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Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City (The Iron Seas #1.5)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,752 ratings  ·  168 reviews
Eight months after The Iron Duke, can their marriage survive a new danger?

After Mina is called in to investigate the murder of an aristocratic bounder, her husband Rhys—known to the world as the Iron Duke—must overcome his fear for his new bride before his need to protect her tears them apart. But when she invites him to join her at the murder scene, a search for a mysteri
ebook, 104 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Berkley
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I am so excited about my very recent discovery of the Iron Seas series written by Meljean Brook. There are sooooo many stories in this collection and I can't wait to gobble them all up! Steampunk just does it for me in terms of female empowerment. While the time period generally reflects oppression of women, these steampunk gals play the part and allow themselves to remain visually underestimated with their corsets and such, but then they pull an arsenal out from their skirts (or just an opium g ...more
This epilogue novella with its own plot is an excellent addition to The Iron Duke, and I think it is one of those epilogues that doesn’t have bunch of cheesy stuffs. Rhys and Mina’s relationship is more romantic in this novella, and btw, something hasn’t changed like umm...Rhys still frequently uses that word (view spoiler):/
I really liked this little gem and I hope we get more stories with Mina and Rhys! They are quickly coming my most favorite steampunk couple!! Ok, I don't have a huge reading SP reading circle, but I have quickly become to love this couple.
4.5 stars - I loved Meljean Brook's THE IRON DUKE for her amazing steampunk alternate London, but while I really liked the leads, Inspector Mina Wentworth and Rhys, their story in the THE IRON DUKE - unlike almost everything else of Brook's - wasn't terribly romantic. Well this short set 8 month into their happily ever IS romantic and in some ways sweet - the pair truly care for each other, but both have good reason to fear for losing the one they love since Mina's job is dangerous and Rhys' lif ...more
This e-novella is $2.99 and is from one of my all time favorite authors, Meljean Brook. Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City (Iron Seas #1.5) was originally in the back of mass-market version of The Iron Duke, which I had no idea about. The Iron Duke blew my ever loving mind out of the water (you can read my review here) and based on reading The Iron Duke, no other book I’ve read can come close to The Iron Duke in regards to Steampunk. Every other Steampunk type book I’ve read since The Iron Du ...more
(3.75/5.0) B-
I liked this epilogue/novella about Rhys and Mina. I particularly enjoyed the fact that as they adjust to marriage and work through fears, they have taken the time to form their own little family with Anne the Tinker. Still, Scarsdale is the most memorable character in this short story with his unbearable situation. It is heartbreaking, and I'm hoping that Brook finds a great resolution for him. I also wonder if the storyline used as part of the mystery in this short about children
There's a particular kind of book that works well on a plane. It has to be absorbing, so that you're not distracted by the people crawling over your lap to get to the bathroom or accidentally elbowing you in the chest because, let's face it, no one can actually stay within the two cubic feet of space they give you. It also has to be the kind of book that you can pick up and set down, because occasionally you might want to crawl over the lap of the person next to you to get to the bathroom, or pe ...more
Getting this sneak-peak into Mina and Rhys' married life was absolutely a treat. Although they are crazy about each other and the spark is definitely alive, they cannot figure out how to be with each other. For Rhys, being a part of the family and loving Mina come with the fear of losing her. Mina continues working on the streets and her scuffles with criminals often leave her injured. I love that Rhys, worried to death as he is, still leaves her to do what she loves and does not interfere. He p ...more
Sharon ✽ is an emotional book junkie ✽
If you enjoyed Mina and Rhys in The Iron Duke, you will really enjoy them here. It's been eight months since they married and we get to see how married life is treating them. Of course, there is a case for Mina to solve as well.

I just got such a kick out of Rhys and Mina in this novella. Rhys is having a hard time dealing with the possibility of Mina getting hurt on the job and it doesn't help that the newssheets exaggerate everything. Since Rhys has never really loved anyone before, he has suc
Brie C.
2.5 Stars

It's a cute extra and it gives more insight into Rhys' mind and his feelings for Mina, but other than that, I felt it was completely unnecessary. Again, works well as an extra and as a gift to the fans, but not as a $2.99 novella. Also, the "I must shag you to make sure you're alive" was romantic the first time, extremely annoying the other two or three times.

