The Kraken King (The Iron Seas #4)
After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned t ...more
I read all 8 parts as one continuous story because I have read s ...more
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 ...more
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.
I’m a huge fan of Meljean Brook, especially of h ...more
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...more
Meljean Brook h ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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:
But for those of you who'd rather have it in one omnibus edition, now is your chance!
Zenobia Fox (Archimedes' s ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
This book is full of adventure and romance. The romantic tension between writer Zenobia Fox and former rebel leader Ariq is ab ...more
What I liked:
I have been a ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The male lead was your usual big, strong, alpha-male, but I thought the female lead was interesting in th ...more
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 ...more