The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
For thousands of years, humans have lived with an aristocratic hierarchy in place. The ruling class has spent generations making the world a better place with peace and trade at the forefront. Or have they? Most aristocrats are not aware of the inner workings of those below them and the Cinder Spires is no exception. Captain Grimm is in charge of the merchant ship, Predator, and works diligently to ensure that Spire Albion has what it needs and Spire Aurora will only have left overs. Yet when the Predator is attacked he must take up the offer to assist the Spirearch of Albion in order to have his ship repaired. Is the conflict between the Spires the only issue or is it the beginning of the end as they know it?
The Aeronaut’s Windlass is the first book in The Cinder Spires series. Readers who love the worlds created inside The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera books will not be disappointed in this new creation. This is not a short book and I should have been satisfied at the ending, but when I finally got to the end of this story I couldn’t help myself wishing the second book was nearby. The variety of characters are easy to love and hate while the interwoven storylines will keep the reader on their toes. This series has the potential to pull in new readers for Butcher and those who are new to this great author will quickly be looking for the other two series. A great fantasy novel that will have me looking ahead to a new release.
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