Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, Book 1) by Jim Butcher

By Jim Butcher

For one thousand years, the folks of Alera have united opposed to the competitive and perilous races that inhabit the realm, utilizing their distinct bond with the furies—elementals of earth, air, fireplace, water, and steel. yet now, Gaius Sextus, First Lord of Alera, grows outdated and lacks an inheritor. formidable excessive Lords plot and maneuver to put their homes in positions of energy, and a conflict of succession looms at the horizon.

Far from urban politics within the Calderon Valley, the boy Tavi struggles together with his loss of furycrafting. At fifteen, he has no wind fury to assist him fly, no fireplace fury to gentle his lamps. but because the Alerans' such a lot savage enemy—the Marat—return to the Valley, he'll notice that his future is far more than he may ever imagine.

Caught in a hurricane of lethal wind furies, Tavi saves the lifetime of a runaway slave named Amara. yet she is de facto a secret agent for Gaius Sextus, despatched to the Valley to assemble intelligence on traitors to the Crown, who could be in league with the barbaric Marat horde. And whilst the Valley erupts in chaos—when rebels conflict with loyalists and furies conflict with furies—Amara will locate Tavi's braveness and resourcefulness to be an influence more than any fury—one which may flip the tides of war.

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And, of course, this close to the river there was always the risk of raiders. The rival kingdoms of Langmyr and Oakharn stared hard at each other across the Seivern River. There was no love lost on either side; there hadn’t been for a hundred years, since Uvarric’s Folly. Both lands traced their heritage back to the ruined glory of Rhaelyand, both worshipped under the Bright Lady’s pillared domes, and yet Langmyrne and Oakharne hated each other with the ferocity of estranged brothers. One could never be sure when a group from one side might cross over to visit bloody horror on the other.

It was the wrong time of year: professional soldiers would be hard in training for the Swordsday matches, and farmers would be busy with the harvest. More importantly, it sounded like only one person was rustling through the leaves, and no raider in his right mind crossed the border alone. ” Odosse called, keeping her walking stick raised. The rustling stopped. A man’s voice answered, sounding tired and, she thought, a little angry. His accent marked him as a stranger; from where, she could not say.

And grief. He’d had friends back there, as much as he’d ever had friends, and he’d done nothing to save them. There’d been nothing he could do, but that truth never went down easy no matter how many times he had to swallow it. Night descended. Brys kept walking. There was a long road ahead. 2 There had never been a lovelier day in the world, Odosse decided as she walked back to Willowfield. The autumn afternoon was crisp but pleasant. Sunlight lancing through the leaves of ash and maple turned the forest into a cathedral of gold and crimson; she felt grand as a queen beneath such glory.

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