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The Kraken King Part II: The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm
     

The Kraken King Part II: The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm

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by Meljean Brook
 

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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 II
The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm


As they continue their expedition across Australia, Ariq is determined to stay close

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 II
The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm


As they continue their expedition across Australia, Ariq is determined to stay close to Zenobia and figure out what kind of game she’s playing—even as his admiration for the enigmatic woman starts to override his suspicion.

For Zenobia, revealing her identity to a man who once made his living outside of the law is out of the question—even though Ariq’s dashing looks and blunt manner are distractingly appealing.

But before anyone’s secrets or desires can be exposed, an unexpected attack threatens to destroy them all…

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

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



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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101639214
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/22/2014
Series:
A Novel of the Iron Seas
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
97
Sales rank:
246,354
File size:
923 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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Krakentown, Western Australia

May 17

My dear brother,

I’m sorry to send a dashed-off note, but when I have told you all that has happened you will understand my haste.

Helene and I have not yet reached the Red City. Our naval escort came under attack by marauders and our airship was destroyed. Don’t be alarmed; we are both well. We were rescued from the water and taken to a nearby settlement named Krakentown.

It’s a well-named town. The first thing we saw was a kraken—fortunately, the creature was dead on the beach rather than attacking our boat. It is a small town, and rough, but we’ve been treated well by the residents. One could never say that our lodgings were fit for a king—but they suit Helene and me perfectly.

The good Lieutenant Blanchett suspects—though he has not yet convinced me—that we will have to wait a full month here before word of our predicament reaches Helene’s husband in the Red City. My intention is to find another route that will allow us to leave before the week is out. If I don’t—or if, before that time, the French hear of the attack and come—I’ll let you know that my plans have changed.

I must have this letter in the lieutenant’s hands by morning, so please forgive the rushed adieu. Don’t respond to me here—we should shortly be traveling to the Red City. Direct any correspondence there, instead, and give my love and assurances of my safety to everyone at home.

With warmest affection,

Geraldine

Chapter Four

The French lieutenants didn’t recognize the two dead men Meeng had brought up from the cliffs to the town’s icehouse.

After the attack on their airship, Commander Saito’s men had dragged the bodies of three marauders from the sea around the burning wreckage. They lay alongside the other two now. The officers didn’t recognize those men, either.

Ariq sent the lieutenants on. Surrounded by stacks of pale kraken meat, his breath billowing in the chill, he crouched beside the five bodies for another half hour, grimly searching for identifying marks. One had a mechanical foot, crudely built and grafted to his ankle; he’d have limped. Two could have been Nipponese or from the eastern end of the Golden Empire. The remaining three were either westerners or from the Cossack territories within the empire. They each wore rough tunics and trousers, but their helmets were of good quality and a design similar to the aviators who guarded the Great Khagan’s royal palace in Shangdu. The balloon flyers they’d used were Nipponese.

Nothing here told Ariq where they’d come from. But whoever had recruited them had access to a Nipponese supplier. The Red Wall had only recently been opened and foreign trade with Nippon was still strictly monitored. Whether the flyers were smuggled or purchased, he should be able to trace how they had ended up in the marauders’ hands.

Not much to pursue. But long years fighting in the rebellion against the Great Khagan had taught him to follow trails, and not finding one didn’t mean an enemy hadn’t been through the region. Sometimes it meant the trail had been erased. Nothing about these men pointed him in any one direction. Maybe that only indicated that their recruiter had a wide range of resources available to him. But it might be a deliberate attempt to conceal the recruiter’s identity.

Whatever the truth, Ariq wouldn’t find the answers here. If these marauders had been recruited to a cause, they would be more difficult to trace. But if they’d been hired, someone would have employed them before.

So Ariq would soon be visiting the smugglers’ dens with photographs of these men in hand.

He tossed a canvas sheet over the bodies and stood. Only one person in town possessed a ferrotype camera, but the old pirate queen would be asleep by now. These could wait until morning.

Wooden steps led to the heavy door. Built from a kraken shell and buried underground, the icehouse opened directly into the northern heart of the town. Outside, the heat and humidity closed around him. The moon struggled to peek through the mounting clouds.

