Synopses & Reviews
Working for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, one sees innumerable technological wonders. But even veteran agents Braun and Books are unprepared for what the electrifying future holds
After being ignominiously shipped out of England following their participation in the Janus affair, Braun and Books are ready to prove their worth as agents. But what starts as a simple mission in the Statesintended to keep them out of troublesuddenly turns into a scandalous and convoluted case that has connections reaching as far as Her Majesty the Queen.
Even with the help of two American agents from the Office of the Supernatural and the Metaphysical, Braun and Books have their work cut out for them. And between the fantastic electric machines of Edison and Tesla, the sinister workings of the nefarious House of Usher, and the mysterious machinations of a new threat known only as the Maestro, they may find themselves in far worse danger than they ever have been before
Praise for the Book of the Order novels
“One of the most vividly original books I’ve read this year.” —Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author
“Absorbing adventure that revels in both the creepy and the courageous.” —Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author
“Absolutely not to be missed.” —Barb Hendee, coauthor of the Noble Dead saga
Praise for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series
“A dark and twisted roller-coaster of a read for those fond of elegant vernacular and bizarre weaponry.”—Fangoria
“[A] rollicking adventure series of the finest order.”—The Ranting Dragon
“Action, mystery, undercurrents of a personal nature and a pace that is sure to keep a readers interest.”—Night Owl Reviews
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About the Author
New Zealand born fantasy writer and podcaster Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is the author of the Books of the Order and the Shifted World series. She is also the co-author, with her husband Tee Morris, of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels. Her awards include an Airship, a Parsec, and a Sir Julius Vogel. 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.