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Big fan of the series as well. Both series actually. I like Butcher.

Like others, I'll wait for the price to fall before I buy. I'm anxious to read the latest, but have enough to keep me occupied until the price becomes reasonable. :)
 

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I have read Dresden Files but not any of the others. What are the other books (series) about?
Trying not to give too much away... :)

Traditional sword and sorcery. In the Codex Alera series, we follow the tale of our protagonist from his days as a youthful herder through feats of heroism and sacrifice as he grows into manhood. Naturally, politics and war take center stage as do the relationships (both romantic and friendship) he develops as he grows and learns that not all is as it seems. Action, excitement, unique world building and great character development make this series one of the better fantasy series around - IMHO. From the Amazon writeup on book 1, "Furies of Calderon":

At the start of Butcher's absorbing fantasy, the first in a new series, the barbarians are at the gates of the land of Alera, which has a distinct flavor of the Roman Empire (its ruler is named Quintus Sextus and its soldiers are organized in legions). Fortunately, Alera has magical defenses, involving the furies or elementals of water, earth, air, fire and metal, that protect against foes both internal and external. Amara, a young female spy, and her companion, Odiana, go into some of the land's remoter territories to discover if military commander Atticus Quentin is a traitor-another classic trope from ancient Rome. She encounters a troubled young man, Tavi, who has hitherto been concerned mostly with the vividly depicted predatory "herdbanes" that threaten his sheep as well as with his adolescent sexual urges (handled tastefully). Thinking that Amara is an escaping slave, Tavi decides to help her and is immediately sucked in over his head into a morass of intrigues, military, magical and otherwise. Butcher (Storm Front, etc.) does a thorough job of world building, to say nothing of developing his action scenes with an abundance of convincing detail. This page-turner bodes well for future volumes.
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