Ariq started toward the bridge that would take him to the south side of town. A somber group of French aviators walked west along the street—to the tavern by the docks, most likely. At this time of night, there were few other places to go, and nowhere else to lift a glass to the men who’d fallen that day.

Did they have money? The French airship had come under sudden attack. The airmen wouldn’t have had time to collect their possessions before escaping to the lifeboats. Some might have had a few coins stashed in pockets. Not all of them, though—but it wouldn’t be the first time people had come to his town with nothing and needed help until they could support themselves. He’d have to speak to the lieutenants again in the morning. He wouldn’t allow the townspeople to be stretched thin trying to quarter a few dozen aviators. Ariq would cover their expenses, as long as the town saw something in return.

There was always work to be done. A beached kraken brought more work. The tentacles still needed to be skinned. The meat in the icehouse needed to be preserved. And if that labor didn’t suit any of them, farms and gardens could always use extra hands for a month.

A month. Then they’d be gone. As would the women who’d traveled with them.

It didn’t matter. Whether she left a month from now or tomorrow, Zenobia was already out of Ariq’s reach. She’d made that clear.

But her decision not to visit his bed was the only thing that was clear. Because she’d lied to him. She’d said nothing had changed. It had changed, though. He’d watched it happen. Zenobia had left to speak with her guard and when she’d returned, her expression had been a shield and a sword, concealing her thoughts and keeping Ariq at bay.

He didn’t know what Mara Cooper had told her. He’d thought the mercenary had discovered who Ariq was and that his reputation had frightened her. But Zenobia had said she wasn’t afraid of him.

Ariq had believed that, even if he couldn’t trust anything else she said.

Whatever the reason, she’d made her decision, and little remained of the hope and anticipation that had burned in his chest almost from the moment he’d plucked her out of the sea.

A loss wasn’t always a defeat, but Ariq couldn’t fight for her heart—no matter how much he wanted to. No matter how much he wanted her.

Battles had to be chosen, and Ariq didn’t have time to engage in this one. He needed to find whoever had ordered the attacks on the airships. If they continued, the Nipponese empress wouldn’t attempt to locate one band of marauders in settlements along the western coast; she’d simply destroy them all.

So Ariq would try the smugglers’ dens. He didn’t like leaving his town. He didn’t like leaving Zenobia. She probably wasn’t the marauders’ target—they’d destroyed many airships, not just hers—but she did have secrets, a pack full of documents and gold, and two mercenaries as guards. She must be expecting trouble. And as long as she was in his town, Zenobia was under his protection.

But neither the town nor Zenobia was undefended. And staying here, hoping that the marauders would drop into his lap, could be more dangerous for them all.

Rain began to fall in heavy drops as he crossed the bridge. A thick and oppressive quiet accompanied the pattering rain. The houses stood farther apart on the southern end of town, the gardens more extensive. Low walls and gates marked the boundary of each. Farther along the road, a lantern stood beside his own gate—always lit at night, so the townspeople could easily find his home if they needed him.

Someone waited for him now.

She stood in the shadows, but he knew immediately. Zenobia. Her brown hair in a messy pile, her body tall and slender, her spine straight—straighter now that she’d spotted him.

So she’d come after all.

Fire sparked through his blood. Why had she changed her mind again? But he didn’t care why. Even when she’d looked at him with heat in her eyes, he hadn’t expected her to visit that very night. That she had come was a gift he wouldn’t question. Soon he’d have that messy hair spread across his pillow. He’d have her prim mouth open and panting under his. He’d have her long legs wrapped around his back, her hands clinging to his shoulders. He’d feel her against his skin again.

But she wasn’t alone. Two more figures waited in the shadows behind her. Zenobia’s guards.

The rush of heat cooled. Ariq knew to choose his battles.

Sometimes they chose him.

The vestiges of hope still lurking in his chest died when he saw her expression. No interest, no smile. Her face could have been carved from marble.

She didn’t move as he drew near. Her pale hands were empty except for a letter she held tight against her stomach—protecting it from the rain. But she didn’t need to carry weapons; the mercenaries behind her did.

Her chin lifted when he reached his gate. “Governor. Might we speak?”

