Another review by me- :)
A review of a book I recently finished.
Jim Butcher's "Aeronaut's Windlass"
Gave this one the best rating, even though I don't usually do that, eEven though four and three-fourths would be better to my thinking. Still higher than I like to go-usually, as I said.
Anyway, A great world-I fell in love with it. Humanity living in gigantic towers, miles high and wide enough to build houses and shops on each level. Butcher hasn't yet completely explained why people live in those but he has dropped hints and the full details probably are coming. There is some enemy of mankind who evidently killed many and drove humans off the face of the planet-Earth I assume-and who had disappeared for ages but is now back. So the war with another Spire is just part of his plan. It is steampunk with airships and aethery weapons and some steam devices. That airships have nary a balloon in sight though and Butcher adds his own twist to them and their defenses.
The writing is supreme. His descriptions of setting ,action and the characters are great. It is multiple POVs and not every reader likes that, but I don't mind. One of the POVs is a cat-human intelligent with tribes and social morals etc-who thinks like a cat. He is great-tough, sneaky, egotistical, intelligent, a fighter and good guy.
All of the characters are well developed, and stay as they should. The plot flows as smoothly as a river, one part leading into another. It is a thick book and the first if a series so it ends in a way that shows there is a next one with even worse situations and problems for each character and the whole tower they are from.
I will say though that I think and feel that the writing drops a little in the last battle between airships-not that it is in anyway bad, just not as great as the earlier writing.
I can't say more without giving away spoilers, or without repeating how much I love it. Obviously I recommend it fully.