Sep 24
2015

Booklist starred review for The Aeronaut’s Windlass

The Aeronaut’s Windlass (Cinder Spires 1) by Jim Butcher

“Butcher, the best-selling author of the Dresden Files, now launches the Cinder Files, a new epic fantasy, steampunk hybrid series that has shades of both Naomi Novik and Cherie Priest, set in a world where people live in highly developed societies housed in spires that protrude into the sky. Each spire has its own guard and fleets of airships to use for trade and defense—fleets made up of Master and Commander–style ships that float through the mist-shrouded skies, powered by magical crystals. A disgraced fleet captain and a group of young guardsmen and women loyal to Spire Albion are forced together after a surprise attack by Spire Aurora, but, as they soon learn, this attack is much more than a simple war between Spires. With shifting points of view, short chapters, fast-paced action, and awesome battle scenes, the large cast of characters, elaborate world building, and intricate plot are revealed quickly and realized fully. It all reminds readers of when they first fell for Harry Dresden. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Cinder Spires will be sure to attract Butcher fans new, old, and even lapsed, increasing interest as well in all of his novels.” — Booklist, Starred Review

Sep 9
2015

Publishers Weekly starred review for The Aeronaut’s Windlass

The Aeronaut’s Windlass (Cinder Spires 1) by Jim Butcher

“Butcher (the Dresden Files series) opens the imaginative Cinder Spires series with this sweeping fantastical epic with pseudo-Victorian sensibilities. In this strange realm, some cataclysm has left the surface world uninhabitable, but the ancient Builders created spires that stretch miles into the sky. Transportation, trade, and warfare are conducted by way of airships. The AMS Predator is captained by Francis Grimm, formerly of the Albion Fleet, and when Grimm’s quick action saves his spire from a devastating attack, he and several members of the Spirearch’s Guard are sent on a secret assignment to prevent disaster. After a slower-paced start that sets up a multitude of story lines and viewpoint characters, each of those threads is woven into a fascinating, adventurous, and intricate story. Butcher brings a fresh and exciting perspective to secondary-world steampunk, giving the reader a thrilling ride.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

Sep 7
2015

Jim Butcher’s The Aeronaut’s Windlass is a RT Book Reviews Top Pick!

The Aeronaut’s Windlass (Cinder Spires 1) by Jim Butcher

“Butcher’s first installment in the Cinder Spires series is a rip-roaring adventure! Revealing the story through the perspective of a variety of characters, Butcher expertly breathes life into a vastly intriguing ensemble of players. Heart-stopping action, dangerous magic and plenty of evil chills make this a tale of the first magnitude!” — RT Book Reviews, 4 1/2 stars, Top Pick!

Sep 4
2015

Aeronaut’s Windlass one of io9’s Most Thrilling Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Coming This Fall

The Aeronaut’s Windlass (Cinder Spires 1) by Jim Butcher is on io9’s list of All the Most Thrilling Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Coming This Fall!

“Yup, the long-awaited first book in Butcher’s new Horatio Hornblower-inspired adventure series. We brought you the first glimpse of this title back in March (just sayin’), and I’m just going to quote what we wrote back then: “It’s jam-packed with airships, crazy sorcerers, privateers, warrior monks, and intelligent cats. An ancient evil has rewoken, and the entire world is plunged into a sinister mist, filled with terrible creatures.””

Sep 1
2015

Butcher and Dickinson are B&N Bookseller’s Picks for September 2015

The Aeronaut’s Windlass (Cinder Spires 1) by Jim Butcher and The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson are both B&N Bookseller’s Picks for September 2015!

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