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The '''Age of Steam''' novels by Creator/DevonMonk are a series that combines WeirdWest and {{Steampunk}}, consisting thus far of
* ''Dead Iron''
* ''Tin Swift''
* ''Cold Copper''
!!Tropes featured in this work include:
%% * AgeOfTitles:
* AnxietyDreams: In ''Dead Iron'', [=LeFel=] does not sleep because he will only dream of dying, which is near.
* BackFromTheDead: In ''Dead Iron'', Jeb Lindson has already come back twice at the beginning. [=LeFel=] invokes the RuleOfThree to argue that he should stay dead this time.
* BalefulPolymorph: In ''Dead Iron'', Cedar's brother Wil was permanently turned into a wolf--with, fortunately, his own mind--as opposed to Cedar's InvoluntaryShapeshifter.
* BlackMagic: In ''Dead Iron'', Mae's magic twists to this and causes pain. She uses great care to use it only beneficially--keeping out vermin--and laboriously learned to undo curses and other dark bindings.
%% * TheBlacksmith: the father of the kidnapped boy
%% * BloodMagic: [=LeFel=] uses it.
* BlowYouAway: In ''Dead Iron'', Cedar's arrival at the mine is announced by dust devils that form without any wind.
%% * ChildrenAreSpecial: especially for dreaming.
%% * CoolGate: [=LeFel=]' aim
* CueTheSun: In ''Dead Iron'', the sun comes from behind the clouds just as Mae sets out to the Madder brothers'. She takes it as a good omen.
%% * {{Curse}}: Why werewolves, and why [=LeFel=] wants them.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: In ''Dead Iron'', Cedar's brother Wil dragged him west after the loss of his wife and children. Then they went on the wrong land and were {{curse}}d into {{werewolf}} form. Cedar came to find himself at the end of a bloody trail, and backtracked to find his brother's wolf corpse, its throat torn out by himself.
%% * TheDrifter: Cedar
%% * DoorstopBaby: Rose's backstory
%% * TheExile: [=LeFel=]
* TheEyesHaveIt: In ''Dead Iron'', a room of Strangework mantics is absolutely still, except for eyes following [=LeFel=] and Mr. Shunt.
%% * TheFairFolk: [=LeFel=]
* AFriendInNeed: In ''Dead Iron'', when Rose is thrown out of the meeting where the WitchHunt is started, she resolves that nothing can stop her from helping Mae.
* GoodSamaritan: Cedar goes to hunt down a lost child despite the treatment he gets in the town.
* GreenThumb: In ''Dead Iron'', Rose can hear plants talk. She tries to ignore it; wearing her OrphansPlotTrinket helps.
* HumanSacrifice: In ''Dead Iron'', [=LeFel=] has long searched for [[TargetedHumanSacrifice the three humans]] he must sacrifice for his CoolGate.
%% * InvoluntaryShapeshifter: Cedar
* InsubstantialIngredients: Played with in ''Dead Iron'', Alun Maddox talks of spoons made of moonlight -- and Cedar says his gun is made with pain.
%% * MagicalLand: [=LeFel=]'s aim
* MosesInTheBulrushes: In ''Dead Iron'', Rose Small's backstory was being abandoned on the step of her adoptive parents' home.
* MustBeInvited: In ''Dead Iron'', Mae explicitly refuses permission to enter her home, though the effect appears to be more her spells than the refusal.
%% * OrphansPlotTrinket: Rose's device.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: In ''Dead Iron'', Cedar, under a {{curse}}, changes by the full moon and loses his mind, requiring him to chain himself. He pays quite dearly for a collar that lets him keep his right mind. [[spoiler:Later we learn his brother Wil is still alive and also under a curse, but while Cedar only changes during the full moon, Wil is permanently a wolf, and fortunately, can control himself all the time when not actively bespelled by [=LeFel=]]].
* PowerOfLove: In ''Dead Iron'', [=LeFel=] has to kill Jeb because otherwise his and Mae's love would protect her.
%% * {{Revenge}}: Mae's motivation
* RuleOfThree: In ''Dead Iron'', [=LeFel=] tries to invoke this on Jeb Lindson -- he shouldn't have to kill him more than three times.
%% * SmallTownBoredom: Rose wants out
* SomethingAboutARose: In ''Cold Copper'', Captain Hink had given Rose a wallpaper rose, folded paper and perfumed. She had kissed him -- more than once -- because of it.
%% * WhiteMagic: Mae's sisters.
* WindowsToTheSoul: In ''Dead Iron'', Wil's eyes are still copper even in wolf form. The precise color is not so significant as what it shows about Wil's ability to keep his human mind in wolf form.
%% * WitchHunt: How [=LeFel=] intends to control the Mae.