Some of you may know that I am an avid reader of fantasy and when I find a great book or series, I usually come here to share it because I know many of us share the same interests in reading. If were loyal fans of George R R Martin and his Song of Ice and Fire, you will love this series. If you are fan of court politics and military style conflicts between warring nations, you will love this series. The Codex Alera ~ Jim Butcher (same author of the Dresden Files) The Furies of Calderon Academ's Fury Cursor's Fury Captain's Fury Princep's Fury First Lord's Fury Brief Wiki Summary: Codex Alera is a fantasy book series by Jim Butcher. The series chronicles the coming-of-age of a young man named Tavi in the realm of Alera, an empire similar to Rome, on the world of Carna. Every Aleran has some degree of command over elemental forces or spirits called furies, save for Tavi, who is considered a freak. As the aging First Lord struggles to maintain his hold on a realm on the brink of civil war, Tavi must use all of his intelligence to save Alera. Alera inhabits most of a large continent that is inhabited by the Icemen to the north. They are connected to another large continent held by the Marat via a land bridge, which is the location of the Calderon Valley. The Canim reside across the ocean to the west, staging regular, bloody raids on coastal settlements. A map of the realm, illustrated by fan Priscilla Spencer, was published in First Lord's Fury.