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 10,000 years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake.
©2015 Jim Butcher (P)2015 Penguin
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First of all I normally like Jim Butcher's books: in fact there is only one of his I have not managed to get through (Proven Guilty).
So why did I not like this book, it lacked a certain amount of originality a lot of the story has been done before in different books. For example the cowardly arrogant Commander plus the war (honor Harrington), the weavers ( the film tremors ). Even the attraction between two of the characters was similar to the Codex Alera books.
It was also very long winded and it took a great deal of effort to listen to it all the way through.
I would say I liked certain of the characters, especially Folly.
But I would only recommend die hard fans of Jim Butcher read/listen to it.
If you have not tried his books before start with the Dresden files and the far Superior Codex Alera Books
I can't in good conscience claim that it is the best book I've ever read but it's refreshingly different to most 'epic fantasy' novels. A fantastical yet somehow believable world combined with some likeable characters makes for an extremely satisfying read.
I don't want to give away anything about the story or the characters although since reading it I have found a new appreciation for cats.
I particularly enjoyed the little nods to the Wheel of Time series. One could almost believe that this book is set several millennia after Robert Jordan's series finishes.
The writing was very average compared to Butcher's other series, and I was not completely absorbed by the story. Suitable for a background distraction, but nothing more.
I get bored quickly so take ages choosing my books. Preferred authors are Sanderson, Rothfuss, Abercrombie, tho' C Harris makes me laugh too
Yay - a bit of swashbuckling fun. (I seem to have listened to a few heavy tales of late, and this was a bit of light relief).
Well crafted, with top narration. Great new world. Looking forward to the next instalment.
Couldn't fault it. Jim Butcher at his best.
(and the Cat completely stole the show for me).
Plausible steampunk in a post apocalyptic world, with a bit of magic and animal characters on par with the humans for good measure. Euan Morton is an accomplished narrator, with distinctive voices and cadence for each of many characters (and species thereof!).
On a level with Butcher's Dresden Files for the thoughtful action and slow crescendo of the pacing.
An absolute masterpiece! The story teller was perfectly matched to Jim Butcher's writing, and the world Butcher has built is glorious! I can't wait for more! :-D
struggled through the first ten hours but couldn't finish it. The narrator is good but the characters, magic system and everything else in the book are below par. The whole cat thing is useless with the only interesting characters being the "battleborn". the plot tries to be grandiose but the main characters don't fit in with the summary. academy students not even through their first term. a disgraced pirate captain and two people driven mad by their "magic" even by butchers standards of turning chaos into amazing battles and character development just doesn't happen. All in all seriously disappointing. much worse than any dresden books or any odlf the codex alera books.
Well I didn't see that coming, once you leave your preconceptions behind, and listen (takes a chapter or two to get you hooked) its an amazing read , loved it and cant wait for next installment. I reckon Ji should doa book just about cats!!! Enjoy!!
I've listened to quite a few audiobooks - preferring the science fiction and fantasy genre - but this is perhaps my favourite. I love the characters and the world created.
I can't compare this to too much of Jim Butcher's other works as I've only listened to the first four of the Dresden files. I much preferred The Aeronaut's Windlass to all of those, although I'm guessing his writing has improved a lot since his early works.
Nice to see Jim doing another series as much as it pains me that Dresden will take longer to finish.
If the rest of Cinder spires is like this I will definitely get them.
Now just to wait for Codex Alera audiobooks so I can have the whole Butcher library on my phone.
"Careful if you are a dresden fan..."
Characters I could care about.
Not my job to worry about.
He did a reasonable job.
The whole book...?
"Steampunk Butcher - another voice"
Loved the narrator, had just the right tone for this style of story. Clear articulation, perfect accent and dulcet on the ear. I have had to listen twice to get the world, the characters and the story straight in my minds eye. Fresh from Harry Dresden this is different all round. The world building is great and yes, the cats are spot on.
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