Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera, Book 1) — see my earlier post. Very enjoyable epic fantasy. Instead of actively reading this book, I downloaded an audio version from audible.com. Kate Reading’s narration was very skillful; she provided a variety of distinct voices. My only quibble was that the main character, Tavi, sounded a bit too sullen.
The Fellowship of the Ring. Definitely not my first reading of the first part of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings cycle… Each time I read the series I appreciate a different aspect of his writing. Last time it was the poetic use of language (I listened to the audio version). This time I particularly noticed the description of the lands’ geography and land forms.
Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, Book 3). This paranormal installment of the Dresden files introduces the residual memories of dead humans (ghosts) and the Knights of the Cross. Butcher does a good job describing faith as a powerful force in the world.
Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, Book 4). I really enjoyed learning more about the White Council of wizards, but the world of faerie wasn’t my favorite.
Academ’s Fury (Codex Alera, Book 2). There’s a lot going on in this novel and it somewhat suffers as a “middle” book in the series. New enemies and seemingly forgotten threads from book one caused some bemusement, but a deeper look at the world’s political structure and intrigue fascinated.
Death Masks (The Dresden Files, Book 5). Strange collision of demons, the Shroud of Turin, and a war between wizards and vampires. The final pages definitely set up a looming confrontation in Dresden’s near future.
Blood Rites (The Dresden Files, Book 6). Readers learn more about Dresden’s past.