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The Kraken King (The Iron Seas #4)

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,710 Ratings  ·  211 Reviews
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 t
Published November 4th 2014 by Berkley
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Kat Kennedy
Jun 15, 2015 Kat Kennedy rated it it was amazing
Stunning book. Was a little lengthy and the relationship tropes a little repetitive but over all I really loved it.
Jun 24, 2015 MelissaB rated it it was amazing
The Kraken King was a great story, it is by far my favorite in this steam punk series. I liked both the hero and the heroine, they were both likable people who I enjoyed reading about. Ariq was a pretty amazing hero, he was head over heels for Zenobia and vowed to protect her and be her shield - and he meant it and showed it by at one point breaking a man in half who was attacking her then making her other attacker tell everyone he meets that Zenobia is now under his protection and anyone who co ...more
Jen (Red Hot Books)
Feb 13, 2016 Jen (Red Hot Books) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Maybe you aren’t familiar with steampunk. Maybe you don’t love it. Maybe you haven’t read the earlier installments in the Iron Seas series. Maybe you’ve never even heard of Meljean Brook. It. Does. Not. Matter. You need to buy this book now and read it. You need to get swept up in the adventure. You need to swoon over the romance. And then you can join the rest of us who can do nothing but gush over just how wonderful this story is.

I read all 8 parts as one continuous story because I have read s
The Kraken King is the fourth installment in Meljean Brook's adult romance/steampunk series titled: Iron Seas. I am a huge fan of this series and have been fortunate to have access to all the audiobooks at my local library. The narration on these is incredible by the way! I highly recommend the audio versions. I am slowly but surely getting through all the novels and novellas...and they are amazing!!!

While I enjoyed The Kraken King, I didn't love it quite as much as some of the others. It was VE
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Another imaginative instalment of the Iron Seas series which was originally released as a serial. I enjoyed it especially the visual picture that Meljean Brook excels at, floating cities, mechanical monsters and a great array of vibrant characters not the least being Ariq, the Kraken King. At 576 pages a little too long, perhaps when it was published in its entirely a little editing wouldn't have gone astray but this didn't really detract from enjoying a swashbuckling tale, well told.


“Because you have a light in your face and a fire in your eyes, and the first time I looked into them, I knew it would be you. The woman I would want forever. The woman I need at my side. The woman I would love.”

Zenobia Fox is the author of her brother, Archimedes Fox’s, famous adventures. She dreams of having adventures of her own, but the only ones she does experience, other than her writing, is the kidnapping’s attempts she has to endure because of the brother’s wea

Mar 18, 2015 Keertana rated it really liked it
Although I harbored my doubts when Brooks announced that The Kraken King would be written in a serialized format, I found myself pleasantly surprised by how effectively it came together as a cohesive novel. The latest in this vividly imaginative steampunk series follows Zenobia Fox, the sister of adventurer Archimedes Fox, and her experiences are no less enthralling than that of her sibling. The Kraken King worked particularly effectively due to its length. It feels longer than her other novels- ...more
Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
My Rating: A+ Personal Favorite
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Note: At this time, the only way to read this book is to purchase the 8-part serialize novel.

Zenobia Fox, sister of the infamous adventurer Archimedes Fox, spends more time living vicariously through the intrepid tales she pens rather than out in the real world. She embarks on journey with Helene, her childhood friend, to the Red City, where Helene’s husband works as the French ambas
Nov 29, 2015 Talltree marked it as no-dnf-zzz-avoid

Steampunk is not for me.
Jul 08, 2015 Miriam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
The insta-love and purple passion really show Brook's romance roots, but overall a fun fictional universe (Australo-Japanese-Mongol Horde steampunk is a nice change from the Victoriana) and an entertaining adventure.
Kim (Book Swoon)
Nov 18, 2014 Kim (Book Swoon) rated it it was amazing
The Kraken King first began as a writing experiment, a serial created by the talented Meljean Brook as part of her Iron Seas series. The results is the sensational novel here for the first time in its complete entirety, a Steampunk Romance lover's dream come true.

