|Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera, Book 3)
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"The power-hungry High Lord of Kalare has launched a rebellion against the aging First Lord, Gaius Sextus, who with the loyal forces of Alera must fight beside the unlikeliest of allies the equally contentious High Lord of Aquitaine. Meanwhile, young Tavi of Calderon joins a newly formed legion under an assumed name even as the ruthless Kalare unites with the Canim, bestial enemies of the realm whose vast numbers spell certain doom for Alera. When treachery from within destroys the army's command structure, Tavi finds himself leading an inexperienced, poorly equipped legion the only force standing between the Canim horde and the war-torn realm."
- Went from Dresden to Codex and love them both.
I've read the negative reviews here on Amazon for this book and I have to disagree. The one person who wrote a review and gave it two stars sounds as though he is much more well read than I, so I'll give it to him. He sounds like a very dedicated and educated sci-fi reader and I would imagine him to be very particular, somewhat like a sommelier is with wine.
When it comes to wine, I know what I like and I know what I don't. That's about as much as I can tell you outside of the basics. The same can be said about my reading. Don't get me wrong, I've read and enjoy the classics, but they are just not as much fun for me as other things.
I very much enjoy Jim Butcher as an author. I was put on to his Dresden series by a friend and ate them up. All of them. Can't wait for the next one. Then he also put me onto the Codex Alera series. LOVE them, too. Read the first three in about as many days and actually ponied up the dough for 2 day shipping from Amazon for the 4th, Captain's Fury.
I'm a huge, huge fan of George R.R. Martin's series, A Song of Ice and Fire. The Codex Alera is not as intricate or complex as Martin's series, but it doesn't make it any less enjoyable.
I enjoy a series with a character that has something special about him/her that developes over the storyline. I enjoyed that with Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series, Neo in the Matrix, Gambit and Wolverine in X-Men, so on and so forth. I enjoy that with Tavi in the Codex Alera. I have hope that he eventually finds his Furies and becomes an absolute monster of a powerhouse with them and reading about his journey on how to use them. I find that I'm also hoping the same thing happens to Dresden.
Anyway, I enjoy the series and can't wait to read the next one. ...more info
- Would have been a nice wrap-up to the trilogy
Don't get me wrong, I am beyond ecstatic that we will have more of the Codex Alera series. I believe that Butcher is a talented enough writer to know when he's done all he can with his characters.
Off my soapbox and onto the review. I truly did enjoy this book. I felt that it reminded me a lot of the second book in that the characters were again flung to all corners of Alera and battling vicious foes constantly. The thing about these books is that they never let you rest! You're constantly worried about the characters, which also proves how talented Butcher is that I'm that invested.
I feel that the Epilogue was truly the best chapter of the whole book. It reveals a lot of things without being "showy". One of my favorite aspects of these books is that when revelations are made, they aren't made a big deal of. It's not "Oh! Pay attention! Did you catch that? Let me tell you again!"
Overall, great book. Leaves itself WIDE OPEN for a fourth book, which makes sense since there is an announcement on [...]that there have been 3 more books planned. Enjoy!...more info
- Best book I have read in a long time...
I started reading Jim Butcher's books this past spring starting with his Dresden series and once I had finished with those I picked up his Codex Alera books. The two series are in no way similar to each other but they are both well written and their plots keep you interested.
This book blew me away by the time I had finished reading it. I closed it and then flipped it over and started reading it again. There are not that many books out there that I can say will make me do this.
To me, Cursor's Fury by far is the best Butcher has written. Throughout the book clues are given as to the course of Tavi's life, but they are in no way spelled out for you. The book makes you think and keeps the plot turning. Butcher draws the book to an extremely satisfying conclusion and yet leaves room for you to think about the possibilities that could occur in his next Codex Alera book (I believe there are to be a total of 6 books in this series). You will in no way fall asleep during this book and more than likely have to read it in one sitting. It may even incite one to reread it which to me is the definition of a good book. Most books I will only read once and then never set eyes on again, but for a few special books I place on my shelves as keepers. Cursor's Fury by Jim Butcher has definitely earned a spot on my keeper shelf....more info
- Sent To the Legion
Cursor's Fury (2006) is the third fantasy novel in the Codex Alera series, following Academ's Fury. In the previous volume, Doroga and his horde destroyed one vord nest at great cost. Then Doroga and Walker assisted Bernard, Amara and the Calderon garrison attack another vord nest in the valley.
