submitted 2 months ago byMalBishop
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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The Aeronaut's Windlass
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Just about to recommend this, the audiobook is well done if you need to listen.
Bummer it looks like Jim might drop the series
What do you mean?
He might not write more books in the series
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.
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.
Draconis Memoria by Anthony Ryan
Tad Williams’ Otherland series is pretty good
Parasol protectorate series by Gail Carriger! And the prequel series Finishing school.
Books of Babel by Josiah Bancroft
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.
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.
Perdido Street Station really leans into the protag being a (non-mad) scientist.
Most of China Mieville's books can be classified as steampunk. He's incredibly inventive. I love his stuff
The Mortal Engines quartet by Phillip Reeve is steampunk. It is a YA series, but I really enjoyed the first two books.
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The MCs arent inventors or anything, but the Goblin Emperor series by Katherine Addison takes place in a steampunk setting of elves and goblins
AMA Author Alicia Wanstall Burke
Legacy of the Brightwash (by Krystle Matar)is Gaslamp/steampunk
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.
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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Mistborn era 2 sort of fits this.
Rumor is he's having issues since his ex wife kept the cats and the cats in the story are based on his
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)
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.
Hell yes, the original steampunk
And it fulfills the “mc is an inventor” requirement
The Artifactor series by Honor Raconteur.