The Codex Alera by Jim Butcher
Every bibliophile should have at least one book or series that they re-read whenever they need a comfort read. I have several series that fit this description. One of them is the Codex Alera by Jim Butcher.
The Codex Alera is the story of a young orphan being thrust onto the stage of conflict within his world. As the nations surrounding his valley of Calderon begin to battle over land and old blood fueds, Tavi is in the right place at the right time to make the most difference.
Like most epic fantasies, we discover that Tavi isn’t quite the lonely orphan he thought he was. We discover he has much more influence and power than anyone suspected of him. And we watch him grow from an unknown boy to the ruler of a great nation. It definitely hits every single epic fantasy trope. So why do I love Codex Alera so much? Why does it stand head and shoulders above so many other excellent epic fantasies?
To be perfectly honest, I’m not 100% sure. It’s not like the lessons taught in it are so drastically different from the lessons taught in all of the other epic fantasies I’ve read. It’s not like I love the author personally so much more than any other author (though, there is a bit of an element of that). It’s not like it was my first epic fantasy to come across, and would therefore always be special. None of the things I would normally point at and say, “This is why this is so special to me” apply. And yet, Codex Alera is not just in my top five favorite comfort read series. It’s in the top two. The other one is a space opera, very different from Codex Alera. Maybe it’s because I identify with a primary antagonist so much. Whatever it is, I must shrug and say, “I don’t know why. But I love it very much.”
I do have to say, though, that Kate Reading IS one of my favorite narrators of all times, so relistening to the Codex Alera over and over again is simply awesome because of Kate, if not because of Tavi or Jim Butcher.
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