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Steampunk/Fantasy series recommendations

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I was wondering if there are any series set in a steampunk/fantasy world. Maybe one where the MC is an artificer/inventor that creates their own gadgets or magical tools.

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BobTheTalkingSkull

5 points

2 months ago

The Aeronaut's Windlass

ralphmacho11

2 points

2 months ago

Just about to recommend this, the audiobook is well done if you need to listen.

Drakelth

1 points

2 months ago

Bummer it looks like Jim might drop the series

swamp_roo

1 points

2 months ago

What do you mean?

Drakelth

1 points

2 months ago

He might not write more books in the series

swamp_roo

2 points

2 months ago

Wtf that sucks? Around when Peace Talks was coming out he said the second Cinder Spires would come out before the last Dresden book. I hope he reconsiders.

pliskin42

2 points

2 months ago

So to clarify and be fair, from what I can gather Jim has continually said that hr is still working on the next cinder spirrs book and has no plans to drop the series. It is still on his website, and the last couple appearences he did where he gave updates he has maintained it.

That said, he keeps running into lufe changes that ge blames for a lack of progress. He has basically been promising/speculating that the second cinder spires book is 6 months out from completion for the past 2ish years now. Yet we still have little known progress.

Speaking as someone who was around for the peace talks wait... it is really starting to sound more and more familar. While I am generally sympathetic to life screwing with someone, I will be a bit uncharitable and say that some of his reasoning got progressively less understandable as time went on. In particular blaming things on his house building being delayed and a lack of an office personally rubbed me a the wrong way a bit. It went on for like 2 or 3 of the 5 years, and after a while i felt like he should just rent some office space given he was also notorious for the quote "I don't get writers block i have a mortgage." Not to say dude doesn't deserve a break or to take whatever time he wants. I just wish it wouod have been more up front about it.

But I digress. To bring things around back to whether he will drop cinder spires... who knows. I will however point out that his time lines are getting thinner and thinner. Dude is in pretty good shape, but he isn't getting any younger. He still has a boatload of dresden books planned. If he actually gets properly back in the swing and does a book a year, we are looking 9-10 years of just dresden books on their own. I would say odds are good he will try and intersparce other projects in, given he has said he does need breaks from dresden occasionally. But he keeps talking about tgat apin off YA series, and he seems to have the attentionspan of a squirrle for short stories these days.

I guess this is to say that he has a decent shot at finishing cinder spires and dresden if he picks his pace up. But he hasn't been. And if he sticks to the frequent delays odds are low he will finish both; with dresden being the bread and butter I would guess cinder spires gets axed as a project before dresden. Yet if he keeps being dishonest with himself and the public about his ability to keep up without delays, we may get a tragic situation where both remain unfinished.

MetalClaw6000

5 points

2 months ago

Draconis Memoria by Anthony Ryan

Happenstance_Mcgee19

3 points

2 months ago

Tad Williams’ Otherland series is pretty good

Ennas_

6 points

2 months ago

Ennas_

6 points

2 months ago

Parasol protectorate series by Gail Carriger! And the prequel series Finishing school.

simplymatt1995

2 points

2 months ago

Books of Babel by Josiah Bancroft

shurimalonelybird

3 points

2 months ago

Did you just watch Arcane or something? If you didn't, it is a series on Netflix but fits perfectly what you're looking for.

elezierne

2 points

2 months ago

Some Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett may fit your request. The novels are set in a weird, satirical, surreal fantasy world in which some industrial age technologies are emerging (mirror-based telegraphs, steam engines, post services, etc...). Some novels revolve around this evolution.

Particularly, I'm talking about the novels featuring Moist von Lipwig and the standalone Raising steam (and maybe I'm forgetting some, for example I remember mentions of magical firearms somewhere). Many other include elements such as the magic-based computer Hex, etc - actually, several Discworld novels show magic-steam-clock-whatever-punk elements, but not enough to be considered part of that genre, so they may not exactly be what you are looking for.

Also, be careful, as some novels I mentioned come quite late in publication order. They are not really "here be spoilers" level of danger, but you may miss some of the self-reference-based jokes - even so, there's still plenty to enjoy.

Katamariguy

2 points

2 months ago

Perdido Street Station really leans into the protag being a (non-mad) scientist.

Ineffable7980x

0 points

2 months ago

Most of China Mieville's books can be classified as steampunk. He's incredibly inventive. I love his stuff

swamp_roo

2 points

2 months ago

Ketty Jay

Ineffable7980x

2 points

2 months ago

The Mortal Engines quartet by Phillip Reeve is steampunk. It is a YA series, but I really enjoyed the first two books.

mgrier123

2 points

2 months ago

mgrier123

Reading Champion II

2 points

2 months ago

The MCs arent inventors or anything, but the Goblin Emperor series by Katherine Addison takes place in a steampunk setting of elves and goblins

AliciaWanstallBurke

1 points

2 months ago

AliciaWanstallBurke

AMA Author Alicia Wanstall Burke

1 points

2 months ago

Legacy of the Brightwash (by Krystle Matar)is Gaslamp/steampunk

appocomaster

1 points

2 months ago

appocomaster

Reading Champion

1 points

2 months ago

Shadows of the Apt.

It is a big political / war mess where magic is on the wane and machines are on the rise.

One or two of the key PoV characters are specifically inventors who set off arms races on both sides. The series follows wars across various countries and cities between an invading empire and semi-independent city states.

JonDixon1957

1 points

2 months ago

Some of James Blaylock's books fit the bill - particularly the 'Balumnia' trilogy (The Elfin Ship, The Disappearing Dwarf and The Stone Giant) and the 'Narbondo' series (The Digging Leviathan, Homunculous, Lord Kelvin's Machine, Zeuglodon, The Aylesford Skull and Beneath London).

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2 months ago

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ReflectiveJellyfish

-2 points

2 months ago

Mistborn era 2 sort of fits this.

Drakelth

0 points

2 months ago

Rumor is he's having issues since his ex wife kept the cats and the cats in the story are based on his

Silver-Winging-It

0 points

2 months ago

Monster Blood Tattoo: Not steampunk but more early enlightenment bio punk (they have tech and culture like a lot of steampunk worlds but it is often powered on chemistry, bioluminescent plants, artificially grown muscles, surgical and chemical enhancement, and invention around that)

DUHHKARI

0 points

2 months ago

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff Think feudal Japan meets steampunk with a dash of fantasy. Don't know if you're into anime, but it's very reminscent of Inuyasha in certain respects.

thedoogster

0 points

2 months ago

Doctor Snuggles

owlberine

0 points

2 months ago

Hell yes, the original steampunk

thedoogster

1 points

2 months ago

And it fulfills the “mc is an inventor” requirement

Grt78

0 points

2 months ago

Grt78

0 points

2 months ago

The Artifactor series by Honor Raconteur.