Phoenix Rising is a cracking good read with adventure, humour and all of the gadgets and airships your Steampunk loReview from my blog: The Word Fiend
Phoenix Rising is a cracking good read with adventure, humour and all of the gadgets and airships your Steampunk loving heart could desire!
As many of you know I love book covers and Phoenix Rising's is as entertaining as the story itself. The grimy and gloomy streets of Victorian London lend a sense of mystery and a sinister air to the scene. The two models are absolutely perfect! Braun with her pistols secreted about her person and mechanised gauntlet still manages to be lovely and retains a sassy femininity. Content to remain in the background in his unruffled suit with his cup of tea, Books watches with keen eyes.
Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris have collaborated to create a vivid and entertaining Steampunk tale. Victorian England springs to life in the pages as we follow the daring team of Books and Braun on their adventures. And there are adventures aplenty in Phoenix Rising – from high-speed carriage chases to a sword fight in the middle of the opera and the nefarious plottings of a secret organisation – you will be holding on for dear life as you plunge through the pages.
For entertainment and writing I give this book 8/10, but unfortunately I ended up having to give it a 7/10 because of the really poor proofreading and editing. I realise that no-one is perfect and I can ignore the occasional typo or error, but Phoenix Rising is littered with them and they kept jolting me out of the story, lessening my overall enjoyment of the book.
Wellington Thornhill Books, Esquire, and Eliza D. Braun are two fabulous characters. They are in many ways polar opposites of each other – Braun is impetuous while Books is more circumspect, Braun acts first while Books prefers to assess the situation. You get the general idea. But it's this polarity that makes them such a great team and it also leads to many amusing arguments between them. While they may seem like quite simple/one-dimensional characters on the surface, Ballantine and Morris have given them both well-rounded personalities that motivate their actions and decisions.
Phoenix Rising is a really enjoyable Steampunk adventure that is well worth a read! ...more