Furies of Calderon is the first in Jim Butcher’s six-book Codex Alera series. Butcher picks up the Lost Ninth Legion and sets it down on the planet Carna, along with four other totally different species, the Marat, the Canim, the Icemen, and [shudder] the Vord. Add magical abilities acquired from Carna’s native “furies,” a Romeo-and-Juliet romance, and bring to a boil. The result is one of the best lost heir stories I’ve ever read, with great characters, terrific world building, vivid battle scenes, and byzantine plotting with “OMG!” long term payoffs. If you love epic fantasy, this is your next stop on the train from Middle Earth. If you don’t, here’s your way in.
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