10 Best Steampunk Novels For Sci-Fi Lovers-Favbookshelf

Steampunk is a sub-genre of Science-fiction, that involves a historical setting with steam-powered machinery. An inventive mash-up of future and past that imagines the victorian era’s steam-powered technology. This far exceeded what was possible. It is becoming more and more popular in the last few years (thanks to Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare).

So here are the 10 best Steampunk novels for the ones who need more of this badass, eccentric genre in their lives.

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10 Best Steampunk novels for Sci-Fi Lovers

P.S.: All the books have been arranged in alphabetical order because duh, they all are awesome!


#1 Burton & Swinburne Series by Mark Hodder


About the Book

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Burton and Swine Series by Mark Hodder

Title: Burton & Swinburne

Author: Mark Hodder

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery

Publisher: Snowbooks

Type: Series

No. of Books: 9

Goodreads rating: 3.8/5

Books in it: #1 The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack, #2 The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man, #3 Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon, #4 The Secret of Abdu El-Yezdi, #5 The Return of the Discontinued Man, #6 The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats, #7 The Mystery of the Empty Bay, #8 The Disaster at Dale Dyke, #9 The Great Plague of Paris

Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne, two people at the lowest of their careers and lives, find themselves stuck in a London where pollution is the new air, and murderers and criminals run amok. The technology is out of control. The more the two try to investigate the recent crimes, the more they realize that they need to save the present from the future, as they find their history getting manipulated.

Why do we recommend this book?

The world-building is beyond amazing. Imagine Agatha Christie’s Poirot meets steampunk. The investigation concept of the plot goes hand in hand with character development and the mechanics of the world. It’s a long series, but the books are worth your time.

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#2 Leviathan Series by Scott Westerfeld


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Leviathan Series by Scott Westerfeld

Title: Leviathan

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure

Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Type: Series

No. of Books: 3

Books in it: #1 Leviathan, #2 Behemoth, #3 Goliath

Goodreads rating: 4/5

After getting destroyed by his people, Alec is on the run. While a commoner disguised as a male with secrets – Deryn is in constant danger. The world war between Clanker, which relies on machines for weapons and transportation, and Darwinists that rely on genetically altered animals for the same, is on the horizon. And if Ale and Deryn wish to protect their country, they would need all and any allies they could get.

Why do we recommend this book?

It’s a young adult done well. The characters have enough depth to make you care for them, and the world is big enough to get invested in immediately. Plus, the romance is slow-burning and completely worth it.

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#3 Matt Cruse Series by Kenneth Oppel


About the Book

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Matt Cruse by Kenneth Oppel

Title: Matt Cruse

Author: Kenneth Oppel

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Young Adult

Publisher: HarperCollins

Type: Series

No. of Books: 3

Books in it: #1 Airborn, #2 Skybreaker, #3 Starclimber

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

Aurora, an airship that sails hundreds of feet above the ocean, ferries wealthy passengers from city to city. Matt is a cabinboy, happier than he has ever been with his life. He dreams of flying higher when he meets a dying balloonist and learns of the beautiful creatures that drift through the skies. He realizes that the world has much more to offer, much more to dream about. Matt Cruse series follows Matt and his friends as they travel the world in search of new mysteries and human connections.

Why do we recommend this book?

It isn’t entirely steampunk perse, however, it’s got bits and pieces of it. The world-building, especially, is commendable. It is easy to read with very little central threat. A Young Adult books fan would love this book!

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#4 Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences by Pip Ballantine


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The Ministry Peculiar Occurrences by Pip Ballentine, Tee Morris, Phillipina Ballentine

Title: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences

Author: Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris, Phillipina Ballantine

Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Type: Series

No. of Books: 6

Books in it: #1 Phoenix Rising, #2 The Jannus Affair, #3 Dawn’s Early Light, #4 The Diamond Conspiracy, #5 The Ghost Rebellion, #6 Operation: Endgame

Goodreads rating: 3.9/5

Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences (or MPO) is a secret organization located in the heart of London. It specializes in dealing with strange cases that leave the normal law enforcement officials baffled. The citizens who washed ashore in the Thames river have been found recently, sometimes drained of blood, sometimes with their skin removed, and sometimes without bones. As soon as Eliza’s former partner becomes a victim, she is devoid of her right to investigate. Thus, she takes the case into her hands along with wellington and sets on to find the truth.

Why do we recommend this book?

It’s a pretty fresh take on this genre. This alternate London is mysterious, cool, and dark, but the plot makes up for it with its dry humor and playful undertone.

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#5 Newbury and Hobbes Series by George Mann


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Newbury and Hobbes by George Mann

Title: Newbury and Hobbes

Author: George Mann

Genre: Mystery, Horror

Publisher: Snowbooks

Type: Series

No. of Books: 6

Books in it: #1 The Affinity Bridge, #2 The Osiris Ritual, #3 The Immorality Engine, #4 The Executioner’s Heart, #5 The Revenant Empress, #6 The Albian Initiative

Goodreads rating: 3.6/5

It’s the Victorian era on the verge of the industrial revolution, where new inventions akin to magic keep the citizens astonished and fascinated every day. And yet, underneath this glory and glamour lies a sinister world. Sir Maurice, Crown’s investigator, and his recently appointed assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes are on the way to investigate an airship crash mystery while a deadly terrifying plague takes hold of Scotland. Newbury and Hobbes Series follow Maurice and Veronica as they examine and solve strange cases occurring in the kingdom while hiding their secrets.

Why do we recommend this book?

Another batman and robin! Please, this investigating shenanigan with two highly incompatible people stuck together trope never gets old! It is one of those series where each book gets better and better along with the characters and their relationships that are flashed out gradually but satisfyingly.