Originally created as an eight-part serial, the story is completely action-packed, each scene fills the pages with no wasted space, no dull moments and the plot moves fast with no shortage of Steampunk elements. The story opens up with

Meljean Brook and Nalini Singh were my gateway drugs into Romance. Back in early 2012, I started watching Felicia Day’s Vaginal Fantasy Book Club. One of the early bookclub selections was the Iron Duke, which I was lucky enough to get from my local library. I was sucked into the her Steampunk/alternate history world, The Iron Seas, where the Horde (Genghis Khan’s mighty empire) had overrun Asia and Europe and had enslaved great swaths of the world through nanobots hidden in sugar.

Meljean Brook h
Fun and swoony and a rollicking good time. Closest in tone with Book #2 of the series. Overly long/drawn out at parts but that's just the natural result of a serial being combined into one book--and being read (nearly) in one sitting. #SpinsterAdventure FTW.
Dark Faerie Tales
Jan 21, 2015 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
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Quick & Dirty: A woman craving adventure finds herself getting almost more than she can handle when she’s rescued by a man who quickly becomes fascinated by her.

Opening Sentence: If this letter is in your hands instead of on my desk where I left it, you must have flown to Fladstrand without first collecting your correspondence in Port Fallow–where the note I sent to you would have saved you a trip.

The Review:

I’m a huge fan of Meljean Brook, especially of h
Nov 13, 2014 DemetraP rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The romance was amazing, the characters were strong and likeable. There was humor, love, adventure, airships, was just an awesome read.
Dr susan
Oct 25, 2014 Dr susan rated it it was amazing
I am reading The Kraken King serial through my library's ebook program, but I am too lazy to write a review for each section. I am still waiting for Part 1 and Part 8, but I had to start reading because my loan period was going to expire on 5, 6, and 7. I will buy the book the second I can afford it. The Kraken King is a splendidly romantic steampunk fantasy set in the world of The Iron Seas. If you read The Iron Duke (and if you have not, WHY NOT???), you will know that Meljean Brook writes boo ...more
4.5 stars. I love this author's writing. Intensely romantic. This story is epic.
Olivia ツ
This was a re-read. I wanted to see if I would love the series all in one piece as much as I loved it when I was reading it in parts. The answer is YES! I love the chemistry, the banter, the sexiness and the action. As usual Meljean Brook weaves a world so vivid full of machines and animals that are used as balloons. The Kraken King (Ariq) is my type of hero – bold, strong, smart, sexy, vulnerable and respectful and did I mention sexy? An alpha who doesn’t bully but listens and leads. He is the ...more
The Kraken King is my absolute favorite from Meljean Brook thus far (which is saying something considering my intense love for the previous three). Although Brook released this book over several months serial-style I opted to wait until the full set of stories was released as a single book. I'm really more of a gulper than a savorer. I wondered if the book would feel episodic but it flowed very well as a single unit. Kraken King features many of my favorite tropes: road trip, bad boy with heart ...more
Kat Bastion
Jan 08, 2015 Kat Bastion rated it it was amazing
Wow. I am on the greatest book high that I can ever remember being on. The euphoria started from the first pages and continued building as I kept reading.

This story is epic. The adventure unparalleled. The romance deeper and all-consuming than any I can recall.

This amazing book took me on a the fantasy ride of a lifetime. Without question, one of the best books I've ever read.

Thank you, Meljean, for writing the most incredible story. Beyond a doubt, you are an auto-buy author for me.
Feb 22, 2015 Mara rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk

I have to thank Naysa for this novel. I'm not a fan of serials, and I stay clear when the overall price is going to be unacceptable for me (16$ here). So I had ignored the Kraken King. She had given me a chance to try it, and I was hooked. Lucky for me, the book was out and at a normal price, so I grabbed it.

