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Summary

Power-hungry Kalare has rebelled against Alera's aging First Lord, Gaius Sextus. Ill-equipped to face this attack, Gaius must seek support - even from the combative High Lord of Aquitaine. Kalare has also seized valuable hostages that could mean the difference between victory and failure. And Amara, the First Lord's Cursor, has been tasked with their rescue. She has earned this trust but are her allies as worthy - or does the Lady Aquitaine see the time as ripe for betrayal?

Treachery is rife elsewhere, as young Tavi of Calderon will find. Posted away from the war, Tavi joins a legion anyway, under an assumed name. Then Kalare does the unthinkable - uniting with the brutish Canim.

When treason wipes out the army's command structure, Tavi finds himself leading an inexperienced legion against the might of the Canim horde - the very last resort of a war-torn realm.

©2016 Jim Butcher (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

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Last minute ending. Stupid annoying horns!

Overall I did enjoy this installment of the Furies of Calderón series. Tavi's character became more developed, and it was fun to see more of Max (one of my favourite characters). The flashback sequences were well-crafted. I felt Amara became a much more agreeable character in this book.

The reason it's not getting 5 stars is two fold. Firstly, I feel like it could have done with being shorter in some places and then longer at the end. The final battle felt a bit of an anticlimax. My second reason is those stupid bloody horns which keep sounding at random places throughout the book! I have no idea if they are meant to denote a pause in the book, or if someone is about to do something very heroic, but they are beyond irritating. I often listen to audiobooks to fall asleep, and the sudden jarring sound of a bizarre fanfare is distinctly unwelcome. Whoever had that idea needs a kick up the backside.

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another good story

The biggest issue I have had with the codex alera series is the random loud fanfares that happen mid-chapter.
These just aren't needed and throw you out of the story.

I could forgive them if they were between chapters but they happen in places that make no sense at all.

Other than that the voice work is as expected from Kate and the story is as entertaining as others of Jim's work.

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Great book

great book and well read. only downside is odd horn blowing that seems to be in wrong places
I. e middle of sentence rather than end of chapter.

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Why the bugle?

This would've been a 5 star if it weren't for the bugle that interrupts paragraphs at least 5 times in the book for absolutely no bloody reason! Very irritating!

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Great story, marred by odd sound effects

I loved this book, it's a particularly strong addition to this excellent series. I can't stand the seemingly random fanfares that have been added to the story however. They break up dialogue and moments of tension for too often and serve no purpose.

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still charging along

.....the pace hasn't let up yet. Loving this series.

The clues were coming thick and fast by the end of this book. Love the characters. Still that random trumpeting thing going on, but its not detracting from the overall enjoyment factor.

Book 4 downloaded and half way through. I'm clearly on a bit of Fury binge at the moment and it's such fun when all the books in the series are ready and waiting for me! (Patrick Rothfuss.....please please finish #3!)

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Stop the misplaced trumpets.

The book is great fun, story and twists and action in classic him butcher fashion. Kate Reading reads it brilliantly also, but the trumpet fanfare in the middle of a sentence every hour or so makes me want to hurt something. please, please stop that. Otherwise engaging though.

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Great story

This really is a fantastic series and Kate Reading is brilliant as always with an incredible ability to bring the multitude of characters Alive.
Unfortunately audible has to much frustration added some sort of flute/pipe music that they randomly play through the story giving it a somewhat childish element.
Despite this, a fantastic tale well told.

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Horns?

Stories great, narrations great but horns seem to play at random! there is no consistency to them, it's disjointed and annoying but I got over it because of the well structured story. Not predictable but not random or wild. Would recommend

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great story, shame about the sound effects

I really like the characters for this series and they go through a LOT of development in this one, but I had to dock a star because of the bloody horn sound affects that break the immersion. I don't know when they choose to put them in, but occasionally I've noticed them within a single conversation. maybe the was a perspective change or something, I don't remember, but they snap me right out of it.

in this day and age, you should be able to tag sounds like that and optionally disable them from the app.