The Aeronaut's Windlass

The Aeronaut's Windlass

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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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Aerial naval war between floating cities with talking cats

The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher is best described as aerial naval war between floating cities with talking cats.  I know, it doesn't fit into a simple mold but it is an engaging fantasy novel.

The plot revolves around a sneak attack by the military and air navy of an enemy spire (floating city).  The main characters are military recruits of the attacked spire, an ex-military airship captain that is basically a pirate captain now, some odd forgetful  wizards, and a talking cat who is a prince of his clan.

All of this fits together though into a very interesting story.   The characters are distinctly diverse with motivations and decisions more like the real world as opposed to black and white.

I liked the book  for the well-defined world, excellent writing, and likeable characters.  If you like steampunk, SciFi, or fantasy books I suggest you give it a try.  I give it five out of five stars.

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