There’s a saying that so much of fantasy is just the authors re-arranging the same old furniture in Tolkien’s attic. And while Tolkien’s influence on the genre is certainly nothing to sneer at, there are also plenty of subgenres of fantasy that hold new perspectives and original worlds to explore.
Silkpunk takes the idea of steampunk—a historical blend of science fiction and fantasy—and incorporates it with facets of East Asian antiquity. This mix opens up different world-building possibilities, whether adding elements to religion, tradition, or imagery, or simply straying from the typical Eurocentric worldview present in much of the genre. If you’re ready to explore everything silkpunk has to offer, here are six books you should checkout: