Release Date: May 29, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins Voyager
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Adult Steampunk
Certainly no strangers to peculiar occurrences, agents Wellington Books and Eliza Braun are nonetheless stunned to observe a fellow passenger aboard Britain's latest hypersteam train suddenly vanish in a dazzling bolt of lightning. They soon discover this is not the only such disappearance - every case inexplicably unexamined by the Crown.
It's SPRING! Finally, the bitterness of Winter is out (in my neck 'o the woods at least) and it's that time of the year where we'll see bright colors, longer days, and sneeze til our eyes pop out! That said, I apologize if this post is late and brief. I got busy worshipping Mr. Sun and tending my garden beds. Without further ado:
5 Reasons why I loved THE JANUS AFFAIR
- Romance Shmomance: I don't like love triangles HOWEVER, I'll make an exception here. Why? Because our lovely heroes, Welly Books and Eliza Braun, are so dense! Obviously they got the hots for each other and sometimes it takes another dashing dude, like Eliza's former suitor, Douglas Sheppard, to bring that attraction the forefront. Oh the tension!
- Ministry of Seven (or Eight): These street urchins that serves as Eliza's eyes, ears, and cohorts when she's out cracking cases are too cute! I don't want to be their mark, that would horrible because they know how to pull a good con. It's great being on their side though.
- Badass Females: as Women's Suffrage is the topic at hand, you can expect a lot of badassery from the female persuasion. Aside from Eliza there's Kate Sheppard (Douglas' mother), leader of the suffrage movement and current target of this sinister group who's abducting members of her organization. Then there's the villainess', Sophia del Morte, whome we've met in Phoenix Rising, and Diamond Dottie, a sort of a gang leader who is tall, imposing, and has bad fashion sense.
- The Empire Takedown: Aside from the episode plots, someone or something is plotting to take down the Empire. One would think this has been resolved in the previous book, obviously whoever or whatever this group is is far from finished. This is the overarching arc of Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, and it's as exciting as Eliza and Welly's adventures! As I mentioned before, I'm most curious what Doctor Basil Sound is up to as well as the double agents who are helping out the Maestro execute his planned anarchy.
- The Interludes: Oh I love the interludes! It's a mix of different things like Doctor Sound sneaking into the archives, the Maestro meeting/threatening poms (aristos), etc. This gives the series a holistic feel, an expansion of the story in the sense that the world doesn't revolve around Braun & Books.
I hope y'all have a good week ahead! As for me, I'm back to playing with dirt!