A third vord queen had started a nest in the Deeps under Alera Imperia. Then she led the Taken Canim and her spiders in an attack on the First Lord in his meditation chamber far underground. Tavi learned of the attack and warned the Royal Guards barely in time. All the attackers except the queen were killed, but she escaped and couldn't be found anywhere within the capital. The Canim Ambassador was imprisoned despite his innocence.
In this novel, two years have passed and Ambassador Varg is still locked up in the Grey Tower. Tavi often visits the Ambassador and plays ludus with him. Since Varg has been playing the game for six hundred years, Tavi doesn't win any games, but the ambassador is impressed by his progress.
Gaius Sextus -- the First Lord -- decides to incite High Lord Kalare into starting the civil war prematurely. He has Tavi ask Gaele to deliver some letters, including one to High Lord Aquitaine stating that he will be declared as the First Lord's heir. Since Gaele is really Rook, the message will surely reach High Lord Kalare quickly.
Tavi rushes off to pack, for he is being sent to the ruins of Appia to study with Maestro Magnus. The Maestro needs a research assistant and Gaius needs a spy in the south. Unfortunately, Tavi will be going alone to Appia, since the First Lord won't let Fade or Kitai go with him.
Magnus is a reconstructionist. Since the legends tell of mechanical means of throwing stones, he tries to build a trebucket. The models break every time, but the fifth attempt is successful. Magnus yells and dances with glee and Tavi lets out an excited laugh. Then the same stone comes back toward them and smashes the device.
The stone had nearly knocked off the head of Antillar Maximus, so he had thrown it back. Tavi yells when Max comes in sight at full charge and the other cursor recognizes him. Still, Max is astounded at the power of the trebucket.
Max has come to give Tavi new orders. He will be joining the First Aleran Legion as the third subtribune to the Tribune Logistica. This legion is the first one with volunteers from every city. Max is going along as a centurion to teach Tavi the ways and skills of the legions. Magnus is also going as senior valet for much the same reason.
In this story, Rook takes a Kaleran air coach back home to deliver her information. The most significant is the letter to Lord Aquitaine. As Gaius guessed, Lord Kalare quickly starts mustering his troops for the war.
Lord Kalare lets Rook visit her daughter Masha for a short while after the information is delivered. Masha wants to know when they can move to the country so she can have a pony. Then Masha wants her to stay even longer, but Lord Kalare has other tasks for Rook.
Ehren is working to untangle the books of Master Ullus -- a fence at Westmission in the Sunset Islands -- and gathering information for the First Lord. One day, Captain Demos drops by to sell some goods that he doesn't yet have, but he does have a detailed list of the items. While he is dressed like pirate, Ehren assumes he is a cutter from his roving eyes and graceful movements. Ehren reckons that Demos is headed west to the Canim.
When Demos comes back to Westmission, the Canim ships are close behind. Ehren bargains for a ride to the mainland. He has to tell someone that the Canim are invading.
This tale leaves the First Lord with two problems (not counting Lord Aquitaine's future ambitions). The first is the revolt by Lord Kalare. The second is the Canim invasion. Of course, Gaius doesn't know about the invasion quite yet, since messages from the First Aleran are still in transit.
Tavi is up to his ears in problems. At least he has friends with him, including Kitai. He is learning much about being a legion commander.
Knowledge of the truth about Tavi's parents is spreading. So far, only his friends know, but they are not telling him for various reasons. Even the First Lords knows, but keeps it quiet to protect him. Enjoy!
Highly recommended for Butcher fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of sword and lance, exotic magic and passionate romance.
-Arthur W. Jordin...more info
- Butcher falters, but it's still worth reading
In the Codex Alera, Jim Butcher is proving himself to be a master at world-building. He's put together an alternate universe that's built on a Rome which turned in another direction -- when people apparently found that they could master water, earth, fire and air furies -- and then somehow found itself in a place where other non-human races reside. The "technology" that Rome had developed (such as road-building) has become irrelevant and is now myth. I still haven't figured out how this came about, but I want to know.
