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Dawn's Early Light (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences) Mass Market Paperback – March 25, 2014
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Praise for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels
“A good bet for steampunk fans.”—Library Journal
“Full of action, explosions and deceit.”—Seattle Geekly
“Extensive worldbuilding, multi-faceted characters, fast-paced action, and an engaging plot all make for a thrilling, absorbing read.”—RT Book Reviews
“Cute and charming, interspersed with sequences of dire peril and explosive action...You don’t want to miss a delicious moment of the story.”—Kings River Life
“[A] thrilling and labyrinth detective romp laced with humor, feminine moxie, and mayhem. The prose is Dickens on steroids, yet it somehow grips the reader...A dark and twisted roller coaster of a read for those fond of elegant vernacular and bizarre weaponry.”—Fangoria
“Anyone who was a fan of the adventure in the Blades of the Rose series and the dynamic in the Sherlock Holmes movie might want to check this series out.”—Fiction Vixen Book Reviews
“This is steampunk done right, down to every last detail...Action-packed with edge-of-your-seat excitement.”—Badass Book Reviews
“[A] rollicking adventure series of the finest order.”—The Ranting Dragon
About the Author
Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is the author of the Book of the Order series, the Shifted World series, the Chronicles of Art series, and—with Tee Morris—the coauthor of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series. Her podcast of Chasing the Bard won the Sir Julius Vogel Award in 2009, and two of her novels have been short-listed for it. Originally from New Zealand, she now resides in Virginia with her husband, her daughter, and a mighty clowder of cats.
Tee Morris is the author of Morevi: The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana and the co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels. In addition to his work as a fantasist, he is also a social media pioneer and the author of Podcasting for Dummies and All a Twitter.
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I want to know what happens next, but the number of times that editing issues interrupted the flow of my reading and popped me out of being engrossed in the story make me uncertain about paying full paperback price for something that hasn't benefited from a publishers attention.
Good steampunk fiction always includes an assortment of gadgets and gismos and this novel delivers machines in droves. There is also the continuing romantic tension between the two agents and an appearance by the Maestro and his female assassin from earlier novels in the series.
As a historian, I'm not a fan of using historical figures in fictional narratives, but Ballantine and Morris pull it off in this book about as well as it can be done. I also found some of the action sequences went on too long and became a little cartoonish. But even then, I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a fun, steampunk romp.
I eagerly await the next volume.