Recommended Reads: Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

Note: I purchased and reviewed this book out of personal interest. I received no requests or compensation for my opinion.


Here is a book I happened upon, read a few pages, then bought and thoroughly enjoyed. This is the first steampunk novel I’ve ever read, so I’m not sure how it compares in its field, but it has been nominated for Steamcon’s 2011 Airship Awards, according to the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences webpage.

Book cover of Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris

This has easily become one of my favorite books, and as soon as I’d finished it, I wanted to start all over again.

Agent Eliza D. Braun is lovely, witty, and prefers dynamite to reinforcements as she works as a field agent for Her Majesty’s Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. Once being assigned to assist Archivist Agent Wellington Thornhill Books in the Ministry’s vast archives, she finds herself itching to return to the field.

Wellington, on the other hand, is a reserved gentleman who previously organized all the cold case files in the archives single handedly. When Eliza’s curiosity and restlessness prompts her to investigate an unresolved case that belonged to her former partner, Wellington finds himself joining her dangerous investigation–without the rest of the Ministry knowing.

I fell in love with each of the characters, and I can’t wait for the next book and the next mystery. The story pulled me along and I could not stop turning the pages. (I even brought it to work with me to read on break.) Aside from telling a spectacular story, this book made me think of some areas of my own writing that could use some refining.

I would definitely say go to your local bookstore or library and pick up a copy of Phoenix Rising by Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine. If you read it, I’d love to know what you think!


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2 comments

  1. We are so excited that you found us via the Airship Awards. We are thrilled to be short-listed for this award, and really do appreciate your kind words for the Ministry. Thanks again for the review, and we hope to see you in 2012 for OF COGS & CORSETS!

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