Treasure, Darkly by Jordan Elizabeth

Elizabeth blends cowboy action with a touch of steampunk technology and magic to create a tale that might appeal to both fantasy and western fans. Clark grew up in the brothel where his mother works, sneaking the occasional valuable from her clients’ clothes while they’re distracted. However, when the flask of absinthe he steals from … Continue reading Treasure, Darkly by Jordan Elizabeth

Fanya in the Underworld by Jordan Elizabeth

Mixing magic, steampunk, and colonialism, Elizabeth creates a fantasy tale that is fast-paced and personal without sacrificing depth and wider consequence. Fanya’s father was her father’s rightful heir; Instead the Council granted her inheritance to her stepmother; an inheritance that is being sold to unscrupulous men and the profits frittered away. Hoping to protect her … Continue reading Fanya in the Underworld by Jordan Elizabeth

Secrets of Bennett Hall by Jordan Elizabeth

Merging the subtle horrors and uncertain evidence of Gothic novels with modern language and focus, Elizabeth creates a tale that will appeal to lovers of both classic and modern horror. This novel is the second in the Return to Amston series, and follows the Treasure series. So, spectres of the past might lurk ahead. When … Continue reading Secrets of Bennett Hall by Jordan Elizabeth

Season of Wind by Aimee Hyndman

Hyndman combines the complexity of epic fantasy with the character focus of young adult fantasy, providing a sense of depth and scope without sacrificing accessibility or the reader’s wrists. This is the second volume in The Clockwork Gods Chronicles. So, spoilers ahead. Having completed the deal she made with Itazura, the god of mischief, Janet … Continue reading Season of Wind by Aimee Hyndman

The Island of Birds by Austin Hackney

Combining a full-rendered alternate world of ether-sailing dirigibles, steam-tanks, and social inequality, with a style and language both accessible to older primary school children and engaging enough for adult readers, Hackney crafts a steampunk novel that is likely to retain depth on a subsequent reading. This book is the second in the Dark Sea’s Trilogy. … Continue reading The Island of Birds by Austin Hackney

Beyond the Starline by Austin Hackney

Hackney combines the broad sweeps and high peril of the action mystery with the fine detail of character-driven narratives. Both rollicking tale of a plucky youth and sweeping portrayal of a complex society, this novel has much to appeal to readers of all ages and preferences. Harriet Howland spends her days working in her mother’s … Continue reading Beyond the Starline by Austin Hackney

The Bullet Catcher’s Author: An Interview with Rod Duncan

Ladies, Gentlemen, and Non-Gendered Polite Mechanicals, Davetopia is proud to present for your edification the question-answering talents of Mr Rod Duncan. Marvel as he forms a coherent sentence! Gasp in awe at his ability to sustain an argument! Observe, if you dare, the innermost workings of his mind! 1. Your official bio is below. But … Continue reading The Bullet Catcher’s Author: An Interview with Rod Duncan

Hour of Mischief by Aimee Hyndman

Combining a fast-paced, character-focused plot with a deep and complex world without either skimping or bogging down, Hyndman creates a story where humans can meet gods without being merely accessories. Born to the underclasses, Janet Redstone and her friends both make their living and calm their anger by stealing from the rich. With the twelve … Continue reading Hour of Mischief by Aimee Hyndman