Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires, The)

Jim Butcher
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, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely 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 severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory. And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn 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…


Reviewed: 2021-10-31
Did I enjoy this book from the start? Not really, if I'm honest. The characters are kind of interesting, and the plot seems a bit contrived in places, but it wasn't hooking me. However. I felt much the same about Codex Alera until book 3. And wow was I wrong about that one. So, for this series, I will trust in Butcher's skill to lay the bones of a good story, so cleverly I'm not entirely sure how he's doing it.
In the six years since it's been out, it's engaging enough for me to relisten to it at least once a year.
Each time I do, I can start to ponder the bones I can see and see what it's building. And that series is most definitely worth my time.

That said. The second library scene was painful. Terribly so. And the first time I had to put down the book, I was so horrified and appalled. Still not happy about it. Extremely not happy about it.
Reviewed: 2021-05-30
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