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Heart of Steel

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

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    The latest Iron Seas steampunk thriller a great tale

    Mercenary Lady Corsair airship Captain Yasmeen leads her crew to Fladstrand, Denmark. Their arrival frightens much of the townsfolk as the lady Corsair has a merciless reputation. She is here to meet with author Zenobia Fox to inform her she killed her brother treasure hunter Archimedes Fox by dumping him into a Venice canal amidst zombies for his concealing who his late sire was. Having killed his father before him, she has no qualms of number three, especially since the woman is an imposter whose associate wants the da Vinci sketch of an air ship that Yasmeen took from Zenobia. Yasmeen kills the associate. They make a deal on the sketch and on the author writing Yasmeen adventures.

    Archimedes survives his dunking. He is resolute as he hunts down the lady Corsair with two obsessions in mind. First he wants his sketch back and second he wants to court the woman who killed his father and almost killed him as he understands why she tossed him off her vessel but into a canal instead of rock. When he catches up to her, he persuades her not to kill him. They soon trek into enemy territory, the Horde-occupied Morocco.

    The latest Iron Seas steampunk thriller (see The Iron Duke) is a great tale starring two fascinating protagonists in what may be the strangest courtship in years. The story line is filled with action as the Heart of Steel and the roguish treasure hunter make for an endearing couple. Fans who relish something different in their novels will want to read Meljean Brooks' Yasmeen and Zenobia's excellent adventure.

    Harriet Klausner

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2013

    Strong leading lady

    I liked this book better than the first one in the series. The heroine in Heart of Steel is strong in a very inequal world full of biases, flawed in interesting ways, and above all, intelligent. She may be passionate, but she knows when to cut her losses and when to fight to the last. In addition, her counterpart and would-be-love-interest is also smart and strong, but he never tries to steamroll her. They clash, of course, but what attracts him initially is her independence and self-assurance, and unlike a lot of the heroes in this genre, is smart and comfortable enough in his own self-worth to let her be what she is without trying to tame her or assert his dominance in some way.

    Plus, the world-building in this series is just phenomenal. Airships and nanotech and steam-punk and zombies and--and steel-plated sharks! And mad scientists and crazy claw-tank-burrowing-machines and explosions and exploration and treasure maps and...I mean, what's not to like (aside from the very alpha male in the first book, bleh - not my taste)? Two thumbs up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

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    Fantastic

    This is a great book, in fact I love the whole series!!! It's fun at times, heart stopping at others. I really enjoyed reading the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Exciting read.

    It's a little more complex than The Iron Duke, but the characters are far more fun to read about. Definitely a must for steampunk fans.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Delicious!

    I enjoyed MB's first book, The Iron Duke and loved what I saw of Lady Corsair so I was happy when the second book was to star her.

    I couldn't get enough of this book and wish it were longer. Yasmeen was strong and sexy and Mr. Fox the perfect man for her.

    Perfect amounts of adventure and romance...it wouldn't hurt to have more romantic detail though if you know what I mean.

    EXCELLENT!

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

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    Highly Recommended!

    It would be hard to find two protagonists I like better than Yasmeen and Archimedes! Wonderful novel. Incredible world. A story that's stayed in my mind long after I closed the book. Can't wait for the next Iron Seas novel from Meljean Brook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    This is a great read! I like it much better than the first book in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2011

    Can't wait for the next one!

    Brook has created a unique alternate universe and characters that aren't easy to forget. I just sink into her gritty, sometimes harsh alter-reality and don't want to re-emerge. Noticeably, this story flowed differently than The Iron Duke, but that's ok as everyone's lifestory is different, and it didn't lose the feel of the series. She gave me my first taste of steampunk, and now I'm venturing out for more - mainly while I wait not-so-patiently for the next installment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    Excelent!

    Truly great mix of steam-punk and romance.

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

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    A Fun new Chapter in the Iron Seas

    This book was a lot of fun to read. Steampunk without the Victorian stiltedness; this series is a perfect example of alternate world building at its best. I did find that this book, to me, had a bit less punch than the The Iron Duke; Ms. Brook has said that the two main charterers in this book were less angsty, which is a good way to describe it. I guess I must like angsty a little better. :) In any case tho, this book was a great read, and a fun addition to the world that Ms. Brook is so expertly building.

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