The Aeronaut's Windlass

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, 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...


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Publisher: New York :, ROC,, [2015]
ISBN: 9780698138001
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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ZE1TGE15T
Oct 05, 2016

Good book, but I wasn't wowed.

The characterization was phenomenal. I liked Folly the most. She addresses others rather by speaking to a jar of crystals. There were numerous other great characters. What's unfortunate is that they're almost fighting each other for spotlight. It's packed with action and comedic humor (mostly in the form of cats I_I). The ship battles were epic.

The cats...Yes, this book is filled with cat characters and dialogue. I actually thought the cats were done quite well. Like, exactly what I think cats would think and say given their circumstances. Though, I'm not sure it fits in this title? Something just wasn't right.

Lots of repetition. Lots of lines and well thought ways of wording things were generously re-used. Like a cat would think "how typical of a human to think that" or "of course a human couldn't land on their feet right". Though the line gets old after hearing it tens of times. The characters and setting provided multitudes of other opportunities to include humor or whatever other tone that the story called for, without being so repetitive. Even clever unique ways to metaphorically explain how a character turned their head (or likewise) for example, were re-used. It really stood out in a negative way.

Some of the writing nearly put the book in the Young Adult Fiction category. The brawl that was taking place between Bridget and Reginald was a key example. The inter-workings of the "Brawl Protocol" didn't make much sense at all. The ending could have been much, much better. Especially regarding as to 'where the characters were left off'. Would have liked to see them end in their appropriate setting. I wanted to see the author linger on some of the scenes a little more - Like Bridget's introduction.

I would have liked to see more of the lore of the world Butcher created. Especially that of the surface world. I'm hoping the sequel to this includes some surface world expedition. My review is a bit critical, but it really was a good book. Not great. Just...good, with amazing characters, and some annoying parts.

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wrenbrin
Jun 19, 2016

Looking forward to the next book in the series. Very character driven.

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jessica_ebacher
Apr 18, 2016

I love Jim Butcher. He's nailed urban fantasy with his Dresden Files novels, and was equally successful with the "lost Roman legion meets Pokemon" epic fantasy of Furies of Calderon. I think he's just as successful here with his new steampunk series. Steampunk can be a tough genre - it was kind of the hot thing for a little while, and so many entries into the genre are nothing more than stale cliche. While Butcher didn't entirely avoid cliche (petite, haughty tough girl Gwen, I'm looking at you), he's created a fun and fascinating world, populated with characters you can really care about. When you care about the characters, you race through the end of the novel, muttering "please don't die please don't die" under your breath because there's actual tension while your favorite characters are in danger. Also, there are talking cats, and everyone likes talking cats.

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Derfred
Jan 27, 2016

Wow, this is a great book! I am looking forward to the next one.

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bheat4141
Jan 11, 2016

Butcher really delivers with this one, creating a new world that a reader can easily immerse themselves in.

I have always found his signature to be in managing a really solid blend of character development, humor, drama, world building, etc... in a very balanced manner. Everything seems very genuine, it is a fun world to be a part of.

For cat owners, you will thoroughly be able to identify with some of the characters in this book. For those that aren't cat people, don't let this comment scare you away from a great book, any and all will appreciate it, but there are some fun laughs I had for myself based on my experiences with my wife's cat.

Very much looking forward to the next installment, right up there along the Dresden Files for me in terms of quality.

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JihadiConservative
Jan 04, 2016

A thoroughly enjoyable read and another shining example of Jim Butcher’s skills as a top writer in the fantasy genre. In his newest book (and the first NON Dresden Files book in a loooong time), the epic of Wheel of Time meets the swashbuckling of The Tales of the Ketty Jay.

The world presented is…imaginative — a combination of the steampunk, air-to-air action like the Ketty Jay books, the cutesy anthropomorphic animals of Redwall books, and the epic, end-of-the-world fantasy of a Wheel of Time book tossed in for good measure. There’s also a good deal of world building setting up a large world that any fan of Butcher’s Alera books or Jordan’s Wheel of Time series will find themselves right at home in.

The Aeronaut’s Windlass is really a blend of steampunk with epic fantasy – and done in such a way that make it unique. There’s nothing quite like it out there that combines the two in such a way.

A cast of strong, there’s some rather interesting characters, a unique magic system, and a rather interesting (if zany) world propped up by some compelling world building, a nice steampunk setting, and a potential end-of-the-world plot thrown in makes this one a keeper.

I am very much looking forward to the next book in the series. I enjoyed every page of this book, and you will too.

luve2read Dec 22, 2015

The best Jim Butcher yet!

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Robopope1
Dec 16, 2015

Characters are all pretty bland. I thought the Cat dialog was cute for about two pages and then it went on for the entire book. I liked the post apocalyptic setting, and the airship chapters beyond that I did not care for this book at all.

r229061 Oct 23, 2015

Those that like the D&D world Eberron will find common ground.

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erinmclaug
Oct 21, 2015

A new series by one of my favorite authors. This will appeal to teens as well. Lot's of action.

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