We Rule the Night Cover

We Rule the Night

Claire Eliza Bartlett
Thursday, Jun 6, 2019

In the world described in this book, there are two types of magic: spark, which is the "legal" and "good" magic, and weave, which, in essence, is weaving the strands of the fabric that makes up the world. However, it is illegal due to its "bad" nature. When two girls, Revna and Linné are brought together by the government, they find that their government is getting desperate to win a war and will cross lines it needs to do so.

I really liked the cover. Specifically, the font choice is excellent, and I really liked how the bird in the background (is that a phoenix?) has its feathers...

White text on blue water background

The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe

Ally Condie
Rated by
Anne G
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

"Some people always burn." - Ally Condie, The Last Voyage of Poe Blythe

Poe Blythe is the seventeen-year-old captain of the last mining ship from the Outpost. In this dystopian fiction, she wants far more than the gold they tear from the Serpentine River. She is looking for revenge, and she is going to use her steampunk-ship to do. Poe has vowed vengeance on the river raiders who robbed her of everything two years ago. This woman of steel navigates the treacherous waters of the Serpentine. As she does so, she realizes there might be a traitor among her crew.

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

The Invisible Library

Genevieve Cogman
Rated by
Josh N.
Friday, Jul 29, 2016

A mysterious, transdimensional library that sends its librarians to alternate Earths to procure rare books? Brilliant! A clever, witty librarian and her new assistant, who is clearly hiding something, sent to find a collection of Brothers Grimm fairy tales? Cool! A steampunk/gaslight fantasy alternate Earth that operates along the lines of narrative drama and comes complete with sharp-as-tacks consulting detective and a host of conspiratorial secret societies? Wonderful! Faeries, dragons, and weird magic? Fantastic!

a man and woman in late 1800's dress surrounded by fog and shadow

The Greyfriar

Clay Griffith
Rated by
Robin D.
Monday, Sep 28, 2015

Husband and wife co-authors, Clay and Susan Griffith have put a new twist to an old tale in this first book of their Vampire Empire trilogy.

In 1870, vampire clans rose from underground and the fringes of society to unite and overcome all of North America and Europe, causing the surviving humans to flee south. The Greyfriar begins in the year 2020 when two of the largest human societies are about to be united by marriage, so they can start a war to retake the north. Princess Adele, heir to the Equatorian Empire (think of the old British Colonies), is doing one last diplomatic foray before doing her duty and marrying Senator Clark...

The Clockwork Dagger cover art

The Clockwork Dagger

Beth Cato
Rated by
Hebah A.H.
Saturday, Apr 11, 2015

While steampunk as a subculture may be best known for corsets, goggles, and extraneous decorative gears, beneath those trappings is rich fodder for fiction often featuring plucky female protagonists--and publishers have certainly been taking note. Beth Cato's The Clockwork Dagger is one such tale, complex enough to entice existing steampunk fans but approachable enough to those new to the genre.

Female Teenager wearing a puffy black dress holding a pair of scissors.

Etiquette & Espionage

Gail Carriger
Rated by
Octavia V.
Saturday, Sep 20, 2014

This steampunk adventure begins in England in 1851 where Sophronia Temminnick is fourteen years old and a tomboy at heart. When there is knock on the front door to her house, Mademoiselle Geraldine appears and offers to take Sophronia to a school far away. And her dear mother says yes! Why you ask? Because her mother is tired of her wild ways and it might be the only way to teach Sophronia how to be a proper lady. And thus, Sophronia is sent to Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

Clover (Omnibus Edition) by CLAMP

Rated by
Amanda H.
Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010

If you like manga, you’ve probably heard of the artistic group Clamp. If you’re new to graphic fiction, Clamp makes for an excellent introduction to Japanese comics, as their ability to cross genres provides something for every age group and taste.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

Rated by
Erin H.
Monday, Mar 8, 2010

Welcome to a crazy alternate-historical steampunk world, starring a plucky and determined mother/son pair who must use all their wits to escape from a Seattle that has been taken over by zombies. Priest does some great world-building that literally immerses the reader (bring your extra filters, kids, the air isn't fit to breathe) and goes most authors one better by leaving much of the zombie horror offscreen.