Probably the most memorable part/character was Scarsdale, but his parts were fillers.
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)
Terrific follow-up novella to The Iron Duke! Action, mystery, romance, shagging...imaginative and engaging..this short story has everything that Iron Seas fans love! I definitely recommend it to those who loved The Iron Duke and who may have felt disappointed by Heart of Steel! Secondary characters - Scarsdale, Newberry, and tinker child Anne - were an added treat. The Riveted excerpt look very good, too!
Syahira Sharif
Mina Wentworth and The Invinsible City is a novella for the first Iron Seas series that was a continuation to Detective Inspector Mina's story and her marriage with formidable Rhys "Iron Duke" Trahearn. Months after her incident and marriage with Rhys, Mina was still ever in love with the Iron Duke despite his constant worries with the dangers her career entails. Like what a married spouse to a cop would feel, Rhys is still struggling with his protective instinct while being supportive to his wi ...more
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Gosh, this had me squealing like the fan girl I seem to have become overnight. Or rather over just a few daylight hours of reading. No matter. Mina Wentworth and the Invisible City is a novella, though not too short thankfully, that details the marriage of Mina and Rhys alongside the everyday troubles they face. Honestly, I love reading about the long haul to make a marriage work just as much as I love reading about the journey to finding "The One" and although this book doesn't
I totally loved this instalment! The novella is set 8 months later with both Mina and Rhys are settling down and adjusting to married life. A problematic case crops up when a murder of a factory owner happens and Mina with the help of Rhys have to discover who is behind it. This was such a fantastic story, and I loved the development of the romance with Rhys and Mina who are so deeply in love but worried for each other especially about Mina's job and the danger it can present. But Rhys is willin ...more
Ann aka Iftcan
This novella is set in the Iron Duke world of Ms Brook's. In this, its been 8 months since Mina and the Duke married. They are still adjusting to each other, and the tension caused by their respective jobs. The "mystery" portion of this story is provided partially by Anne, their adopted 11 year old daughter and partially by the murder of a "bounder" (which in this series doesn't have exactly the same meaning as it does in our world. In the Iron Duke world, it refers to those who "bounded out of ...more
It's a great case-fic, and I'd happily read a dozen of them if the author wanted to focus on Mina's career... especially now that Mina is thinking about her future prospects and what she'll do when age or promotion or family keeps her indoors all day. Unfortunately, I'd only read those case-fics if they stayed away from her relationship. The Iron Douchebag is still himself and DI Wentworth deserves better. Sigh. They still only seem to be connected by lust and availability.

I've gotten used to t
Not sure what invisible city the title is referring to but there's at least as much relationship development in this novella as there was in the entire The Iron Duke as Mina and Rhys slowly learn to actually talk to each other.
Aug 29, 2012 Estara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the Iron Duke
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2012
This is a very nice continuation of the first Iron Duke book, with a self-contained mystery plot included in the further examination of what it is like when Rhys and Mina are married. It also puts a spotlight on Rhys' friend, Scarsdale - he really needs his own novella or novel.

And I loved that Mina decided to take that young girl who helped her in the Iron Duke under her wing and basically become her family. This is very much a Mina story. Rhys is there, but only as support or foil or sexual ob
Sheila Melo
Extended Epilogue for The Iron Duke

THE STORY: This novella is a continuation of the novel THE IRON DUKE. Mina and Rhys "The Iron Duke" have been married for eight months and both are having problems adjusting to their relationship. This book is about them working on their marriage and Mina's investigation of a murder that might in fact endanger her husband.

OPINION: I loved getting another glimpse of Mina and Rhys and see how they are adjusting to there marriage. The two are so wonderful together
Every book I read in this series -- no matter if it's a novella or full-length novel -- makes me want MOAR set in this world. I also end up wanting to go back and reread everything from the beginning. That's some damn fine writing, if you ask me.

