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The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut's Windlass

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Jim Butcher

Narrated By: Euan Morton

Publisher: Penguin Audio

Date: September 2015

Duration: 21 hours 34 minutes


“Wow. Just wow. Beware fellow readers, herein lies adventure that will keep you from food or rest…It is as if Jules Verne, H. Rider Haggard, Patrick O’Brien and…well, Jim Butcher all got together and wrote a book. Steampunk done very, very right. Butcher proves yet again that he is an amazing storyteller.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs

“This is Jim Butcher at his best, drawing a fully realized, richly detailed, and downright fun literary world where fearless aeronauts ride the aether, brilliant wizards struggle with doorknobs, and a thirty-pound feline warrior keeps a pet human named Little Mouse. It’s steampunk meets magic with a dose of sci-fi for seasoning. Buy it and read it. You’ll be glad you did.”—New York Times bestselling author David Weber

“So Jim Butcher is writing futuristic dystopian steampunk? You had me at Jim Butcher, actually. But the rest is cool too…. Great action scenes, a fascinating world, and characters of a sort I’ve never seen before. Yup. This is everything I’ve come to expect from Jim Butcher, but in a delightful new flavor.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Patrick Rothfuss

“Butcher opens the imaginative Cinder Spires series with this sweeping fantastical epic…[It’s] a fascinating, adventurous, and intricate story. Butcher brings a fresh and exciting perspective to secondary-world steampunk, giving the reader a thrilling ride.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Butcher, the bestselling author of the Dresden Files, now launches the Cinder Spires, a new epic fantasy, steampunk hybrid series that has shades of both Naomi Novik and Cherie Priest…With shifting points of view, short chapters, fast-paced action, and awesome battle scenes, the large cast of characters, elaborate world building, and intricate plot are revealed quickly and realized fully. It all reminds readers of when they first fell for Harry Dresden.”—Booklist (starred review)


  • Heidi E

    My fist book by this author and like so many of my favourites I am eager to explore his collection.

  • Arthur Keech

    Narrator was a disappointment. My standards for audiobooks are quite high.

  • Erik Burns

    Eh is how I feel about this book. Wasn't terribly captivating and does not make me want to finish the series.

  • Chrystal JACKSON

    Dresden books still favorite but I enjoyed this better than Calderon series.

  • Kristen Simler

    I absolutely loved this book!!! Jim Butcher is a master at building characters you can't help but love. He allows his characters to change as good and bad happen to them... His plot is well thought out and the spires are just a brilliant idea for a society to live in. I am counting down the time until the second book arrives!!!

  • Jineane Heybeck

    Fun and exciting! Lots of characters well narrated. Excellent battle descriptions