What are the best gaslamp fantasy books?

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    #1Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell is a modern gothic novel written by Susanna Clarke. First published in 2004, it is the presents an alternate history set in the 19th centure England.


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    Pamela Salazar
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I have actually read parts of this book. At first I was daunted by its size but I really wanted to watch the tv series that came out about it. I did enjoy it I found it slow at some parts and at times needlessly long but I loved the relationship between the two magicians and I loved the tv as well. "
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    #2Anno Dracula

    Anno Dracula

    Anno Dracula is a horror fantasy fiction book written by Kim Newman. This historical fiction novel is the first book in the series and first published in 1992. 


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    Justin Warren
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I'm somewhat of a fantasy fan, and I had high hopes when picked this up after seeing it at the bookstore. Unfortunately it was just a bit mediocre. I couldn't get into it, and the bad part was, it was over the top bad enough to get me interested in it that way either. The character development is underwhelming and the story is a bit difficult to piece together in total. there are better reading options out there."
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    #3The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin)

    The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin)
    The Girl with Ghost Eyes is the first book in Xian Li-lin series written by M. H. Boroson. It is a historical paranormal fantasy novel published by Talos in 2015. 

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    Celia Miranda
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Interesting book that I picked up at my daughter's house. She had finished it and gave it to me as she knows I enjoy fantasy books. Good plot and character development. I enjoyed it and thought it was a great fantasy book. It only took me a few days to read it. "
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    #4The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus )

    The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus )

    The Amulet of Samarkand is a fantasy young adult fiction written by Jonathan Stroud as the first book in the Bartimaeus series. With over 400 pages, this book is published in 2003 by Hyperion Books for Children.


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    Samuel Banks
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Such a great read, a great thrilling fantasy book. It has everything you want in a book like this, so much magic, and spells, and violence. Truly a great fantasy book if you're trying to get lost into a different world for hours as you read, however if you're like me you won't want to stop reading each night which can be a problem."
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    #5The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)

    The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)
    The Golden Compass is the first book in Philip Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials, and mainly centers on Lyra and her adventures to find her missing friend Roger and her captured uncle, Asriel.

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    Terry Johnston
    Written on April 20, 2018
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    #6A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle)

    A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle)

    After her mother's suicide, Gemma Doyle had to move out from India to England, where she will attend a proper boarding school. Lonely and guilty, she will soon notice that someone is following her: a mysterious Indian man sent to watch her. 


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    Adam Elliott
    Written on March 28, 2018
    " The contemporary novel, A Great and Terrible Beauty, focuses on Gemma Doyle and about her life in England. The novel is intimidated by conspiracies and lies, which makes the action very interesting."
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    Stardust is a romantic adventure fantasy film released in 2007 directed by Matthew Vaughn. This follows Tristan who makes a promise to his beloved that he will retrieve a fallen star by venturing into the magical realm. 


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    Jesús Vera
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "Stardust will put you into another world. It felt like I was in a magical land. I wish the story had never ended."
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    #8Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)

    Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)

    Soulless is the first book in Gail Carriger's steampunk fantasy series for young adults, the Parasol Protectorate Series. It was first published in 2009. It became a New York Times Bestseller. It is about lady fighting off paranormals in Victorian London.


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    Nicholas Oliver
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Great book! The story is amazing and the characters made me want to root for them! Looking forward to the rest of the books in the series to see where the story goes."
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    Stardust is Neil Gaiman's 1999 romantic fantasy novel about Tristan, who vowed to find a falling star to win the love of Victoria. After facing dangers in his search, Thorn found the star, but it was not the object that Thorn thought he was looking for...


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    Gloria Johnston
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This fantasy book, is one of my preferred, i can say that the characters on it are very interesting and the story is so much interesting. I suggest reading this book during vacations, you will have a very good time reading it. "
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    #10Pretty Monsters: Stories

    Pretty Monsters: Stories

    Pretty Monsters: Stories is a book written by Kelly Link and illustrated by Shaun Tan. It is published in 2005. This young-adult fantasy book is composed of nine short stories.


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    Crystal Castro
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "I bought this book for my teenage daughter not really knowing if she would really like it but hoping it would be a nice change of pace from her normal reading of Manga. I was unexpectedly woke up one evening from a late nap to find her giggling, something my daughter never does and asked her what was so funny. She said that she had been reading the book that I had bought for her and had come to a funny part of the story. She said she loved the book and was enjoying all of the stories in it. To me that was a definite win! "
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    #11Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices)

    Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices)

    Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare is the first novel in the fantasy fiction and romance trilogy of Infernal Devices. This book follows the story of Tessa Gray and her encounter with a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club.


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    John Watson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is a great choice. It's a really interesting fantasy world that is created. I highly recommend it!"
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    #12Possession of the Soul (Fantasy is Alive)

    Possession of the Soul (Fantasy is Alive)
    Possession of the Soul is the first book in the series fantasy is alive written by Trinity Blacio that tells a story about Tabatha. Her family was killed by evil shapeshifters and now they are after her.  

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    Anthony Grant
    Written on March 22, 2018
    "One of the best fantasy books I have been able to read in a long time. A very unique story without the same old same old by other authors."
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    #13Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë that tells the story of Jane Eyre who is left under the care of cruel guardians as a young girl, and then goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess, under a harsh employer.


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    Nancy White
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Jane Eyre is a fascinating book about a young orphaned girl that takes place in the 19th century. However, it has no elements of fantasy and should not be included in that genre."
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    #14Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

    Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
    Alice's Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is a book where wordplay, parody, and logical and philosophical puzzles are everywhere. For all the surface playfulness, there is meaning in every page.

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    Zachary Martinez
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "A real classic. Alice in Wonderland is one of the most creative stories ever told. References to this book are still made today and many re-makes have been told in both print and movie form. Some of the imagery is truly out of this world and cannot be compared to any other story ever told. "
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    Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is about Richard Mayhew, a goodhearted man living in London whose life changed after helping a bleeding girl on a city sidewalk. Because of his act, he was put in a place filled with dangers Mayhew never even dreamed existed.


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    Amit Patel
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "I've always been a fan of the gaslamp fantasy setting. Neverwhere A Novel, falls into that category which is why I picked it up. Gotta say this is a really good read from beginning to end. I know i'm reading a good book when I have trouble putting ti down and this was one of them. I ended up reading the entire thing over the week. Certainly checking more of the authors work."
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    #16Luck in the Shadows (The Nightrunner Series)

    Luck in the Shadows (The Nightrunner Series)
    Alec of Kerry has been taken prisoner for a crime he did not commit, but his cellmate, Seregil of Rhiminee manages to take him out of there as his apprentice. Together, they embark on an adventure with many obstacles, and a strong bond between them will be created.


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    Aadhya Tambe
    Written on March 25, 2018
    "This fantasy story will keep the reader wanting more. I can definitely see this story as the first of a huge series. Well written and characters I just couldn’t help falling in love with. "


Best What are the best gaslamp fantasy books
1Jonathan Strange & Mr. NorrellBooks 53 Paid
2Anno DraculaBooks 41 Paid
3The Girl with Ghost Eyes (Xian Li-lin)Books 39 Paid
4The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus )Books 36 Paid
5The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials)Books 35 Paid
6A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle)Books 23 Paid
7StardustMovies 17 Paid
8Soulless (The Parasol Protectorate)Books 15 Paid
9StardustBooks 13 Paid
10Pretty Monsters: StoriesBooks 10 Paid

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