The world-building is stellar as usual, and the plot intriguing, even if it seemed to me a bit stretched. It lost a star for the heroine. I liked her, but could not get her . I was lef
Oct 06, 2015 Keri rated it it was amazing
WoW, just WoW!!! What a phenomenal read this was!! I have to gather my pending!
re-read 2/24/16 - I needed an Ariq fix!
re-read 12/24/14 (originally read June 2014)

This was probably my favorite book of 2014. It has everything - action, adventure, emotions, a badass hero and a leading lady with spirit and a brain. I found myself smiling, laughing and enjoying this adventure just as much the 2nd time around even though it had only been 6 months between reads. This has an established spot in my all time favorite books.
Vanessa Kelly
Feb 09, 2015 Vanessa Kelly rated it it was amazing
I want to marry this book. Seriously, the writing is superb, the world-building is imaginative and yet totally grounded, the story is epic, the heroine is smart and strong and yet appealingly vulnerable, and the hero is TO DIE FOR. What a fabulous book!
Romance & Smut
Nov 28, 2014 Romance & Smut rated it really liked it
Full review: 4 stars by

Themes and tropes: monster, erotica, strong heroine, aristocratic woman, working man, steampunk, historical, fantasy, kraken, airship, war, romance intrigue

When it comes to fantastical fiction, there has to be a careful balance of fierce imagination and the author’s own skill. Take Margaret Atwood, or Arthur C. Clarke- they could weave places and stories that were utterly removed from literally anything that you’d ever seen or heard of before, but th
Apr 19, 2015 Urhomwen rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Meljean Brook is amazing. I'm only just reading The Kraken King now because I did not want to read it in bits as a serial. I read The Iron Duke first some time ago and loved it but somehow did not quite enjoy the subsequent books in the series (though I LOVE the Guardian series). So, I haven't spent much time lately in the colorful steampunk world created by this author. I am so glad I decided to return. Meljean writes steampunk with amazing skill. The world buildin ...more
The Kraken King is the latest installment in Brook’s Iron Seas series; a series that I’ve enjoyed immensely so far. Unfortunately, I have to admit that The Kraken King is my least favourite book in the series to date. Originally published as a serial (a method I am not fond of), this book was long, and in all honesty, I struggled to get through it. The pacing in this book was slow and I personally felt that events were dragged out and felt repetitive. As soon as you thought something was resolve ...more
In The Kraken King (book 4 in the Iron Seas series) pulp adventure writer, Zenobia Fox, has had a target on her back ever since her brother acquired a fortune on one of his treasure hunts. Now anyone looking to make a quick buck knows that kidnapping her will easily get the ransom from her brother. Tired of living in fear and closeting herself away, Zenobia takes the chance to sail with her friend to Australia. But misfortune loves Zenobia as she quickly finds herself caught in the midst of a br ...more
Nov 05, 2014 Mandapanda marked it as did-not-finish
At 7%. This is not going well for me at the moment. There are so many protagonist groups and places (marauders, Nipponese, smugglers, flyers, Mongol Horde, Golden Empire, rebel forces, pirates, mercenaries). I'm totally confused as to who's who. The hero has just rescued the heroine and immediately is obsessed by her sitting close to him. Lots of description of her skin and pressing up on him and wondering if she's got undies on. I would have thought he would be too sidetracked by the fact that ...more
Nov 05, 2014 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for_review
Review posted: Happily Ever After - Reads
Blog rating: A

Let me start by saying that I originally started reviewing this story when it was being released as a serial. And also a disclaimer, I would receive 3-4 parts in each review bundle, so I didn’t have as long of a wait between parts as some readers did. That said, I realized something valuable with that experience, my first in reading a serial – I am NOT a serial reader. At all. I found that having a forced break between parts was more frustra
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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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The Iron Seas (5 books)
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