Best Steampunk Books

Here is a list of the best steampunk books any steampunk fan should read. Ordered alphabetically by author name, they have made it onto Steampunk Princess's "best of" list because she read and enjoyed them!

Clickable titles have been reviewed, but Steampunk Princess can personally vouch for every single one of the below because she has read them personally! This list will be updated frequently.

Etiquette and Espionage, by Gail Carriger

Steampunk Book Review Etiquette and Espionage Gail Carriger
The first in a young adult series set twenty-five years before Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, but in the same universe. Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right - but it's a different kind of finishing than Sophronia expects.



Soulless, by Gail Carriger

Steampunk Book Review Soulless by Gail Carriger
Not only does Alexia have no soul, but she's a spinster whose father is Italian and dead. Things go from bad to worse when she is rudely attacked by a vampire, and Alexia accidentally kills him. Because now she has to deal with the horrible (but gorgeous) werewolf, Lord Maccon, who is sent to investigate.




Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare

Steampunk Book Review Clockwork Angel Cassandra Clare
Tessa Grey crosses the ocean to England to find her brother, but what she finds instead is London's Downworld, where vampires and warlocks stalk the gaslit streets.







Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare

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Book two of The Infernal Devices, Tessa Grey has found a home with the Shadowhunters, but her safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.



Airman, by Eion Colfer

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When Conor uncovers a deadly conspiracy against the king and tries to intervene, he is branded a traitor and thrown into jail on a prison island. There, he has to fight for his life, as he is forced to mine for diamonds in inhumane conditions. There only way to escape is to fly.




The Girl in the Steel Corset, by Kady Cross

Steampunk Book Review The Girl in the Steel Corset Kady Cross
In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne is no "normal" Victorian girl. She has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch... But the orphaned duke, Griffin King, says that the magical darkness inside her makes her special, and asks her to join a team of other "special" people. Maybe Finley will finally find a place to fit in...



The Girl in the Clockwork Collar, by Kady Cross

Steampunk Book Review The Girl in the Clockwork Collar by Kady Cross
Sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne and her misfit friends have journeyed from London to America to rescue their friend Jasper, hauled off by bounty hunters. But Jasper is in the clutches of a devious former friend demanding a trade-the dangerous device Jasper stole from him...for the life of the girl Jasper loves.




Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher


Incarceron is a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology -- a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber -- chains, great halls, dungeons. A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison -- a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists. But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device -- a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn's escape is born ...

Sapphique, by Catherine Fisher


Finn has escaped from the terrible living Prison of Incarceron, but its memory torments him, because his brother Keiro is still inside. Outside, Claudia insists he must be king, but Finn doubts even his own identity. Is he the lost prince Giles? Or are his memories no more than another construct of his imprisonment? And can you be free if your friends are still captive? Can you be free if your world is frozen in time? Can you be free if you don't even know who you are? Inside Incarceron, has the crazy sorcerer Rix really found the Glove of Sapphique, the only man the Prison ever loved. Sapphique, whose image fires Incarceron with the desire to escape its own nature. If Keiro steals the glove, will he bring destruction to the world? Inside. Outside. All seeking freedom. Like Sapphique.

Dearly, Departed, by Lia Hable

Steampunk Book Review Dearly Departed by Lia Hable
Zombie futuristic steampunk... it doesn't get much better than that. In 2195, Nora Dearly is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt after her parent die - a fate worse than death... until death comes knocking literally at the door and Nora is kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.





Cinder, by Marissa Meyer


Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is also a cyborg. Reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness, Cinder's life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, and she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.



The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman


Lyra Belacqua sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the golden compass. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called "Gobblers"—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person's inner being.



All Men of Genius, by Lev AC Rosen

Steampunk Best Books All Men of Genius Lev AC Rosen
Violet Adams wants to attend Illyria College, but it unfortunately only admits males. She disguises herself as her twin brother, Ashton, and gains entry.







Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld


Book one of Westerfeld's Leviathan series. When Deryn Sharp disguises herself as a boy called Daryl, she falls into an around the world adventure with Prince Aleksander, secret heir to Austro-Hungarian throne.






Behemoth, by Scott Westerfeld


Book two of Westerfeld's Leviathan series. 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 commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory. Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what's ahead.

Goliath, by Scott Westerfeld


Book three of Westerfeld's Leviathan series. When Deryn Sharp disguises herself as a boy called Daryl, she falls into an adventure with Prince Aleksander, secret heir to Austro-Hungarian throne. From Russia to Tokyo, California, and New York... Hungry giant bears, ocean storms, attacking forces from sky, land, and underwater - how can a penniless royal and brave commoner achieve world peace and their own happiness?

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