I loved the two earlier books in this series, so I was excited to read the third novel. (Which, since it doesn't _completely_ have closure, implies that another is to follow.) I liked the characters, especially the boy-without-furies Tavi and the Cursor Amara, and I wanted to see what happened to them.
Unfortunately -- and disputing the opinion of other fans here -- the author stumbles. It isn't that the storyline is unbelievable but that I found I didn't care about the events quite as much as I expected to. The major weakness is that Butcher lost each character's unique voice. Tavi is now a young man, but he most of the time he has less personality than he did in the earlier books, and when he does express himself he sounds entirely too much like Harry Dresden. Amara and her husband have a more realistic relationship, but they're both busy being so heroic that, so to speak, you rarely hear them talk when they're comfortably at home with one another.
I'm not quite sure how Butcher faltered in this way; it kept feeling to me as though he was distracted with another project, and the result is like listening to a radio station that's *almost* tuned in. I wanted to know what happened enough that I finished the entire book, but the static got in the way of me completely enjoying it.
It does earn its four stars, though, because the book does continue a story that I want to hear. But the uneven voice makes Cursor's Fury depend on the worldbuilding a little more than it should have to....more info
- So impressed with Butcher
Many other reviewers have gone into the plot details of this novel, so I'll skip that and go immediately to the part where I rave about the series. When I discovered the Dresden Files I devoured the paperbacks my son-in-law loaned to me and then ordered the entire series to date in hardcover. Butcher is one of those authors that hits the ground running with the first book, gains speed until he achieves lift-off, and then cruises at 30,000 feet. Both the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera series begin well and just get better.
All three of the Codex books I have read so far have kept me up at night, and Cursor's Fury I just couldn't put down. I'm a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy both, but I'm not usually fond of books with a strong military focus. This series is an exception. Butcher's characters evoke a spectrum of strong responses and all of them are complex. The plots and subplots are both entertaining and labyrinthine, and even pages of battle descriptions had me turning pages long after my light should have gone out. I will buy this entire series as well, just wish I could find them all in hardcover now without paying $100.00 for the first one!...more info
- Not his best, but...
well worth the price. It isn't as richly written as the previous two Codex Alera books, even so it held my interest and I didn't feel cheated and disappointed as so often has happened in other series. Even when he is not at his best Jim Butcher is still heads above most other fantasy authors. ...more info
- Complex worldbuilding and a wonderful character in Tavi
Civil war is far from unknown in the post-Roman magical land of Alera, but with an aging First Lord and no heir in the picture, the high nobles are even more restive than usual. Even more unusual, though would be an alliance with the Varg. These non-human aliens have engaged in low-level warfare with the Alerans for centuries. When fhe First Lord tricks the High Lord of Kalare into launching his attack prematurely, Kalare's combination of hostages and an alliance with the Varg, threatens just might destroy the empire.
Still incapable of magic, Tavi has been sent to a new legion for training. But when Varg ritualists call down magics to destroy the legion's entire officer corps, Tavi must find a way to stem an invasion beyond anything Alera has known--with only the inexperienced troops on hand.
Author Jim Butcher continues his CODEX ALERA with a compelling story that follows two major plot lines. In one, Tavi continues to grow, learning to lead men, develop strategies, and develop an understanding of the powerful nobles who threaten the empire's stability, of Alera's enemies, and of the ordinary legionaires who form the basis of the empire's power. In the second, Tavi's "aunt" Amara, united with Lady Aquitaine only through their shared need to prevent Kalare from gaining the First Lordship, attempts to rescue Kalare's hostages--doing so would allow the First Lord to free up additional legions to confront Kalare, but Kalare guards these hostages with some of his most deadly troops.
Although Butcher is best known for his excellent DRESDEN FILES series, the CODEX ALERA series is a wonderful extension of his talent, with an intriguing alternate world diverging from our own when ancient Romans learned to control and personify the elements of air/earth/fire/water into elemental furies. Tavi, with his unique lack of any magical ability, makes a sympathetic character--as he grows to the point where he might make a claim to be First Lord himself.
- Liked it
Jim Butcher has certainly come a long way from his earlier novels (which were a lot of fun also) and has created an exciting and involved fantasy world for many readers. Watching the development of his main character Tavi is certainly enjoyable and suspenseful and as usual his action and battle scenes are well painted and the highlight of his books in general.
