The Aeronaut's Windlass

17 CDs. 21:30 hrs. Books on Tape. 2015. ISBN 9781611762297. $60. digital download. F
A disgraced airship captain joins with a handful of young military recruits, a mad scientist-wizard and his apprentice, and a 30-pound warrior cat for a covert mission in a world where all of humanity lives in stone spires high above the uninhabitable earth. The start of this new steampunk series is full of aerial battles, swashbuckling rescues, strange magic, and hideous monsters. Narrator Euan Morton's charming reading endows each character with a distinctive voice.
VERDICT Fans of the author's "Dresden Files" books may want to give this new universe a try; also recommended for fantasy readers looking for high-action Victorian-style weirdness such as Gail Carriger's "Parasol Protectorate." ["The author blends familiar steampunk and fantasy elements…in a fresh and wonderful way that results in a fantastic ride": LJ 9/15/15 starred review of the Roc: NAL hc.]

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