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The Kraken King (Iron Seas Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

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. 

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...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2137 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (4 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M3Q6OEU
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #127,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Action, adventure, interesting heroines, swoon-worthy heroes and the most incredible world-building – what isn’t there to love about the Iron Seas series? The Kraken King has all the above and so much more. Released early this year in weekly, serial installments, this version is the complete story.

Zenobia Fox might write thrilling adventures, but until recently she’s lived a quiet life. Until her brother became seriously rich and people started kidnapping her for ransom. Even then her life is fairly staid and respectable. All her research comes from the letters Archimedes sends her from far-flung corners of the world. Until a friend asks for her company on a journey across the world, to the continent of Australia. Travelling on a French warship is about as safe as Zenobia can be, but she can’t pass up this one chance at an adventure, no matter how small.

Until real adventure strikes in the former of attacking marauders and a rescue from the Kraken King.

Ariq. Oh, my word. A romantic declaration hasn’t brought me this close to a swoon since I first read Captain Wentworth’s letter in "Persuasion". He’s just incredible. Strong and commanding, yes, but the things he says to Zenobia… wow. If I’d been reading along on a weekly basis, the end of Part IV would have killed me. Not only is he romantic, though, he’s intensely honourable, and gets tested right to the limit throughout this story. The way he tries to save his town, his people, his brother and Zenobia makes for compelling reading throughout.

As does most of the things Zenobia gets up to. I loved her letters to her brother at the start of each section. She’s witty and dry and intelligent. She’s also learnt the hard way not to trust people, so seeing her get closer to Ariq was a joy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could give it 10 stars 24 Nov. 2014
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This is my first time read in steam punk and if they are all as good as this it won't be my last. Epic love and epic danger. Full of passion and heart. Brilliant
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2015
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Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One heckuva story! I LOVED it! 4 Nov. 2014
By Confessions of a Y.A. and N.A. Book Addict - Published on
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zenobia's Time For Adventure 16 Nov. 2014
By J. Jones - Published on
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The Kraken King was first published as a eight part Kindle serial. I resisted the serial at $1.99 per part and purchased the Kindle book for $7.99 when it was released.

Zenobia Fox has been a character for several books. We met her through her letters to her bother Archimedes and her books about her brothers adventures. Each time she has been safely at home but this time she gets her own adventure and finds that she is much stronger than she thinks.

Her adventure starts when Ariq, the Kraken King, saves her. Both have an immediate attraction but things keep getting in the way. There are many interesting character and places in The Kraken King. As this started as an eight part there is a lot of time for character development and world building. Some of that slows the story down but adds to the hooks for new stories in the Iron Seas series.

I loved how both Zenobia and Ariq built a great relationship and how that relationship drove the story. There is danger, adventure, more danger and finally a great ending. It was great to see Archimedes and Lady Corsair as side characters. I hope to see all four again soon.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is As Good As It Get, 5 Stars 12 Nov. 2014
By Douglas C. Meeks - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Well I actually read it in the serialized form but I can say without a doubt this was the best romance I read in 2014 unless something new happens in the next 7 weeks.

It deserves more of a review than this but then again I wrote several on the sections and so you just have to take my word on it from a reviewer with over 800 reviews on Amazon, this falls into that "If you only get 1 romantic book to read, this is the one". I am a guy and romance does not stick with me much but this was a stellar achievement that tugs at your emotions while telling a gripping and addicting story. Books just don't get much better than this folks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kraken King 6 Nov. 2014
By Krissy Malott - Published on
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Kraken King by Meljean Brook 1 Dec. 2014
By Deb@Debbie's Book Bag - Published on
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!

The action was spot on in this book. It was necessary. It was not overdone and it provided a lot of the conflict for the story. Ariq and Zenobia have their challenges within their relationship but what is going on around them seems so vital and important that the little things go unnoticed. This book had all the political intrigue of a mainstream thriller, yet it easily pulled off the romance angle. The visual imagery alone was enough to make any reader set up and take notice.

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 favorite book in the series and quite frankly one of my favorite books of the year. I can't say enough good things about it. The Kraken King is the best of the series to date and I look forward to more from this amazing author and series!
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