Ashes and Blood
Welcome to Alera
Codex Alera is a fantasy book series by Jim Butcher, best known for The Dresden Files. The series chronicles the coming-of-age of a young man named Tavi in the realm of Alera, an empire similar to Rome, on the world of Carna. Every Aleran has some degree of command over elemental forces or spirits called furies.
The inspiration for the books came from a bet: The challenger bet that Jim Butcher could not write a good story based on a lame idea, and Jim countered that he could do it using two lame ideas of the challenger’s choosing. The “lame” ideas given were “Lost Roman Legion", and “Pokémon”.