Tales from the Archives, Vol. 4: #3
By: Philippa Ballantine & Tee Morris
Written by: Katharina Bordet
Narrated by: Katharina Bordet & Mick Bordet (music by Mick Bordet)
Format: Podcast, 35:05 minutes
Genre: Fantasy, Steampunk
Series: 3rd in Tales of the Archives Vol. 4 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.
The Black Empress
When two agents from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences are called to Vienna to investigate disturbances at the palace, what they discover could threaten the Austro-Hungarian Empire and shatter the fragile peace in Europe. Who is the mysterious man who has pulled diplomatic strings to enlist the help of a foreign agency and how is the Empress Elisabeth herself involved?
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*I listened to this short story for my own enjoyment.
My Thoughts and Summary:
Two agents from The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences are sent to Vienna to look into the strange actions of Empress Elisabeth. She secludes herself in the basement, yet there are people that walk in and those that walk out seem...different. The one to call them in for help is concerned about the Empress as she's been this way since her children have died.
This story has a darker feel to it with the ugly ghost of death lingering. There are so many questions as to why death claims some that are so loved.
Our agents venture to Vienna to investigate what is happening in the basement. With the masquarade ball approaching, it's the perfect time to make the trip to the basement. But what they find puts their lives in danger as well.
This story has a bit of steampunk but also has a mad scientist feel on the dark side as well. Interesting.
This story is narrated by amazing voices yet at times when two men are talking you need to pay attention to realize which man it is as they are done in the same voice. (Many may find this easy to do with listening to audiobooks.)
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There are short stories always added to the listing. So keep checking back!