This is the second novel of the Codex Alera series wherein elements can do awesome things if you know how to use them.
Tavi is now at the Academy, training to become a Cursor but still getting his butt kicked by bullies since he doesn’t have the ability to furycraft. When the First Lord falls ill, it falls on Tavi to figure out a way to keep the warring factions from finding out and declaring a civil war.
Meanwhile, Tavi’s aunt, Isana, is headed to the capital with news for the First Lord — creatures called the vord have begun to take over Calderon and are probably headed for the capital city as well. Her brother, now Count Bernard, and his men are fighting them off as best they can, but it might not be enough.
Certainly as good as the first book. Butcher adds in a few more puzzles that make me want to keep on reading the series and starts slowly answering the questions I had before. I’m very curious to find out just what’s up with Tavi’s heritage.