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Philippa Ballantine

Autor(a) de Phoenix Rising

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About the Author

Philippa Ballantine, born in Wellington, New Zealand, has always had her head in a book. At the age of thirteen she began writing fantasy stories for herself. Philippa earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Political Science and then a Bachelor of Applied Science in Library and mostrar mais Information Science. Her first professional sale was in 1997, and since then she has gone on to produce mostly novel length fiction. In 2006 she became New Zealand's first podcast novelist, and she has voiced and produced Weaver's Web, Chasing the Bard, Weather Child and Digital Magic as podiobooks. Her podcasts have been short listed for the Parsec Awards, and won a Sir Julius Vogel award. When not writing or podcasting, Philippa loves reading, gardening, and traveling. She still lives in Wellington. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos


Obras de Philippa Ballantine

Phoenix Rising (2011) 912 cópias
Geist (2011) 475 cópias
The Janus Affair (2012) 370 cópias
Spectyr (2011) 195 cópias
Dawn's Early Light (2014) 179 cópias
The Diamond Conspiracy (2015) 121 cópias
Wrayth (2012) 120 cópias
Harbinger (2013) 92 cópias
Chasing the Bard (2005) 76 cópias
The Ghost Rebellion (2016) 54 cópias
Hunter and Fox (2012) 44 cópias
Digital Magic (2008) 38 cópias
Silver Linings (2014) 25 cópias
Operation: Endgame (2017) 22 cópias
Weather Child (2014) 18 cópias
Kindred and Wings (2013) 17 cópias
Alien - Inferno's Fall (2022) 17 cópias
The Books & Braun Dossier (2018) 12 cópias
Immortal Progeny (2017) 8 cópias
Magic by Gaslight (2012) 5 cópias
In the Beginning (2013) 4 cópias
The Straw Garden (2012) 3 cópias
Magical Mechanications (2016) 2 cópias
Countless Hues of Crimson (2017) 2 cópias
Weaver's Web 2 cópias
Siren's Tide 2 cópias
The Thorns of Life (2012) 2 cópias
The Fey Collection 1 exemplar(es)
Tales from the Archives (2011) 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

Clockwork Fairy Tales: A Collection of Steampunk Fables (2013) — Contribuinte — 155 cópias
Steampunk World (2014) — Contribuinte — 45 cópias
A Taste of True Blood: The Fangbanger's Guide (2010) — Contribuinte — 36 cópias
Hath No Fury (2018) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Clockwork Cairo: Steampunk Tales of Egypt (2017) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Tales for Canterbury: Survival, Hope, Future (2011) — Contribuinte — 19 cópias
Gears and Goggles: A Steampunk Collection (2016) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Christmas Nookies (Anthology 13-in-1) (2014) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Curtain Call (short story) — Editor, algumas edições3 cópias
Security (2017) — Narrador, algumas edições3 cópias
Holiday Spice (Anthology 17-in-1) (2013) — Contribuinte — 2 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
It's been too many years (and too many books) since I read the early books in The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, so I'm a little fuzzy on the Ministry Seven. But from things said throughout this book—and my dusty memory—I'd put this book slightly earlier than that series (or maybe right after book one...but I'm pretty sure it's earlier). We're in your classic Victorian Steampunk area dealing with an agent for the Ministry dealing with fringe science and other weirdness and the street urchins that he uses for things he can't do.

Think the Baker Street Irregulars. But with goggles.

Verity Fitzroy's primary focus in life is finding out what happened to her parents and why. She's tracked down one person who she's convinced could help her—and when she attempts to contact him, she disturbs a Ministry operation involving their Ministry contact, Agent Harrison Thorne. Because things go so wrong during this operation an Egyptologist is kidnapped and Verity's contact is gone.

Thorne recruits the Seven to help him track down the kidnap victim. All tracks lead to the Delancy Academy—a school outside of London for students gifted in the sciences (most of whom come from money, obviously). The oldest two are enrolled (and, shine, it should be said) in the Academy to try to discover the tie between the Academy and the kidnappers.

The rest take up residence on a nearby farm to wait for their chance to help out. These children aren't ready for life in the countryside—the work is different from what they're used to doing (scrambling for scraps on the streets of London) and the environment as a whole takes some adjusting.

I don't have a lot to say about this, and it kind of bugs me. Because it seems like I should. I had a real blast with this—it had a different flavor as a whole than the Ministry books—there's more of a supernatural bent to things, and the whole sexual-tension thing between Books and Braun is absent (obviously).

There's more of a YA-feel to it, too. Largely because the oldest two in the Seven are young adults. But it doesn't ever scream YA—it's just a fun fish-out-of-water adventure for a bunch of Steampunk kids.

I liked the devices that the Academy's students cooked up and would've been very content to spend a few months watching things at the school before the main action of the novel kicked in. Verity's new friend Julia McTighe is part Luna Lovegood, part whatever Amari Peter's best friend was called (I can't believe I can't come up with it)—and all sorts of fun. I hope they find a way to bring her back for the second book.

It's a short, fast, steampunkily fun adventure. That's good enough for me.
… (mais)
hcnewton | 1 outra resenha | Aug 14, 2023 |
DNF 25%

Gave it a try, didn't get invested.
OhDhalia13 | outras 5 resenhas | Apr 9, 2023 |
Fairly entertaining but a bit schmaltzy. The whole trans equality stuff was a bit shoehorned in, it felt like, and the prose just sounds wrong with they/them pronouns. Though having an android character lends itself to dysphoric themes I suppose.
ThomasNorford | Mar 7, 2023 |
What fun. Will continue on with this series.
GGmaSheila | outras 4 resenhas | Jan 28, 2023 |



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