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#6 New Crobuzon Series by China Miévillen


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New Crobuzon by China Milevillen

Title: New Crobuzon

Author: China Miévillen

Genre: Fantasy, Horror

Publisher: Ballantine Del Rey

Type: Series

No. of Books: 3

Books in it: #1 Perdido Street Station, #2 The Scar, #3 Iron Council

Goodreads rating: 4/5

New Crobuzon is a metropolis city where crimes and betrayals rule, and the courts sentence the criminals to the horrendous Remaking. Isaac is a genius scientist whose research takes a new and mysterious turn once a strange man visits him. Pulled in deeper into the study by his curiosity, Isaac has no idea how his fateful meeting is about to change New Crobuzon, and it’s not going to be for the better.

Why do we recommend this book?

Miévillen’s imagination knows no bounds. This series has different stories in each book, all interconnected to each other, and yet the main plot of it remains the city. It’s a living, breathing nightmare, and this is honestly one of the smartest world-building we have ever come across.

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#7 Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail Carriger


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Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger

Title: Parasol Protectorate

Author: Gail Carriger

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Humor

Publisher: Orbit

Type: Series

No. of Books: 5

Books in it: #1 Soulless, #2 Changeless, #3 Blameless, #4 Heartless, #5 Timeless

Goodreads rating: 4/5

Alexia is soulless. In this machine-dependent London society where she is living a spinster life, Alexia is horrified by a Vampire trying to kill her, even though she should have expected it. After all, these supernatural have no manners. When she accidentally kills it, the situation only gets worse as Queen Victoria sends the werewolf Lord Maccon to investigate. If Alexia wishes to prove herself innocent, she has to figure out just what exactly is happening to London society, fast.

Why do we recommend this book?

A hilarious blend of supernatural, fantasy, steampunk, and romance, Parasol Protectorate is an amazingly written, humorous, and easy read that is sure to tickle your sides.

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#8 The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers


About the Book

The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers
The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers

Title: The Anubis Gates

Author: Tim Powers

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

Publisher: Ace Books

Type: Standalone

Pages: 387

Goodreads rating: 3.9/5

When Brendan accepted a millionaire’s invitation to act as a guide to time-traveling tourists, the last thing he expected was to get sucked himself into one of the worlds. Getting marooned to Regency London, where dark and dangerous forces know about the gates in time, Brendan starts to learn more about the famous poet whose works he specializes in, along with the true mysteries that surround the time gates.

Why do we recommend this book?

Ok, so it’s more time-traveling than Steampunk. However, the plot has got enough similarities. (Plus, it is tagged as Steampunk. So we won’t question it). The world-building is a little generic, and the characters are just a tad bit bland, but the writing is immaculate, and the mystery is pretty good. This book is perfect for readers who are just getting familiarized with this genre.

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#9 The Clockwork Century Series by Cherie Preist


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The Clockwork Century by Cheri Preist

Title: The Clockwork Century

Author: Cherie Preist

Genre: Fantasy, Horror

Publisher: Tor Books

Type: Series

No. of Books: 6

Books in it: #1 Boneshaker, #2 Dreadnought, #3 Ganymede, #4 The Inexplicable, #5 Fiddlehead, #6 Jacaranda

Goodreads rating: 3.5/5

The American civil war continued for almost two decades when a country’s greed made a death machine come to life. The first test run of Boneshaker gave devastating results that ultimately steer to the unearthing of a gas vein underground – one that made anyone who breathed it come to life as undead. Sixteen years later, the inventor’s widow and teenage son are struggling hard to survive until he decides to rewrite the mistakes of his father.

Why do we recommend this book?

It’s the steampunk meets zombie genre! It starts slow, but the series is one of the famous novels in this genre. A must-book for sci-fi lovers who are discovering this subgenre.

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#10 The Great Iron War Series by Dean F. Wilson


About the Book

The Great Iron War by Dean F. Wilson
The Great Iron War by Dean F. Wilson

Title: The Great Iron War

Author: Dean F. Wilson

Genre: Fantasy, Dystopia

Publisher: Dioscuri Press

Type: Series

No. of Books: 6

Books in it: #1 Hopebreaker, #2 Lifemaker, #3 Skyshaker, #4 Landquacker, #5 Worldwaker, #6 Hometaker

Goodreads rating: 4/5

In Altadas, there are no more human births. The two opposing factions include Regime, which replaces the unborn with demons, and Resistance, which is trying to destroy the drug that these demons need to survive. Jacob is a smuggler who can’t care less about the war, but when he inadvertently finds himself a part of it, he starts to realize that being indifferent is a lot harder than he thought, especially when his opponent is Hope.

Why do we recommend this book?

Ooh, this one is good. The world-building feels infinite. And the potential is quite nicely utilized in all the following books. Also those titles? Please, how can one not get curious with this one?

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That’s all for the recommendations for now. Now go ahead and devour them asap! Toodles!


P.S: Some books recommended here are available on Kindle Unlimited. If you have subscribed to it, then you can read these books for free. Check out this article: Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?

SO, to conclude here are 10 best steampunk novels:

1.Burton & Swinburne Series by Mark HodderBuy the Book- set
2.Leviathan Series by Scott WesterfeldBuy the Book-set
3.Matt Cruse Series by Kenneth OppelBuy the Book- set
4.Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences by Pip BallantineBuy the Book -set
5.Newbury and Hobbes Series by George MannBuy the Book-set
6. New Crobuzon Series by China MiévillenBuy the Book-set
7. Parasol Protectorate Series by Gail CarrigerBuy the Book- set
8.The Anubis Gates by Tim PowersBuy the Book
9.The Clockwork Century Series by Cherie PreistBuy the Book-set
10.The Great Iron War Series by Dean F. WilsonBuy the Book-set
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