Books from the Backlog #289

Posted October 26, 2023 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 9 Comments

Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #289The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher
Narrator: Euan Morton
Series: The Cinder Spires #1
Published by Penguin Random House, Penguin Random House Audio on September 29, 2015
Genres: Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Length: 21 hours 38 minutes
Pages: 640
Source: Publisher, Purchased
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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. Within their halls, the ruling aristocratic houses develop scientific marvels, foster trade alliances, and maintain fleets of airships to keep the peace.
Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. 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 damaged in combat, Grimm joins a team of Albion agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring his ship.
And as Grimm undertakes this task, he learns 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...

Why did I add The Aeronaut’s Windlass to my bookshelf?

I am a huge fan of The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher so I am eager to read more of his work. I have had this book on my shelf for quite some time but I haven’t picked it up yet because it is rather long. Now seems like the perfect time to finally give it a try since the second book in the series is coming out in just a week and a half. I hope that I like this one just as much as I have liked The Dresden Files.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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9 responses to “Books from the Backlog #289

  1. Nice! I have honestly never read this author. Well, there could’ve been a short story/novella somewhere that I can’t quite recall. But yeah. Don’t know why I never gravitated towards his books since he’s local and all! Hope you get to read this one soon!

  2. I’ve read it twice now. I read a paperback ARC back in 2015 when it released and I LOVED it so much. Now last month, I had bought the audio for a reread. I gave it 5 hearts both times. I think I enjoyed the print reading more which may have been an indicator of mood or distractions. Anyway, I’m going to read the eARC for The Olympian Affair. I love the characters and the humor, the magic and the action.

  3. I hope you enjoy this book! I was so-so on The Dresden Files, but that was because I didn’t like Mr. Dresden himself. I liked Butcher’s writing, so I’ve been wanting to try something else he wrote but haven’t actually picked anything up yet.

  4. I am actually listening to the audiobook right now! I read the eARC back in 2015, but it’s been so long and I honestly couldn’t remember anything about it. So I got the audiobook and I’m about 1/3+ through. I’m really enjoying this re-read and glad I picked it up. I think I’ll do the second book in audio now, too.