I’m going to keep this review short, I actually can copy my review for the first book here to explain why I won’t be continuing with this series.
Although my review is going to sound negative, let me state that this is not a bad series, but then again there’s nothing special about it and I don’t see any sign of improvement from the first book. It’s all once again, pretty basic and formulaic.
I can already predict that the newly introduced villain in this book, the vord, will become the final boss of the series. Let me make a guess, correct me if I’m wrong, the vord sounds like a virus so judging from that, there will be a Queen or King vord that became the final boss of the series. Then, judging from the tone of the series so far, even though there are war, politics and all that jazz, none of the main POV characters will die, maybe one at best. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.
Academ’s Fury, the second book out of six in the Codex Alera series, began two years after the events of Furies of Calderon and the plot is still immensely predictable. A lot of scenes were still too long for the pacing’s own good and Butcher kept on repeating the things we already understood over and over again. One case, for example, Amara couldn’t have a child; this situation is repeated for so many pages throughout the book. I don’t know why Butcher had the need to emphasize this point over and over again. I get it, she can’t have a child, saying it once or twice is enough. The worst part is, this is only one of many examples. Also, this series actually featured a lot of romance I’m not a big fan of romance in my fantasy read.
Characters are still very hard to care, I kept on wishing the entire plot to focus only on Tavi because his POV is the only one that I’m invested in. The rest are just okay-ish to meh. Amara was probably the worst for me, I kept on wishing she would die already so I don’t have to read her POV anymore. Maybe when it comes down to it, I just couldn’t connect with Butcher’s prose, I feel like I should care more about some events in the book but it just didn’t connect with me. I’ve read a few series that’s predictable but it still managed to intrigue me and made me invested, but not Codex Alera.
I’m usually a patient leader but still, there’s a limit to my patience. This is not a small series at all, six books long and each book are easily over 600 pages. I’ve read 1300 pages so far and I’m only slightly invested in Tavi. That’s ONE character, over the course of 1300 pages and 400k+ words. If I’m not invested in the characters by this point, there’s no way I can continue with the series. I tried so hard and got so farrrr, but in the enddd it doesn’t even matter.
This is a beloved series among many, but when it doesn’t work, it just won’t work but I won’t be spending my time for another 3000 pages for an okay series, there are so many great books out there waiting for me. Time for me to part ways with this series and maybe, all of Jim Butcher’s work. Overall, this is a series that I would recommend only to anyone who’s new to adult fantasy, if you’re a veteran in the genre, my recommendation is for you to look the other way.