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Book review — “The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences: Phoenix Rising”

May 18, 2017

Hello ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Casa!

This week, I thought we’d take a little trip into the realm of steam punk. Join me as we take a peek into the first book in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, “Phoenix Rising”, written by the husband and wife combo of Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine.

First, for those who do not know what steam punk is, it is a writing genre that takes place in Victorian times, but with steam-powered versions of technology we have nowadays. An example to give a rough idea is the movie and television series, “Wild Wild West”. While I’m not totally sure the time frame fits, the contraptions used in both fit the bill.

“Phoenix Rising” opens up with a bang, literally, with New Zealand Ministry agent Eliza D. Braun on a mission to extricate Wellington Books. Books is an archivist within the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, and his capture is of grave concern since he is privy to practically everything known to the organization. Case files, powerful mystical pieces, and information hidden away from the general public for their, the Queen’s, and the Empire’s safeties. Needless to say, Agent Braun is a woman of action who loves things that shoot or go boom. After successfully rescuing the archivist, she is assigned to the Archives to learn humility. Instead, she discovers details regarding her former partner’s last case, the one that ended with him confined to a mental institution. Before long, both Books and Braun are investigating the case and are drawn into a giant conspiracy against the Crown and Empire.

I reviewed the second book in the series, “The Janus Affair”, a couple of years ago, and found the book an excellent read by itself, but having read the first, I appreciate the overall story much more. The ideas for the technology are ingenious, and the story reads much like the classics of the similar genres. You really get a good feel of fire that burns inside Eliza, and see the kind heart she has. It is also a bit steamier than one might expect from a story taking place in Great Britain during the Victorian era. I give this story a solid 4 out of 5 and can’t wait to read more in the series.

Until next time, loyal patrons…

D.J. Pitsiladis


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