For a thousand years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water and metal. But now, Gaius Sextus, First Lord of Alera, grows old and lacks an heir. Ambitious Lords manoeuvre to place their Houses in positions of power, and a war of succession looms on the horizon.
Far from city politics in the Calderon
Valley, young Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. At fifteen,
he has no wind fury to help him fly, no fire fury to light his lamps.
Yet as the Alerans' most savage enemy - the Marat - return to the
Valley, his world will change. Caught in a storm of deadly wind furies,
Tavi saves the life of a runaway slave. But Amara is actually a spy,
seeking intelligence on possible Marat traitors to the Crown. And when
the Valley erupts into chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies
clash with furies - Amara will find Tavi invaluable. His talents will
outweigh any fury-born power - and could even turn the tides of war. From Goodreads.
I enjoyed this fantasy by Jim Butcher, not quite as much as Dresden Files but still a lot. There is lots of magic in this both used for good and bad as is right in a fantasy book. Everybody apart from the main character is able to do some kind of magic. Luckily he is smart and brought up to think logically about things so he is good at finding solutions to tasks and to observe what happens around him. This doesn't end as such in a cliffhanger but there is clearly unanswered questions and more plots to kill the First Lord. I will continue this series.
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