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09 May 2010 @ 08:21 pm
Book recommendation  
After having been a fan of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files for some years, I finally picked started The Codex Alera. I've finished the first book, Furies of Calderon and am maybe a quarter of the way into the second, Academ's Fury. (Furies are essentially elementals -- earth, water, fire, air, metal, and wood -- that can be controlled by Alerans.)

It reminds me strongly of George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire sequence, albeit less depressing (in the words of 1776, "That man could deprrrrress a hyena!"). It is nothing like the Dresden Files except well written; the characters, setting, voice, pacing, etc. are all completely different.
 
 
Mr. Whitesir_goober on May 10th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
Whereas this could be construed as a spoiler, it's really not, insofar as the titles themselves constitute spoilers if you didn't read the series as it was published.

Astonishing writing and world-building, some of my favorite fantasy.