There is, however, little sense of good vs evil, right vs wrong, moral dilemna...the book is still exciting at times but lacking in depth and not as humorous as his prior work.
Still, recommended, entertaining and well written!...more info
- Just getting better...
This is book is a perfect example of Jim Butcher's talent increasing. The pace of the work was much better then the previous Codex Alera novels, and the amount of time spent with each main character has greatly improved. Gives you enough to be satisfied with where the story is and then jumps back to another ripping part of it. The ending is almost perfect, gives an excellent glimpse of the future of the series. Although, right now, not as popular as his Dresden Files, I hope that Mr. Butcher will put in has much time and love has he does that for Codex Alera because it has so much potential right now and can become a truly great story....more info
- Good read
Great world, excellent characters, good battles. But I do hope that he won't turn this into another Wheel of Time series that will NEVER end. One more book then wrap it up. If you haven't read any of the Dresden Files - Do so....more info
- Fun fantasy that could use a dose of tragedy
The third volume of Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series, Cursor's Fury is a dependably thrilling, action-oriented fantasy adventure following the formula of the previous novels. Once again, Alera's only citizen unable to furycraft, Tavi, has to use all of his resourcefulness to save the empire against monstrous opponents--this time, the lupine Canim. In parallel storylines, Amara and Bernard, with some dubious assistance, embark on a rescue mission, and Isana must withstand a siege while healing a friend and confronting her past. Overall, there's plenty of combat, romance, and intrigue, and even a few revelations.
I liken the novel (and the series) to a solid blockbuster film such as Lethal Weapon 2. It is well-made, with likable characters and more than enough violence to satisfy. It doesn't aspire to be epic or award-winning. While many fantasies eclipse the 700-page mark, Cursor's Fury and its predecessors come under 500 pages, providing a brisk, straightforward read without much filler. The novel seeks to entertain, not revolutionize the genre. It's fun, and there's nothing wrong with that.
However, I think that the series is missing one crucial element: tragedy. While Butcher endangers his characters, the jeopardy never seems insurmountable. Considering the novels' events--civil war, invasion, assassination attempts--someone has to suffer. I believe that George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire remains popular primarily because the main characters suffer. Few people are unscathed by events, and the various tragedies forge them into more complete, complex characters. In my opinion, the Codex Alera series has the potential to have the long-lasting appeal of A Song of Ice and Fire if Butcher injects some tragedy into the novels.
- Best book of the three / great read!
I am glad I took a chance on this series! If you enjoy fantasy this is one of the best I have read. Kudos to the author for character development, a wonderful plot, an ingenius magical system, and it's written at a perfect pace.
Highly recommend this series!...more info
- Took me longer to get into this one
I can slap down two to three books a week and it wouldn't be unheard of for me to finish a book the size of Cursor's Fury in two nights. As a matter of fact, that is about how long I finished the first two in this series. Yet, it took me three weeks to complete this book. I would pick it up, become discouraged or distracted, put it down, finish another book, then pick this one up again to continue the cycle. It wasn't that Butcher didn't create a great book and continuation of the Cursor series, it was just too much war for me.
The book follows two battles, a second battle of the metaphysical sense, and one rescue attempt covering four different area and three different set of people. Basically the book was battle after battle being fought. The scenes were great and the discription of each battle was some of the best written that I have ever encountered. There was even this one paragraph on page 409 (I can't believe I can remember the page number--goes to show) that was fantastic writing; I even got a bit teary-eyed. I'm so looking forward to the next in the series. So why four stars instead of five? I guess its the woman in me. I didn't find that Butcher did much with his characters. There was no further character development in the story whatsoever. The characters in this story had become so life-like to me from the previous novel that I was looking forward to see them grow. There was no growth. I definitely liked the shocker at the end. Forget it, I'm not even going to hint!...more info
- Fantastic Fantasy!