“Speak?”

After being targeted by her stony stare, he’d half expected a bullet. He wasn’t sure that talking with her was any safer. The last words she’d spoken to him had been a knife to his gut—and he still didn’t know why she’d decided against having him.

Color darkened her cheeks. “Only to speak.”

Of course. He opened his gate. “Come out of the rain.”

If she’d come for any other reason, he’d have taken her to his personal quarters. Instead he pushed past the door to the reception hall and led her around the screen into the main room. At the rear of the hall, the doors to the courtyard stood open. Light from Taka’s building spilled across the small pond in front of his walk. A possum’s eyes gleamed from the branches of a eucalyptus.

The mercenaries didn’t follow them in. Ariq touched a spark lighter to a lamp. In the rising glow, he watched Zenobia slowly take in the sparse room. Water dripped from her hair and cheeks, but she didn’t stop to wipe it way. He suspected that if she’d had her notebook, she’d have been scribbling a description of the long rectangular building, the wooden beams overhead, the low table and seats. She wouldn’t see much of him revealed here. Though other families’ reception halls were warm and welcoming, his wasn’t. Strictly utilitarian, the room had exactly what it needed and no more.

Ariq clasped his hands behind his back. He wanted to dry her hair and face. But he wouldn’t touch her or come any nearer than he was.

As he watched her, a low thrum started beneath his feet, rumbling faintly through the boards. Despite the lamp burning in Taka’s quarters, his brother wasn’t home. He must have gone to the underground chamber beyond the south wall of their property when the rain had started.

Zenobia moved to the courtyard door and looked out. “What is that? It feels like an airship engine.”

“It’s the water pumps.”

“Won’t the vibrations attract another kraken to the beach?”

“No large ones. A season usually passes before another adult moves into the territory.” And he didn’t want to talk about the pumps. He’d told her they collected water for the town to store through the dry season. That was only partially true, and he didn’t want her to begin questioning the missing part. “Why did you come, if not for my bed?”

Her body tensed before she turned. “My friend and I must continue on to the Red City.”

“You will.”

“Not in a month,” she said. Her expression still resembled marble when she faced him, but carved by an anxious sculptor, pinching her brow and lips. “Within the week. We cannot wait for word to reach Helene’s husband and for him to arrange for a ship to retrieve us. Are there truly no airships that will come?”

Why couldn’t she wait? Was she in danger? She must be desperate to risk traveling without her French escort.

But the last time he had asked her reasons, she’d said she didn’t owe him an explanation. Ariq wouldn’t expect a different answer now.

