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June 22, 2014

Steampunk Sundays: The Kraken King VII & VIII by Meljean Brook

The Kraken King
Iron Seas 4
Meljean Brook
Intermix
Steampunk
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.









30 comments:

  1. Whaaaat? But I thought part 6 was the final one? Man this one is extremely epic. Your rating says a lot though and now this is FINALLY over. For real(?)...I can get myself a copy :)

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    1. Yes for real, it's done. Finished. LOL

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  2. absolutely loved your reviews on this series. Not sure when I'll pick up a steampunk book again, but I can love vicariously through you...lols ;)

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  3. I've wanted to read this since I saw it but was holding off until it was released in full, I didn't want to read it in parts. Glad you enjoyed it...I <3 Steampunk!!!

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  4. The Kraken is a crackin' long series...heheheeee!! I amuse myself sometimes :D OO lvoe this posting.

    p.s. I have a new button for blogs you love. Just sayin'. I'm the lonely soldier over there so may as well :D

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  5. LOL it's in fact never the end. It's great to see you had a great time with these little ones. I need to try one book by her.

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    1. She has an amazing imagination right? I bet she wants to inkheart herself in her world

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  6. I haven't read much Steampunk, but you've convinced me that this is a series I need to check out. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. It's in parts so you can stop if you don't end up liking it without committing yourself to the book. The serials are very episodic too

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  7. I have loved all your reviews and thoughts on this series. It does sound super long but well worth it in the end.

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    1. Ohyeah, I'm so thankful it's a serial!

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  8. Meh, not my thing but I am happy this series is going good for you. Even with it being loooong. :)

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  9. I love steampunk, Braine, so I will be sure to pick up the Kraken King series at one point. I just need to help my poor kindle be relieved of some books before I keep adding more :)

    Great review, as always!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I feel ya! I've been slow in doing that lately myself.

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  10. This does sound like a pretty epic serial and good to hear that things are gonig well for Ariq

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    1. More then well... if you know what i mean ;)

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  11. You are so good at convincing me to add more books to my TBR :) I listened to the Iron Duke and others from that series, so I'm already familiar with the quality of her writing, so yes, I'm really excited to be starting this one soon :)
    Thanks Braine!

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    1. I love her imagination! It's on a different level, her world, it's almost like she was there you know what I mean?!

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  12. This one keeps popping up for me, so I guess that means I need to read it? Lol. I don't read much steampunk, but this serial definitely has me intrigued. Great review!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

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    1. You will appreciate this being a serial trust me and if it keeps popping up and the other blogs loved it, it's because of the world building. AWESOMESAUCE!

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  13. Lovely quote! Haha! 'But wait, there's more....' Are you sure this is the end? ;)

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  14. I so want to read this series. I wonder if it will come out on audio?

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