that the Aleran forces in the North can leave the fighting on the northern Shieldwall and lend their assistance to fighting the Vord in the south.

As you can tell from above there is a lot of fighting in this book. There is less character development than in previous books, but still a lot of great action scenes. This book was more about Butcher moving the characters around to where they need to be for the final book than anything else. It is very much a transition novel.

That is not to say that a lot of things don't happen, a lot of things do happen. The characters' situation is worse than ever before and there are no great victories in this book. Our heroes continue to pull off feats of imaginable strength and daring; the enemies continue to horrify us. The Vord are definitely a horrible enemy,

Like in the last book, Tavi pulls off one crazy scheme after another and makes it through unscathed...this is a bit unrealistic and irritating. The other down point of this book is that Butcher uses too many words to describe everything. There was just a lot of description that we didn't need to know and at times this slowed down the relentless pace of the story a bit too much.

Nothing is resolved in this book, but all the players are moved into position for a powerful and awesome conclusion in the next book. I would recommend buying the last book with this one so that you don't have to wait to read it. Also you do need to read the previous books in this series to follow what is going on in this book.

All in all it is a great story, with a complicated plot, great action scenes, and wonderful characters. It is just not as great of a story as the last book. I have high hopes for the concluding novel though and am excited to read the next book.
KellitaJ avatar reviewed Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, Bk 5) on + 550 more book reviews
This is my favorite Jim Butcher series. 6 books, then it ends. I loved every book and recommend this for young male readers, I even got my son to read it. The imagination, the story was just great and thrilling! READ IT, but in order, starting from the 1st book.
BaileysBooks avatar reviewed Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, Bk 5) on + 491 more book reviews
This is Book 5 of the Codex Alera series.

Except for the Dresden-like abuse that Butcher inflicted upon Tavi in Academ's Fury, he has managed to lay off his main characters for the remainder of this series. Instead, he has turned his penchant for unforgiving destruction and chronic exhaustion onto the people and places of Alera herself. In Princeps' Fury, the Vord have ravaged the world of Carna in such a way that it permeates each page with a sense of hopelessness and despair that would make even Dresden's worst nightmares for Chicago look like a preschooler's tea party. As a reader, I found it to be emotionally exhausting.

While Captain's Fury was fairly centralized, the plot of Princeps' Fury scatters again and covers a lot of ground. Time in the story is pretty evenly divided between all of the main characters, and each one of them is up to their eyeballs in conflict.

This is something of a set-up book in its own right, a bridge between books 4 and 6. There is no real resolution to any of the issues, only a progression and expansion of them. It seems to be setting the stage for what will apparently be one long and painful push towards the end in Book 6. It stands to reason that the "good guys" will win, but I can't for the life of me figure out how that is going to happen.