The Aeronaut’s Windlass

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On October 9, 2015
Last modified:October 8, 2015


24876258Title: The Aeronaut’s Windlass
Author: Jim Butcher
Genre: Steampunk

Opening sentence:

Gwendolyn Margaret Elizabeth Lancaster,” said Mother in a firm, cross voice, “you will cease this nonsense at once.”

I enjoyed big parts of the book. I enjoyed the characters and the general plot was cool. The world building was rather neat. You can hear there is a but coming right…  But I didn’t like the fight scenes. They were too many, too long and too frequent, and honestly, hard to follow. I think up towards a fourth of the book was made up of non-ship-fight scenes. If I had not had the day of, I’m not sure I would have finished the book. It’s a shame because I really liked the story. Unlike the ground battle scenes, the ship battles were really neat, easy to follow, dramatic and well paced. So please more ship-to-ship combat scenes and fewer ground battle scenes please. I really enjoyed almost any scene that wasn’t a combat scene. I am fascinated by the world so I want to know everything about it – which makes the small scenes just up my ally. And of course the banter is snarky and funny.

““I’m not sure everyone would agree with you. We’re a civilized society, are we not?” Esterbrook blinked. “Since when, miss? We’re a democracy.””

The world building was really interesting and fascinating. I liked most of the “hero” characters. Especially Briget and the cat Rowl. His chapters are laugh out loud funny. I loved that the humans speak cat, not the other way around. The political maneuvering is something that I always enjoy and the monarch is a really enjoyable character. There were too much head hopping for my taste. But I generally dislike reading the antagonist perspective, it doesn’t do anything for me and it slows down the pacing.

I have to address the cover, which is an awesome looking cover mind you, but it has a man on it – a young white man. I have no idea who that man is! The protagonist are: a cat, a pretty young noble women, another young noble woman who is huge and bulky and a middle aged airship captain. There is a young male warrior in the book but he isn’t one of the main point of view characters – and he is part cat. So who is that on the cover? Some random dude? It can’t even be the antagonist because that is another woman. Lets hope one of the the awesome protagonists will be on the next cover. This is not a criticism of the content of the book, only of the editorial choice of cover art.

The characters were all interesting and rather cool. A bit shallow – kind of like the first five episodes of a tv-show. The book was a bit too busy with action to take the time to flesh out the characters, but I am sure that will correct itself in the next books. And I will be buying the next book. I do want to know what happens next and I do want to see more of Bridget and Rowl.

The stats

Published: 2015 by Roc
Read: September 29 to October 06, 2015
Format: ebook

Author: Male, white, USA
The protagonist: Mixed group

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