Steampunk

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The Kraken King

The Iron Duke is #80 on AAR’s Top 100 Romances (2013), but in my opinion, The Kraken King, the fourth book in the series is even better. Zenobia Fox is the author of the novels starring her adventurer brother Archimedes, but these books have made her a ransom target for people seeking to extort ...

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The Iron Duke

This is the first book I have read by this author, and for the first half or so, I read it with rather mixed feelings, mostly delighted but thoroughly exasperated at certain passages. Fortunately it turned out to be an excellent read overall, and most definitely a series to follow. Let’s begin ...

C-
Of Silk and Steam

I adore steampunk. The combination of historicals and paranormal elements and Jules Verne-esque science fiction is just so much fun. I’ve read a couple of Bec McMaster books before and really enjoyed the setting and the characters, and was hoping for another homerun with this one. Sadly, I was dis ...

B-
Steel and Song

I always greet the first book in a new series with a combination of anticipation and dread - it’s always exciting to try something new, but the possibility of getting burnt out by yet another series is so high these days it’s practically a guarantee. Fortunately, the world building in Steel and ...

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Wicked as They Come

I picked this book up because the cover made me giggle. It’s not bad, as romance covers go, but it is so incredibly blatant about the type of story found inside. Look! This guy is wearing a top hat! And there are gears on his lapel! He’s steampunk! And the points on the W! That must be blood! St ...

C
The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter

The Miss Education of Dr. Exeter is disjointed: part guardian-ward romance, part erotic fiction, part steampunk, part fantasy, and too much sequel. This book may be a better read for someone entrenched in the series, but as a newcomer, I was very often completely lost. Mia, Dr. Ex ...

D
The Red Plague Affair

First, let me tell you that there is no romance in this book. Period. Nothing. However, I’m a fan of sci-fi/fantasy etc. as well, so I can tell you with reasonable expertise that within its intended steampunk genre, The Red Plague Affair just doesn’t work. This novel is the s ...

C+
His Clockwork Canary

This is the first book I have read by this author, and I finished it with rather mixed feelings. On the one hand, I was delighted by the world she had created and its interesting and intricate history. On the other hand, the characters could do the craziest things at times and the author stuck too m ...

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Riveted

The dystopian world of the Iron Seas series thrives in this third installment featuring the stoker on an airship and a scientist studying volcanoes who face an evil genius on the treacherously cold plains of Iceland. Both Annika and David are on quests: she to find her sister Källa and he to ful ...

C+
Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts

I was a fan of the Wild Wild West TV show years before I ever heard the word “steampunk,” so jumped at the chance to review a steampunk western. While I like the steampunk elements, and find the heroine interesting, the action overshadows the romance too much for my taste. It’ ...