I won't bore you with plot details, character profiles, etc. You can get enough of that stuff just reading the "Editorial Reviews" posted on Amazon for most books. What I WILL say is that I am a voracious reader. Mostly fiction, but a lot of sci-fi, fantasty, mystery and so forth. For the fantasy stuff I've read it all, from David Gemmell to George R.R. Martin. This series is fantastic, each book better then the last. I'm anticipating book four as much as any in years. If you like epic fantasy with compelling story lines, diabolical antagonists, heart-pounding battle scenes, and a main character (Tavi) you can really get your heart around, then I can recommend no fantasy series higher. Butcher delivers on all fronts. Run, do not walk, to the "add to shopping cart" button above. You won't regret it....more info
- Just getting better
This series is growing very hard and becoming better with each new book. I started with this series because I loved The Dresden Files and wanted to check this out. First I liked it, but kept prefering The Dresden Files but now I am more eagerly awaiting the next book in this series. I loved this book but had kind of a feeling that it also has been written as an end to the series if Jim's contract with the publisher hadn't been extended. Such a good ending to it....more info
- Butcher's Excellent Adventure!
Jim Butcher has rapidly become my favorite author for several reasons:
First he has two outstanding series going with the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera. Second is that each book in each series have gotten better with more focused plots and an amazing sense of urgency unlike other series available.
Cursor's Fury is the third book of the Codex Alera and it does not disappoint. It follows Tavi and friends, Bernard and Amara, and Isana as they continue to traverse the politics of Alera.
His plots in Cursor's Fury are distinct and exciting; his writing descriptive without being effusive, and I hate him for the last page hook as I can't wait for the next installment "Captain's Fury"
An Outstanding Series and one that is only getting better....more info
Jim Butcher has demonstrated himself to be a consistently surprising author. The Codex Alera novels have been outstanding. Though I have long been a fan of the Dresden series, it was with a certain degree of trepidation that I stepped foot into Alera. Three novels later, I am more than enthralled.
While there is no shortage of the extensive battle scenes that have come to characterize the Codex Alera, they are far from gratuitous, and serve to further the plot quite nicely. I find my self reading chapters and chapters past my pre-determined stopping points, and look forward to being able to come home and pick up the book again. After getting about halfway through the second novel, I went and bought the entirety of the series so I wouldn't have to be interrupted with pesky trips to the bookstore.
These novels to have a certain amount of predictability in the plots, but I am inclined to believe that we see precisely what Butcher intends. Additionally, he has truly demostrated himself an excellent word smith, cleverly employing Latin nomenclatures and providing a further bit of insight to those who care to read a bit more carefully. This novel - along with its sibling ones in this series - is a thorough pleasure to read....more info
- Best So Far
"Cursor's Fury" is the third in Butcher's "Codex Alera" series (Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, Book 1), Academ's Fury (Codex Alera, Book 2), Cursor's Fury (Codex Alera, Book 3), Captain's Fury (Codex Alera, Book 4), and Princeps' Fury (Codex Alera, Book 5)). As with the previous book, Butcher picks up the story after two years of story time has passed. In just about every aspect, this book continue with, works on, and improves the material from the previous books: if you liked them, you'll love this one. If I stretch, I can find one fault with the book (and it's standard for this genre): essentially limitless hordes of bad guys. But, the quality of writing, the depth of the world, and the emotional satisfaction of reading this easily crush that complaint. I rate this book at an Excellent 5 stars out of 5 and highly recommend the series as well as the book....more info
- Receives Kate Reading's exceptional background as a stage actress
Book 3 of Jim Butcher's 'Codex Alera' series, CURSOR'S FURY receives Kate Reading's exceptional background as a stage actress and her powerful voice harnesses the power of a saga of war and assault. This ongoing saga is a top pick for prior listeners of FURIES OF CALDERON and ACADEM'S FURY. ...more info
- Third title is a dud compared to first two
Did Jim Butcher actually write this third title?
That is a question every reader of the first two titles in the Cursor series will be asking themselves after reading this dog.
The book feels rushed, possibly because the author has done a deal with the SciFi channel to do a show based on his Dresden novels.
Frankly this book was a HUGE disappointment, basically just glossing over characters and attempting to close the story as soon as possible.
I advise waiting for it to publish in paperback if you need some closure for the series. I've read all of Jim Butcher's work, but his writing has taken a nose dive of late. I for one am no longer going to purchase his books in hardcover if at all in the future....more info
- This book kept me from sleeping
Even though I knew I had to get up with my 2 year old at 8, I stayed up until 5 am to finish this book- that's how good it is. I can't wait until the next one!...more info
- Jim Butcher has become one of the best.
