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The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
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really liked it
bookshelves: steampunk, steampunk-month, romance

For being a book whose cover features a shirtless guy wearing a shiny leather jacket and showing off his washboard abs, The Iron Duke was quite good! It skews more towards romance than the previous steampunk books I've read this month, but it also doesn't shirk its responsibilities in the world-building department.

The world in The Iron Duke is based on a post-Industrial Revolution England, where some controlling entity, only referred to as The Horde injected the people of England with a nano virus some two hundred years ago. The nano virus lets the Horde control the people's emotions, dictating when they're passive, and when they go into a frenzy of emotion (perfect for when it's mating time.) Through some chain of events, the Horde is overthrown, the infected people, called buggers regain control of their lives back, and the book picks up from there.

More specifically, the book revolves around Mina, a police inspector in England who barely gets any respect just because she was the unfortunate product of a Horde raping her mother. She gets spit on and threatened daily because of her mix-raced features and has to work extra hard to prove that she's just as good as everyone else. She meets Rhys, the Iron Duke, they go on air ship adventures, they shag, they fall in love, etc. etc.

Yes, the book was formulaic to the paranormal romance genre even though there wasn't exactly anything paranormal going on. I guess there were zombies. Do zombies count? Even though the plot wasn't ground-breaking, the book was a joy to read and pages sped by quickly.

The Iron Duke has steampunk, romance, air pirating, evil secret cults, roguish men, strong women, and a pretty darn good world built around it. It's no wonder I liked it. The second book will be on my radar when it gets released.

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Reading Progress

October 13, 2010 – Started Reading
October 13, 2010 – Shelved
October 13, 2010 – Shelved as: steampunk
October 13, 2010 – Shelved as: steampunk-month
October 13, 2010 –
20.0% "Love the world so far, even if it is anti-Asian =("
October 13, 2010 –
40.0% "Oh, how dashing. A big, burly duke who's also a pirate! My heart is all a flutter."
October 14, 2010 – Shelved as: romance
October 14, 2010 – Finished Reading

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