Review – The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

I will admit to being an enormous Jim Butcher fan, and so when I found out that there was a new book out, I was immensely excited. Needless to say I was not disappointed with this book.

The Aeronaut’s Windlass is Butcher’s take on Steampunk, with his own twist. There are airships galore, and battles that are some of the most exciting and engaging I have read in a while. I’m not going to lie, it’s not the most originalof concepts, and there are all of the typical tropes of the genre here, but they are done well, with his typical polish.

The characters are extremely well-crafted, and come across as individuals. Whether they were human, half human, or fully cat, their voices were unique and interesting. I really enjoyed the cat society that he built, and the attitudes and behaviour he ascribed to the feline members of the cast of characters were very catlike.

I was intrigued by the magic system that Butcher is using in this series, and the people who wield the power are some of the most interesting in the book. Folly was the stand out personality of the whole novel for me, much more than some of the other cadets.

Although it is clearly aimed at a younger audience than his Dresden Files, The Aeronaut’s Windlass would appeal to readers of all ages, and is well worth a look. I can’t wait to see where this series goes next.


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