The best steampunk books

A subgenre of speculative science fiction set in an anachronistic 19th century society, dealing with advanced technology in the altered past.

1. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
New Crobuzon: Book 1
Score: 102
Our rating: 9.8 | 4 positive reader reviews
The metropolis of New Crobuzon sprawls at the centre of its own bewildering world. Humans and mutants and arcane races throng the gloom beneath its chimneys, where the rivers are sluggish with unnatural effluent, and factories and foundries pound into the night. For more than a thousand years, th [...]

2. The Aylesford Skull by James P Blaylock
A Tale of Langdon St. Ives #1
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
It is the summer of 1883 and Professor Langdon St. Ives – brilliant but eccentric scientist and explorer – is at home in Aylesford with his family. However, a few miles to the north a steam launch has been taken by pirates above Egypt Bay; the crew murdered and pitched overboard. In A [...]

3. Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve
Mortal Engines Quartet: Prequel
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
Fever Crumb is a girl who has been adopted and raised by Dr. Crumb, a member of the order of Engineers, where she serves as apprentice. In a time and place where women are not seen as reasonable creatures, Fever is an anomaly, the only female to serve in the order. Soon though, she must say goodb [...]

4. The Hod King by Josiah Bancroft
The Books of Babel #3
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.6 | 1 positive reader reviews
Thomas Senlin and his crew of outcasts have been separated, and now they must face the dangers of the labyrinthine tower on their own in this third book in the word-of-mouth phenomenon fantasy series."One of my favorite books of all time." - Mark Lawrence on  [...]

5. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff
The Nevernight Chronicle #2
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
The second thrilling installment of the award-winning Nevernight Chronicle, from New York Times bestselling author Jay Kristoff.In a land where three suns almost never set, a ruthless assassin continues her quest for vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.Mia [...]

6. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
Score: 96
Our rating: 9.5 | 1 positive reader reviews
Brendan Doyle is a twentieth-century English professor who travels back to 1810 London to attend a lecture given by English romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. This is a London filled with deformed clowns, organised beggar societies, insane homunculi and magic. When he is kidnapped by gypsies [...]

7. Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L Powell
Score: 95
Our rating: 9.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
In 1944, as waves of German ninjas parachute into Kent, Britain’s best hopes for victory lie with a Spitfire pilot codenamed ‘Ack-Ack Macaque’. The trouble is, Ack-Ack Macaque is a cynical, one-eyed, cigar-chomping monkey, and he’s starting to doubt everything, including h [...]

8. The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews
The computer age has arrived a century ahead of time with Charles Babbage's perfection of his Analytical Engine. The Industrial Revolution, supercharged by the development of steam-driven cybernetic Engines, is in full and drastic swing. Great Britain, with her calculating-cannons, steam drea [...]

9. Captain Nemo: The Fantastic Adventures of a Dark Genius by Kevin J Anderson
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews
The young Verne and his best friend Andre Nemo stow away on a ship bound for the high seas, but Jules' father catches Jules and forces him to come home in total disgrace. Nemo goes on to have all the adventures, battling pirates, fighting sea monsters, being shipwrecked, ballooning across Afr [...]

10. In Dark Service by Stephen Hunt
The Far-Called Sequence #1
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews
Jacob Carnehan has settled down. He's living a comfortable, quiet life, obeying the law and minding his own business while raising his son Carter ... on those occasions when he isn't having to bail him out of one scrape or another. His days of adventure are - thankfully - long behind him. [...]

11. Larklight by Philip Reeve
Larklight Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews
‘It was just another normal morning in space,’ aboard the floating house aptly named Larklight, orbiting good, old earth like your nosy, next door neighbour. It was also normal that the gravity generator within the house was malfunctioning for the umpteenth time and Arthur Mumby, our [...]

12. Iron Council by China Mieville
New Crobuzon: Book 3
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews
It is a time of revolts and revolutions, conflict and intrigue. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from without and within. War with the shadowy city-state of Tesh and rioting on the streets at home are pushing the teeming metropolis to the brink. In the midst of this turmoil, a mysterious masked [...]

13. Arm of the Sphinx by Josiah Bancroft
The Books of Babel #2
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews
Forced by necessity into a life of piracy, Senlin and his eclectic crew struggle to survive aboard their stolen airship as the hunt for his lost wife continues. But the Tower of Babel is proving to be as difficult to re-enter as it was to escape.Hopeless and desolate, they turn to a legend [...]

