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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241956684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241956687
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 682,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meljean Brook has brilliantly defined the new genre of steampunk romance -- Jayne Ann Krentz A stunning blend of steampunk setting and poignant romance - smart, sexy, breathtaking and downright addictive -- Ilona Andrews Engrossing steampunk adventure ... a complex, gripping read Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Meljean Brook lives in Oregon with her family. She is the author of the Iron Seas steampunk series which began with The Iron Duke and is also published by Penguin. For more information and Iron Seas extras, please visit www.meljeanbrook.com.


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This is the second zombie-steam punk-romance that I have read by this author. The other one had more plot and more interesting characters, right from the start. This one is slower. The plot doesn't really take off until halfway through, and I would say the characters warm up then as well. It gets interesting when you learn more about the Horde, the Khans and the technology. The sex is almost an interruption.

Did I enjoy it? Yes.
Did I enjoy it as much as the 1st book, which was brilliant? No.
It was more recognisable as a romance, which didn't quite mesh with the action. I always find this mix of genres too clashing. Nothing wrong with love and romance, and nothing wrong with action, but I always find detailed romantified sex scenes weirdly indecent in an action driven plot.

The writing was, as always, excellent. The technology is fascinating, and I would be very interested to learn more about the world, so long as I don't have to wade through multiple-orgasmic-earth shattering sex in order to do so!
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After reading the The Iron Duke I found myself addicted to the Steampunk genre so I bought the 2nd in the series. The story itself is a great development in the Iron Seas world where the Horde have reined over parts of the world using radio waves and 'bugs' to enslave and control the masses. The Iron Duke was a fantastic story with a worthy heroine and an unlikely hero. Following on with Yasmeen's story who we met in the Iron Duke, I enjoyed her back story and further information into this alternative world. However I found the story very slow to begin and then too fast to end. I am glad I read this and I will be buying the third but after the Iron Duke I found this slightly disappointing. The next, Riveted, seems to go into the story of someone entirely new. I have found the whole series a fabulous introduction to Steampunk and look forward to reading further works in the genre.
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Honestly, disappointment is the first word that comes to my mind after finishing this book. I like Meljean Brook, she is a really good writer and her Iron Seas series has some amazing world building and ideas. I loved her novella "Here There Be Monsters" and I equally enjoyed "The Iron Duke", so I was hyped for "Heart of Steel". It does in no way lives up to the previous two installments in the series. The plotlines were poorly paced and structured, the story and characters were forgettable, and there was no chemistry between the lead characters, which is disastrous for a book like this.

Both Yasmeen and Archimedes Fox were introduced in the previous installments, and they had great chemistry in "The Iron Duke", so I was very frustrated during the course of this book because it felt like Yasmeen and Archimedes from "The Iron Duke" and Yasmeen and Archimedes from "Heart of Steel" were COMPLETELY different characters. In "Heart of Steel", both of them are lame stereotypes with NO depth and so much cheese it practically drips from the pages of the book while reading it. Seriously, Archimedes is the most one-dimensional, shallow and dull character I have read about in a while.

Yasmeen really gets the shaft in the character department, with a super lame, cliché background story of why she has a heart of steel and will not allow her feelings for a man to influence her behavior. SPOILER: it is because she had bad experiences with previous boyfriends, and therefore has decided to judge all men and relationships according to those past experiences. It comes of exactly as lame and stupid in the story as it sounds like, and is incredibly clumsily put in there through expositional dialogue.

The story and especially the pacing are big problems in this book as well.
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