Coming Soon: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

aeronauts windlassTitle: The Aeronaut’s Windlass

Author: Jim Butcher

Series: The Cinder Spires #1

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: September 29, 2015

The Overview: 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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Jim Butcher is tackling a fantasy?! Holy hell, sign me up! I am six books into his Dresden Files and am loving them, but something about the premise for this new series has me salivating a little bit… All I’m saying is, I may drop everything to pick this one up day comes out. I can’t see how it could NOT be good.

What book are you waiting on?

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12 comments on “Coming Soon: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

    • They definitely take a specific mood to read, that’s for sure. I think if you’re a big urban fantasy fan, you’ll more than likely enjoy them. All the same, there are a few I liked a lot better.


  1. This is his first attack on steampunk, for sure, but (and I hope this is exciting to hear) he’s already done fantasy: the Codex Alera series, and it was utterly amazing.

    It’s basically a series of half a dozen books set two thousand years after a lost Roman legion travelled through a rift to a world where pokemon exist, and now the legionnaires live and work with pokemon, except they’re called “furies” (I’m not even making this up, he did it as a dare after being called on one of his assertions by a crowd at a convention: He said everything in writing is about execution. They said prove it. He said give me three crazy horrible topics and he would make something out of it. They said lost Roman Legion, Pokemon, and the Zerg. A year later he released Furies of Calderon).

    The only thing that makes me hesitate to recommend it, is that some of the themes are very… triggering. Roman society had a lot of slavery, and that slavery had a lot of nasty stuff involved. That said, the bad guys do get what’s coming to them, just be warned that (like a lot of fantasy) it’s not always pretty. I’d give Codex Alera 3.5 stars.

    REALLY looking forward to the Aeronaut’s Windlass :D


    • Ha! You’re totally right. Yeah, I’m kind of an idiot sometimes. I even OWN a couple of the Codex books, but seem to have the most difficult time associating Butcher with anything other than Dresden Files. :-)

      Say what?! Romans hunting Pokémon? Yeah I’m totally moving this series up in my TBR – you just sold me on it. I love that he wrote this on a dare at a convention and ended up with a whole series out of it. Thank you so much for the insight – this really did make my day. :-)

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