I know I am repeating myself but if you haven't read the reviews below then you won't have heard this caveat. I am going to keep this short. This is an outstanding series and I strongly suggest reading the books in order. Butcher's Harry Dresden Wizard for Hire series works fairly well in stand alone mode. Too much back story would be needed to be read to truly appreciate this series. Tavi's lack of fury crafting was a handicap throughout his life. Little did he know that his lack of physical size and his inability to control furies would force him to develop a devious and creative outlook on life that would enable him to grow into the Princeps that Alera needed.
Tavi's ability to forge alliances among current and former enemies serves him well in his battle to prevent the Vord from totally conquering his continent. There are titanic battles, insidious treachery and astounding courage and nobility through out the book.
Once again I am truly impressed with Butcher's ability to craft his characters and to imbue humor while immersed in deadly straits.
I give this series my strongest recommendation.
This book completes the current series. There is potential for another series and one can only hope that Butcher writes it.
I highly recommend the book.
My previous reviews of the series.
Princeps Fury (2008)
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