This time around, we get to see Rhys struggling to rein in his protective instincts every time Mina gets called to work. While her job can be dangerous, he's well aware that she's able to take care of herself, but his fear that he'll lose her is still a
I had to have more, it was imperative. And this was every bit as much enjoyable, ass-kicking fun as the first.

In addition to that, we get the continued development of life with Rhys and Mina. They're now married and poor Rhys is a basketcase, trying to come to terms with the danger that Mina faces everyday as an inspector. I love the way they work on it together, the way their relationship is evolving. LOVE.

Another interesting case in Meljean Brook's amazing steampunk London world!
For those people who love HEA and then some... Just like Julia Quinn's the Bridgestones extra, or even more so this short story was perfect. I loved that we got to know how Mina and the Iron Duke struggle to adjust to married life and having a family who loves you. I also have to say it was great satisfaction to read more about Newcastle, Anne and of course Scarsdale. I do hope we get to know what happened to Scarsdale and his marriage in the next book.
He deserves happiness, too!!
Suzanne the Mighty (Under the Covers Book blog)
Mina has now been married to the Iron Duke for eight months, eight of the happiest months of her life. But, each day she can see the stress and worry on his face when she leaves to work and all the potential dangers that entails. Especially as their is a new murderer in town, with strange and mysterious means of killing his victims and Mina and Newberry are on the case.

This novella takes place after the events of The Iron Duke allowing us a glimpse in to the married live of Mina and Rhys, the a
Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Rounding up to 4.

I do love this series and it was a treat to get a bit of Mina, Rhys & Scarsdale. Oh Scarsdale. I can't spoil it, but I really want one of my friends to finish this so we can discuss.

A little bit of action, romance still going strong. A very fine way to spend a couple of hours.
This novella is about 100 pages. Apparently it is included in The Iron Duke mass market paperback edition but not the Kindle or original trade paperback edition. I actually paid more for this ($2.99) than I did for The Iron Duke ($1.99 Kindle special I think).

The novella follows Mina and Rhys about 8 months after the events of The Iron Duke. They are adjusting to being married and Rhys spends time worrying over Mina. He knows that he cannot make her stop going into dangerous situations, but he s
A short story based purely on Mina and Rhys, two lead characters from The Iron Duke. Eight months into their marriage and they're still trying to come to terms with their relationship.

Brook's delivery of life after their harrowing adventure is everything I hoped it would be. Inspector Wentworth is still referred to as Sir; Scarsdale is soused every other second, while offering sage advice and Newsberry is still the outstanding gentleman who blushes at the sight of a lady's ankle.

I've developed
Lea Bourg'
A nice short-story where we meet Mina and Rhys again, a few months after their marriage. While Rhys tries to suppress his worries concerning his wife's job, Mina must investigate the murder of a Lord and several testimonies mention a mysterious copper wheel that would be involved ...
The story was interesting and I enjoyed seeing the characters from the first book again (especially Newberry (and his wife !!), Scarsdale and Anne the Tinker =)) but the big drawback for me that spoil a little the st
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
And so my steampunk marathon continues. Surprisingly enough, I liked this companion novella more than I liked the book itself. But both are pretty awesome.
I loved this novella showing us the Duke and Mina post-marriage! It was so good to see them again. So far this book is my favorite of the series.
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Book info: I am the author of the Iron Seas steampunk romance series. I've written a guide to the world (including a map) on my website.

I also write a paranormal romance series, the Guardians. That series guide is also on my website, including a "The Story So Far" feature, which allows you to catch up on all of the books that previously released in the series if you start after the first installm
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Other Books in the Series

The Iron Seas (4 books)
  • The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1)
  • Heart of Steel (Iron Seas, #2)
  • Riveted (Iron Seas, #3)
  • The Kraken King  (Iron Seas, #4)
The Iron Duke (Iron Seas, #1) Heart of Steel (Iron Seas, #2) Riveted (Iron Seas, #3) Demon Angel (The Guardians, #1) Demon Moon (The Guardians, #2)

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