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(The Iron Seas #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  4,407 ratings  ·  537 reviews
The New York Times bestselling author of The Iron Duke and Heart of Steel returns to the Iron Seas with a riveting new adventure of steampunk and passionate romance . . . 

A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland’s inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island has become enshrouded in legend. Fishermen tell tales of giant trolls guarding the land and o
Paperback, 413 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Berkley Trade
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Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing

4.5 stars

The best steampunk romance I’ve read and the best in this series....

I want to feel as if my guts are riveted together, to feel as if I would do anything just for a kiss, or a touch, or to see them.

For four years Annika Fridasdottor has been searching for her sister who left their homeland when it was believed she'd put her village in danger. Now an engineer on the airship Phateon, Annika continues the hunt at every port-of-call. David Kentewess is a vulcanologist en route with his smal
Oct 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is only my second steampunk novel, and while I don't think this genre in general is really my thing, this author does such a great job that I would definitely consider reading more of it anyways as long as she is the one writing it. This book has a good mixture of plot, action, and romance along with a large amount of historically inaccurate mechanical ingenuity which steampunk is known for. For example, there's a giant mechanical whale that can swallow a ship whole for the purposes of pira ...more
Kat Kennedy
The Iron Seas series is exactly my kind of shizzam. It's a buttload of plot, a healthy dose of characterizationion and then just the most delicious hint of sexy times - all grilled in some really fantastic world-building. It's almost like Brook is writing these books just for me! The reason is that I struggle with normal romance novels - I need romance novels that don't feel like romance novels because they're too busy being awesome sci-fi or fantasy etc with some sex in it. This is exactly what ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
I mean, I love this series, I just LOVE LOVE it. Steampunk + Adventure + Romance = Wunderbar! This book I think is even better than the last two in the series, but all three are up there. The world building and depth of character in these novels justifies everything I do with my book club, Vaginal Fantasy. I love highlighting books that don't get enough credit or widespread acknowledgment. I'm sure this one will be super popular on its own however, and it deserves it.

I don't want to spoil anythi
2021 Spring Bingo (#SpringIntoLoveBingo🌷): Map/Diagram

This is wild. My jaw was dropped the entire time. I don’t deny that the worldbuilding is hella problematic if you pick it apart (hence the rating), but the ship is exquisite. Also: I had some questions about a secondary character motivation that didn’t make much sense to me. Read via library.
Anna (Bobs Her Hair)

4.5 or 5 stars…Not what I was expecting. It was so much more!

Long Story Short
Annika searches for her exiled sister. When she finds her they will return to their secluded village in Iceland. Then, Annika meets David. He is searching for his mother’s homeland so he can bury her runes as per her dying wish. Unfortunately, his mother never revealed her origins, but Annika may hold the answers he needs.

My thoughts
As I said, this book wasn’t what I was expecting. I thought there would be megalodons
Riveted is the third installment in Meljean Brook's steampunk/adult romance series titled Iron Seas. I am LOVING this series! Although Riveted may not be my favorite in the series, it's still so, so good. I love this magnificent steampunk world Ms. Brook has crafted and the character building she has so delicately structured is amazing. The heroine Annika advocates for women to love who they love without judgment and empowers others to move forward despite their origins. She has struggled with b ...more
Mimi Smith
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: pnr
3.5 stars

And for the second time in two days I'm writing a review for a book I highly anticipated and wanted to love. And yet again:this is not how I wanted to feel about it. I don't know if it's my mood, or just me. I mean EVERYONE adores this book. I just... liked it. Oh, well.

I want to feel as if my guts are riveted together, to feel as if I would do anything just for a kiss, or a touch, or to see them. I want to feel as if I can’t live without them, and if I have to…if I have to live without
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I just want to note that, according to the text, both of the protagonists are much less pale than they are portrayed on the cover, and instead of looking Default Steampunk Bosoms, Annika is notorious for loving to wear bright colours that don't match, and whatever the frick shape of clothes she can sew, nevermind if an Elizabethan collar doesn't go with her harem pants. David is also badly disfigured on one side of his face and uses assistive prosthetics for his disability, not sassy-monocle-wea ...more
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Annika left her hidden all-women community to find her missing sister. After years of searching whilst working as an airship engineer, she encounters David, a scientist who is looking for the hidden community in order to properly bury his mother's runes. Can they overcome pirates, social prejudices, mad scientists, evil plots, mysterious disasters, volcanic eruptions, and their own lack of flirting skills to find true love? And stop Iceland from getting blown up?

