The Kraken King Part I: The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster [NOOK Book]

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Experience the incredible adventure and heart-stopping romance of the Iron Seas in this thrilling steampunk tale from New York Times bestselling author Meljean Brook.

The Kraken King, Part I
The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster


A former smuggler and thief, ...
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The Kraken King Part I: The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster

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Overview

Experience the incredible adventure and heart-stopping romance of the Iron Seas in this thrilling steampunk tale from New York Times bestselling author Meljean Brook.

The Kraken King, Part I
The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster


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…

Includes a bonus excerpt of Meljean Brook’s The Iron Duke.

More to come…Don’t miss The Kraken King, Part II



Praise for the novels of the Iron Seas:

“A stunning blend of steampunk setting and poignant romance.”—Ilona Andrews, New York Times bestselling author

“Every glimpse of this alternate history leaves me fascinated and hungry for more.”—All Things Urban Fantasy

“Meljean Brook has brilliantly defined the new genre of steampunk romance.”—Jayne Ann Krentz, New York Times bestselling author


Meljean Brook lives in Oregon with her family. She is the author of the Guardian paranormal romance and Iron Seas steampunk series.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101639207
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Series: A Novel of the Iron Seas
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 79,772
  • File size: 880 KB

Meet the Author

Meljean Brook lives in Oregon with her family. She is the author of the Guardian paranormal romance and Iron Seas steampunk series.
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  • Posted November 4, 2014

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    I don't read steampunk often, but I always read Meljean Brook's

    I don't read steampunk often, but I always read Meljean Brook's Iron Seas stories.  She's made this world that's both fascinating and slightly horrifying at the same time and I can never get enough of it. The Kraken King was originally released as a serial and just came out all together in paperback today. I was a little apprehensive because the book focused on Zenobia, and I wasn't sure she would be up to the challenge of the adventure ahead of her, but I was wrong.  




    I absolutely loved this book.  I thought I'd read a few chapters to whet my appetite, before going to bed, but the next thing I knew it was almost 4 AM and I wasn't going to give in to sleep until I knew what was going to happen to Zenobia and Ariq.  This book was so intense and so amazing.  I felt like I was experiencing the same magic I had in the The Iron Duke, which is my favorite book in the series.  I was on the edge of my seat and I could feel my heart racing as I flipped through the pages.  There were moments when I had to pace and read at the same time because the action was so intense and my emotions wouldn't allow me to sit still. I cried a number of times as events took dangerous and sad turns.  




    Ariq and Zenobia stole my heart.  I laughed with them, cried with them, held my breath as they got into scrapes I didn't think they were going to make it out of.  I'm actually really glad this book took place outside of England and on the other side of the world.  It allowed me to experience new creatures and to see a completely different side of the Iron Seas world.  There was just as much intrigue there, maybe even more.  This book felt fresher and edgier than the previous two in the series. Ariq was sexy as hell and just as intelligent too.  Zenobia was brave and resourceful. I loved how they looked out for each other.  




    I don't know how Meljean does it.  Each and every page in this book was something new.  I was unable to stop reading and even when I was finished, I couldn't stop thinking about Ariq, Zenobia, and what they went through. I didn't want to leave them.  It was great to see Yasmeen and Archimedes again and I hope to one day see Rhys and Mina again in another story.  I sincerely hope Meljean will continue writing in this world.  It seems with every book she releases, she hints at so much but reveals so little, leaving me with more and more questions that need to be answered, and a hunger to immerse myself in her worlds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Love it.

    Am eagerly awaiting next installment

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  • Posted November 5, 2014

    Okay Iron Seas fans... Notice the cover in the corner states *Th

    Okay Iron Seas fans... Notice the cover in the corner states *The Complete Novel* because as many of us have been dying for it to happen, it is finally here. The Kraken King in its entirety.
    If you thought the serial ebooks alone were the best ever then just wait for them when you have them all in one place.
    The biggest thing that frustrated me when the serial first released (ebook form) was having to wait for the next one to come out. I'd have to read the first one wait on the second to come out, then I'd have to reread the first and repeat with the next.
    Now with the Kraken King in paper back in one book I can devour the whole thing and get a broader scope of the story and also invest in the characters and plot so much more intensely.

    Everything is better when you get to read The Kraken King from beginning to end in one sitting. You find details you missed before, you become so much more attached than you did before, its great.
    I absolutely loved the Kraken King the first time around but getting the real thing in my hands is a different experience. I love being able to have the actual print form in front of me because it makes it that much more real and easier to invest in all the way through.

