Cursor's Fury : The Codex Alera: Book Three Paperback
by Jim Butcher
Part of the The Codex Alera series
Power-hungry Kalare has rebelled against Alera's aging First Lord, Gaius Sextus.
Ill-equipped to face this attack, Gaius must seek support - even from the combative High Lord of Aquitaine.
Kalare has also seized valuable hostages that could mean the difference between victory and failure. And Amara, the First Lord's Cursor, has been tasked with their rescue.
She has earned this trust but are her allies as worthy - or does the Lady Aquitaine see the time as ripe for betrayal? Treachery is rife elsewhere, as young Tavi of Calderon will find.
Posted away from the war, Tavi joins a legion anyway, under an assumed name.
Then Kalare does the unthinkable - uniting with the brutish Canim.
When treason wipes out the army's command structure, Tavi finds himself leading an inexperienced legion against the might of the Canim horde - the very last resort of a war-torn realm.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 624 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
- Publication Date: 02/07/2009
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781841497464
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Review by eleanor_eader
High Lord Kalare makes his move on the throne in this third instalment of Butcher’s engaging <i>Codex Alera</i> series. Tavi, still undercover as a Cursor, this time in the role of military subtribune, all too quickly finds himself commanding a fresh and untried legion against a cunning and furious Canim army, in alliance with Kalare but now outside of even his control. Using only the wits and tactical brilliance he has forged out of necessity - through not having even a modicum of furycraft available to him – Tavi must hold off the largest army of giant canine-warriors that Alera has ever seen. Count Bernard and Cursor Amara are, meanwhile, making some disturbing temporary alliances of their own, in order to release several Lords’ family members from Kalare’s clutches; once free of his blackmail, the Lords would be at liberty to suspend their forced ‘neutrality’ and aid the First Lord in the fight against the seven fully functioning legions that Kalare has amassed. Isana is using her healing craft on Fade, no longer (to the reader) just the family’s loyal indentured servant; and while she works, more back-story is revealed.I’ve been enjoying these books more than I expected to, and I think this is my favourite in the series so far (overlooking the entirely unlikely catastrophe-caused promotion of Tavi to command actual troops) … it has a longer lead-in which gives more time for positioning the characters, and thus watch them exist at an other-than-frantic pace, which makes the politics and character relationships seem as important as the fun … excuse me … <i>horror</i> of battle. And while Butcher <i>sometimes</i> reminds me of David Eddings in his character interaction and relationships, he can also out-write David Gemmell when it comes to fictional battle crafting and is in a class of his with the political structure – he keeps it easy enough to maintain the ‘young adult’ appeal of the series, but layered and interesting enough not to loose older fantasy fiction readers, not an easy balance at all. They aren’t perfect, but they are <i>really good.</i>