Fantasy & Beyond

A Book Forum for Speculative Fiction

Discuss SFF books and authors here.
User avatar
By Hedin
#1165
Does anyone know of any Age of Sail type fantasy books that they would recommend? Think like Aubrey-Maturin and Hornblower type of books but with a fantasy twist? I've had an itch on that front and I re-read a lot of A-M and HB last year but I haven't been able to really scratch that itch with a good fantasy book or series.
User avatar
By DragonFlame
#1168
There is a Temeraire series by Naomi Novik, starting with Her Majesty's Dragon, set in the Napoleonic Wars. I have not read it myself and by the nature of Temeraire the battles become mostly airborne. It has been highly recommended to me by a huge A-M fan and I know others here have enjoyed it in the past. Maybe @Elfy can tell you more?
Hedin liked this
User avatar
By cupiscent
#1169
Seconding the Temeraire rec for historical fantasy of that period and ilk.

RJ Barker's Tide Child series is 100% Age of Sail nerdery turned sideways to fantasy, though it's a little grimier. Still, it's all on-ship procedures and logistics and naval engagements, in a rich fantasy setting with, actually, no wood at all. The trilogy starts with The Bone Ships.

I recently read HM Long's Dark Water Daughter which is secondary-world fantasy that feels very much of that era, with added ship's spirits, weather-singers, and a menacing faerie-sea behind the real one. It's a bit less 150-proof Age of Sail, with more on-shore shenanigans, but there's a strong naval element throughout.

And a final suggestion that's more of a reach - The Forever Sea by Joshua Phillip Johnson is a naval fantasy set in a world without water, where tall ships sail through seas of prairie grass, powered by magical bone-fires manipulated through song. It's a little more wondrous than age-of-sail rigorous, but it might be of interest!
DragonFlame, Hedin liked this
By Elfy
#1170
DragonFlame wrote: April 11th, 2024, 01:58 There is a Temeraire series by Naomi Novik, starting with Her Majesty's Dragon, set in the Napoleonic Wars. I have not read it myself and by the nature of Temeraire the battles become mostly airborne. It has been highly recommended to me by a huge A-M fan and I know others here have enjoyed it in the past. Maybe @Elfy can tell you more?
The Temeraire books were described as Patrick O'Brian with dragons. I enjoyed the first 3 or 4, but found that the quality gradually declined. Novak did write 9 of them all up, but I really only stuck it out through sheer bloody mindedness. I think @ScarletBea read a few of them, too.
DragonFlame, ScarletBea liked this
By Peat
#1203
I see everyone has already beaten me to Temeraire, which is absolutely the obvious recommendation here.

Rob Hayes' Where Loyalties Lie might be worth a look for you.

Also Tim Powers' On Stranger Tides, which was part of the inspiration for Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean, might be worth a look although I've not read that one myself.

Paul Kearney's The Sea Beggars is a fine maritime fantasy duology (without an ending) but not necessarily Age of Sail, while Raymond E Feist's The King's Buccaneer is in a similar boat.
User avatar
By raptori
#1206
+1 for Tide Child - that trilogy was absolutely fantastic, and Temeraire was fun if a little YA-styled for me personally :phew:

Also Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb is incredible. Can be read without reading Farseer first, though those are amazing too... Liveships is a bit different though since it's third-person with many perspectives!
ScarletBea, DragonFlame liked this
User avatar
By Hedin
#1209
raptori wrote: April 13th, 2024, 16:19 +1 for Tide Child - that trilogy was absolutely fantastic, and Temeraire was fun if a little YA-styled for me personally :phew:

Also Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb is incredible. Can be read without reading Farseer first, though those are amazing too... Liveships is a bit different though since it's third-person with many perspectives!
Was there naval combat in Liveships? I don't remember any but also I didn't really like the series so a lot of the details got excised from the memory banks.
User avatar
By raptori
#1216
Hedin wrote:
raptori wrote: April 13th, 2024, 16:19 +1 for Tide Child - that trilogy was absolutely fantastic, and Temeraire was fun if a little YA-styled for me personally :phew:

Also Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb is incredible. Can be read without reading Farseer first, though those are amazing too... Liveships is a bit different though since it's third-person with many perspectives!
Was there naval combat in Liveships? I don't remember any but also I didn't really like the series so a lot of the details got excised from the memory banks.
Depends what you mean by naval combat! It's been a while but I'm pretty sure they didn't have cannons etc, but did have ship-to-ship action and chases and that kind of stuff!
ScarletBea wrote:@raptori , we have to resign ourselves to being the only ones who love Liveship Traders :uglycry:
:beaming:
Yeah it's so sad really! So many people skip it, and many others like it less than they might at another time since they're impatient to get back to Fitz...