The Kraken King Part I by Meljean Brook
Series: The Iron Seas #4, The Kraken King Serial #1
Also in this series: Fire and Frost, Tethered (Novella), The Kraken King Part I, The Kraken King Part II, The Kraken King Part III, The Kraken King Part IV, The Kraken King Part V, The Kraken King Part VI, The Kraken King Part VII, The Kraken King Part VIII
Published by Penguin
Publication Date: April 15th 2014
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Experience the incredible adventure and heart-stopping romance of the Iron Seas in this thrilling steampunk tale from New York Times bestselling author Meljean Brook.
The Kraken King, Part IThe Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster
A former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…
After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes.
But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper…
Includes a bonus excerpt of Meljean Brook’s The Iron Duke.
More to come…Don’t miss The Kraken King, Part II
Praise for the novels of the Iron Seas:
“A stunning blend of steampunk setting and poignant romance.”—Ilona Andrews, New York Times bestselling author
“Every glimpse of this alternate history leaves me fascinated and hungry for more.”—All Things Urban Fantasy
“Meljean Brook has brilliantly defined the new genre of steampunk romance.”—Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author
Meljean Brook lives in Oregon with her family. She is the author of the Guardian paranormal romance and Iron Seas steampunk series.
I loved Zenobia in Brooks’ previous books and I’m glad to see her featured here. Her wit and humor come through so well. The Kraken King is an 8 part serial. This review is for part 1.
Zenobia Fox is the sister of popular adventurist Archimedes Fox, who is married to the ruthless mercenary, Captain Corsair. She is also the author of the popular Archimedes Fox serial adventures, as well as the new Lady Lynx adventures – something she wishes to keep quiet. Unfortunately, due to circumstances outside her control, it’s become well-known not only that she’s the author and that her brother is willing to pay a fortune in ransom for her. As a result, Zenobia’s been kidnapped four times. When her childhood friend, Helene, asks her to travel to the Red City with her, she seizes the chance to get away from her home and – hopefully – out of danger. It’s a good thing Zenobia wanted adventure, because their airship is taken over she ends up in Krakentown, under the watchful eye of The Kraken King.
Ariq has never met anyone like Zenobia. She’s plain featured, but her personality shines from her like a beacon. She’s witty, intelligent and has secrets. Secrets Ariq wants to uncover…slowly, if possible. She’s determined to reach the Red City as quickly as possible. Ariq is convinced she’s ferreting information to someone, though he isn’t sure quite why.
Zenobia is such a likable character. She’s quick of wit, sharp of tongue and has a surprisingly bawdy sense of humor. She’s also practical and shrewd. She understands her circumstances and takes steps to protect herself, but she also refuses to sit on the sidelines and let life pass her by.
Ariq is a man who takes his responsibilities serious. He’s the governor of Krakentown and has vowed to keep his citizens safe. Though he spent years fighting for the resistance, he chose to walk away and provide a safe place for any person who needs it. His feelings for Zenobia come through quite well. He isn’t just attracted to her physically. He also wants to uncover her secrets and secure her heart.
Brook always writes and engaging tale, and this first part of her new serial is no exception. There’s drama, adventure and a large amount of action. I can’t wait for the story to continue.
4 out of 5
This installment is available from InterMix. You can buy it here or here in e-format.