The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spires) by Jim Butcher

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by Jim Butcher
The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spires) by Jim ButcherThe Aeronaut's Windlass Published by Penguin on July 5, 2016
Genres: Fiction / Action & Adventure, Fiction / Fantasy / Epic, Fiction / Science Fiction / Steampunk
Pages: 768
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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...


The Aeronaut’s Windlass is the first book in Jim Butcher’s steam-punk-inspired series. This first book took a while to grab my attention, but I enjoyed the adventure once I got settled into the world. Cinder spires have airships, hellish creatures, varied characters, and cats. Reading other people’s reviews, they seem to fall into two camps: loved and the cats or hated it, and the cats needed to go. I am in the camp of cats. I think it added a unique element to the story and the fact that cats are not a regular thing. This first book has been out for a while, and this release in October is a rerelease with a new cover for the series to go with book two release in November.
We get to one part of the story where two cats have an hour-long standoff, and it is spot on how cats interact. Did Jim spend lots of time observing cats while writing this series? The Cinder Spires series is a welcome change from the Dresden files, and I am eager to continue with book two and see where the story goes.

About Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is a bestselling author and martial arts enthusiast. His resume includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least 200 years ago, and he turned to writing because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives with his family in Independence, Missouri.