Phoenix Rising (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Book 1) – Book Review

phoenixrising cover

Published in 2011 by co-authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, Phoenix Rising is the first of a series that now numbers five novels and several volumes of short stories about the mysterious Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. The fifth and sixth installments of the series were just funded through a Kickstarter campaign, and I look forward to getting book 5, The Ghost Rebellion, for my contribution.

Phoenix Rising chronicles the first adventure of a partnership between a Kiwi field agent with a taste for explosives, Eliza D. Braun, and a stiff and proper bookworm/mechanical genius, Wellington Books. (Get it? Books and Braun? Sort of like Brains and Brawn, nudge nudge) Down in the archives of the Ministry, unresolved cases go to languish in the gaslight. That is, until Braun is exiled to those hallowed halls after her, er, enthusiasm (spelled d-y-n-a-m-i-t-e) gets the best of her on a mission in Antarctica to bring back the kidnapped Books. Braun’s former partner was working on something big, and now that case is simply being filed away, something Eliza cannot allow. There is a malevolent power rising in England, and their symbol, the phoenix, seems to be popping up around every turn…

This was a great, action-packed read. There is just the right mix of tension, both sexual and political, and awesome gadgets to satisfy your Steampunk needs. I thoroughly enjoyed the unfolding of the two main characters as they discovered each other, and I look forward to finding out more through their eyes in the next installment, The Janus Affair. There is a spot of violence and sexual content that some parents would deem inappropriate for young readers, but I’d deem it safe for anybody 16 and up.

Phoebe Darqueling is a writer and artist who is inspired by Steampunk, and though she may live in California her heart will always belong to Minnesota.

Like my reviews? Check out more cool stuff at my website!

Like my reviews? Check out more cool stuff at my website!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Skip to toolbar