Heart of Steel (Iron Seas Series #2)

Heart of Steel (Iron Seas Series #2)

by Meljean Brook
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Heart of Steel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Cranky-FacedKnitter More than 1 year ago
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.
bookiewookie More than 1 year ago
This is a fast and romantic read. It is filled with action scenes that I hated to end, but then I would be all smiles over the less serious but always interesting and eccentric everyday escapades and shows of affection by hero and heroine. I also appreciate the opportunity to see what was up with Iron Duke and Mina.Oh,and let's not forget Archemedes fascinating sister, Zenobia. All in all I am already anxious to reread this one as well as Iron Duke. So glad I took a chance on this author. Recommend any and all Iron Seas books by Meljean Brook. And now I'm off to enjoy print copy of Riveted and print copy of Kraken King. Yes!
Under_The_Covers_BookBlog More than 1 year ago
~Reviewed by SUZANNE & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog Archimedes Fox leads a life full of adventure and danger as a treasure hunter, searching cities long overtaken by zombie. But, it isn’t just his life in danger in his pursuit of a Da Vinci sketch that has been stolen from him, but his heart as he seeks the help of a woman, who last time he saw her throw him off his airship to plummet to his death. Yasmeen, captain of the airship Lady Corsair agrees to help Archimedes find and sell the sketch, for a cut of the profits of course, but although she can allow Archimedes to warm her bed, he can never warm her heart of steel. The Iron Seas has become one of my favourite series, it’s packed full of adventure, intrigue and romance and Heart of Steel is no different. Meljean Brooks pulls us further into the her Iron Seas universe as we follow Archimedes and Yasmeen swashbuckle their way in and out of trouble. Yasmeen and Archimedes are familiar characters from the previous books, and indeed Archimedes is familiar to everyone in the Iron Seas universe as his sister publishes his adventures in a series of books she writes based loosely around his various real life experiences. However, we also saw Yasmeen and Archimedes together in the first book of the series The Iron Duke and I am glad we didn’t have to wait long to explore the chemistry that was evident even in the few chapters they were featured in. What I really liked about this book was that Brook did a role reversal in the traditional male and female characters, Yasmeen was the hard hearted warrior, determined not to fall in love and Archimedes was the one eager to fall in love. This kept the book interesting as we watch Archimedes slowly melt the ice around Yasmeen’s heart. As well as the romance this book also further expands the world that Brook has created, I love how intricate the world building is in this series, it is fascinating and I can’t wait to read more. It also allows a more interesting plot and the intrigue and adventure in the book was exciting and I was reading Heart of Steel not only to see the romance between Yasmeen and Archimedes but to see what new secret would be revealed and what scrape they would find themselves in. Once again Meljean Brook has written a book that I can’t get enough of and I can’t wait to read more in the Iron Sea series to see what is in store for me next, if you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend you give it a try.
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Shunka More than 1 year ago
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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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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