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Friday, June 26, 2015

Cursor's Fury by Jim Butcher

I am a fan of Butcher and love his Harry Dresden series.  This is got a slight flavor of Dresden in the humor but otherwise is full fledged fantasy and excellent at that.  The plot is a rebellion and those who oppose it.   I read The Furies of Calderon and reviewed it back on July 13, 2013.  I loved it.  I just reread it because I have gotten all of the currently released volumes in this series and I wanted to read it sequentially.  I read Academ's Fury recently and loved it as well.   This volume continues to follow Tavi, a young man without any "crafting" in a society that is characterized by "crafting" or the manipulation of materials through an immaterial method, ie wizardry or sorcery.  Tavi's still the main focus in this book but quite a bit is also focused on his Uncle Bernard and Amara and his "Aunt" Isana and their part in thwarting the rebellion.

The all powerful First Lord does not play a major part in this volume.    His uncle Bernard and his aunt Isana loom even larger in this book.   There is a mystery about Tavi's birth and his personal relationships.   His relationship with Kitai, a former Marat enemy continues to evolve in this the third book as well.   Butcher's characters may have a leg up on Machiavelli.   Devious doesn't begin to describe some of the machinations of both hero and villian.

The characters are once again the best part of Butcher’s tales.  Don’t get me wrong, his plots are excellent and his story telling sublime but his characterizations are terrific.

Butcher's characters are his stories strength.   His villains are more believable due to their pragmatic nature.  He gives back story on his villains so they are far more than just the embodiment of evil that seems to be prevalent in most fantasies. The motivation behind the villainy provides succulent content to the story and yes this is redundantly familiar from my last review of the series.
Again, I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.   This is one of those series I can't wait to pick up the next book and am dismayed that there aren't more in the stack.  

I highly recommend the book.

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