This passage from Ehren to Tavi really struck me as an emblematic strength of the series as a whole. Because so far, each of the books in Codex Alera has been its own distinct, unique conflict that’s felt whole, and like a complete challenge to the characters at the time. And time has progressed naturally; several years have passed. Tavi and his friends didn’t become superhero prodigy badasses over night, like I’ve found sometimes in the dregs of other fiction; they actually had to train, because they started out without their skills and had to rely on their wits.
And each book has built upon the previous story as a series of stepping stones; each challenge when overcome has informed the next, so the next challenge when presented already has the fearsome scope of it presented, and the accomplishment of overcoming it feels earned.
This progression is something I’ve really been enjoying and feasting on, because I’ve been absolutely devouring this series when I have a chance.