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June 15, 2014

Steampunk Sundays: Kraken King V & VI by Meljean Brook

The Kraken King
Meljean Brook
Iron Seas 4
Steampunk
May 2014
Intermix
The Kraken King, Part V
The Kraken King and the Iron Heart

With their lives and the fate of an empire at stake, Ariq is forced to leave Zenobia behind. Held captive by their enemies, Zenobia can only pray that Ariq keeps his promise to come for her—until a terrible loss prods her to action.

Ariq has no intention of handing over the Skybreaker to the two men responsible for the marauders’ attacks against Krakentown—but without a ransom to give them, Ariq must risk everything to rescue Zenobia and stop the swarming forces bent on destruction.


The Kraken King, Part VI
The Kraken King and the Crumbling Walls

Reunited, Ariq and Zenobia must journey over the red wall and make a desperate appeal to the one woman with enough power to halt the marauders’ plans—the Empress of Nippon.

But even the Kraken King cannot demand the attentions of an empress. Masked and quarantined, Ariq and Zenobia are forced to bide their time. Despite the fact that they are as physically close as two people can be, Zenobia is trying to keep the man she can’t help but love at a distance, terrified she’ll be hurt again. And all the while, the mysteries of the Living City grow around them


Man, this book is looong! I'd never thought I'd say it but I'm thankful THE KRAKEN KING is a serial otherwise it'll be one long epic adventure and I mean that literally! 

So it's quite impossible not to read parts 5 and 6 back to back because of the events that happened. In part 4, Zenobia Fox was once again abducted for the nth time! So of course in The Kraken King and the Iron Heart, it's expected that Ariq will waste no time in rescuing her. And that he did single handedly with a little help from Zenobia of course. Aside from Ariq's daring rescue of his romantic interest, I'd like to highlight that something sad happened here. Zenobia's precious letters from Archimedes as well as the manuscript for the book she's working on were confiscated by her abductors and burned it. You might think, "But Braine, those are just letters," true but said missives were very important to Zenobia for a lot of reasons ranging from it's sentimental value to providing inspiration for her stories. 
Quoting Ariq

I will not take anything you don't want to give, Zenobia Fox.
My will is steel, wife. My body and heart are iron--but they are yours to break.
My favorite so far is part 6, The Kraken King and the Crumbling Walls. Why you ask? Because finally, after 5 parts of constant teasing, flirting, and seducing Zenobia, Ariq finally had some boom boom pow! It's sexy time LOL! But it's not just sex for the sake of sex, Zenobia and Ariq's romantic relationship made leaps and bounds here. I guess Zenobia's abduction was the necessary push needed for these two to finally take their attraction to the next level. 

Ariq is such a complex hero and very traditional, very Asian, but still the gorgeous Alpha hero if that makes sense. There are slight nuances regarding Ariq's character vs other heroes in that his attraction to Zenobia didn't necessarily stem from her looks whereas the usual lead male responds to his love interest's female attributes. Not that Ariq is any better than them or is immune to Zenobia's wiles, it's just refreshing to read a hero that looked for and got attracted to the heroine's more substantial qualities than her superficial ones. 

So it's a given that this serial is worth a try. And for those of you who are curious if you can read the Iron Seas books as stand-alone, yes you can. By Meljean Brooks' admission on her FB page, she said that the series doesn't have an overarching arc and from a reader who jumped to book 4 without reading the previous 3, I can guarantee that you won't feel lost. Zenobia might mention her brother but whatever happened in Archimedes' book bears no weight in THE KRAKEN KING.









33 comments:

  1. So is this serial finally done? I was waiting for it to finish. I loved The Iron Duke but haven't read more than the follow-up novella so it's good to know this one can be read as a standalone!

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  2. This sounds like an interesting read. Sometimes I lose interest if the books are too long, but this serial has me intrigued! Fab review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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    1. Because the book is so frickin long, I'm glad that they turned it into a serial otherwise it'll almost feel like a chore to finish it.

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  3. Ah, cool. Yeah, that's the only time I'd consider reading out of order, is if there isn't a storyline connecting them all. They sound good though.

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    1. Yes, no pressure to catch up with the books that you might have missed. Its an option but not a commitment

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  4. Hmm I think I'll wait before starting this one but now It's finished I'll have to try. I have her other series so this one first!

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    1. Sorry if I misled you, there's two more parts and then its over

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  5. Good to hear you can read these out of order. I try not to do that, but it does happen sometimes :)

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    1. This series is special in that way. Each story is independent from the rest even if they're moving in the same world.

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  6. I didn't realize it was a serial. I was like how many books are there?

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  7. I've been staying clear of serials because I get so nervous that I'll just never finish them. But I can see how a serial for a super long book would actually make a lot of sense. I haven't read any steam punk yet (I know!!! I want to, it just hasn't happened!) but this does sound like a great series!

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    1. I know what you got for your birthdays so maybe save a bit for your first steampunk book?

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  8. These do sound really good and I think it is about time I picked up a good steam punk.

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  9. Ariq sounds like a character that I could enjoy! I haven't read any serials, but I should look into it.

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    1. I stay away from the ones where they're obviously just serializing it for the money. But this one is hella long so in a way, it's great that this is serialized.

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  10. I plan to read this when the parts are complete. I am still kicking myself for passing on these when offered. They sound amazing!

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    1. I think part 8 is the complete novel, the arc is, not sure if the actual serial is too

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  11. These two parts sound really good, but I won't read them... yet... I'm waiting for this series to be complete to read them all back to back.

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  12. I have been seeing the parts all around, but I have been waiting to get it all in one. I am not patient enough to do serials.

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    1. I've been having a busy month so these short reads are perfect for me

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  13. And it comes to an end. Breaking up a longer book is definitely a valid reason for a serial. Glad the series can be read out of order. I plan to read it eventually.

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    1. OMG did I say its the end? There's two more! Sorry!

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  14. I love the cover art on these books. Or novella's. Dang so its a bunch of novella's = one big book by the end of it all. Or just a bunch of novellas. Lots of novella sized reads going on at the moment about the traps. I'm only reading one at the moment and that is Lili St Germains, Gypsy Brothers serial novellas. They are very good! Glad you enjoying yourself :D

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    1. Is this a viler series too? I know I read in your blog she has one

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  15. Steampunk is a new genre for me, but I have read several books that I enjoyed very much. I love these covers and your reviews make me think these would be a good read.

    http://www.fundinmental.com/cover-reveal-shrouded-blackness-norma-jeanne-karlsson

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  16. Boom boom pow ? Lol ;) I always wait until a serial is finished to see if it's worth reading it - you seem to tink so, so he just jumped on my wish-list !

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  17. I've heard such great things about this series. I've never read anything by this author, but I think I'm going to have to give this one a try. Thanks for the great review.

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