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The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass

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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...

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 31, 2015 – Butcher (the Dresden Files series) opens the imaginative Cinder Spires series with this sweeping fantastical epic with pseudo-Victorian sensibilities. In this strange realm, some cataclysm has left the surface world uninhabitable, but the ancient Builders created spires that stretch miles into the sky. Transportation, trade, and warfare are conducted by way of airships. The AMS Predator is captained by Francis Grimm, formerly of the Albion Fleet, and when Grimm's quick action saves his spire from a devastating attack, he and several members of the Spirearch's Guard are sent on a secret assignment to prevent disaster. After a slower-paced start that sets up a multitude of story lines and viewpoint characters, each of those threads is woven into a fascinating, adventurous, and intricate story. Butcher brings a fresh and exciting perspective to secondary-world steampunk, giving the reader a thrilling ride.

Customer Reviews

A glimpse of a beautiful new world

Jim Butcher has succeeded in adapting his trademark style to a much more deep and dark universe than anything he has written before.
The cast of characters easily dwarfs any of Butcher's previous works, developing three or four entirely separate casts from different corners of this world to be brought together by the events of the novel. Yet the variety of personalities on display does not suffer at all from the number, and almost all are unforgettable throughout the book.
This book seems to me to touch on much darker themes than the rest of his worlds. Histories of strained relations between races are touched upon, the death toll in this one book most likely matches the entirety of any of his other series so far, and it deals unflinchingly with the perspectives of youth thrown headlong into war, and the mind of a captain of a warship protecting his crew even as continued events shave down their numbers.
But also he has lain threads that he will surely unravel in future books. Such as: (non-story spoilers next paragraph)
What happened to the surface? Who exactly built the Spires? What causes the iron rot that so effectively destroys many technologies that we take for granted in our history? How many other Spires are there, and what lies between them?
Final verdict: a very good read, and an amazingly strong start and good foundation to what will undoubtedly be a must read series from Butcher.

Aeronautics windless

A great read. Simply devoured the book. Another winning series from Jim Butcher

The Cinder Spires

His best book to date. This was truly an enjoyable read.

The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Epic
  • Published: Sep 29, 2015
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 768 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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