In an objective sense this is pro
So much fun! Annika and David sitting in a troll, K-I-S-S-I-N-G.... Well done!

There is so much to love about Meljean Brook’s The Iron Seas series. Each book stands on its own so you really don’t need to read the books in order. The world is imaginative and original and an alternative history to our own. For a brief synopsis of this world, I would recommend that you look at the author’s website for her Iron Seas Guide.

Riveted is steampunk done right. Oh, the whimsical steampunk technology! Giant
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review posted on Demon Lover's Books & More

The world-building in this series is so vivid and descriptive, without being flowery, and all I could think of was This is what Steampunk should be. The world-building alone makes this a 5 star book, but when you factor in the characters and the originality, it makes me wish I could rate this book higher.

There are so many threads to the plot at work and they’re very subtle at first. Each strand leads you a different direction at first, but ultimately th
4.5 stars - on my second 'read' too. I would say that I enjoyed it even more this time in audio.

My original review:

Riveted was probably the sweetest of Brook's Iron Seas romances so far. I loved both Vulcanologist David, who has always looked for joy in life despite some major adversity, and airship engineer Annika, who sees herself as the rabbit her family and friends have called her - but who, when push comes to shove, is brave enough to do what must be done. There is an innocence to Annika,
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Swashbuckling adventure, fearsome steam-powered creatures, and sweet romance make this a great read. The setting is divided between a helium powered airship and Iceland's volcanic landscape. David is a vulcanologist. He is infected with nanoagents and his body has been rebuilt with bio-mechanical limbs, which makes him very strong but also isolates him as others are repulsed by his differences. Annika is the engineer on the airship, Phateon. She has left her isolated Sapphist village ...more
Jane Stewart
Not my kind of book. I was bored.

I have more patience with audiobooks and that’s the only reason I kept with it and finished. I felt like the author made a detailed outline and then colored-it-in-between-the-lines, trying to make it interesting. I felt no chemistry about the characters. I wasn’t interested in them. The flow wasn’t good. I didn’t see enough motivations. I’m still vague about why the bad guy did some of the things he did and what happened to him at the end. Some of the conflicts f
Pamela / SpazP
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This is a spoiler free review.
Riveted is the third book in Meljean Brook's Iron Seas series, and easily my favorite of the series, and most definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. I suspect it is going to be everyone's favorite in the series... no joke! While it is based in the same Iron Seas world, it is a completely new setting, Iceland, with new folklore and mythology. New characters, too! And oh how they simply shine. Annika and David both are so unique and strong in their own ways,
Isa Lavinia
actual rating: 4.5 stars

I read this lovely book for the first time waaay back in 2012.
The thing is, I never did come around to writing a review for it, and since this is my fourth re-reading (yes, I know...) and I always end up loving it just a little bit more with each one, it was about time I stopped being lazy and just wrote a review.

The problem is... what do I have to say about a good book?
And that's the only kind of book Meljean Brook writes...

I love the characters, but I always love Brook'
One of the best books I've read this year. Meljean continues to astound me. David, the hero is adorable, a beta and rowl when it comes to making love.

I want my own troll. I will call him George. I'd like my own David also.
Nov 04, 2012 rated it liked it
I loved the first two in Brook's Iron Seas trilogy. I mean, I just LOVED them. I've always had a thing for steampunk, and to see the genre done so wonderfully and with such deft writing really made me happy.

I wish I could say the same for Riveted, but I found this book quite problematic for a number of reasons. NOTE: Spoilers to follow.

Here's the thing: I think Brook bit off more than she could chew in terms of theme. I mean, we have disability politics, gay rights, Othering, and sociopathy, jus
Jen Davis
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
Another winner from Meljean Brook. If you haven't read any of her Iron Seas book, this is a great place to jump in, since it works as a complete standalone. Of course, it shares the world of the books before it, but Brook lays it out simply and effectively enough that you won't feel lost at all.

