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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
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Published November 4th 2014 by Berkley
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Jen (Red Hot Books)
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
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Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
My Rating: A+ Personal Favorite
Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
Review copy provided by publisher

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
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Kim (Book Swoon)
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

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Ana Canino-Fluit
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
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Dr susan
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
Myo
Jan 28, 2014 Myo marked it as to-read
There are going to be 8 parts. (view spoiler)
Jaclyn
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
Samantha
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
MandyM
Nov 05, 2014 MandyM 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
Jess
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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Laura the Highland Hussy
review posted on Got Fiction?

Quick note: Hey guys! This might look familiar! That's because it is, sort of. That amazing Steampunk serial The Kraken King is out in novel form now! Trust me when I say that it's worth it.

My reviews which were pretty much my first impressions of the serial as I read, can be found here:

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

Part VI

Part VII

Part VIII



But for those of you who'd rather have it in one omnibus edition, now is your chance!

Quick Review:

Zenobia Fox (Archimedes' s
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LAB☺
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.
Jennifer
I started this as a serial, but quickly got irritated with that format. I thought the full length book version would solve the annoyance, but nope. It all felt very repetitive, and the romance dragged out endlessly (or they kept stumbling back over the same obstacles and whispered the same sweet nothings to each other).
DemetraP
I loved this book. The romance was amazing, the characters were strong and likeable. There was humor, love, adventure, airships,...it was just an awesome read.
Deanne
Only annoyance was having to wait for each episode to come out, however new characters to love in the world created by Brook. There's also the chance to see Archimedes and his wife, though there are characters I'd like updates on.
The Kraken King opens up more of the world with a visit to Australia and the Nipponese empire, it's an imaginative world with constant surprises. The plot is fairly quick paced so the waiting a week was frustrating, maybe Meljean Brook enjoys torturing her fans.
Just won
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Debbie Lester
Meljean Brook brings readers the fourth book in the Iron Seas series, The Kraken King. Some readers may have read this story in it's serialized e-book version with eight separate parts, but the experience of reading it altogether is simply amazing. Brook's world building is unique and complex, her characters are diverse and multi-faceted and her attention to detail provides astounding visual imagery. If you read only one steampunk novel this year, this MUST be the one!

What I liked:

I have been a
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Romance & Smut
Full review: 4 stars by www.romanceandsmut.com

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
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Jo  (Mixed Book Bag)
The Kraken King was first published as a eight part Kindle serial. I resisted the serial at $1.99 per part and purchased the Kindle book for $7.99 when it was released.

Zenobia Fox has been a character for several books. We met her through her letters to her bother Archimedes and her books about her brothers adventures. Each time she has been safely at home but this time she gets her own adventure and finds that she is much stronger than she thinks.

Her adventure starts when Ariq, the Kraken King,
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Fangs for the Fantasy
Zenobia Fox, novelist, sister to the great adventurer, Archimedes Fox, is ready for an adventure of her own, rather than experiencing her brother’s second and. And preferably without it coming at the hands of yet another kidnapping attempt by her brother’s myriad enemies.

Which brings her to Australia, with her friend Helene, heading towards the Nipponese Empire – when a series of unfortunate events lead to her being somewhat stranded with Ariq. Horde Rebel, smuggler, general and the Kraken King
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Louise
I forgot why I gave up on this series, but I'm glad I jumped back. Another page-turner with some pretty racy bits. I always get confused in these books about the political upheavals of the Hoarde vs. the non-hoarde, but was even more confused in this one because of the Nippon side and who was spying on who and who was rebelling against who. But I guess that's just plot fodder for the romance.

The male lead was your usual big, strong, alpha-male, but I thought the female lead was interesting in th
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Glittergirl
Wow, just WOW...Every book I don't think this series can get better and then it does! I enjoyed getting to know Zenobia and what made Ariq who he is. I adored the twists and adventure of this story and though it's a love story it was also a terrific urban fantasy adventure!

This is a BIG book and I believe it's because of the way it was released...as a serial. I understand why Meljean did this but I think it has more pages than it would have if it had been edited as a whole instead of pieces. I c
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Nanou
rholalala, je l'ai pas lâché de tout le weekend, mais vraiment j'ai fais que ça : lire. L'intrigue est tellement prennante que les 580 pages s'avalent sans compter...

Zenobia qui à force d'écrire les aventures de son frère, veux en vivre une elle aussi, parce que bon voilà hein, sa petite vie à éviter de se faire kidnapper c'est pas terrible... elle va être servie !

Ariq... hmmmmm... cheveux long, tatouage de kraken dans le dos, petit côté barbare (il tue des gens en les cassant en deux, quel homm
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Mary
Tweet-short review: Mad love for this serial-cum-novel. Zenobia is so feisty and independent; "Kraken King" Ariq turns out to be perfect man for her. Steampunk lurve, FTW!
A_Beauchamp
I have to say this is the best book of the series so far. Right from the beginning for me Zenobia was the most interesting character. After she is first mentioned in The Iron Duke and we get to know her a little bit in Heart of Steel I couldn't wait to read more about her.

I wasn't disappointed. But the best part was, that even though Arig and her are deeply in love with each other and notice their feelings quite early in the novel, it wasn't as over the top as the very sweet Heart of Steel. Quit
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Stevie Carroll
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and the Unread:

I’ve been meaning to read Meljean Brook, and especially her Iron Seas series, for far too long, so when I spotted that a new serial novel was coming out set in that universe, back at the beginning of the summer, I snapped up all the episodes, intending to read them one at a time as the author envisioned. But then life happened, and so I found myself reading all eight of the installments back-to-back. Which meant that I was finished just in
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Krissy
Thank you Netgalley for the digital copies (of the serial) and NAL for the print (final) copy in exchange for an honest review.


Okay Iron Seas fans... Notice the cover in the corner states *The Complete Novel* because as many of us have been dying for it to happen, it is finally here. The Kraken King in its entirety.
If you thought the serial ebooks alone were the best ever then just wait for them when you have them all in one place.
The biggest thing that frustrated me when the serial first rel
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PNR
Aug 11, 2012 PNR marked it as to-read
I don't think this is coming out in November. That's only two months away and there isn't even a cover or blurb! :(

Wait, now it's AUGUST of 2014!?!?!? :(
Jessica
The best of the series so far? I think I need to ignore all my library books and spend the next week re-reading the entire series to be sure.
Lyssa
This book is awesome and the best of the series so far! The story is sexy, steamy and action packed!!
Cassandra
So....

$16 for all 8 little .... basically chapters?

I'll save my money for a better author.
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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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