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Indie-Mas Day 5: Cogsmith’s Daughter

Indie-Mas is my annual recap of all the great independently-published books I read in the previous year. I like to take this time to share the love–both by helping promote great indie books and giving them away! So without further ado…

On the fifth day of Indie-Mas, my author gave to me:

A feisty woman who can raise the dead
My favorite kind of love triangle
A New Orleans-based Fantasy with a Snarky Fairy
An Elemental Epic Fantasy

And…


A Steampunk Dystopian

This one snuck up on me. It’s a blend of dystopian, magicless fantasy, steampunk, and awesome. Political intrigue features heavily here–another tyrant king to be dealt with–but I just adored the detailed technology and world building. Content warning for sex work.

Aya was a cogsmith’s daughter until said cogsmith defied the king and was put to death. Now, she’s working the rudder, the local brothel. A man comes promising to help her seek revenge against the king, and she’s swept up in the political intrigue of the “castle” (which is really a giant ship they all live in).

I was a bit bummed to find out the second book doesn’t follow Aya’s story, rather her friend Dellwyn. But I definitely recommend Cogsmith’s daughter to fans of steampunk.

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  • I loved Metaltown which was billed as steampunk, but it really wasn’t. It was based in a fictional industrial revolution and was all about forming a union.

  • Thanks for highlighting my novel! If it makes you feel better, I have it on good authority that Aya will be our star protagonist once again later in the series. 😉

  • My favorite steampunk fantasy book I’ve read in 2016 is a toss up between three classics adapted for children: H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine and Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and Around The World in 80 Days.

    Looking forward to Tara Sims’ Timekeeper which was just recently released.

  • Elizabeth Fiedler

    Dark So Deep, once again, my favorite steampunk fantasy. 🙂

  • Leah Hess

    This looks like a good “first” in the steampunk fantasy experience! Thanks for the chance!

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