*This review is Spoiler Free*
Furies of Calderon is the first instalment in the epic fantasy series, Codex Alera by Jim Butcher. The series follows a few different characters who at the beginning of the story are in different areas of Alera. As the story progresses the individual storylines intersect seamlessly. Some of the most notable characters are Tavi, a furyless 15 y.o.boy who lives on his Uncle’s steadholt. Amara, a woman who is training to become a Cursori (spy) for the First Lord of Alera. In Alera people have the ability to use Furies, which allow them to connect to the elements and use their Furies to manipulate the elements.
As much as I do love a long Fantasy novel, I can admit when one becomes a bit taxing on my reading life. That thankfully did not happen while I was reading this book. As a reader it does not take too long before you form bonds with particular characters. Whether those be negative or positive feelings that you develop towards individual characters, it absolutely adds to the overall reading experience. You are able to grow with the characters, feel their struggles and triumphs, you feel betrayals stronger and deeper than you would without having made those connections.
The magic system is rather intriguing and I have seen some interesting stories of how Butcher developed the magic system; however, I have never looked into it to see if it is in fact true so I won’t comment on that point. In Alera people are able to control the elements (earth, air, fire, water, and metal). I enjoyed the fact that the magic system was rather easy to believe and understand. There were very few inconsistencies that I remember reading in this novel, none that I can recall at this time. It sometimes takes you completely out of the world/story when you are made aware of actions and abilities that don’t make sense based upon the explanation of the world/magic system that an Author provided. Luckily, that doesn’t happen in this novel and the magic system, abilities, and limitations of “crafting” are consistent and explained.
The novel contains political intrigue and unrest, adventure, shifting family/friend dynamics, suspense, a good magic system, character development and an understandability of the magic system and the story as well. If you choose to continue on with the Codex Alera series you will find that Furies of Calderon, acts more as a prequel to the remaining 5 books. I give this novel a rating of 7 out of 10 stars. My rating of the series as a whole is considerably higher. This novel serves as more of a introduction to all the hell that this series is going to put you through over time.