14. Retribution Falls by Chris Wooding
Tales of the Ketty Jay: Book 1
Score: 90
Our rating: 8.9 | 1 positive reader reviews
Dorian Frey is the roguish captain of the Ketty Jay and leader of a small and highly dysfunctional group of layabouts. Frey and his gang run contraband, rob airships and generally make a nuisance of themselves, all the while avoiding the Coalition Navy frigates. [...]

15. Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
Leviathan series: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a [...]

16. Starcross by Philip Reeve
Larklight Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Art and his family are invited on a fantastic free holiday to the exotic Asteroid Belt, in a remote part of space near Mars. Taking the train, they arrive to discover that nothing is quite as it seems - the hotel slips curiously back and forth through time, and the guests behave rather strangely [...]

17. Grandville Mon Amour by Bryan Talbot
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The beefy badger DI Archie LeBrock is languishing in self-pity, driven to drink (as every good copper should be) by the guilt of Sarah’s murder. When his partner, Roderick Ratzi, informs him of the escape of Mad Dog Mastock he is galvanised back into action. The pair travel, unsanctioned, t [...]

18. Have Glyphs Will Travel by Edward M Erdelac
Tales of a High Planes Drifter: Book 3
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
 The Rider and Kabede must rally a US Cavalry troop against an army of the undead lead by three of Adon's renegade riders if they are to survive The Long Sabbath. The Rider infiltrates an Apache stronghold to convince the combined forces of Vittorio and Geronimo not to lend their might t [...]

19. The Steampunk Adventurer's Guide by Thomas Willeford
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Bringing together an action-filled story full of automatons, airships and a dastardly plot to take over the world and instructions on how to make your own gadgets, The Steampunk Adventurer’s Guide by Thomas Willeford (aka Lord Archibald ‘Feathers’ Featherstone) is a fantasticall [...]

20. The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher
The Cinder Spires #1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
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 peac [...]

21. Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft
The Books of Babel #1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
While honeymooning in the Tower of Babel, Thomas Senlin loses his wife, Marya. The Tower of Babel is the greatest marvel of the Silk Age. Immense as a mountain, the ancient Tower holds unnumbered ringdoms, warring and peaceful, stacked one on the other like the layers of a cake. It is a world of [...]

22. The Janus Affair by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #2
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews
Evildoers beware! Retribution is at hand, thanks to Britain's best-kept secret agents. Certainly no strangers to peculiar occurrences, agents Wellington Books and Eliza Braun are nonetheless stunned to observe a fellow passenger aboard Britain's latest hypersteam train suddenly vanish in [...]

23. By Raven's Call by J A Devenport
The Blackwing Cycle #1
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews
Faced with increasing pressure from rebels, the tyrant king of Dargenn must force a war with the rival nation of Relan to unite the country behind him. To help create chaos, he turns to the most feared assassin in the world, the Raven, a man cursed by ancient demons and forced to kill at their wh [...]

24. The Mensch with No Name by Edward M Erdelac
Tales of a High Planes Drifter: Book 2
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
The Merkabah Rider continues his journey across the American Southwest of 1880 in search of the renegade teacher who destroyed his mystic Jewish order in the second volume (containing novella episodes 5-8) of this acclaimed weird western series. [...]

25. The Shadow Conspiracy by Brenda Clough
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
1816, the year without a summer. A group of geniuses descended on Geneva and, in an attempt to save the body and mind of Lord Byron, perform dreadful and forbidden experiments that change history forever. The Shadow Conspiracy will appeal greatly to lovers of steampunk, science fiction and altern [...]

26. Escapement by Jay Lake
Mainspring Universe: Book 2
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
Her Imperial Majesty Queen Victoria still rules New England and her American Possessions; The Royal Navy rules the skies with their mighty airships; and earth still turns on God’s great brass gears of Heaven.Paolina Barthes has grown up in a tiny village on Wall inhabited by the desc [...]

27. The Buntline Special by Mike Resnick
A Weird West Tale #1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
The year is 1881. The United States of America ends at the Mississippi River. Beyond lies the Indian nations, where the magic of powerful Medicine Men has halted the advance of the Americans east of the river. An American government desperate to expand its territory sends Thomas Alva Edison out W [...]

28. The Falling Machine by Andrew P Mayer
Society of Steam: Book 1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
In 1880 women aren’t allowed to vote, much less dress up in a costume and fight crime… But twenty-year-old socialite Sarah Stanton still dreams of becoming a hero. Her opportunity arrives in tragedy when the leader of the Society of Paragons, New York’s greatest team of gentlem [...]

