Tales from the Archives, Vol. 3: #6
By: Nobilis Reed
Written & Narrated by: Nobilis Reed & Dee Reed
Format: Podcast, 44:56 minutes
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk
Series: 6th in Tales of the Archives Vol. 3 podcasts, part of A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series
Recommendation: Nice way to meet new characters and authors in this steampunk-ish world particularly if you enjoyed the book; A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Phoenix Rising. The archives are full of stories to be told.
Blessings of Baalshemin
In the Spring of 1869 Mrs Isabel Burton begins a correspondence with the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Director, Woodruff Spring, on a strange device she has run across in her travels. Ministry agents are dispatched and a soon enough the Burtons, both Isabel and her husband Sir Richard, are deep in a very peculiar occurrence.
My Thoughts and Summary:
Mrs. Isabel Burton has been a connection of the Ministry's for far some time. She has now come across something she strongly feels they should investigate. Her letters draw the story of what has been happening and that something peculiar has very much taken place, and wants agents to come and stop what might happen.
This is a neat way to tell the story. I found it interesting as this is told through letters between Mrs. Isabel Burton and Director Spring. Then the letters turn into the two agents who are investigating the situation's story.
The hexagram that was recovered, and the script that was translated seems to have created troubles. We see a touch of history and a connection to Solomon in this item that was recovered and causing troubles with the Russian Consul who's now suffering from insomnia. Terrible screams and moans escape the consulate, keeping the locals as far away as possible because they fear a curse or such.
This story connects a few things together with the steampunk feel of the world. There's a hexagram, Egyptian astronomy, and the worship of one of those planets. Very neat how it all fits together.
And enjoyable listen.
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I listened to this short story for my own enjoyment.