New Books Highlight: Steampunk

Do you geek steampunk? Here are three new titles that will get you dreaming of dirigibles, steam power, gears, gadgets, goggles, science and history.

The Lazarus Machine: A Tweed and Nightingale Adventure by Paul CrilleyCover image of The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley

This is the first book in Crilley’s new series, Tweed & Nightingale Adventures. True to steampunk form, it’s set in an alternate London in the year 1895. The city is tightly controlled by the secretive government, the Ministry. The possibly corrupt government is at a loss as to what to do when a destructive gang starts spreading mayhem around London and one name is on everyone’s lips: Professor Moriarty. Sebastian Tweed teams up with information broker Octavia Nightingale when his conman father is kidnapped by Moriarty. What they uncover in the computer-laden, automaton-filled world is more sinister than they could have imagined. Part sci-fi, part Sherlock, all awesome!

Sneak Peek! “Tonight, seventeen-year-old Sebastian Tweed was going to be the voice of a fifty-year-old woman. More specifically, he was going to be the voice of a Mrs. Henrietta Shaw – missing and presumed dead for over a year now. He wasn’t happy about it.” (Text copyright 2012 by Paul Crilley)

Legacy of the Clockwork Key: The Secret Order, Book One by Kristin BaileyCover image of Legacy of the Clockwork Key by Kristin Bailey

Another first in a new series, the Secret Order. When Meg’s parents are killed in a devastating fire, all that is left besides her life is a pocket watch. More than it seems, however, the watch turns out to be a clockwork key, one that only Meg can use. What does it unlock? Secrets, clues to a mystery only Meg can solve – with a little help from a possible love-interest. She begins to unravel the web of secrecy around a secret society, and an invention that could change the world but that Meg must destroy. If you like your steampunk with a little romance and a lot of intrigue, this is the book for you.

Sneak Peek! “Six months. It had only been six months. Heavy flakes of snow drifted past the black iron bars of the front gate. I watched one flutter and land on the muzzle of one of the enormous bronze lions standing guard.” (Text copyright 2013 by Kristin Bailey)

The Friday Society by Adrienne KressCover image of The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress

Another mystery-infused steampunk, this book is packed with action, humor, and kick-butt heroines. The three not-so-gentle ladies who make up the Friday Society – Cora, Michiko, and Nellie – meet and become partners in action when a ball which they are attending ends in murder. It’s up to them to combine their skills in science, combat, and sleight-of-hand, to solve the mystery. Even with their abundant intelligence, clever disguises, and alter egos, it’s hard to be sneaky – especially when there are eligible bachelors involved. But the three fight hard to save London from certain destruction at the hands of a nefarious woman exacting her revenge against the all-male Society of Heroes.

Sneak Peek! “And then there was an explosion. It was loud. It was bright. It was very explosion-y.” (Text copyright 2012 by Adrienne Kress)

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