Jim Butcher, the author of the amazing urban fantasy series The Dresden Files, is launching a new Steampunk series called The Cinder Spires. Last month, it was announced that the first book, The Aeronaut's Windlass, will be released on late September. It's loaded with airships, powerful sorcerers, warrior monks, and smart cats. An ancient evil has been revived, and the entire world is caught into a dark mist, filled with terrifying creatures.
And here's the fantastic full of The Aeronaut's Windlass:
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…
You can read the book's 2nd chapter in IO9.
I'm a huge fan of Butcher's The Dresden Files series so I can't wait to see how he tackles the Steampunk genre.