Top 7 Free Teen & Young Adult Steampunk Books
A supernatural swarm. A treacherous scheme. A tinker’s apprentice may be the village’s only hope…
Jacob has yet to meet a gadget he couldn’t fix or an adventure he could resist. With trade routes to his remote Lowlands town cut off, Jacob must exchange his boyhood adventures for petty theft. After all, his wages at the tinker shop aren’t enough to pay for his father’s medicine.
But it soon becomes clear why few merchants brave the nearby roads as a plague of terrifying creatures descends upon the town. With the Lowlands under siege, Jacob and his friend have no choice but to run for their lives. When their escape uncovers a terrible secret, Jacob learns there are those who’ll stop at nothing to make sure the teen takes the scandal to his grave…
Steamborn is an inventive YA fantasy novel with a heavy dash of steampunk. If you like dystopian settings, killer insects, and resourceful characters, then you’ll love Eric Asher’s gear-turning tale.
Smoke and Magic
Banished to Victorian London
“Auburdeen Perneila Hayle,” Sassafras hissed, the amber glow from his cat eyes growing until the front of the wicker cage shone with it, “you will do whatever you can to behave yourself, to not embarrass me or your mother and to absolutely under every circumstance maintain a firm hand on your horrid temper.”
My anger simmered. Yes, I had a temper. And yes, it had taken me into situations in the past that perhaps I shouldn’t have been part of, situations that usually devolved into fistfights and incoherent yelling at the offender. He should be grateful I always kept control of myself enough my magic never came into play. Except that one time. But it wasn’t my fault. Not really. And the offender recovered. Eventually.
Auburdeen Hayle is the sixteen-year-old daughter of the next leader of her coven. When the transition of power becomes tense, Burdie is sent from her home in America to stay with old friends in London to keep her safe. But a handsome young man chooses to hide from the police in her hansom, drawing Burdie into an underground world of magic that challenges even her sense of adventure and puts her at odds with the very people who are meant to protect her.
The Heart-Shaped Chest: Adventure by Association the Everternia Saga
Equip new adventurers. Send them out to find their way in Everternia. Sally’s purpose has always been clear.
Adventurers treat her badly because they think she isn’t real. When someone shows her some kindness, it changes her perspective from NPC to sentient adventurer.
She’s only ever known the inside of her store, but there’s a growing hunger within her to find out more about the world she lives in.
And she won’t let people treat her poorly anymore.
Set in a cozy steampunk rpg world, this unique series blends multiple genres into a crafting litrpg cozy steampunk adventure. No, that isn’t an official category as of yet, but Sally’s working on it.
Out of the Shadows (Broken Gears Book 1)
Pride and Prejudice meets H.G. Wells with a dash of The Hunger Games.
Lenore, a thief, is on the run from the law, from the brutal Enforcers. Just when she thinks she’s found safety by assuming a new identity with a wealthy but eccentric family, she discovers they’ve got secrets of their own. Big ones. As does everyone in this series. And, of course, someone who knows her real identity is chasing after her. Will Lenore find the courage to forge her own path, or will she put her trust in the wrong people and bring this world of lies she’s built crashing down?
Out of the Shadows, Into the Fire, and Across the Ice are the first three books in the captivating Broken Gears young adult steampunk fantasy series. Fans of the Finishing School series by Gail Carriger and Garth Nix’s Old World universe will delight as this Victorian-era-esque world unfolds before them. A multi-layered steampunk fantasy tale of colorful characters, lost magic and technology, and subterfuge that promises to entrance. If you like smart heroines, forgotten magic, and rich Victorian settings, then you’ll love Lenore’s intrigue-and-adventure storyline.
Obsidian Alcatraz: An Evalyce Arcanepunk Novella
When a group of miners on the sky city of Port Jericho accidentally release an ancient magick, a force they have never dealt with before assaults the Jerachi.
As the killings continue, the city of mercenaries and hunters begins to fall prey to the fear. Collapse and utter destruction threaten the city, until unlikely allies set things right and put Port Jericho on a new path.
But what if they are faced with a killer they cannot see?
“I wouldn’t say this is my normal read, but I enjoyed this book. It is a bit of a police thriller with a fantastical sci-fi edge, so quite a mix. The world in which it is set is clearly deep and well researched, even though we only dip into a small corner of that world in this novella. The characters are likeable with some clear ‘police detective’ qualities despite a number of them being aliens, and there is a nice mix of action and investigation.”
Chronicles of Steele: Raven 1: Episode 1
Human life has value.
The poor living in the gutter are as valuable as the rich living in a manor.
The scoundrel is no less valuable than the saint.
Because of this, every life a reaper takes must be redeemed.
Raven has lived by this first tenet since she was trained by her father to become a reaper. But since his death, she’s been spending years redeeming the lives she’s taken. By her count, she’s even and it’s time for that life to end. If she settles down and becomes a wife, she might just feel human again. But on the way to the life she thinks she wants, the baron of New Haven asks her to complete a task which she cannot ignore… Just when Raven decides to give up on her life as an assassin, she’s pulled right back in.
The Chronicles of Steele: Raven is a steampunk-inspired fantasy set in an alternate universe.
A Perilous Assignment (Order of the MoonStone Short Stories Book 1)
The Order of the Moonstone is not just another shadowy underground resistance operation.
They have a much more sinister purpose.
Kayden is about to find out just how sinister.
Go back to the very beginning with us… see how Kayden was chosen for her most important and most dangerous assignment yet.