- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Penguin (12 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0241956676
- ISBN-13: 978-0241956670
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 451,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Iron Duke Paperback – 12 Apr 2012
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About the Author
Meljean Brook lives in Oregon with her family. She is the author of the Guardian series. For contact information please visit www.meljeanbrook.com
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This book takes place in such a different world that many readers will be like me and not have encountered it before. Nanoagents were introduced into the human body when the people ingested sugar or tea. Once infected the "bugs" were in place to allow the Horde to control most of the population. Many upper class Englishmen escaped to the New World, but now that the Horde control has been destroyed they are making their way back to an England populated by many different kinds of people. Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth was conceived when her mother was caught up in a Horde frenzy and thus Mina shows her obvious Horde lineage. Because of this she must try to do her job while being hated and persecuted because of the way she looks. Rhys Trahaearn is a scoundrel and pirate who has recently been made Duke of Anglesey as a reward for destroying the method the Horde was using to control the nanoagents. When the body of a partially frozen dead man is discovered on the steps of the Duke's home, police intervention is called for. Although certainly not by the Duke.
If you decide to read this book I would suggest that you pay very close attention to the first three or four chapters, since this is where so much of the explanation for this world is given. Not all of it, but an awful lot.Read more ›
The Horde, recognisable, if you know your history, as the Mongolian Empire of the Khan's (only lasting a few more centuries) kidnapped a group of European scientists, centuries ago, and forced them to make war machines, including the nanoagents that many people are 'infected' with. These left British society under radio control, where religion, marriage, and many other conventions were completely dispensed with, creating a moral vacuum when Horde control was destroyed by Rhys Trevelyan, the eponymous 'Iron Duke', nearly a decade ago. The attempts of the people left behind to rebuild their society from the ground up are what makes this book so interesting for me, and will keep me reading the series in all probability.
The plot of this first 'Novel of the Iron Seas' begins with a body landing on the Iron Duke's doorstep, bringing the heroine, Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into Rhys's life.Read more ›
I've had The Iron Duke on my wish list for quite some time now, I've heard nothing but good things about this book and the author so was really looking forward to reading it. I have to admit I'm still fairly new to steampunk but it's a genre I've really enjoyed discovering. Meljean Brook has done some amazing world building and I can't wait to continue reading the series.Read more ›
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I love this book. I love the settings, the atmosphere, and the the world created by the author. The characters are marvelous, larger than life but very human too. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Readathon-er
This novel is a beautiful romance with a great build-up of sexual tension, romantic love, plus a very enjoyable adventure. Read morePublished 11 months ago by ReadingMad100
Clever, witty and full a wonderful characters. I so enjoyed the story, "The Iron Duke" I really had to read the short story that followed. Very good indeed. Read morePublished 14 months ago by M. Gomeze
Oh, this was marvellous! I adored just about every aspect of it. Mina is a wonderful action-oriented heroine. The Duke is a great alpha hero. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Sadie Forsythe
Not so keen on steam punk but liked the story line with the Duke & Mina in an alternate London, England after 'the Hoard' conquered and were repelled.Published 17 months ago by Noreen Bracken-Halse
I first came across Meljean Brook's work in a short story, and was favourably impressed, mainly by the fact that the werewolf heroine was capable and reasonable. Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2013 by Crinkly
A very disappointing book. The steampunk elements are very well written, although it's very confusing when there is no real distinction between airships and ocean ships, for a... Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2012 by Amazon Customer
Meljean Brook first introduced us to the world of the Iron Seas with the short story `Here There Be Monsters', in the anthology "Burning Up". Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2012 by Houston
This novel started with a fascinating world, well-rounded characters, and an interesting plot; five stars for the first third of the book. Read morePublished on 3 Nov. 2012 by Paul