Review – The Aeronaut’s Windlass

The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires, #1)The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
Synopsis from GoodReads:
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 Predator to 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…

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WWW Wednesday – 4/12

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One of these days I’ll have time to prep this ahead of time…

It’s WWW Wednesday, a weekly reading meme hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words.  To participate, answer the three w’s and link up with Sam’s masterpost.  No blog?  Leave your answers in the comments section.

The three w’s are:
What are you currently reading?
What have you recently finished?
What will you read next?

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Review – Bone Song

Bone Song (Tristopolis, #1)Bone Song by John Meaney
Synopsis from the back of the book:
There have been four victims already. Framed for their beauty and one-of-a-kind artistic gifts, they were murdered in the most shocking ways imaginable and their corpses stolen. Now the famed diva Maria daLivnova is arriving in Tristopolis – a city literally powered by the massive necroflux generators that process the dead – and it is up to Lieutenant Donal Riordan to make sure she ends her limited engagement alive.

But Riordan isn’t the only one watching daLivnova. For the Diva is being followed by two other secret “protectors”: Commander Laura Steele – who’s made a more or less successful transition to para-life – and her partner, the invisible free-wraith Xalia. They are part of the necropolis’s vast underground network and they’ve mobilized against an unseen enemy for a battle of epic proportions. For a perverse death cult with powerful members in every stratum of society has learned how to distill from the bones of their sacrificed victims the ultimate thrill – a nectar that, once tasted, is impossible to resist. And the more precious the life, the greater the pleasure it is to take it away.

Soon Riordan will find himself in the unlikeliest of alliances as he journeys through a world of corruption – both aboveground and below – among gargoyles and zombies, spirit slaves and assassins, science and sorcery, in search of an enemy even the dead have every reason to fear….

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Review – Barrayar

Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga, #7)Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
Synopsis from the back of the book:
Cordelia Naismith, legendary ship commander in the Betan Expeditionary Force, a woman who beat the Barrayaran militarists at their own game, was never one to fulfill stereotypes. Having married the commander of the forces her side defeated in battle, she was ready to settle down to a quiet life devoted to raising little Vor lordlings, interrupted only by the occasional ceremonial appearances required of the Lady Vorkosigan.

But Cordelia had not paid sufficient attention to what an important Vor lord she had married; when the Emperor died, only her husband’s reputation for honor stood between her adopted planet and the unspeakable horrors of a dynastic civil war fought by first-rate soldiers armed with up-to-the-minute technology.

Aral Vorkosigan had little choice but to take up the burden of Regency – as Cordelia had little choice but to support him in his decision.  But neither of them realized the part Cordelia – and her unborn son – would play in Barrayar’s bloody legacy.

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