Trade Ed. Penguin Audio 2008
CD ISBN 9780143143789 $49.95 Sixteen CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
The third book of Butcher's Codex Alera series finds the land of Alera torn apart by civil war and a foreign invasion. The cursors of Gauis Sextus forge an unlikely alliance, and Tavi, the one human in Alera without magical powers, is forced to step into the shoes of a Legionnaire captain and defend Alera from the werewolf-like Canim. Kate Reading deftly commands the dazzling story, special effects, and wide cast. Though her male characters take on a distractingly husky tone, overall her characterizations are distinct and keep the multiple story lines in order. Characters are introduced in such detail that knowledge of the previous books is not required. Codex Alera is a solid fantasy adventure, rich in imagination, battles, magic, and well-defined characters who make it all matter. F.G. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: MAY 2009]
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