Codex Alera by Jim Butcher & The Cinder Spires by Jim Butcher
- The Furies of Calderon
- Academ’s Fury
- Cursor’s Fury
- Captain’s Fury
- Princeps’ Fury
- First Lord’s Fury
For a thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive and threatening races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the furies – elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal. But now, Gaius Sextus, First Lord of Alera, grows old and lacks an heir. Ambitious High Lords plot and maneuver to place their Houses in positions of power, and a war of succession looms on the horizon.” “Far from city politics in the Calderon Valley, the boy Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. At fifteen, he has no wind fury to help him fly, no fire fury to light his lamps. Yet as the Alerans’ most savage enemy – the Marat – return to the Valley, he will discover that his destiny is much greater than he could ever imagine.” Caught in a storm of deadly wind furies, Tavi saves the life of a runaway slave named Amara. But she is actually a spy for Gaius Sextus, sent to the Valley to gather intelligence on traitors to the Crown, who may be in league with the barbaric Marat horde. And when the Valley erupts in chaos – when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies – Amara will find Tavi’s courage and resourcefulness to be a power greater than any fury – one that could turn the tides of war.
- The Aeronaut’s Windlass
Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity. Within their halls, the ruling aristocratic houses develop scientific marvels, foster trade alliances, and maintain fleets of airships to keep the peace.
Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is damaged in combat, Grimm joins a team of Albion agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring his ship.
And as Grimm undertakes this task, he learns that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake. . . .
I read The Furies of Calderon a long time ago and actually liked it. The concept was cool, it has lots of magic and is written well. It’s a traditional Fantasy series which takes place in a world that is based on the Roman Empire. People bond with elementals and can use magic through them. It’s pretty simple but entertaining. I also liked most of the characters, for example the main character Tavi, who is kind of an outcast because he didn’t get his own fury yet and is struggling with that. I don’t remember a whole lot of the action, just that I really hated the bad guys. Which is a good sign. I wanted to continue with the series but then too much time passed and I lost interest. I probably won’t pick it up again.
The Aeronaut’s Windlass was another story… i was pretty excited about it and even took part in a Read-Along after it was released. The setting sounded awesome and I really liked the role cats were playing in it. But that’s it with positives. All in all it was very disappointing. I remember that all of the characters were either bland or annoying. The bad guy was not threatening at all in the end, some things were not explained well enough, I didn’t have a good idea on how the world looked like or how the people lived exactly on or in the mountains.. And there was too much technical ship-talk in the start. I just didn’t care and if it wasn’t for the Read-Along I wouldn’t even have finished it.
Millennium’s Rule by Trudi Canavan
- Thief’s Magic
- Angel of Storms
- ???In a world where an industrial revolution is powered by magic, Tyen, a student of archaeology, unearths a sentient book called Vella. Once a young sorcerer-bookbinder, Vella was transformed into a useful tool by one of the greatest sorcerers of history. Since then she has been collecting information, including a vital clue to the disaster Tyen’s world faces.
Elsewhere, in an land ruled by the priests, Rielle the dyer’s daughter has been taught that to use magic is to steal from the Angels. Yet she knows she has a talent for it, and that there is a corrupter in the city willing to teach her how to use it — should she dare to risk the Angels’ wrath.
But not everything is as Tyen and Rielle have been raised to believe. Not the nature of magic, nor the laws of their lands… and not even the people they trust.
Here is my review: Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan
This was the third trilogy by the author that I tried. I finished & liked one of them well enough but the other 2 were disappointing. Both storylines in Thief’s Magic couldn’t keep me entertained and I am not interested at all in what will happen to the characters in the sequel.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- The Hunger Games
- Catching Fire
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.
My review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
I wanted to keep on reading for a while and even bought the second book. But then I found out what the sequel was about (more relationship drama) and also, the movies happened. I ended up watching Catching Fire and being bored to death. I enjoyed reading the first book though and this will have to do. I am not even interested in watching the last 2 movies even though they have Woody Harrelson. Maybe one day, if I am really, really bored.