    The Kraken King is a fantastic tale by Meljean Brook, who in my mind just gets better every time she puts out a new book. The woman is a brick house writer. She builds stories that completely engulf you and the more books she puts out the better she gets. I don't know how she does it but its amazing.

    I fell in love with Zenobia and Ariq the first time I read The Kraken King and now I get to re-experience that love affair with their story all over again. Its fun, its witty, its exhilarating, and its sexy. I love it.

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  • Posted May 13, 2014

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta: *

    Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta:
    *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review

    --Actual rating 4.5 Skulls

    Episode five in this adventure that has this reader absolutely gripped! This stunning tale blends a steampunk world with heart stopping romance and it's a simply fantastic ride! Do not read this without the previous parts as you would be missing out on an awesome journey. Sit back and allow this author to whisk us away to a fantastical land filled with daredevil escapades and monstrous events that will leave the reader breathless .
    Zenobia has been separated from Ariq but not before he vowed his heart and soul to her. She's not really sure she can trust his feelings but one thing she does believe is he's a man of honour and if it's possible to rescue her he will. Ariq has no such doubts and is a wily type who will not go quietly. He knows the whereabouts of a war machine the likes of which the world has yet to see but refuses to stand by and quietly watch the world go to blazes. Zenobias very safety is in Ariqs hands but he's a man with a plan and woe betide any who get in his way!

    I am loving this series and so wish I'd discovered this author sooner. The world building is fantastic and if honest I don't have enough superlatives to describe just how vibrant it truly is. This particular part is almost in two halves as we have initially the escape plans of both Ariq and Zenobia to follow and then we are treated to a very passionate encounter! Zenobia may not be fully convinced of Ariqs true feelings and intentions but believe me when I say that he's a very persuasive man!

    Things are certainly heating up for our intrepid hero and heroine but Zenobias adventure is far from over. The question of evading recapture is playing heavily on their minds but equally what would happen if they succeed is never far from their thoughts. Will Zenobia take her chances and stay with Ariq or return to her brother and the saner world she's used to? Zenobia feels that she's lost so much but sometimes when all is gone the only thing left is hope!

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  • Posted April 24, 2015

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    Loved it!

    I love this series and was so not disappointed by this installment. I read through the entire book in a little over a day (who needs sleep?)

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  • Posted November 30, 2014

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    The Kraken King by Meljean Brook

    Meljean Brook brings readers the fourth book in the Iron Seas series, The Kraken King. Some readers may have read this story in it's serialized e-book version with eight separate parts, but the experience of reading it altogether is simply amazing. Brook's world building is unique and complex, her characters are diverse and multi-faceted and her attention to detail provides astounding visual imagery. If you read only one steampunk novel this year, this MUST be the one! What I liked: I have been a fan of steampunk romance since it's inception. This alternative Victorian-esque world is just fascinating to me. But let's face it, this is the kind of sub-genre that either an author gets right or they don't. There are a lot of steampunk author's that just can't quite pull it off. Meljean Brook is not one of them. She is flawless in her execution. Her plots are so intricate and complex. The tension is riveting and the adventure both emotionally and physically are extremely satisfying. This lady knows how to write steampunk and probably anything else she tries her hand at. But I'll have to say, this particular novel is by far her best yet. The Kraken King was originally an eight part serial story and now readers have it all in one place and are able to experience it in a whole new way. The transitions are seamless and Brook couldn't have done it better had it been altogether from the start. I think serial's appeal to readers who like instant gratification, LOL. It gives that that little bit of story the need, almost like a fix. And then they get a little more and a little more. Myself, I prefer to devour it all at one time. I like big, thick books that monopolize my time and energy. But truly I think I would have liked this book any way I could get it! Zenobia was a wise and honest character. She was used to having adventures through her own writing and vicariously through her brother, but she hadn't really experienced it for herself. When she decided to have an adventure, she doesn't go half way and neither does Meljean Brook. Zenobia could be considered a spinster. She is a little backward, but she is resourceful, strong and has a bit of nobility about her. It only seemed natural that she fall in love with a warrior. Ariq was an amazing hero. When readers meet him, he is looking for his brother, who he fears has done himself harm. The depth of his care for his brother mirrored his feelings for his people and I enjoyed seeing that side of him. He was determined to find out what the marauders were up to and who they were working for. But it wasn't just a selfish need to know what was going on. His heart was in the right place and even though he is known for his fierceness and grit, he still shows a vulnerable side, to Zenobia. They were perfect together. The tension both sexually and emotionally was palpable with these two characters. Ariq was sexy and Zenobia was fierce. Their personalities were so perfectly suited for each other. It was amazing watching their romance unfold in the midst of all the action and adventure going on around them. It was a pivotal to the story and Brook makes it seem like a natural occurrence. Like a storm on the horizon. They just keep getting closer and closer. Brook makes the reader believe in happy endings! Bottom Line: This book was simply amazing. If you've ever considered trying steampunk, Meljean Brook is the author and the Iron Seas series is the only place to start. This is my favor

