Jim Butcher

Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 by Travis Cody in

Jim Butcher rapidly made my favorite writers list with The Dresden Files. And he moved many knotches up the list with his Codex Alera series.

If you enjoy epic adventure fantasy laced with magic based on the harnessing of elemental furies, then Alera is the setting for you.

The quality I enjoy most about Mr Butcher's fiction is that he is able to write his characters into seemingly impossible situations, and then write them an escape that is plausible. The characters are honorable yet flawed. And the political landscape is exciting and detailed, with enough complexity to make it difficult to pick a side.

If you are in the market for some fast-paced, full throttle stories, I heartily endorse both The Dresden Files and The Codex Alera.

The Codex Alera

  1. Furies of Calderon
  2. Academ's Fury
  3. Cursor's Fury
  4. Captain's Fury
  5. Princeps' Fury

The Dresden Files

  1. Storm Front
  2. Fool Moon
  3. Grave Peril
  4. Summer Knight
  5. Death Masks
  6. Blood Rites
  7. Dead Beat
  8. Proven Guilty
  9. White Night
  10. Small Favor
  11. Turn Coat (due April 2009 - YAY!)


  1. Oh cool! I love "epic adventure fantasy laced with magic based on the harnessing of elemental furies"! And I extra love it when they're a big fat series that goes on for a long time so I don't run out of reading material! :) Thanks for the hearty endorsement. I'll have to check it out.

  1. I still have the first of the dresden files but have not gotten around to reading it yet.

  1. I'm not much of a magic/fantasy kinda girl....welllllll...except for Harry Potter and now Twilight....


  1. Akelamalu says:

    I've not heard of this author but I'll look out for his books now. :)

  1. Gene Bach says:

    I actually read a book this week: The Old Man and the Sea. Had been years since I first read it.

  1. A Professional Wizard? Oh, that does sound like something I'd enjoy!

  1. OH! Katherine is a convert! Welcome to the Dark Side, Katherine. We have Twilight Cookies ;)

  1. Bond says:

    Don't know him at all...with all my travels coming up I need some reading material...I might just check him out

  1. Meribah says:

    Epic adventure fantasy, eh? Sounds like something I might like. I really enjoyed the Lord of the Rings and the Dark is Rising series too. Nothing like reading stories that just draw you in!

  1. Travis says:

    Clancy: I'm halfway through Princeps' Fury and I can't tell if he's stopping at 5 books. So it may go even longer.

    Charles: It's horror light, but you might enjoy it when you get some time.

    Katherine: Well, you might enjoy the Dresden books.

    Akelamalu: I really enjoy his work.

    Gene: Well you've sure got the time now.

    WT4W: You might!

    Starr: Harry rocks!

    V: Try the first Dresden book on your trip.

    Meri: This isn't quite LOTR, but it's pretty dang good anyway.

  1. Jamie says:

    These are definitly "recommend to the son" books. Thanks for the suggestions.

  1. JohnH985 says:

    Yay for Jim Butcher. I love the Dresden Files. I have to admit I haven't tried his fantasy stuff yet, I'm not a big fan of most of that genre. Have you watched the Dresden Files show that ran on the sci-fi channel. I bought the DVD set awhile back but haven't made it through yet. I've watched the first two episodes and while they're ok it hasn't really grabbed hold of me. But that's ok, cause I've always got the books to go back to.

  1. Hope says:

    Im not usually a fantasy reader, but you have me intrigued...