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The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
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Oct 09, 10

bookshelves: abandoned-series, donated, great-purge-of-2011
Read from October 07 to 09, 2010

I was impatient with the amount of history and politics for the first quarter of the book, slowing down the getting-to-the-action portion, but I had a slightly greater appreciation for it later, when the societal issues keeping Mina and Rhys apart were too enormous to be circumvented with a simple "I don't care what people think. I love you, and that's all that matters." A happy ending is so much more satisfying when there's a real battle to get to it.

However, there wasn't a lot of Rhys's POV, and I never had that moment of empathy with him that made me care what happened to him. At several points, I felt the romance was a nuisance in what could have been a hell of a story about a girl detective, a girl sky pirate, and zombies.

ETA: While trying to explain my lack of enthusiasm for this book recently, it also came out that the oral sex scene was a little too on the rape-her-till-she-likes-it end of the spectrum for comfort.
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