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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csingh More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Am eagerly awaiting next installment
krissysbookshelf More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was so much fun....love the love and love the adventure....ahhhhh true love cannot be beat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
The Kraken King is the fourth installment in Meljean Brook's adult romance/steampunk series titled: Iron Seas. I am a huge fan of this series and have been fortunate to have access to all the audiobooks at my local library. The narration on these is incredible by the way! I highly recommend the audio versions. I am slowly but surely getting through all the novels and novellas...and they are amazing!!! While I enjoyed The Kraken King, I didn't love it quite as much as some of the others. It was VERY long and I definitely felt the length. I think that alone is what prompted the three-star rating from me. However, there was some fun action, suspense, and war-related strategy going on that made the storyline feel incredibly engaging. The steampunk world Ms. Brook has created astounds me with every book I read. The adult romance aspect is also such a treat in this series, although I should note it feels pretty minimal in this one compared to the rest. Readers still get some sexy scenes, but the romance is more of a trust me, marry me, love me type of scenario. There's nothing unsexy about that though. Overall, I liked The Kraken King and would recommend it to followers of the series. According to Ms. Brook's website, she appears to be writing just one more installment before the series end. I am soooooo sad, but all good things must come to a close sometime. I'm just happy I found this series at all. It's been some serious fun!!! Check it out! My favorite quote: “I think the difference is not in the man, but in how many stand behind him.” Note: This story was originally published as a serial novel (a book published in episodes) from April 15, 2014 to June 3, 2014. The order goes like this: #4.1-The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster #4.2-The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm #4.3-The Kraken King and the Fox's Den #4.4-The Kraken King and the Inevitable Abduction #4.5-The Kraken King and the Iron Heart #4.6-The Kraken King and the Crumbling Walls #4.7-The Kraken King and the Empress's Eyes #4.8-The Kraken King and the Greatest Adventure The novel was later published in a compiled form (The Kraken King), which is what I read...and thank God for that! I am so done with this serial business. I understand there are both positives and negatives of publishing in this format, but personally as a reader, I tend to only focus on the negatives in terms of serials. I just can't help it. I guess I don't have the patience to wait for another tidbit of a captivating story (which is why I wait and watch TV series all at once when they arrive on Netflix...yeah, I'm one of those people. If I'm not on goodreads for a few days that's why lol.) When reading a serial novel, I view the experience as if you're having a really amazing dream and get rudely woken up in the middle of it and you can't go back to sleep to see what happens next. Actually you can't finish this cliffhanger-ish dream for weeks or sometimes months. In my opinion, it SUCKS! However, I must acknowledge that some readers must enjoy reading in a serial format or else why would more and more authors choose to go this route? Based on Ms. Brook's explanation, she appeared to have her readers' best interests at heart and I can respect that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greatt
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this whole series!! This is one of those books that will get read again and again, probably while I am not so patiently waiting for the next one. I cannot wait for the blacksmith story.
Magoozer More than 1 year ago
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?)
Justpeachy1 More than 1 year ago
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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AgnosticDyslexicInsomniac More than 1 year ago
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 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the kraken king!! You blew me outta the water again! You sure know how to pull people into your books!! Great series love ya Meljean!!
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codemonkeyRS More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying the concept - a serialized novel with each installment ending on a cliff-hanger. and it is what I expected from Meljean Brook and this series - all are well imagined and written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The shortest section but oh so wonderful. Wow! I'm going to have to read it again every day until the next part. Absolutely loved it. So worth buying!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
FIVE STARS for this series, but one star for having 8 parts to this book and spending over $16 with taxes to buy a paperback book. This trend by the publishing companies to print to books in parts and then later release the entire book for less money is a scam & is ridiculous. I have never left a review, but felt i had to have my say in regard to this trend. The Iron Seas series by Meljean Brooks is one of my favorites and this installment is very good and I truly enjoy reading her books. I know it is not the author who makes the decision about how books are released but felt this was a place to start lodging complaints.
LITERALADDICTION_MLO More than 1 year ago
