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384 pages, Paperback
First published October 5, 2010
"You may continue to call me inspector,"
"And you may call me Rhys.""I won't."
"Even when I'm in your bed?"
Mina dropped her hand to her gun.
Just as amazing as the first time I read it.
I had no idea that steampunk was such a wonderful genre. The world created in this book was amazing! There’s the nanoagents, which are bugs that the Horde hid in tea and sugar, which almost everyone in England ingested, and by which the Horde controlled everyone until the Iron Duke freed them from the Horde. You have people with mechanical body parts, then there’s the ratcatchers, which are modified alley cats, their bones replaced with steel. And the zombies. I have not yet read a book with zombies, and I thoroughly enjoyed them in this novel. I love Meljean Brook’s writing. She described this world so perfectly that I could imagine everything in detail.
Mina is a detective inspector, and because of the way she was conceived she is treated like dirt by the population. However, she doesn’t let this get her down, and continues to be a great detective. I really liked Mina, and I loved her attitude and how she didn’t let anyone walk over her.
Then there is Rhys, the Iron Duke. Oh, how I loved him. I loved how he was with Mina, how instantly fascinated he was with her, and how attracted he was to her.
He’d never needed anything as much as he needed her. Self-preservation warned him to push her away. He couldn’t stand the thought of it, only wanted to bring her in closer. But if she didn’t come to need him in return, then away or close, it wouldn’t matter—either one would destroy him.
The chemistry between Mina and Rhys was absolutely wonderful. Their relationship was slow building, because of Mina’s past experience under the control of the Horde she was very afraid of her feelings towards Rhys. I loved how Rhys pursued Mina, and he never gave up, no matter how hard she tried to push him away. Both were so good at hiding their true feelings for one other, showing indifference when the exact opposite was true.
This book was absolutely wonderful, and I can’t wait to continue with this series. I will definitely be reading many more steampunk books!