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The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher


Captain Grimm serves Spire Albion as a peerless privateer until one costly battle. Albion’s ruler offers a deal: repairs for one dangerous mission. Can Grimm and a motley group defeat a threat bent on destroying Albion?

Pragmatic but compassionate Grimm must protect a brave and entertaining group. There’s a mad wizard, an imperious warrior cat, and novices whose bravery could get them killed. The enemy, psychotic Lady Cavendish, causes shivers as she dispenses horrors and enjoys tea. The Spire world has steampunk, hidden horrors, and intricate politics. The Aeronaut’s Windlass offers fun steampunk, danger, and an interesting fantasy world.

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A pair of British agents seeks love, creates mayhem, and faces off against a villianous Thomas Edison in Dawn’s Early Light by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. (Click here to read my blog post on Dawn’s Early Light.

A plan to steal an airship puts two conmen in the midst of a chilling commodore’s coup in Steal the Sky by Megan E. O’Keefe.

Want another tale featuring soaring Spires, danger, and battles in the sky? Young Kirit must take on the secretive and powerful Singers or lose everything in Updraft by Fran Wilde. (Click here to read my blog post on Updraft.)



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The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney

Secret abilities are all that prevent Oriana Paredes from joining her lady in a watery grave. Risking exposure to seek justice, she joins forces with handsome police consultant Duilio Ferreira. Can they unravel the horror taking place beneath their Golden City?

Oriana must find the courage to become a lady of action. She and Ferreira feel attraction, but awareness of various obstacles creates a slow burn. Suspense builds as they move carefully against elusive and powerful enemies. Society rules, mermaids, selkies, magic, and alternate history are all part of this 1902 Portugal. The Golden City offers a strong heroine, fun genreblending, and mythological creatures.

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A woman finds romance and horror as she battles to save London from the vicious fae in Copperhead by Tina Connolly. (Click here to read my blog entry on Copperhead.)

A young woman in early 20th century San Francisco who sees ghosts joins forces with a mysterious detective to catch a ritual using killer in Delia’s Shadow by Jaime Lee Moyer.

A professor’s daughter joins forces with a disgraced magician to unravel a conspiracy in Regency London in The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter.

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Updraft by Fran Wilde

Kirit must become one of the powerful and distrusted Singers or suffer as a Lawsbreaker. Secrets and betrayal await her within the Singers’ Spire. Can Kirit overcome them and emerge victorious?

Kirit is an outsider who must, by skill and determination, find a place in a dangerous elite. Secrets force her to make dangerous decisions about what a protector should be. Her world is a city of towers above the clouds where everyone who can flies. Updraft offers an outsider vs. the elite, a tale of seeking secrets, and a fascinating fantasy world.

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A shapeshifter struggles with disfavor, secrets, and flying Fell in The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells.

A haunted merchant is drawn into the secrets and power struggles of a foreign land in A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar.

A young gladiator seeking to avenge her mother’s death is drawn into her desert city’s secrets in The Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Brad Beaulieu.

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The Grendel Affair by Lisa Shearin

Makenna Fraser is a new seer with the New York branch of Supernatural Protection and Investigation. When a gory killer out of Beowulf plans a bloodbath she’s going to get some dangerous on the job training. Can she and SPI prevent tragedy?

Makenna faces challenges head on with intelligence, determination, and some mishaps. Her fellow agents are likable and the villains gory. Her story is urban fantasy meets law enforcement thriller with a dash of humor. Supernatural creatures such as werewolves and elves blend in with the flavor of New York. The Grendel Affair offers urban fantasy genreblend and a likeable female protagonist.

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An innkeeper turns monster hunter when her town is threatened in Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews.

When murder threatens a town’s supernatural tourist trade Hel’s agent must find the truth in Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey.

A novice lawyer deals with monsters, office politics, and a possibly deadly case in This Case Is Gonna Kill Me by Phillipa Bornikova.

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Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Kelsea has been raised to be queen, but her throne is not secure. Her uncle wants her dead, nearby Mortsmene threatens her kingdom, and her allies doubt her. Can a trained but inexperienced girl find the strength to become a queen?

Kelsea isn’t a storybook princess. Her life in isolation wasn’t bliss, she isn’t beautiful, and her mother’s legacy works against her. Her unique circumstances add flavor to her coming of age story. Other characters have conflicted loyalties or hidden depths which also make them interesting. There is plenty of world building with politics, magic, and a science fiction dystopic origin for the Tearling. Queen of the Tearling offers interesting characters, worldbuilding, and genreblending fantasy.

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A kingdom is threatened by royal politics, a threat from Winter, and a mad prince’s plotting in A Game of Thrones by George A. Martin.

When an exiled prince unexpectedly becomes emperor he finds dangers to his kingdom and himself in The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison.

A young woman finds she is a princess and must win a vicious power struggle to survive in The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin.

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Dawn’s Early Light by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

Agents Eliza Braun and Wellington Books of Britain’s Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences are famous for wrecking havoc while saving the day. Their ‘luck’ continues when they are sent to help end mysterious disappearances in America. Can they stop Thomas Edison from destroying San Francisco? Will they decide they belong with their American counterparts rather than each other?

This story contains mayhem, romantic miscommunication, and an entertaining steampunk world. A ‘Brouhaha’ gun with humorous settings, modified Winchester guns, and other gadgets wreck havoc. Braun and Books are opposites which draws them together but also pushes them apart. Brawling Wild Bill Wheatley entices Braun’s daring while quiet librarian Felicity Lovelace engages Book’s intellect. This Steampunk universe offers the unique twists of a perhaps unbalanced Victoria, villainous Edison, and menacing society named after a Poe story. Dawn’s Early Light offers a male and female investigative team, romance, and steampunk.

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A British Museum researcher and his feminist assistant investigate an airship crash and other odd events in The Affinity Bridge by George Mann.

A pair of Criminal Investigation Department agents strives to end a series of murders before their city is torn apart in The Bronze Gods by A.A. Aguirre.

A pirate rescues a spinster writer and is intrigued by her in The Kraken King by Meljean Brook.


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A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway

A Study in Silks (The Baskerville Affair, #1)

Evelina Cooper has her uncle Sherlock’s intelligence and curiosity. She is also set to begin her season in a Victorian England ruled by dangerous steam barons. When a friend’s servant is murdered Emma is determined to seek the truth. How will two handsome men, magic, and dangerous secrets affect her future?

The propriety of Victorian society combines with the cutthroat maneuvers of the steam barons to create an interesting alternate England. The story has romance and horror mixed in. Evelina is courageous, intelligent, and grows as she’s faced with murky realities. The two men who wish to be involved with her cause support and suspense over their choices. Sherlock Holmes is smart, stubborn, and subtly compassionate in his supporting role. Evelina and other characters’ perspectives build suspense as they struggle to attain their goals. A Study in Silks offers Steampunk, some Sherlock Holmes, magic in an alternate England, suspense, and a strong female heroine.

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Dirigible pilot Eleanor Chance and a mysterious magician must prevent an evil plot in Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz.

Lady Helena Huntingdon encounters a mysterious spy and a magic related plot against London in Copperhead by Tina Connolly. (Click here to read my blog entry on Copperhead.)

Alexia Terabotti clashes with a handsome police captain and a mysterious political group after power in Soulless by Gail Carringer. (Click here to read a blog entry I wrote about Soulless.)

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