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Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling 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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    Some books you can't put down but this one

    This book I had to lower to read sections out loud to my friends. The story was refreshing and well paced. The characters were engaging and each one clearly defined. Rowl will steal your heart, make you laugh out loud, and do so with ultimate perfection. Jim Butcher has outdone himself yet again. Don't download this book for free, pay full price. The man deserves that acknowledgement for his skill and efforts.

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    Great!

    Starts slow, like every Butcher series, but has all the potential of his other work! Looking forward to more.

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    Great read!

    Butcher is a smart, thoughtful, fun writer. What a great book; I look forward to the next in the series.

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    Excellent

    An enjoyable adventure in a thoughtfully created, original fantasy world. Numerous characters add depth to the story, and keep it moving from the different perspectives without it ever doubling back on itself. A bit slow to start, but entirely forgivable since it always takes time to set up a formidable original fantasy story. Couldn't put it down, can't wait for the next one.

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    Great start to an exciting new series

    Fans of Jim Butcher's Codex Alera series will find The Cinder Spires an easy book to become lost in. It's a masterful display of character development, world building, and action/adventure. Fans of Harry Dresden may have a little difficulty stepping outside the first person urban fantasy genre. However, Jim Butcher proves once again that a good storyteller will shine no matter what the write. The Aeronaut's Windlass is multi-POV, third-person, set in an imaginative world with Victorian sensibilities, airships, aliens, and magic. It's a sensory delight fully realized, epic in its telling.

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