Jim Butcher is back with this first book in a new series set in a world of aristocratic families, steam-powered machinery, Victorian manners, crystal power, and etherealists. Action comes fast and furious as Francis Madison Grimm, commander of the merchant airship Predator from Spire Albion, and his crew conduct aerial attacks on cold-war enemy Spire Aurora’s cargo airships intending to disrupt their trade. While Predator is docked in Habble Landing Shipyards for repairs, Grimm and his shore party find themselves in the middle of what appears to be an attack by Spire Aurora. They make their way through the Habble rescuing inhabitants and dodging explosions while watching for enemy soldiers wearing Spire Aurora’s colors but inexplicably finding none. Both Spires enlist the aid of etherealists and when they unleash their powers, nobody is guaranteed to emerge unscathed.
For action at its best with an other-worldly twist, this book delivers.