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 Predatorto 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…
I have been a fan of Jim Butcher since I first picked up a Harry Dresden book. His short, snappy writing style has always been perfect to slip in between the longer series I usually read. So, when I found out that he was writing a longer series – one with airships no less! – I was very excited.
While I’d hesitate to say it’s my favourite of all his books, The Aeronaut’s Windlass is full of all the things I like about Jim Butcher – it has a great plot, it has interesting characters, and it has a sassy feline. I’m not sure I could ask for anything better.
Grimm wasn’t one of my favourites, he was a bit prickly and it was hard to connect with him. He was surrounded by a great supporting crew though, so I found that easy to overlook. Overall, I liked Gwen, but there were a few moments where I rolled my eyes at her, she was a little exasperating. Bridget and Rawl, however, were very fun. I really enjoyed the feline society, and he definitely nailed their mannerisms perfectly. My absolute favourites though, were Master Etherialist Ferry and Folly – their whimsy was a constant delight throughout the whole book and I really look forward to seeing more of them.
Ultimately Jim Butcher has done exactly what he does best – written an action-packed, character driven novel that keeps one interested all the way until the end. I’m looking forward to seeing whether he can keep the momentum up throughout the rest of the series.