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New Gas-Lit Empire Series & Give Away!

Many Fantasy-Faction readers would have heard about Rod Duncan’s Gas-Lit Empire series. The first novel, The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, was shortlisted for the Phillip K. Dick award back in 2014. For those unfamiliar, Duncan’s novels are fast-paced and set within a steampunky alternative history.

The new series will be entitled ‘The Map of Unknown Things’ and the first novel is called The Queen of All Crows (expect an awesome cover!). Here’s the synopsis:

Only one woman can stop the world from descending into endless war.

The year is 2012. The nations of the world are bound together in an alliance of collective security, overseen by the International Patent Office.

When airships start disappearing in the middle of the Atlantic, the Patent Office is desperate to discover what has happened. Forbidden to operate beyond the territorial waters of member nations, they send spies to investigate in secret.

One of those spies is Elizabeth Barnabus. She must overcome her dislike of the controlling Patent Office, disguise herself as a man, and take to the sea in search of the floating nation of pirates who threaten the world order.

The novel will be released in the UK exactly one year from today (5th January 2018) and the USA, the lucky so-and-sos, get the book a few days earlier on 3rd January 2018. You know what that means? You’ve got a year to catch up or plan your re-reads 🙂


Now, some more good news for you! Angry Robot Books have given us three bundles of the original trilogy to give away. All you need to do is leave a comment (anything you like!) here or in the Facebook Group. Winners will be contacted in due course 😀

Good luck!



  1. Is this open for entries outside the UK? Namely Finland. 🙂

  2. ScarletBea says:

    I really enjoy steampunk, and this series looks great, I’d love to be the winner!
    And the covers are amazing, how come I’ve never seen them in the shops before?

  3. James says:

    Any comment at all? Hurrah. Is this open to us Brits as well?

  4. Hazel Chudley says:

    Looks fab!

  5. Steve T says:

    Looking forward to enjoying this!

  6. Alia McKellar says:

    Those covers ARE gorgeous! Can’t wait to see the new ones.

  7. Andrew Mulnix says:

    The books get released in the USA on my birthday!

  8. Jan says:

    Excellent! Very much looking forward to the next trilogy 🙂

  9. Pete Kirkham says:

    Looks good

  10. Rosalind Broomhall says:

    Unfamiliar with these books, I’d love the chance to become acquainted!

  11. ihate_00 says:

    …..Hi, I live in Bangladesh. Can I take part in the giveaway? If so count me in please…..

  12. I just stumbled into gaslight fantasy recently, and it has completely consumed me. I have always had a love of the Victorian era. So much so that I am currently writing a novel with this setting. I would love to read these. The beast needs to be fed!

  13. Ritika says:

    Interesting covers , can’t wait to get my hands on them. I live in India, am I eligible?

  14. Rachel Noel says:

    I’ve only ever read Custodian of Marvels but I know I need to read the ones. This is such a great world!

  15. Charlie Hopkins says:

    Never ever heard of the series I’m ashamed to say.

  16. Graham Moonie says:

    Love those covers. Always judge a book by them

  17. glenn curry says:

    looks interesting.

  18. Johann says:

    Looks great!

  19. Nathan says:

    Love the covers, love AR, haven’t gotten around to this series yet, unfortunately. Winning would be a great motivation 🙂

  20. Oooo! Looks like a load of fun 😀

  21. Mike Grace says:

    As a Anstey (this world) resident, I’d be fascinated to read on about the other Anstey.

  22. Steven Bull says:

    These novels are an absolute delight, and I’m really looking forward to reading the first instalment of the second trilogy.

  23. Mike says:

    Wow, this sounds like a very fun series. Best of luck to everyone 🙂

  24. Becca says:

    This is a series I have on my never-ending want-to-read/need-to-buy list.

  25. Nick Roles says:

    Liking the covers. Intriguing stuff.

  26. Richard says:

    An overbearing Patent Office – sounds intriguing.

  27. Ethan says:

    Haven’t read this author yet but knowing Angry Robot they have an eye for talent!

  28. Alex says:

    This looks wicked

  29. Al says:

    Free books? In a steampunk setting? Count me in.

  30. Dawn Rose says:

    I have not yet read the first trilogy, but from what I know, Elizabeth is an amazingly brave and strong female character and I very much look forward to reading the fist trilogy and following that, the following trilogy in the series. Fantastic success, Rod Duncan. Brilliant achievement to have completed the first trilogy int he series. Congratulation and really good luck with your forthcoming publications, continuing the series! xxxxx

  31. Todd says:

    I love Steampunk! Gimme gimme gimme, oh PLEASE gimme!

  32. Glen Lee says:

    My favourite genre, set in my city, what’s not to like? If I don’t win free books, I’ll sure as anything buy themselves! Thanks Rod. You may not be a Woolback like me, but I think you should be an honorary one for all the pleasure I’ve had reading your books.

  33. Marty says:

    Sounds very intriguing! And the covers are awesome

  34. Spy Mistress General says:

    Simply spiffing news… smg.x

  35. Marc says:

    Would love to win some books 🙂 They sound great!

  36. Noneofyourbusiness says:

    I love steampunk and alternate histories!

  37. Lady Morar says:

    Wow! Knock on wood.

  38. The Distinguished Professor says:

    These books look great!

  39. Lynn Kempner says:

    I’ve been wanting to read this series for quite awhile!

  40. Naomi says:

    Any comment at all? My fronds are a-quiver at the thought of such bounteous gifts…

  41. sarah says:

    Sounds amazeballs!

  42. Zuggaschnegsche says:

    If it’s open for readers in Germany I’d like to enter.

  43. Jeff Rensch says:

    I already own all three and loved the first one. So no entry just thanks. Mr Duncan is a great guy too.

  44. I haven’t read that series before! Sounds good 🙂

  45. Andy Angel says:

    A most excellent prize. Good luck to all

  46. O Chaudhri says:

    Is this open to anyone?

  47. Peter Andersson says:

    You had me at Steampunk

  48. Shaun Carter says:

    What an unseemly marvel it’d be to win. ?

  49. Keith says:

    Excellent news. I’d love to win the original trilogy. On my TBR for some time now. Thanks!

  50. Febin says:

    Would love to get to check out this series.

  51. Barbara Long says:

    stunning cover art !

  52. jon says:

    Say that would look great right there on my to be read shelf!

  53. Ben Whitehouse says:

    Wanted to read these for a while. It would totally kick start me reading them.

  54. Mia says:

    Really great covers!

  55. Marie Irshad says:

    This series sounds great! Would love to win it!

  56. Several Crows says:

    I’m interested. (And American, if that’s a shipping issue.)

  57. Patrick says:

    Agree great looking covers and if they come recommended by FF they must be worth a read!

  58. peter says:

    Pick me! Pick me! I love free stuff! Pick me!

  59. Ben says:

    Great covers!

  60. CL says:

    Sounds interesting!

  61. Aidan says:


  62. D.S. Diaz says:

    Oh awesome! Been looking for more inspiration and steampunk has such amazingly interesting concepts in it.

  63. Ian P says:

    Why is the robot angry? This implies more than annoyed, maybe rashly so. Can’t be anything to do with Maddie Ashby surely?

  64. Erik Wiitanen says:

    Been looking for a new series to read! This looks pretty cool and interesting!

  65. xiagan says:

    If it’s not too late and if living in Germany isn’t a problem, I’d love to read those books! They sound very promising. 🙂

  66. Sana says:

    Oh that’s so exciting! I’ve only read The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter yet so I really need to get on reading the rest of the books, too.

  67. Anne says:

    Ooh, these are on my to read list! Angry Robot does great covers.

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