Out of curiosity, has anyone here read the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher? I recently finished the fourth book and have been greatly enjoying it. The storyline is set in a civilization founded by one of the lost Roman legions after they were transported to another world and acquired magical powers over the elements. In a subversion of the usual high fantasy hero, Tavi, the main character, isn't someone born with special powers but apparently the only person in his civilization with no powers at all. Tavi finds himself thrust into having to use his wits to save the Realm from such threats as the Marat (a race of near-human 'barbarians' who form telepathic links with animals), the wolflike Canim (who practice a sort of ghoulish ritual sorcery involving blood sacrifice) and worst of all, the Vord (telepathic creatures of unknown origin that have toppled entire civilizations in the past). In addition to these threats, High Lord Acquitainus schemes to steal the throne from the aging First Lord Gaius Sextus, while the mad High Lord Kalarus has plans of his own. Butcher is quite good at mixing the intrigue and action, and there's never a dull moment. Anyone else enjoy this series?