Jim Butcher has really become top notch.
This was a great book.
Great book. Great service. I wish I could find hardbounds of the first two in the series at this price....more info
- Coming of Age in a Strange Place
For a fantasy adventure to work it has to have a believable world with characters involved in situations where you can understand and believe in enough that you care what happens to them.
You can believe in the world of Alera. Here the forces that make up the world: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Wood and Metal, take physical form. It's not the way it works here, but you can believe in it. After all, it's not to far from what our western culture believed in the past.
You can also believe in the corruption, manipulations, short sightedness and incompetence of the people in charge. We certainly have a lot of evidence for those conditions. You wonder how the got in charge in the first place, but that's unfortunately not too uncommon here either.
This is the third book in the series, so there was dlearly enough interest on the part of readers and the publisher to produce this volume.
Conclusion: I liked it, a lot of other people liked it. And I've found a new author whose future books I intend to read....more info
- Very good!
Treachery, magic, and war are woven together in a fascinating tapestry as forces that truly live up to the word fury collide in Alera. Amidst this storm, Tavi, the hero from the prior novels in the Codex Alera series, finds himself working undercover and commanding a legion of troops. As before, he continues to wrestle with his prepossessing handicap of having no furycraft. Since he is the sole person in his land with such a "defect," it makes hiding his identity infinitely more challenging, but it also teaches him something. Meanwhile, family faces their own challenges as war comes ever closer to being an actualized event. When the hidden truths behind the conflict emerge, even the most stout-hearted warrior will know fear.
**** Mr. Butcher's talent is something that cannot be disputed. He is able to build worlds that are vastly different from each other. Whether it is the Roman Empire like world of Alera or the laid-back, Jim Rockford with magic of the Dresden Files, he injects an air of reality into his fantasy that keeps the reader coming back for more. ****
Amanda Killgore...more info
- Juggling Three Storylines
Cursor's Fury continues the three separate story lines of this enjoyable epic fantasy.
The main story line is the coming of age of Tavi, no longer a boy but a young man. Unable to wield the magic furies that he should be able to command, he settles for being resourceful and courageous. This installment sends him on what should be a safe mission to a legion composed mostly of trainee soldiers. By a twist of fate, this legion is the only one in position to oppose a foreign invasion of monstrous creatures and Tavi finds himself commanding the legion when the senior officers are killed by a magical strike. This is a great story! Five stars, no question!
A secondary story concerns Amara, an agent of the Crown who is now the wife of Tavi's uncle Bernard. While I like these characters, I'm starting to find their story a bit repetitive: desperate battles, flying chases, hair-raising rescues. But it's good action and good fun, easily four stars.
The third story line follows Isana, Bernard's sister. Isana, because of murky emotions and inconsistent movivation, seems to welter in soap opera drama. I wish I liked Isana more, but she seems to drain a lot of the thrill of discovery from Tavi's tale by clumsily telegraphing what's going to happen next. If I scored her story totally objectively, it would be low. However, I give Jim Butcher points for trying to write about a complex and strong older woman and I like the final twist he gives Isana's tale in this installment of the Codex Alera....more info
- Tavi is all grown up!
I've been waiting for this book for awhile, and I was not disappointed. For everyone out there who has been waiting, don't wait run to the nearest bookstore and buy this book! For those of you who haven't discovered this excellent series, run to the nearest bookstore and buy all three books! Jim Butcher has proved he's and excellent writer with his Dresden Files books, but this series shows he knows fantasy as well! This series has it all, a rich and complex political system, intrigue, and seriously nasty monsters. This third book shows our protagonist, Tavi all grown up and out on his first assignment as a Cursor. Of course, his assignment is to hold off an entire invading army with only a small force under his command. As usual, Jim Butcher does as excellent job of writing out very well fleshed secondary characters which support the main cast. This book was a page turner from start to finish, with a surprising twist at the end that had me screaming for the fourth book. I can't wait to see where this series goes from here. Highly recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, and any other Harry Dresden fans out there, if you haven't bought these books you should....more info
- I loved this book - a fan of the series
I love Jim Butcher's books. This one was great. I can't wait to read the next one....more info
In this book, Tavi is showing his talents as commander. His growth from student to spy and to commander is very well coordinated. The batlles well organized and credible....more info