Author: Jim Butcher
Series: Codex Alera #2
Genre: Epic fantasy
Topical Arc: Mystery-fantasy-mystery-fantasy
Copyright Date: 2005
Cover: A young man wearing a centurion uniform is beleagured by non-human attackers- water, flame, and hands reaching out of a wall for him. He looks resigned but not afraid.
First line: "Wind howled over the rolling, sparsely wooded hills of the lands in the care of the Marat, the One-and-Many people."
Best part: Interesting character development.
Worst part: The plot thickens so much as to get a bit murky - and none of the introduced plot lines are really resolved by the end of the book. Beware Robert Jordan's Disease! Beware!
Imaginary Theme Song: "Born Under a Bad Sign" by Albert King (In this case, the lucklessness refers not to Tavi, who seems to have nine lives, but to the kingdom he lives in.)
Recommended for: Those who've read the first book. All else will be lost.
Related Reads: The Furies of Calderon and Storm Front by the same author. Inda by Sherwood Smith.
"But then, what is sure in this life?"
Doroga smiled, his teeth a sudden white gleam. "Death," he said. "..What comes after, no one knows. But we believe it is not the end. And wherever that path leads, there are those who went before me. They will keep me company... Sometimes, I think it will be nice to see them again...But Kitai is here. So I think will stay as long as I can. She might need her father, and it would be irresponsible to leave her alone."
"I think I will also try not to die," Amara told him. "Though... my family is waiting there too."
"Then it is good you ride with me tonight," Doroga said... "No matter what happens, we have something to look forward to."
I'm enjoying this series. Jim Butcher writes faster than I can savor his novels, which is a good thing - if he ever stops, I'll have a few left before I run out.