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.)
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.
Inventor Leviticus Blue’s visionary mining device turned Seattle into a zombie land in 1863. Years later, his widow Briar and teenage son Zeke are still hated for the mess Blue left behind. When Zeke journeys into Seattle’s ruins for answers Briar sets out to rescue him. Can they survive zombies and outlaws in their quest to put the past to rest?
Boneshaker is steampunk infused with horror, western, and alternate history. Seattle is a menacing underground full of ‘rotters’ and poisonous ‘blight’. The outlaws follow a code, or are utterly ruthless, and pack tough weaponry. There is also a dash of alternate history since the Civil War still rages and Seattle is quarantined. The characters give the story a fun and adventurous tone. Briar is tough, the outlaws are dangerous but some are trustworthy, and a mad scientist tries to rule. Boneshaker is a fun steampunk genreblend.
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In an alternate Tombstone, Doc Holiday fights to defend Thomas Edison from an undead outlaw in The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick.
A bounty hunter afflicted with lycanthropy searches for a rare artifact so he can reunite with his brother in Dead Iron by Devon Monk.
A prostitute struggles to save her city from an evil mind control device in Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear.
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.)