Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

The Aeronaut's Windlass

Paperback, 751 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Roc (first published September 29th 2015)
You may recall that I’m participating in the AceRocStars street team program, and this book was one of the earlier galleys they sent out.  I’ve really wanted to read it ever since I finished reading the prologue, which introduced Gwen as she battled her mother in a flurry of words and gauntlet blasts.  What a way to introduce a character!  But then we shifted gears to Captain Grimm, and it took me a little while to warm up to him.  When I start a new series, they usually seem a little slow at the beginning until the author finds his/her rhythm.

I’ve read the first book in the Harry Dresden series as well as a couple graphic novels featuring those characters, and while I thought they were well-written, I couldn’t get excited about the characters or the story.  The Aeronaut’s Windlass appeals to me on a much better level with such great and kooky characters as Rowl the cat prince and the etherealists that come across as slightly insane.  There were almost too many battle scenes for me, especially at the end with one right after another, but I found them fascinating since they featured flying airships.
Jim Butcher makes a point to wrap up the main questions presented in his narrative throughout this over 700 page book, but leaves behind some bigger, broader questions to focus on with the rest of the series.  I liked that there wasn’t a major cliffhanger here, but there was some heavy foreshadowing taking place.  This worked so much better for me, and I truly appreciate it!
I am looking forward to book 2 and hope the publisher and the author release more information about its release soon.  I will have to make time to read that one much closer to its release date 🙂

Summary:

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. . . .”

 

Although a review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review, this review is based on a finished copy, paperback, which I purchased because of its awesome hand feel.  Those pages flowed like silk.

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