Our heroine, Annika, grew up in a secret Iceland village that consisted entirely of women. She never would have left if her sister Kalla had not taken an exile meant for her. She's been searching
Jess the Romanceaholic
This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.

Expected Release Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Penguin Group
Imprint: Berkley Trade
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Edelweiss
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Iron Seas Series
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone
Steam Level: Warm
Romanceaholic’s Pet Peeves: Preachy
Romanceaholic’s Favorite Tropes: Physically Imperfect or Scarred, Starvation

With one of the most creative st
Leigh Kramer
Annika and David going on adventures, forever and always. They provide each other with a sense of home and belonging and that did my heart good. Also loved how queer this book was (but mind the CWs below). Some elements did not age well but I otherwise enjoyed this rollicking tale.

Note: There is a lot of ableism and internalized ableism around David’s scars and disabilities. A big theme is how David believed no one would ever truly love him for himself (which Annika disproves), as well as people
After just wrapping up Yasmeen and Archimedes story in Heart of Steel and Tethered, I was ready to press on and see what more the Iron Seas steampunk series had for me. This time we were off to Iceland land of volcanoes, secrets, and legends of trolls and witches? Had to see what that was about.

Riveted is book three in the series, but it is a standalone adventure and could be enjoyed separately. I wouldn't recommend it, though, because the overall world of this series is understood by this point
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“What I told you is true - I want to love someone first. I want to feel as if my gust are riveted together, to feel as if I would do anything just for a kiss, or a touch.”

For four years Annika has worked on the airship Phatéon, flying from port to port looking for her sister Källa. Annika is from an island is Iceland, one that has to be kept secret, and five years ago, she almost endangered them all by accident. And Källa took the blame, and was exiled. All she wants to do is bring her sist

Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, steampunk
The thing I enjoy most about this series is that it's a very well balanced mix between the romance and actual story. The stories are usually swashbuckling adventure jaunts within a rich and engaging steampunk alternative history Earth. This book, Riveted, was no different.
I enjoyed the juxtaposition between sociological views in our world and the corresponding views in the Riveted world, and especially appreciated the "love is love" message that was very clear yet not too preachy.

The steam and m
Well, that was a hot bath and a cup of tea on a rainy day of a book.

Hero - not an asshat! Heroine - not stupid! How amazing that that's remarkable. The worldbuilding is laugh-out-loud charming, the plot happens at the proper pace, there's a dastardly villain and just enough complexity to keep it from getting dull - all in all, pretty much perfect for what it sets out to be.

...that said. Yes, it's got that kind of prim political correctness about -isms that leads to easy answers that I don't th
Meljean Brook delivers a stellar love story that is slow- burning but utterly romantic and satisfying. The yearning that both parties feel is translated so well on the pages that readers feel increased anticipation as they wait to see what happens next.

RIVETED begins a little slowly, warming up to the world and introducing these new characters and forging a bond between them. It isn't until half the book has passed that readers are completely sucked into the world that Brook has created. Such a
I don't know what to say about this book that probably hasn't been said better by other reviewers. I loved it. The world-building isn't as intense as The Iron Duke, but the author makes good use of the foundations she built in the previous books. What is especially wonderful about Riveted is how different the story and the characters are from her earlier books. Even being set in the same world, the main characters in Riveted are very different types of people than ones we've seen before. Even to ...more
Carolyn F.

Alison Larkin did a great job narrating this book. I was impressed how she could get around all of the different accents. The story itself was good. Not as a criticism, but I didn't realize that there were so many sex scenes in these books (or is it just this one). Well written, but I was a little surprised. The story itself was good. The bad guy was absolutely awful, almost too much. But enjoyed the book even with that criticism. Looking forward to listening/reading the entire series.
Mar 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this installment in the Iron Seas series. It had a different setting and feel to it. It is definitely one of my favorites. I enjoyed the way it blended social issues into the story. The action was great ( I actually caught myself sitting on the edge of my chair bent over my kindle, caught up in the excitement of what was happening in the story - lol), the main characters are engaging and the romance very sweet. This is currently my favorite steampunk series.
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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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