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Vivacious Valkyrie - Marta: *Copy gifted in exchange for an honest review Meljean Brook has taken her popular Iron Seas series which is a gritty steampunk and expanded it to give her readers a taste of the exploits got up to by Zenobia Fox. She's a heroine who finally gets to step up in this new series of adventures set in a romantic almost Victorian world full of pirates, unusual technology and monsters! An alternative reality that leaps off the page to pull the reader into a rip roaring adventure that never lets up! Zenobia is so sick of being tied to her brother Archimedes apron strings and further more she is beyond fed up with the all too frequent kidnapping attempts that she's faced. No what she needs is to get away and find inspiration to write her next novel. Traveling by airship with her friend Helene seems safe enough until they are attacked mid air by marauders!  Zenobias leap to safety doesn't quite go according to plan though and she's rescued by Ariq who turns out to be both a former smuggler and thief! He's also unfortunately known as The Kraken King so telling him her real identity might not be the most sensible thing to do. Zenobia doesn't want to fall into the hands of her brothers enemies but Ariqs hands? What a way to go! The world created by this author is without a doubt top notch! Even those who would not normally read steampunk cannot fail it be blindsided by this. It's such a vibrant picture painted by Ms Brook. We are taken on a journey with Zenobia, such a well brought up young lady and yet she is full of mischief ,quick wit and her sheer enthusiasm for life and all it's mysteries is contagious. She is a very loyal friend and her reasons for traveling with Helene are pulling her in a direction that might not necessarily be safe. As for Ariq? Well he's certainly not backwards in coming forwards! There's no way any one would mistake him for a shy guy! Yet he is also clearly much more than just a romantic lead and there's depth still to be uncovered , fiercely protective and brave. I'm not a huge fan of short novellas as sometimes it can be an expensive way to purchase a book but this author has planned seven or eight instalments which will hopefully all be of a good length. By her own admission Ms Brooks tends to overwrite so that's a plus point for the reader hopefully bringing longer instalments making it a series and not just one novel broken up.  So did I enjoy reading this and will I read more? A huge resounding yes! This authors talent for storytelling is amazing and I can't wait to find out just what's in store for Ariq and Zenobia next.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
Solid start! I received an advance reader edition of this book from Penguin Group and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review. Solid 4 Stars How have I read so many books but somehow missed reading even a single steampunk novel? Beats the heck out of me to be honest. I don't know if it counts for anything but I did see exactly one steampunk movie and I really was not all that impressed to tell the truth. This is the first part of an 8 part serial novel. I actually have not read a serial novel either before beginning this story. This story introduces us to Zenobia and Ariq. Zenobia is an author traveling with a friend and a pair of mercenary guards. When the ship she is traveling in is attacked, they find themselves literally jumping to safety. Next thing you know, Zenobia is being pulled from the water by Ariq, the Kraken King himself. This story pulled me in right away and I can not wait to see where it goes. I found the chemistry between the main characters to be incredible. I think this is going to be a fun story. My one problem with the story is really the fact that it is a serial novel. I do not like to wait and I often get side tracked. I prefer to consume a story in short order from beginning to end so the idea of weekly installment really does not appeal to me at all. I actually fear that I will get side tracked at some point and fail to finish this story which would be a shame because I think it is going to be a good one. I would recommend this story to others as long as they like the serial novel aspect of the story. I had never read anything by Meljean Brooks before. I definitely plan to check out her other works.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
The Kraken King Part I gives us a good introduction to the great characters of Brook's next story.  While it is just the first installment in this book, we discover more about Zenobia Fox. She is finally stepping out from behind the pen of her infamous brother's adventures and taking on what she considered a lot less risky trip. Having the ship taken by air pirates, jumping from rescue flyers, plummeting into a kraken filled ocean only to be plucked up by the Kraken King himself...Zenobia is about to face an adventure that will rival her brothers exploits. I was captivated from the beginning of this adventure but definitely wasn't ready for it to end where it did. Just when I felt myself utterly pulled into the story, I have to wait for part 2. I know its all about waiting when you follow a series but this magnificent snippet was just such a tease to what is sure to be an amazing adventure with characters I want to explore. I will be re-reading part 1 right before I read part 2, I want the beginning of the story fresh in my mind so I don't miss out on any of the adventure. I currently see 8 installments to complete this story starting with the release of Part 1 on April 15 and ending with Part 8 releasing on June 3, 2014.
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Zenobia Fox a famous writer and the sister of the famous explorer Archimedes Fox, not that she would openly admit it though, it would only lead to yet another kidnapping where her brother would once again have to save her. But now she has the potential to have her own adventure whilst she accompanies her friend to Australia, not that she expects much to happen. Of course her journey takes an interesting turn when her ship is attacked and she is rescued by none other than Ariq, more popularly know as the Kraken King. It looks like Meljean Brook has jumped abroad the band wagon and given us a serial, so this review is actually for parts one to three of The Kraken King, which is the fourth book in the Iron Seas series. A series that I really need to read judging by the amount I really enjoyed the first three installments of this book. The Kraken King has everything I love in a book; an exciting adventure filled plot, a heroine I really liked and connected with as well as a hunky hero I didn’t mind having a few fantasies about. It thoroughly absorbed me, before I knew it I found I have finished all three of the installments and was researching the release date for the next one! It left me with a desperate wish that the fad for serials ends soon so I can read a whole book, without having to wait a few weeks for the next chapter to come out! The only issue I had was theworld, it referenced people and events that although it didn’t need me to know the exact details, I felt I missed some meaning because I didn’t know who and what they were referring to. I believe these were things and people which the previous three books were about, which just shows that I shouldn’t break my own golden rule and start reading a series part way through. ~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog in the mean time I am starting to read the first three books in this series, I have no doubt they will be just as enthralling as this one. * eARC provided by netgalley.