Cursor’s Fury (Codex Alera #3) – Jim Butcher

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Furies of Calderon
Academ’s Fury
five stars black

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Ace
Pages: 536
Release Date: December 5, 2006

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.


Cursor’s Fury is the third installment in the Codex Alera. Its main focus is war. For most of the novel, readers follow the various characters as a full-fledged war is fought against the Canim.

Tavi is now much older and readers get to see who he is as a man and what he’s capable of despite his limitations. Tavi is intelligent and adaptable. Both qualities serve him well as he fights on the front lines.

Max is easily one of my favorite secondary characters. He’s fun as he brings a lot of comedy to the scenes he’s in. Though, he’s also a very capable soldier and seeing him in action made me appreciate him all the more.

Butcher had me worried about Amara as a character. Her relationship with Barnard is not sanctioned by law since passing on the ability to furycraft to the next generation is required. Amara is barren making their relationship illegal. I was worried Butcher would relegate her character to the female obsessed with getting pregnant and having kids. Fortunately, Amara is just as badass as she started off in the first novel if not more. There’s a particular escape/pursuit sequence that she crushes with her awesomeness.

Isana’s chapters are generally not my favorite compared to the others, though that’s not to say I dislike her or her story. In this novel, Isana shines as readers get a well-deserved glimpse into the past. These scenes are full of answers while also posing new ones for readers to ponder. There’s a particular scene that’s heartbreaking yet beautiful. Butcher’s writing in that chapter is easily some of his best as he hits all the emotional notes with ease.

The only criticism I have of Cursor’s Fury is the lack of Kitai. She pops in and out of the novel at convenient times where her expertise is needed. This may be in part due to how overpowered she is, but I was really looking forward to exploring her link with Tavi further.

Overall, Cursor’s Fury packs a punch with its twists and turns coupled with reveals that change the direction of the story in interesting and unexpected ways.


Have you read Cursor’s Fury? What did you think?



Tavi can furycraft!!! And so can Kitai?

6 thoughts on “Cursor’s Fury (Codex Alera #3) – Jim Butcher

  1. “I was worried Butcher would relegate her character to the female obsessed with getting pregnant and having kids. Fortunately, Amara is just as badass as she started off in the first novel” – that’s something I always like to see. I’ll have to check this one out! I love kickass women!

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