29. The Doctor and the Kid by Mike Resnick
A Weird West Tale #2
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
The time is 1882. With the Gunfight at the O. K. Corral and the battle with the thing that used to be Johnny Ringo behind him (see The Buntline Special), the consumptive Doc Holliday makes his way to Deadwood, Colorado, with Kate Elder, where he plans to spend the rest of his brief life, finally [...]

30. The Doctor and the Roughrider by Mike Resnick
A Weird West Tale #3
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
It’s August 19, 1884. The consumptive Doc Holliday is preparing to await his end in a sanatorium in Leadville, Colorado, when the medicine man Geronimo enlists him on a mission. The time the great chief has predicted has come, the one white man he’s willing to treat with has crossed t [...]

31. Homunculus by James P Blaylock
A Tale of Langdon St. Ives #2
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
A mysterious airship orbits through the foggy skies above Victorian London. It’s terrible secrets are sought by many, including: The Royal Society, a fraudulent evangelist, a fiendish vivisectionist, an evil millionaire and an assorted group led by the scientist and explorer Professor Langd [...]

32. The Weavers of Saramyr by Chris Wooding
The Braided Path #1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
An evil that comes from within the empire's centre, a sect of magicians close to the throne intent on killing any child born with magical powers. But now the empress has given birth to just such a child and revolution is brewing. [...]

33. The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats by Mark Hodder
Burton and Swinburne
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
Sir Richard Francis Burton's expedition has returned from the future, bringing with it knowledge of technologies that must remain secret if history is to proceed as it should. However, when one of his colleagues turns rogue, the secret falls into the hands of the very people most likely to mi [...]

34. The Good, the Bad and the Infernal by Guy Adams
Heaven's Gate #1
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
One day every hundred years, a town appears, its location and character different every time. It is home to the greatest miracle a man could imagine: a doorway to Heaven itself. The town’s name is Wormwood, and it is due to appear on the 21st September 1889, somewhere in the American Midwes [...]

35. The Ace of Skulls by Chris Wooding
Tales of the Ketty Jay: Book 4
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.6 | 1 positive reader reviews
All good things come to an end. And this is it: the last stand of the Ketty Jay and her intrepid crew. They've been shot down, set up, double-crossed and ripped off. They've stolen priceless treasures, destroyed a ten-thousand-year-old Azryx city and sort-of-accidentally blew up the son o [...]

36. The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder
Burton and Swinburne
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews
A clockwork man is abandoned in Trafalgar Square. A ghost displays a craving for diamonds. A lost aristocrat returns ten years after being lost at sea and instigates riots in London. The Rakes are indulging in seances. The Technologists are growing giant insects and transforming them into steam-d [...]

37. Iron Angel by Alan Campbell
Deepgate Codex Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.5 | 1 positive reader reviews
The chained city of Deepgate is now in ruins, and the spine militia are trying to halt the exodus of panicking citizens with brutal force. Rachel and the angel Dill are dragged off to the Temple torture chambers, but strange things start to happen as a foul red mist rises from the abyss beneath t [...]

38. Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell
Gravedigger Chronicles: Book 1
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.6 | 0 positive reader reviews
When the last of the Gravediggers, an elite imperial infiltration unit, are disbanded and hunted down by the emperor they once served, munitions expert Colonel Thomas Granger takes refuge in the unlikeliest of places. He becomes a jailer in Ethugra – a prison city of poison-flooded streets [...]

39. Stands a Shadow by Col Buchanan
Heart of the World: Book 2
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.6 | 0 positive reader reviews
Ash is an ageing Roshun assassin who is determined to avenge the previous victims of the Matriarch. Che the Matriarch’s personal Diplomat and also a trained killer of the state is questioning his own path in all of this.With the battle for the Free Ports intensifying more lives are d [...]

40. Mainspring by Jay Lake
Mainspring Universe: Book 1
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.6 | 0 positive reader reviews
Her Imperial Majesty Queen Victoria still rules New England and her American Possessions; the Royal Navy rules the skies with its mighty airships; and Earth still turns on God’s great brass gears of Heaven as it makes its orderly passage around the Lamp of the Sun from Midnight to Midnight [...]

41. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Leviathan series: Book 1
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
The year is 1914 and Europe, armed with futuristic machines and biotechnology, is on the precipice of war. Prince Aleksandar is fleeing for his life, having discovered that his parents have been assassinated and he is now a target for the Clanker Powers, a group determined to take over the globe [...]

