ouiser--boudreaux asked: Oh no am I late on the book recs train? I was hoping you could help out this YA-loving fantasy/sci-fi nerd with a penchant for steampunk, secret societies, vagina-centric pagan shit, and wordiness a la James Joyce. (And I just finished A Great And Terrible Beauty which fulfills all but two of those requirements if that tells you anything.)
Assuming you’ve already read Graceling et al, The Girl Who Circumnavicated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making etc., and Ash/Huntress (I recommend those all the time so I don’t want to beat a dead horse but if you haven’t read those, go read them now!), then let’s see what we’ve got!
It doesn’t come out until January but I really feel like The Six-Gun Tarot hits all of your marks. I haven’t read it yet so I can’t be sure about the wordiness and it’s a Western-style steam punk which some people claim isn’t true steampunk but it’s whole own genre but whatever. Just read this publisher’s description:
Nevada, 1869: Beyond the pitiless 40-Mile Desert lies Golgotha, a cattle town that hides more than its share of unnatural secrets. The sheriff bears the mark of the noose around his neck; some say he is a dead man whose time has not yet come. His half-human deputy is kin to coyotes. The mayor guards a hoard of mythical treasures. A banker’s wife belongs to a secret order of assassins. And a shady saloon owner, whose fingers are in everyone’s business, may know more about the town’s true origins than he’s letting on.
A haven for the blessed and the damned, Golgotha has known many strange events, but nothing like the primordial darkness stirring in the abandoned silver mine overlooking the town. Bleeding midnight, an ancient evil is spilling into the world, and unless the sheriff and his posse can saddle up in time, Golgotha will have seen its last dawn…and so will all of Creation.
It’s gotten starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal as well as a great review from Kirkus (Heck, Kirkus mentions “an assassin following the path of Lilith” which will probably warm your vagina-pagan loving heart)!
The girl in the steel corset might be right up your alley. Steampunk secret society? No vagina pagans but 2 out of 4 isn’t bad! Apparently Agatha H and the Airship City is the novelization of a graphic novel? But I’ve heard really good things about it. If you prefer the original graphic novel then check it out as well.
Have you read the Soulless etc. books? Because they’re steampunk and secret societies and wonderful!
A Curse as Dark as Gold isn’t steampunk OR secret societies but it’s got that gorgeous wordiness you love as well as a strong magic-dabling main female character.
And if you’re ever in the mood for some fluff, I bet you would absolutely love Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series. The only point of yours it hits is female centered secret society but it just feels like a YOU sort of book.