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Posted April 15, 2014
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Posted July 5, 2014
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 9, 2014
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 7, 2014
In my opinion the author introduced too many characters in the beginning so you had a hard time figuring out who was who. There was a suspenseful beginning and then a really really long boring conversation between two women. I put it down, didn't even finish it. Sorry. It was too "out there" for me.
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Posted May 3, 2014
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.
Posted April 23, 2014
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.
Posted April 21, 2014
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.
Posted April 20, 2014
~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.
Posted May 20, 2014
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