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Riveted by Meljean Brook
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Jan 26, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: read-2012, reviewed

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As far as I am concerned, no one writes a better steampunk tale than Meljean Brook. Her world building is phenomenal and so intricate that, at times, it is hard to keep track of. Her books are nuanced and complex plus her characters always feel emotionally real. In the third volume of Brook's Iron Seas series, we meet completely new characters to the series and are taken to the unusual setting of Iceland. Annika, the heroine, has left her hidden village to seek out her missing older sister. While considered timid by those she grew up with, out in the real world, Annika has come into her own as an engineer for an airship, developing a quiet strength and capable courage to deal with the dangerous situations she sometimes finds herself in. The hero is David, a naturalist who is journeying to Iceland to study the island's volcanoes. Injured in a catastrophic accident as a youth, David lost an eye, his hand, and a leg but this being a steampunk world, they have all been replaced with mechanical prosthetics. While artificial limbs are not uncommon in this world, David's have made him somewhat of an outsider. Watching these two characters come together, learning to trust each other, plus the unique setting and action-adventure, made for an enjoyable read. Brooks has a way with writing main characters that are fully realized, three dimensional people. It's one of her strengths as a writer. This strength doesn't carry all the way through to the villain, unfortunately, who ends up being a batshit crazy bwahahaha type with daddy issues. Still, the action was exciting and the romance sweet. This is another solid entry to a fantastic - and I mean fantastic - series. I'm a bit in awe at how good of a writer Meljean Brook is and I thoroughly recommend the previous books in this series as well as The Guardians series.

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