The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher

The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass

By Jim Butcher

  • Release Date: 2015-09-29
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
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Description

Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors...
 
Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity. Within their halls, the ruling aristocratic houses develop scientific marvels, foster trade alliances, and maintain fleets of airships to keep the peace.
 
Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is damaged in combat, Grimm joins a team of Albion agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring his ship.
 
And as Grimm undertakes this task, he learns that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake...

Reviews

  • Good start to a new Series

    4
    By Scrub Kai
    This is an entertaining start to a new series. The world building is good, the characters are enjoyable to read about and the action is all fun. While Butcher will not make you consider new concepts or break new ground with his story, he will give you a rocking good time that makes you smile and want to keep reading. Honestly, many times that is exactly what I am looking for. In short, read it, enjoy this for exactly what this is. A ton of fun and good read.
  • Very interesting!

    4
    By Jonesy0807
    Entertaining, unique, and very good characters
  • Well done! Eagerly awaiting the next book!

    5
    By Spankamus Khan
    Jim has the genre, the pace, and the dialogue down pat. Always a joy to read. Looking forward to many more years of enjoyment.
  • Butcher at his best

    5
    By Crazythorn
    The cinder series proves to be Mr. Butcher's best yet. Why? Because his depth of characters have you feeling for them, his accurate ability to show different sides of people, and make them multifaceted, is about unparalleled. 750 pages, but once you get past the first 150 it's fast pace. Yes, he is my favorite author, but his style has grown and flourished, lots of action, and dang if you don't feel like you walked a mile in all of the characters shoes. Even the cat! Yes. The cat
  • Jim Butcher Does It Again

    5
    By JR59-apr
    I have read the entire Dresden series, and the entire Furies of Calderon series. As I finished the last book in each series, I wanted more. Every single book was outstanding. Now Jim Butcher has come out with a new world, a new cast of characters and a new threat to humanity. I can't wait to see what else has been up his sleeve. His work never fails to please.
  • Disappointing

    1
    By CryonicJim
    I'm normally a huge fan of Jim Butcher (I binge-read through the first 8 Dresden books in a week), but this was not good. Slow-moving story, very little character development, and for a book that is supposed to be a cross between steampunk and high fantasy, it felt oddly juvenile.
  • Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass

    5
    By OrchardMom
    Great story, lots of action, interesting characters, fully realized lands. Thoroughly enjoyable, looking forward to Book 2
  • Fantastic new series

    5
    By hakmajik
    I have to admit: I didn't know what to expect from this series. It's a new one by Jim Butcher- not Harry Dresden, and not remotely in the same 'world'. Instead, set in another time- Nuevo steam punk with hints of magic and flying ships and... Cats. Amazingly awesome Cats. In short: the best Butcher book I've read, and my only regret was how quickly it ended. Highest recommendation.
  • Great book

    5
    By NerdyObeseGamer
    I look forward to reading more of this series it looks to be just as good as the other stories told by Butcher
  • A fully realized beginning to an exciting new series

    5
    By Lyn Forester
    Fans of Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series will find The Cinder Spires an easy book to become lost in. It's a masterful display of character development, world building, and action/adventure. Fans of Harry Dresden may have a little difficulty stepping outside the first person urban fantasy genre. However, Jim Butcher proves once again that a good storyteller will shine no matter what the write. The Aeronaut's Windlass is multi-POV, third-person, set in an imaginative world with Victorian sensibilities, airships, aliens, and magic. It's a sensory delight fully realized, epic in its telling.

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