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  • Posted August 24, 2014

    She does it again! I love Meljean Brook's books. I didn't thin

    She does it again! I love Meljean Brook's books. I didn't think these characters and this greater world building could be so intriguing, but they were. The correspondence between brother an sister are so witty! Grateful that such a talented author keeps sharing her gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2014

    Icespike

    She pads through the forest, then sees something shiny in a hole. She peeks down to investigae and a fox slashes her nose. She jumps backward and the fox advances. She slashes her scaly wings on the fox an it falls dead. Then a cub peeks out of the den just as ice hides the dead body. She takes the cub and goes back to camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2014

    Worth the Deniers

    I admit that I felt led on or somehow cheated by the serial format until I read Ms. Brook's description of why she did it and (embarrassed to say) a dollar per word breakdown (all told its about 700 pages so it really is two mass market paperbacks.)

    The story. Loved it. I like his sister more than Archimedes (although I like him a lot too) and the Kraken King is a refreshingly straight forward alpha hero.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2014

    Terrific Start to a New Iron Seas Adventure

    I have been a fan of Meljean Brook and the Iron Seas since first reading "Here There Be Monsters" in the anthology "Burning Up." I have watched for, and snapped up, each new story in this world. The Kraken King lives up to the anticipation. Treat yourself to this serialized story and prepare yourself for a wonderful reading adventure. Write more, Meljean, and hurry! Please!

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  • Posted June 21, 2014

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    ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

    Ariq has discovered who Zenobia is, but he still needs to uncover all her secrets, as well as win her heart, as she has surely managed to steal his. But he has a plan, her walls will fall under his sensual assault and she will learn to trust him and tell him all her secrets. But, as well as the battle to win Zenobia’s heart, Ariq must also discover who is threatening Kraken town and stop their plot before a new war begins.

    I confess I waited till all parts of this serial were out before I read them; it was so painful to stop at the third one last time! And it was well worth the wait, I loved it, Meljean Brooks sucked back into the world of the Iron Seas with ease and I couldn’t stop reading until I had finished every word of The Kraken King.

    I can’t work out what I liked more, the romance between Zenobia and Ariq or the exciting world Brook has created, full of such intrigue and originality. I may have to say the romance, when a man as strong and wily as Ariq thrown in front of you, why resist? I loved his attack on Zenobia’s”walls”, as he calls them, desperate to win her trust and her love, especially when he seemed to have no idea that she was already defenseless against him. And Zenobia, it isn’t often that I like a heroine as much as the hero, but I loved seeing Zenobia grow from writing about her brother’s adventures, to having her own. It also helped that Ariq and Zenobia together were hot, the connection between them was tangible and the sex scenes were sensual.

    I enjoyed seeing more of the world Meljean Brook has created as well, I love the way it is original, yet familiar as the figures and things we know from history are put slightly off kilter, giving us something new and exciting to explore. The Kraken King had an interesting and intricate plot, and I enjoyed reading not only to see Ariq and Zenobia get togther, but also to see what evil schemes were afoot.

    I really enjoyed this book, it had a love story that managed to tug on my heart strings, a plot that kept me engrossed and a world and characters that just keeps getting richer the more you read. If you pick up one book this summer, make sure it is The Kraken King.

    *ARC provided by publisher

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  • Posted June 12, 2014

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    Loved it, Loved it, Loved it. Couldn't get enough! I read all th

    Loved it, Loved it, Loved it. Couldn't get enough! I read all the parts 1-7 then read 8 The Kraken King, Part VIII: The Kraken King and the Greatest Adventure and WOW! I'm still sticking with Loved it!




    Meljean Brook's writes wonderful steampunk. High adventure, masterful mechanics and political mechanizations all punctuate a fabulously difficult love story. And the war machine, was a device of all devices! I felt like I was along for the ride.




    If you love monsters, mayhem, mechanics and romance (ok, didn't have an M word without giving a spoiler) check out The Kraken King by Meljean Brook.

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