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

The Aeronaut’s Windlass

Series :  The Cinder Spires

Publisher: Orbit Books

Source : Publisher

Release Date : September 29 2015

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 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…

Tash M

The Color Project is more than your typical cute contemporary novel. Abrams delivers a heart stirring coming of age tale . A debut novel that you will not be able to put down and may leaving you sobbing and running for the nearest tissue box once you are finished. Abrams has definitely announced her arrival in the young adult community with this novel and this book was surprisingly wasn’t exactly what I expected.

Like others I have seen excerpts and knew the general gist of this story prior to reading this novel. Whilst I liked the idea of the novel , I wasn’t sold on Adam’s prose. However those fears were addressed and I was captivated by Bee and Levi. Two ordinary teenagers who are saying goodbye to those years and embracing adulthood and the challenges it brings. Every day challenges that revolves around three great loves in life : Family, Friendship and romance. Themes that have been in books since the beginning of time. Every day themes we can relate to and this what makes the book endearing and welcoming to readers.

Bee our protagonist her welcome to adulthood is rough. This was supposed to be her summer but with a best friend half way across the country and only brother friends’ . Bee doesn’t expect this summer to be majorly different then usual. She got her family still even though she doesn’t agreed with their choices sometimes.

Until fate decides to play havoc and change her life upside down after her two of her tyres become flat and she meets Levi at the garage. Though Bea isn’t prepared, the adorable awkward first meeting sets the tone for this novel. However Abrams is only getting started with this tale. For Bee whose life revolves around keeping her full name secret and dealing with her mundane life. Levi is a spark she needs and opens up her eyes to the greater world around her. Introducing us to the title namesake The Color Project, his pet project and soon Bea is caught up in the love that The Color project delivers and Levi.

Levi is surprisingly young man. He kept surprising and pushing his way into things. He was the person Bee needed even though she wasn’t read to give up the one thing that she claimed as her’s . Her name, it signified a lot to her and I love how Levi respected it yet he d charming and fun about it. I love how it was their game and it became part of the story naturally. As we need those light hearted moments as this novel had layers. As one layer was revealed, another appeared and only added to the story.

A story that by the end was beautiful and heart breaking as we watch Bee embraced this new chapter of life. Adulthood and be pushed. I love how Abram connected the points and told this story of love. I enjoyed it overall and loved the story of Bee and Levi two young people experience their first big romance as young adult adults

Whilst this has been marketed as young adult, I do feel this novel does cross in to the realm of new adult slight and should be read by mature young adult readers as Abrams does pushes the boundaries of the genre. There certain ideas in this novel and whilst I love the naivety and cuteness. This books does hit home hard and may convey ideas to younger readers that I believe should be carefully discussed.

Both Bee and Levi have these moments that are cause for concern as they deal with the challenges of the life . I don’t think the reason why Bee was so awkward was explain well despite the inishgts . It was endearing but when you are eighteen and dealing with your first big romance. She wasn’t prepared for the highs and lows of life despite show a level of maturity when it came to dealing with her sisters and brother.

The Color Project is beautiful book exploring life and love and must read for contemporary fans.

 

 

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