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Steampunk is a fascinating genre, and Ballantine and Morris have captured it perfectly. I think this series could serve as a great introduction to the genre, in fact, since you really don't have to have much of an understanding of steampunk to enjoy the book. There also seems to be an element or two of the pulp genre, though much of that is actually turned on it's head.-Pew Reviews
If James Bond wore a corset and drank Earl Grey it might be something like the adventures in Phoenix Rising...The two agents make light-hearted banter whilst chasing down evil villains and mad scientists and getting in and out of scrapes in immaculate period style. It's anachronistic and absurd, but Phoenix Rising has a sweet ending and getting to it is gleeful fun.
-Warp Core Sci Fi
This was a great start to a great series. Steampunk-when written right-can be a grand adventure into the past that tells a whole new story of the ingenuity of the human mind. The banter between Eliza and Wellington, or "Welly" as she calls him, had me chuckling in more than one spot. --RomFan Reviews
I enjoyed this book more than I think I can express in a single review. The moment I finished it I wanted the next one in the series. The steampunk world is incredible, all the way from awesome weaponry to colorful clothing. Eliza's sassy attitude kept me upbeat throughout the entire book, even when I was scared for the characters' lives.-All About Romance
This book combines aspects of the "The Odd Couple", the first three Indiana Jones movies, any good detective novel and the TV show, Cold Case...People love Steampunk and I think in Ballantine and Morris we have authors that can carry the torch. If you haven't purchased this book or downloaded it you are missing out.-Geek Life
Evil is most assuredly afoot—and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade . . . and a librarian.
These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences—the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling—will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest . . . and she’s prepared to drag her timorous new partner, Wellington Books, along with her into the perilous fray.
For a malevolent brotherhood is operating in the deepening London shadows, intent upon the enslavement of all Britons. And Books and Braun—he with his encyclopedic brain and she with her remarkable devices—must get to the twisted roots of a most nefarious plot . . . or see England fall to the Phoenix!See all Editorial Reviews
A good fun filled adventure that had me smiling and laughing from start to finish. Eliza Braun and Wellington Brooks are a team that you really come to like together despite their... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Grace M. Fonseca
I loved this book so much. It's very intense and relatively fast passed. I've been looking for a novel like this for some time, and I'm glad I came across this one! Read morePublished 1 month ago by chelsea @ beautiful fandoms
Great Steampunk piece of work! Lots of action, surprises and wonderful twists and turns. It kept me on the edge of my seat and enjoying every minute. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Giuli Sutton
I found the story and the characters very enjoyable. Well developed, and easy to like. The story wad solid and had interesting historical mentions without over doing it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mistletoe10
I wasn't going to write a review, as other reviewers have covered most of what I wanted to say, but I did want to balance out the gushing ones. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Paula Berman
Great steampunk book. The names are a little corny, but fit and are easy to remember. The plot has twists and turns, but is fun and the hints for the next book leave you wanting... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robert A. Lian
Woof - what a read! Best one since "A History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects". As they say " a ripping good yarn". Just delicious. Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. L Wilson
I liked the characters a lot in this book, although Wellington's ability to so easily imitate his father was a bit troubling. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Laura