Book Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher (Four Stars)

Book Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass (Cinder Spires #1) by Jim Butcher

Four Stars

“[The universe] reflects a great deal more of yourself to your senses than you probably know.”

Not your typical post-apocalyptic steampunk space opera. Not at all. Better that the Dresden series  which made Butcher famous. The tone follows Sanderson’s Mistborn series, with a philosophic nod to C. S. Lewis’ essay “Transposition.” But not as derivative as this implies. A rich, engaging plot.

“Truth does not become untruth because its existence upsets [someone].”

Rich cast of fully developed characters, not all what they appeared to others or even to themselves: Rothfuss’s Aurie, Horatio Hornblower, Honor Harrington, Miss Manners, the Baker Street irregulars, and Garfield. All with a twist.

“Politics is the purview of scoundrels, tyrants and fools … I prefer not to become their victim.”

Excellent climax and closing, so rare among the kick-off volumes of many modern series.

“…the kind of man … that made coincidences happen, rather than letting them happen to him.”

Nice, if misleading, cover art.

“Why fight, if not to protect others?”