The Aeronaut's Windlass: The Cinder Spires, Book One Hardcover – 29 Sep 2015
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Great action scenes, a fascinating world, and characters of a sort I've never seen before. This is everything I've come to expect from Jim Butcher, but in a delightful new flavour (Patrick Rothfuss, author of THE NAME OF THE WIND)
Wow. Just wow. Beware fellow readers, herein lies adventure that will keep you from food or rest . . . Butcher proves yet again that he is an amazing storyteller (#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs)
This is Jim Butcher at his best, drawing a fully realized, richly detailed, and downright fun literary world where fearless aeronauts ride the aether, brilliant wizards struggle with doorknobs, and a thirty-pound feline warrior keeps a pet human named Little Mouse. It's steam-punk meets magic with a dose of sci-fi for seasoning. Buy it and read it. You'll be glad you did! (New York Times bestselling author David Weber)
Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times and #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors . . .See all Product description
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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.
I think there's a decent world being built here and there's enough action to keep you interested but it's more burger bar than fine dining in terms of a story.
A harmless diversion but nothing more.
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!
Seemed there were some good ideas, not particularly original, but a fair mix. The style was OK but not appealing......just so pedestrian and vanilla, nothing to urge me on.
I think that the problem is that Mr Butcher has not done hardly anything to create his fantasy world. There was just not enough substance, so it wasn't strange or fascinating. Whimsical maybe but trite and tedious way which made it not arcane in any way.
I really did try, but think of Dune, or Middle Earth or Westeros. That is the foundation level you have to create to turn preposterous into fantastic.
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.
The cat stuff could possibly have been cut down a bit.
I will definitely get the next book when it comes out.
The environment is complex and the characters only start to develop in the last half of the book. It looks like there are four distinct groups to understand but you'll need to read the book to see what I mean (no spoilers). I'm pleased the subtle humour has been kept from the Dresden books. Anyone who skates through this will miss to great one liners. There's a lot of history dangled as bait for the reader and clearly a lot of it will only be filled in come future books.
A promising start. Not to be rushed. Looking forward to the next one.