Furies of Calderon - Jim Butcher This was my first taste of Jim Butcher, though in retrospect I think I should have started with his Dresden Files instead, which seems to be his forte. The first book of his Codex Alera fantasy series just very conventional to me. I didn't hate it, but I can't say I fell in love with it either.

The story itself was pretty standard fantasy fare and predictable, but I have to credit the novel for a rather unique magic system. In this world, people form special relationships with elementals called furies, which give them special powers to manipulate the elements surrounding them, as well as others' thoughts and emotions.

I think this provides a good basis for the series, and at some point I will continue with it, if only to find out what the deal is with Tavi. Seemingly an average shepherd boy, but you as the reader just know his mysterious past will come to the forefront at some point and he will have an important role in the world.