Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Kraken King Iron Seas #4 by Meljean Brook

Steampunk

From Goodreads:

A former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…

After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes.

But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper.

The Kraken King was first published as a eight part Kindle serial.  I resisted the serial at $1.99 per part and purchased the Kindle book for $7.99 when it was released.

Zenobia Fox has been a character for several books.  We met her through her letters to her bother Archimedes and her books about her brothers adventures.  Each time she has been safely at home but this time she gets her own adventure and finds that she is much stronger than she thinks.

Her adventure starts when Ariq, the Kraken King, saves her.  Both have an immediate attraction but things keep getting in the way.  There are many interesting character and places in The Kraken King.  As this started as an eight part there is a lot of time for character development and world building.  Some of that slows the story down but adds to the hooks for new stories in the Iron Seas series.

I loved how both Zenobia and Ariq built a great relationship and how that relationship drove the story.  There is danger, adventure, more danger and finally a great ending.  It was great to see Archimedes and Lady Corsair as side characters.  I hope to see all four again soon.

Berkley published The Kraken King by Meljean Brook in 2014.



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