Series: The Cinder Spires #1
Published by Roc on September 29th 2015
Narrator: Euan Morton
Length: 21 hrs and 46 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Sci Fi
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…
It is a Steampunk Adventure based I would guess some time in the future or on a different world where they have similarities to the Arthurian legends.
It was a fantastic first novel of a series. Def 5 out of 5 for me as I plan to re-read the novel before the next book comes out.
The main character is def my favorite of the book. I liked how the main character was loyal to his spire and his crew. Damn the politics and people involved. He showed loyalty to the crew and the crew followed him through thick and thin.
The Cats also have a unique characterization that I thoroughly enjoyed. The Cats were a tribal group with a patrical society. Very unique blend of Native American Culture as well as the feudal system.
I think that this series could be an amazing one depending on the direction he takes it. The narrator did a fantastic job on the different voices and bringing the characters out of the page and into the world. I was gripped from the very beginning.