The Cinder Spires: Aeronaut's Windlass

Jim Butcher is well known for his captivating series, whether with a film noir, magical detective style such as the Dresden Files or the Roman era in another time and place through the Codex Alera series. Butcher takes familiar SF tropes and tweaks those creating wonderful new adventures. He has done so again with the first in The Cinder Spires series, The Aeronaut's Windlass.

Steampunk is given the Butcher touch. From the young, over confident Gwendolyn Lancaster to the privateer aeronaut Captain Grimm, there is a cast of characters as large as Codex Alera with the dirty, gritty oft times witty feel of the Dresden Files. A fine balance is crafted between familiar and unfamiliar that allowed me to quickly immerse myself in the story. The other fine balance I love about this book is it has just enough of adventure, mystery, magic, and a light touch to romance. Nothing was overdone.

I've been known to set aside a Jim Butcher book a time or two (it took me a few years to get back to the last two books of Codex Alera) or to skip some titles entirely (Dresden Files 4-9). I don't see me doing that with this new series. I wished I could just binge read the whole book in one sitting, but other demands too often got in the way. I had to eat and work.

I think it may take a particular combination of genres for a reader to be completely on board. I love reading the Aubrey/Maturin series by O'Brian as much as I love reading speculative fiction. My viewing runs the gambit from old Hollywood swashbucklers to Warehouse 13. This series is more than SF or Steampunk, and it is well paced to set up a world with a long reaching plot. 

The book comes out September 29, and HCPL will be getting copies.  Put your name on the request list to reserve your copy today!


I received a free digital ARC through NetGalley for my honest review.