42. Like Clockwork by Damien Love
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
As the serialisation beings we meet 12-year-old schoolboy Alex who, just before Christmas, receives an old toy robot from his globe-trotting grandfather. It doesn't seem anything unusual but when the old man himself arrives just in time to save him from an attack by sinister little robots Ale [...]

43. Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #1
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews
With Phoenix Rising, Phillipa Ballantine and Tee Morris have created a great addition to the growing steampunk genre and have given a new take on fighting crime. For me, the authors demonstrated a good grasp of the steampunk theme, although centering this story more around the characters rather t [...]

44. The Revenant Express by George Mann
A Newbury and Hobbes Investigation #5
Score: 82
Our rating: 8.2 | 0 positive reader reviews
Sir Maurice Newbury is bereft as his trusty assistant Veronica Hobbes lies dying with a wounded heart. Newbury and Veronica's sister Amelia must take a sleeper train across Europe to St. Petersberg to claim a clockwork heart that Newbury has commissioned from Faberge to save Veronica from a l [...]

45. Empire State by Adam Christopher
Score: 81
Our rating: 8.1 | 0 positive reader reviews
It was the last great science hero fight, but the energy blast ripped a hole in reality, and birthed the Empire State – a young, twisted parallel prohibition-era New York. When the rift starts to close, both worlds are threatened, and both must fight for the right to exist. [...]

46. The Converted by CR Hindmarsh
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
With his patients dead and his genetic research in tatters, Dr. Anton Springmann fled his homeland as a fugitive, taking a one-way diesel ship to New Alania. But within hours of his arrival, screams ring through the night. Hordes of gray, humanoid creatures--devils, to the townspeople--attack Ant [...]

47. Merkabah Rider by Edward M Erdelac
Tales of a High Planes Drifter: Book 1
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The last of an ancient order of Jewish mystics capable of extraplanar travel, The Merkabah Rider roams a demon haunted American West in search of his renegade teacher. But as the trail grows fresher, shadows gather, and The Hour Of The Incursion draws near... Four novella episodes in one book. Th [...]

48. Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff
The Lotus War: Book 1
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Arashitoras are supposed to be extinct. So when Yukiko and her warrior father Masaru are sent to capture one for the Shõgun, they fear that their lives are over – everyone knows what happens to those who fail the Lord of the Shima Isles. But the mission proves less impossible and mor [...]

49. Grandville by Bryan Talbot
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Two hundred years ago, Britain lost the Napoleonic War and fell under the thumb of French domination. Gaining independence after decades of civil disobedience and anarchist bombings, the Socialist Republic of Britain is now a small, unimportant backwater connected by a railway bridge, steam-power [...]

50. Clockwork Lies: Iron Wind by Dru Pagliassotti
Clockwork Heart Trilogy #1
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Taya, the metal-winged icarus whose investigation helped defeat a plot against Ondinium and its populace, is assisting her exalted husband Cristof Forlore on his first ambassadorial mission. They must learn about Mareaux’s experiments in airship technology and determine whether the ostensib [...]

51. Ghosts of War by George Mann
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
It is 1927, and New York City is under attack. Flying among the airships, strange winged creatures swoop from the sky and carry away its citizens, and only the Ghost can protect them. He is close to finding their origin: a deranged military scientist who is slowly rebuilding himself as a machine. [...]

52. Beneath London by James P Blaylock
A Tale of Langdon St. Ives
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
When the sudden collapse of the Victoria Embankment uncovers a passage to an unknown realm, Langdon St. Ives sets out explore it, not knowing that a wealthy psychopath is working to keep the underworld's secrets hidden for reasons of his own. Assumed to be dead and buried beneath London, St. [...]

53. The Affinity Bridge by George Mann
A Newbury and Hobbes Investigation #1
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London. Airships soar in the skies, whilst ground trains rumble through the streets. But beneath this shiny veneer of progress lurks a sinister side. Queen Victoria is kept alive by a primitive life-support system while her agents Sir Mauric [...]

54. Ghosts of Karnak by George Mann
Score: 78
Our rating: 7.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
Something's not right with the Ghost's friend Ginny and not just the fact she's still drinking... something happened to her in Cairo out on the dig. Something that's related to a strange cult known as The Circle of Thoth a baboon with a clockwork eye dust devils on Fifth Avenue ro [...]

55. The Guns Above by Robyn Bennis
A Signal Airship Novel
Score: 78
Our rating: 7.8 | 0 positive reader reviews
They say it’s not the fall that kills you.For Josette Dupre, the Corps’ first female airship captain, it might just be a bullet in the back.On top of patrolling the front lines, she must also contend with a crew who doubts her expertise, a new airship that is an untested [...]

