I’m typing on a phone, so forgive the brevity.

I’ve continued my rereading excursion to the 3rd Codex Alera book, Cursor’s Fury. It follows a cursor.

“What’s a cursor?” you might ask. A cursor is basically a spy for the first lord.

“This seems more straightforward, but what’s a first lord?”

The first lord is basically the emporerer of Alera where Codex Alera takes place. The residents are able to control furies (which are basically high fantasy versions of Pokemon, gotta catch ’em all). Citizens are more powerful than regular folk. High lords are wickedly powerful (think the Elite Four in Pokemon in terms of being badder than everyone else). The first lord is more powerful than the high lords (think Gary right after you’ve beaten the Elite Four).

And our hero is basically Magikarp. Can’t do anything useful at the moment, but he shows potential.

That would be Tavi, the only Alera who can’t control any furies.

Now, if you’d read my last review, you’d already know this. But here we are.

Cursor’s Fury finds Tavi as a cursor who’s to be embedded in a legion as a low-level officer when everything goes to hell across the realm. He’s in danger. His aunt’s in danger. His uncle’s in danger. And they’re all in different places trying to save the day in their own ways.

We have three POV characters: Tavi who is at war with an invading army and has to be his awesome, wily self; Tavi’s aunt Isana who goes on a personal battle to save her bodyguard; and cursor Amara, who’s the secret wife of Tavi’s uncle Bernard.

This book like the ones before it features the rotating storytelling that both helps keep the reader moving forward and also annoys the reader when they really get into one story (frankly, I’m just here for Tavi’s storyline) and are forced through the B and C plots. Amara is typically the B plot and Isana gets to C plot, especially in this book. Other books give us a fourth perspective (Fidelias) who is conspicuously absent this go-round.

Without giving everything away, a rebellion breaks out in the empire and an invading army shows up. Then our mild-mannered heroes have to save the day.

And they do. We’re only on 3 of 6. Things are just now beginning to escalate. Lots of dudes are about to snuff it. George R. R. Martin would be proud.

It’s a good series. This is when Jim Butcher starts to hit his rhythm in the series. We know who everyone is (even when they don’t know themselves) and we start to see the long-term plots unfold. There are still a few more twists, but I couldn’t call this series shocking, just a good read (and I should know because this is my second round with the Codex Alera).

So onward, ye blog-readin’ fiends. I’ll catch you up when we hit Captain’s Fury.

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