Overview (No Spoilers):
Having heard many wonderful reviews regarding The Cinder Spires series, I’ve had The Aeronaut’s Windlass on my reading list since January. Once I actually picked up this fast paced novel, I honestly couldn’t put down this adventure filled tale involving flying ships, powerful crystals, and did I mention feisty, talking cats? Being quickly drawn into this foreign, unique realm was quite easy as people inhabit Spires in contrast to the surface of Earth, between which they traverse by floating ships. The aforementioned, suspended ships also engage in detailed, violent battles that will keep the reader riveted as to the anticipated outcomes. As to the drama unfolding within the Spires, it initially seemed relegated to petty battles of wounded pride between ancient powerful families, however as the danger escalates, the premise regarding the readiness of the young Spirearch Guard recruits being battle savvy after only two weeks of training was a bit absurd. With that being said, the various predicaments that the various characters found themselves was indeed fun read as miraculous events unfolded in the rather convenient, yet predictable ways ultimately securing the survival of said persons. Overall, Butcher’s detailed world and character building contained significant depth as to pique my curiosity as to the rest of the Spires and their complex internal relationships. I’m thoroughly excited to see what adventures Rowl (and I guess the rest of the crew) will embark on in the next installment of The Cinder Spire series!
Additional Insight (Spoilers Abound):
- I was hooked the moment that we found out that Gwen’s mother manipulated her to join the Guard.
- I want to know more about Ferus and Folly and their amazing stills as Etherealists! I couldn’t help but be reminded of Rothfuss’ Kingkiller Chronicles and the art of naming things, specifically Auri.
- Will we learn more about the crystals? Also will we learn more about the ship’s personality, which we observed through Folly?
- Who built the Spires? Why was their knowledge lost? Why can’t people reside on the surface of the earth anymore? What are the other Spires like?
- What is the story behind Captain Grimm’s cowardly mark of dishonor? He doesn’t fit the bill at all, however I’m sure there is more behind the actual tale?
- Why is Rowl so attentive to Bridget? Will she resurrect her family name? PS. Isn’t Rowl absolutely the best? Multiple times I found myself giggling out loud at his incredibly ridiculous, larger than life personality.
- What is the deal with being warrior born? How how/why does it happen and why is it a ‘bad thing’?
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