56. Steam Queen by Jack Hessey
Score: 76
Our rating: 7.5 | 1 positive reader reviews
Europe is a dangerous, virtually lawless place. Armed bandits prowl the railway lines in their armed Steam Locomotives, looking for easy marks and heavily armed mercenary engines travel from town to town looking for work in a world where every day is a struggle for its civilians.Erica, an [...]

57. The Executioner's Heart by George Mann
A Newbury and Hobbes Investigation #4
Score: 75
Our rating: 7.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
When Charles Bainbridge, Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard, is called to the scene of the third murder in quick succession where the victim’s chest has been cracked open and their heart torn out, he sends for supernatural specialist Sir Maurice Newbury and his determined assistant, Miss Vero [...]

58. Scar Night by Alan Campbell
Deepgate Codex Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 71
Our rating: 7.0 | 1 positive reader reviews
Suspended by chains over a seemingly bottomless abyss, the ancient city of Deepgate is home to a young angel, an assassin, and a psychotic murderer hungry for revenge or redemption. But soon a shocking betrayal will unite all three in a desperate quest.... The last of his line, Dill is descended [...]

59. Infernal Devices by KW Jeter
Score: 70
Our rating: 7.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
HE INHERITED A WATCHMAKER'S STORE - AND A WHOLE HEAP OF TROUBLE. But idle sometime-musician George has little talent for clockwork. And when a shadowy figure tries to steal an old device from the premises, George finds himself embroiled in a mystery of time travel, music and sexual intrigue. [...]

60. Nomad of Time Streams by Michael Moorcock
Score: 70
Our rating: 7.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Containing "The Warlord of the Air", "The Land Leviathan" and "The Steel Tsar", this is one of the Millennium Uniform Editions of Moorcock's work, omnibus volumes with revised texts and new introductions. Each volume is full of adventure as the characters wrestle [...]

61. Emilie & the Hollow World by Martha Wells
Score: 70
Our rating: 7.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
While running away from home for reasons that are eminently defensible, Emilie’s plans to stow away on the steamship Merry Bell and reach her cousin in the big city go awry, landing her on the wrong ship and at the beginning of a fantastic adventure. Taken under the protection of Lady Marle [...]

62. Foul Tide's Turning by Stephen Hunt
The Far-Called Sequence #2
Score: 70
Our rating: 7.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
Jacob Carnehan rescued his son from slavery but he may have started a war - one in which he is hopelessly overmatched - and his wits and ruthlessness will only take him so far. Carter Carnehan has gone from slave to revolutionary - but what will his ideas be worth when they come under fire? The C [...]

63. Brother's Ruin by Emma Newman
Industrial Magic #1
Score: 70
Our rating: 7.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
The year is 1850 and Great Britain is flourishing, thanks to the Royal Society of the Esoteric Arts. When a new mage is discovered, Royal Society elites descend like buzzards to snatch up a new apprentice. Talented mages are bought from their families at a tremendous price, while weak mages are s [...]

64. Farlander by Col Buchanan
Heart of the World: Book 1
Score: 65
Our rating: 6.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
Nico is a young lad, trying to find his way in the city of Bar-Khos. Being in a constant state of siege for the last decade hasn’t been good on the city and inside its walls the people are desperate. Willing to do anything for a scrap of food, the streets are littered with thieves and prost [...]

65. Weaver's Lament by Emma Newman
Industrial Magic #2
Score: 65
Our rating: 6.5 | 0 positive reader reviews
Charlotte is learning to control her emerging magical powers under the secret tutelage of Magus Hopkins. Her first covert mission takes her to a textile mill where the disgruntled workers are apparently destroying expensive equipment. And if she can't identify the culprits before it's too [...]

66. The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt
Score: 60
Our rating: 6.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
When Molly Templar witnesses a brutal murder at the brothel she has just been apprenticed to, her first instinct is to return to the poorhouse where she grew up. But there she finds her fellow orphans butchered, and it slowly dawns on her that she was in fact the real target of the attack. For Mo [...]

67. Twenty Trillion Leagues Under the Sea by Adam Roberts
Score: 40
Our rating: 4.0 | 0 positive reader reviews
It is 1958 and France's first nuclear submarine, Plongeur, leaves port for the first of its sea trials. On board, gathered together for the first time, one of the Navy's most experienced captains and a tiny skeleton crew of sailors, engineers and scientists. The Plongeur makes her first d [...]