The Kraken King
Iron Seas 4
May 27, 2014 | June 3, 2014
The Kraken King, Part VII
The Kraken King and the Empress’s Eyes
In the imperial city, nothing escapes the attention of the empress’s spies. After a visit from an old friend rekindles her every fear, Zenobia must decide whether to trust Ariq with her heart—and the Kraken King must decide whether he can ever let her go.
But when danger invades their lovers’ sanctuary, Ariq and Zenobia will have to put aside their troubled emotions. Outwitting their enemies and the Empress will be no easy feat. Luckily, they have a few allies waiting in the wings…
The Kraken King, Part VIII
The Kraken King and the Greatest Adventure
Arriving in Krakentown with their enemies in hot pursuit, Zenobia doesn’t know how they can even hope to win. Being terrified brings forth an undeniable truth: she loves Ariq and will do whatever it takes to stand by him.
But as their adversaries appear on the horizon, they realize that not all is lost. Drawing on the power of the terrible war machine, Ariq, Zenobia, and the entire town must put their lives on the line to protect what they love…
But wait! There's more!
I know y'all thought that last week's Steampunk Sundays installment was the last of Meljean Brook's epic odyssey, THE KRAKEN KING. Ha! Well not quite because there's still these two: The Kraken King and the Empress' Eyes and The Kraken King and the Greatest Adventure. You're all probably sick of this now or my social media followers are probably scratching their heads, wondering WTF is up with me and why am I posting the same thing every Sunday!
Well I promise this is the last of THE KRAKEN KING installment and I did say this was one fracking looong book which makes me thankful that the publishers decided to turn it into a serial.
On to my thoughts, and I'll make this short. These two parts are the resolution of the novel. What started as Zenobia Fox accompanying her pregnant friend, Helene, to the Iron Seas version of Australia to rendezvous with Helene's husband turned into this one huge adventure that involved an infamous rebel (Ariq), the reason for the rebellion, an Empress, and MBrook's version of a steampunk nuclear weapon. Not to mention taking trips to exotic places with towns made up of coral and steel that keeps on growing, various dens, and other exciting happenings. THE KRAKEN KING as a whole is one great read, filled with wondrous places, curious characters, and brimming with diversity.
For the most part, things wrapped up rather nicely for Zenobia and Ariq. They managed to tidy up their business with the formidable Empress and kept Krakentown safe from her invasive clutches. As for the romance, these two lovebirds are very much in love, I can't help but swoon over Zenobia's analogy of Ariq (shared below). As for the world, there's much to be told and the Empress is one intimidating ruler I want more of her but next time, I hope that the story would revolve in her backyard so to speak, I'm sure her world is just as good if not better than what's shown to us here.
THE KRAKEN KING is one of those books that will give you an experience, a vacation or whatever comparison you prefer to use when you come across a book that managed to give you some sort of a 3-D experience. Whether or not you're familiar with Steampunk or new to the genre, I urge you to give this a try. All the parts are out so you don't have to wait and can binge at your own time. We got another winner here, Supies!
My [Zenobia] husband is like the most wonderful story I've ever read. Every part contains something new, and even when I think I know a passage by heart, I inevitably discover something that I hadn't noticed before when I read it again. I keep turning the pages, wanting to learn everything about him, yet so grateful I will never reach the end, and there will always be another page to turn.