B&N SF&F Blog: I like my fantasy quirky, irreverent, and constantly working to surprise me. Which is why I loved The Aeronaut’s Windlass, the first volume in Jim Butcher’s new series, The Cinder Spires. […] The best books give us characters who live on in our minds long after the covers have closed. In Windlass, every cast member is fun, funny, and uniquely courageous. You’ll meet aeronauts, soldiers, aristocrats, the half-human “warrior-born,” wizard, and an entire civilization of talking cats, each more epic than the last. At least, according to the cats, whose entire culture appears to hinge on being as arrogant as felinely possible. By the end, an entire family of oddball roustabouts has come together under the steady eye of Captain Grimm, and I can’t wait to follow them on more adventures. This isn’t just a great fantasy novel, but a great introduction to an ongoing series.