The Aeronaut's Windlass: The Cinder Spires, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Jim Butcher, the number-one New York Times best-selling 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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|Listening Length||21 hours and 39 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||29 September 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 25,467 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
36 in Steampunk Science Fiction
116 in Steam Punk Fiction
998 in Fantasy Action & Adventure
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However, I'm pleased to say that it was utterly excellent. The blurb (making it sound as though it is single perspective) doesn't do it justice. The characters and plot are both of the highest quality.
Can't wait for the next one!
Now Butcher is a master of his craft. One book in a new series and I am hooked.
Talking cats, crystal powered ships and nautical battles in the sky. who could ask for more.
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Mostly though, I'm writing this to make the plea......when, oh when will "Olympian Affair" come out? For the less fixated amongst you, that's the penned title for book 2 in this (...series? Hopefully!)
Thanks JB, Harry Dresden made me a permanent fan and I'm so happy you keep producing books of such high calibre.
No, it's not the same as his Codex series or the Dresden one. Yet it still has some of the snark and a much more lovable set of characters. In any case, being a crazy cat person, Butcher could probably have taken out all the humans and i'd still have enjoyed it as much. It's a fun read: some fighting, a few betrayals, a bit of romance, surprises here and there, warrior cats that speak. You get the picture. It's one of those books that walk the boundary between YA and adult fiction. Do I love it yet? No, not yet. But I will read the next one.
This is well-written, characterful fantasy with a steampunk vibe. The characters themselves live. Each is neatly flawed; the human heroes are witty and intelligent as well as heroic, the villains appropriately villainous without dwelling too much on the details of their nastinesses (JB seems to realise the readers' imaginations can fill in the details), and the cats are … cat-like. Events so far flow without missing a beat, the world-building is detailed but not distracting. I like it a lot. I want the next volume to hand when I finish this one, but no such luck. I'm consoling myself with the thought that by the time it's released it will be time to read this again. And in the interim perhaps I should look at some of his other work!
It isn't perfect. The cat thing is overdone (I got it first time, and doing it six or seven times more was just irritating) and it needs more characterisation, few if any of the characters standing out as personalities. But I figure that will happen as he continues the series.