Please recommend me some Flintlock Fantasy :)

Flintlock Fantasy, as the name suggests is Fantasy influenced by gunpowder technology set in worlds that are less Medieval sword & sorcery but more 18th century Europe characterized by the industrial revolution. Lots of inventions, lots of changes and lots of potential for conflict as society is changing and power is up for grabs^^ (This is my definition of Flintlock Fantasy, anyways πŸ˜€ )

I’ve been reading the Powder Mage Trilogy by Brian McClellan recently, as well as his second trilogy and am so IN LOVE with his books. I especially like the setting and realized that I actually haven’t read a lot of ‘Flintlock Fantasy’ before.

I’d count the Wax & Wayne novels by Brandon Sanderson, but I think that’s basically it.

I’ve done some research and the only novels I come across is The Shadow Campaigns by Django Wexler.

Are there any good Flintlock Fantasy books/series around that you would recommend?

I’d be very happy to hear about them!

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  1. Sorry, the only other even remotely close series that I know of is the God Fragments by Tom Lloyd. And really, that falls more into straight fantasy than flintlock, even though the tech is at the appropriate level…

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  2. I just looked through my “flintlock” tag and the only other one I have is Col Buchanan’s Heart of the World series, which starts with Farlander. I gave up after the second book was almost completely magicless though.

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  3. By Guns Above and By Fire Above by Robyn Bennis are fricking awesome. No magic, but loads of awesome airship battles.
    The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher has magic and AWESOME airship battles.
    Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series doesn’t have magic, but it has scads of dragons in an alt-Napoleonic Wars.
    Blackwing, and its sequel Ravencry (which I haven’t read yet), are a grimdark take on flintlock fantasy.
    Quintessence by David Walton is Age of Exploration fantasy.
    Robert E. Howard’s Solomon Kane stories are proto-flintlock fantasy.
    Perdido Street Station has shades of flintlock fantasy but is more steampunk.
    One thing that only McClellan and Sanderson share is integrating magic with the guns.

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    1. Thank you!! I will check out the Robyn Bennis books as well as Blackwing – they sound promising!

      Wasn’t a fan of Aeronaut’s Windlass, unfortunately.

      I’ve come across ‘Perdido Street Station’, but didn’t know it was steampunk/flintlock.

      Temeraire.. I read the first book and liked it but never continued πŸ˜€ it seemed to work as a stand alone.

      Thanks again for all those recommendations:)

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  4. Django Wexler’s series is fantastic! Another flintlock fantasy novel you might want to look into, but I can’t vouch for because I’ve not read it, is Stina Leicht’s Cold Iron. It’s been on my “flintlock wishlist” for a while too!

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  5. I echo what H.P. said about The Guns Above and Blackwing. Also recommend Gedlund: A Tale of The Verin Empire by William Ray. Gedlund is blackpowder fantasy with goblins, vampire lords, and giants, with a little magic thrown in. He has another book in the series called The Great Restoration.

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  6. I am going to be ‘that guy’ and totally ignore that you said fantasy (as I can’t think of any’. But if you are willing to dip your toe into the Historical Fiction pond, Bernard Cornwell’s ‘Sharpe’ series is the best black powder book series I have ever read.

    Gritty, dark and full of action.

    As I said, not fantasy, though.

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    1. My dad is trying to get me to read some historical fiction for ages now and he recommends Cornwell (and others^^). I might finally give in and try. I am not sure whether I’d like it, but I would definitely give it a chance. Thanks πŸ™‚

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  7. The Ketty Jay books by Chris Wooding are sort of flintlock fantasy – there’s magic (called daemonism), airships, and pirates wielding both swords and guns. Definitely fun reading. πŸ™‚

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  8. I concur with Guns of the Dawn, I can also recommend Robert Jackson Bennet’s City of Stairs, though it’s not exactly flintlock fantasy, it’s still very good, and has a Viking too, and gods killed by a projectile weapon ;). I believe there’s a review of it somewhere on our blog πŸ˜‰

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