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1813. Phoenix Rising

By 1442. Philippa Ballantine
and 1812. Tee Morris

Published April 26, 2011
by Harper Voyager

Cover description:
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!

Pip and Tee say of the book:
Phoenix Rising has a rather unusual genesis. In 2009 Pip wanted to do a podcast for pay, and thought of the story Tee Morris had told her about; a government Ministry that investigates the unusual. It was a book Tee had not yet written, but had the potential for spinoff material.

Considering that both of them wanted to write in steampunk this seemed like a good idea to pursue. Drawing inspiration from BBC's the Avengers, and the X-Files, they set forth to write a serialized piece of fiction. However, when interest was shown in the material after Pip wrote about on her website, the plans quickly changed. They took the first few chapters, and re-concieved it as a novel.

At first Pip wrote Eliza D Braun, and Tee wrote Wellington Thornhill Books, but eventually the lines became blurred, and interludes from other character's points of view began to become incorporated.

External Links
Review - Sci Fi FX
Review - Fangoria
Geek Speak magazine

See Also
1442. Philippa Ballantine
1812. Tee Morris
1814. The Janus Affair
2380. Tales from the Archives

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