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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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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

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
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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
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
Kat Bastion
Wow. Just...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.
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Vanessa Kelly
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!
Mara
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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
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Myo
Jan 28, 2014 Myo marked it as to-read
There are going to be 8 parts. (view spoiler)
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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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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Jammastere
I adored this book and the entire series is amazing!

This is steampunk but that is really only secondary to the story that Ms. Brooks tells. The alternate history elements and the amazing characters we are introduced to. This is NOT a steampunk book that gets so caught up in the machinery descriptions that you are bored. This is a great story with amazing characters that happens to have steampunk elements that only add to the story.

Others have said that they didn't like the serial format that the
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Anise Rae
I love the Iron Seas books. When I stumbled upon this one, about half of the serial had been released. I gobbled up as much as I could and impatiently waited for the next parts. The experience taught me that I do not like serials. If another of my favorite authors releases one, I hope I have the patience to wait until all the parts are released before I start reading it.

This book is full of adventure and romance. The romantic tension between writer Zenobia Fox and former rebel leader Ariq is ab
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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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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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Erin
I love Meljean Brook. I love that she wrote a serialized book about a serial writer, even though I couldn't read it until she published it as a full novel (no e-reader).

Iron Seas is such a great series - Brook has created a literal planet for her characters to play in. The only thing I can compare it to is Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel series. In The Kraken King, we see how things have played out in Australia, where the Nipponese relocated after the Golden Empire chased them out of their home isla
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Lea Bourg'
One word: OMG !!!
A very long book but I loved every page and every word ><
Indeed, Zenobia Fox has always written stories full of adventures and danger, but personally, she is far from having the same hectic life as her brother. However, after the fourth attempted of kidnapping while she accompanied her friend Helene at the Red City in Australia, Zenobia bumped into a new type of danger, the most dangerous one she ever encounters but also the most tantalizing. But if Zenobia doesn't know wh
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Book Binge
Reading time has been painfully scarce for me the last few months. I don’t know about you, but when I have limited time to read, I really, really want to read something worthwhile. I was trying to decide what book would be a slam dunk for me when Rowena reviewed Here There Be Monsters, a novella in Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas series. This reminded me I still hadn’t read The Kraken King (book 4 in the series), and I immediately knew where I’d find my slam dunk. Brook hasn’t failed me yet, and The K ...more
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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