The Moonsteel Crown by Stephen Deas – Cover Reveal & Excerpt

The Moonsteel Crown

Cover Reveal & Excerpt

Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #6: The First Five Fall

Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off #6

The First Five Fall

The Museum of Magical Miniatures: Gallery One

The Museum of Magical Miniatures

Gallery One


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. Avatar 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. Avatar James says:

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

  4. Avatar Hazel Chudley says:

    Looks fab!

  5. Avatar Steve T says:

    Looking forward to enjoying this!

  6. Avatar Alia McKellar says:

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

  7. Avatar Andrew Mulnix says:

    The books get released in the USA on my birthday!

  8. Avatar Jan says:

    Excellent! Very much looking forward to the next trilogy 🙂

  9. Avatar Pete Kirkham says:

    Looks good

  10. Avatar Rosalind Broomhall says:

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

  11. Avatar 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. Avatar Ritika says:

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

  14. Avatar 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. Avatar Charlie Hopkins says:

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

  16. Avatar Graham Moonie says:

    Love those covers. Always judge a book by them

  17. Avatar glenn curry says:

    looks interesting.

  18. Avatar Johann says:

    Looks great!

  19. Avatar 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. Avatar Mike Grace says:

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

  22. Avatar 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. Avatar Mike says:

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

  24. Avatar Becca says:

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

  25. Avatar Nick Roles says:

    Liking the covers. Intriguing stuff.

  26. Avatar Richard says:

    An overbearing Patent Office – sounds intriguing.

  27. Avatar Ethan says:

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

  28. Avatar Alex says:

    This looks wicked

  29. Avatar Al says:

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

  30. Avatar 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. Avatar Todd says:

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

  32. Avatar 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. Avatar Marty says:

    Sounds very intriguing! And the covers are awesome

  34. Avatar Spy Mistress General says:

    Simply spiffing news… smg.x

  35. Avatar Marc says:

    Would love to win some books 🙂 They sound great!

  36. Avatar Noneofyourbusiness says:

    I love steampunk and alternate histories!

  37. Avatar Lady Morar says:

    Wow! Knock on wood.

  38. Avatar The Distinguished Professor says:

    These books look great!

  39. Avatar Lynn Kempner says:

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

  40. Avatar Naomi says:

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

  41. Avatar sarah says:

    Sounds amazeballs!

  42. Avatar Zuggaschnegsche says:

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

  43. Avatar 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. Avatar Andy Angel says:

    A most excellent prize. Good luck to all

  46. Avatar O Chaudhri says:

    Is this open to anyone?

  47. Avatar Peter Andersson says:

    You had me at Steampunk

  48. Avatar Shaun Carter says:

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

  49. Avatar Keith says:

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

  50. Avatar Febin says:

    Would love to get to check out this series.

  51. Avatar Barbara Long says:

    stunning cover art !

  52. Avatar jon says:

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

  53. Avatar Ben Whitehouse says:

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

  54. Avatar Mia says:

    Really great covers!

  55. Avatar Marie Irshad says:

    This series sounds great! Would love to win it!

  56. Avatar Several Crows says:

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

  57. Avatar Patrick says:

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

  58. Avatar peter says:

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

  59. Avatar Ben says:

    Great covers!

  60. Avatar CL says:

    Sounds interesting!

  61. Avatar Aidan says:


  62. Avatar D.S. Diaz says:

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

  63. Avatar 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. Avatar Erik Wiitanen says:

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

  65. Avatar 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. Avatar 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. Avatar Anne says:

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

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