Recently I started reading Codex Alera by Jim Butcher. I finished the first two books, Furies of Calderon and Academ’s Fury. Both books were very good, the second one being much better in my opinion than the first.
The great part about the books happens to be the nonstop action. Once the book gets going, it does not let up. Which is probably why I stayed up way too late finishing each book instead of getting a decent night’s sleep…
My only complaint would be that sometimes it seems a bit predictable, you know that certain characters will make it, and that could just mean that as we grow closer to them, at some point some of them will perish and it will really mean something.
The coolest part happened to be that I actually guessed something about the story, which after I read an interview with Butcher online, he confirmed. SPOILER ALERT: there is a definite Roman presence in the book. For example, the First Lord is called Gaius, the army is divided into legions. Anyways, it has a distinct Roman feel to it. My immediate thought was that this was a Lost Legion story, somehow a group of Roman’s made it to the planet of Alera and conquered the natives and learned how to control the furies of the planet. Needless to say, Butcher basically said the same thing in one of his interviews, which made me happy. What can I say, I like to be right.
So yeah, if you enjoy fantasy books, and want something that will have you hooked and not take you like 4 months to read, but is not aimed at the young adults, pick this series up.