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March 29, 2015

Shelly's Steampunk Sundays: Dawn's Early Light by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

Series: Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences 3
Publisher: Ace Penguin
Released: March 25, 2014
Source: Amazon
Format: E-Book | 384 pages
Genre: Adult Steampunk
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 States—intended to keep them out of trouble—suddenly turns into a scandalous and convoluted case that has connections reaching as far as Her Majesty the Queen.


This post is going to be a bit different from my other review posts in that Braine and I discussed doing the top 5 reasons why I loved DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT. So, without further adieu, let's get right to it!
  1. Eliza Doolittle Braun - Eliza is an agent with the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences and something of a rogue. She's known as a colonial, having been born and raised in New Zealand before catching the eye of the Ministry. Eliza is the most kick-butt female heroine that you will read about in the Steampunk Genre. She loves to cause trouble, she loves guns, blowing things up, and is the furthest from a Mary Sue character that one can hope for. Eliza faces villain after villain with a grin on her face, and a snarky comment on her lips.

  2. I loved that Pip and Tee takes our intrepid heroes, Eliza and Wellington Books, to the US in the late 19th century where they meet their counterparts from the Office of the Supernatural and the Metaphysical. I think the newest setting is just what readers need instead of the same old same old. The authors take our heroes, plus new partners Felicity Lovelace and Wild Bill Wheatley, on a cross country journey from North Carolina, Detroit, Arizona, and finally ending in San Francisco where things come to an interesting head. The journey and the action will boggle the readers mind, and keep them from being bored.

  3. Wellington Thornhill Books, Esquire - Welly, as both Eliza and I like to call him, is the Archivist for the Ministry. He's been with the Ministry for 8 years, and his entire world has been turned upside down by one Eliza Braun. Books is something of a mystery, but has now been elevated to the status of Agent thanks to his and Eliza's actions against the Phoenix Society. I will say that part of the mystery surrounding Books is covered in The Diamond Conspiracy which releases March 31, 2015. Welly is a sharpshooter, inventor, and just wait until you get to reading his latest invention!

  4. I do love the fact that the authors don't gloss over Thomas Edison's participation, but makes him a legitimate villain who is working in conjunction with Eliza and Welly's nemesis the House of Usher. I also love the fact that the authors added Henry Ford, as well as Nikola Tesla. Both of these gentlemen were ahead of their time, and created some amazing inventions that we are still using today.

  5. My only real hesitation about giving this book an even higher rating, is the unresolved issue between Eliza and Welly's kiss in The Janus Affair. THIS issue forced me to bite my tongue several times throughout the book. THANKFULLY! This is easily resolved by taking 5 minutes to fix. I actually found the mix of Eliza and Wild Bill interesting. The two of them together are a thrill ride that just won't stop.

In the end, DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT is a wild journey with plenty of action, twists, revelations, danger situations, romance, and a shocking ending that leads directly into the fourth installment called The Diamond Conspiracy which I shall be reviewing on Gizmos Book Reviews on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Read a more detailed review of 
DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT at Gizmos Reviews


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29 comments:

  1. Oooo I'm pretty sure I'd love Elize! And I'm almost positive I already have the 1st book.

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    1. Awesome! Hope you get to read it soon!

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  2. It's great that it's always htat good and tht you were able to read the books after the others. I'll really have to try try this series!

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  3. So happy this was another fabulous read for you! :D

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    1. Oh, I hope you catch my review for the 4th book then!

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  4. I'm all for kick-butt heroines, I just love them! I'm new to the steampunk genre but the ones I've read, I enjoyed so I will definitely be checking this series out! Awesome Top 5 reasons Shelley, including the last one :)

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  5. I'm reading the first book next week, I hope, and I'm assuming that I'll read the other instalments quite fast, given you and Braine's more-than-complimentary reviews... I can't wait to delve in (thanks for pointing me in the direction of this series :)

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  6. Mmm! I would love to have some of that kind of heroine who's not afraid of blowing things up ;) Flawed and amazingly-written heroines are the best, period.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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  7. I am glad it's still awesome :D

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    1. I hope you catch my review for The Diamond Conspiracy coming Monday!

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  8. These are definitely going to the top of my list.
    Thanks, Shelley!

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  9. This looks like a fun series! I am going to have to check it out!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

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  10. Oh I get twitchy when something intriguing happens in a book and it looks like its been ignored in the next installment- like your kiss needing resolution.

    I really need to start this series.

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    1. OH, just wait until the 4th book. Yum is all I'm going to say.

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  11. This really does sounds like a good read, I haven't actually heard of this series before.
    Great review!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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  12. *sigh* I really need to read more steampunk. Love yalls Sunday posts, reminds me how good that genre can be. :)

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    1. Give Braine all the credit. It's such a wonderful idea to have a day dedicated to Steampunk. Some I haven't heard of!

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  13. I don't think I've read Steampunk much at all, but this series sounds really good! I love those funky covers and I love a shocking ending!

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    1. Shocks you into jumping right into the next book, were it available!

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  14. Elize sounds like she would be a hoot with the snark, and I always love a strong character. Thomas Edison as a Villain sounds interesting too! Great review, Shelley.

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