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The Kraken King Part I: The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster by [Brook, Meljean]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1155 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Publisher: InterMix (15 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HZ1E530
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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I have read a number of books by this author and like her style very much. However,this would be more accurately described as a novella or short story without conclusion. I should have noticed the description of 98 pages, but unfortunately I was so keen to read something new from Ms Brook that I had bought it before realising my mistake. I will not be purchasing any further cliff hanging instalments. I calculate that in order to get anything approaching a complete novel it would probably cost more than any other kindle book I've bought to date.
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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!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8fea036c) out of 5 stars 62 reviews
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HASH(0x8fe13f9c) out of 5 stars Wait for the full book or you might feel cheated like me. 27 May 2014
By MiekeReads - Published on Amazon.com
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I generally only believe in reviewing a book according to how good the book is. This review is not a reflection on the quality of the book or writing it is a review of the shabby way the publisher has chosen to cheat the fans of this author.

I am on part 6 of this book and while I have enjoyed the book - I have never felt so ripped off by a publisher before. I would highly recommend waiting for this book to be available as a book as it is CRAZY that they broke a single book into 8 parts so they could rip off the reader. I have enjoyed all of the books I have purchased from this author and I even buy the short stories that she has written from this "universe."

I mistakenly thought when I started buying the parts of the book that in the end I would have a much longer more fleshed out epic tale than Brook's past books. What you get in the end is just what you would have bought for less then half the price with a regular book and with a regular book you don't have to wait a week to get another two chapters!

I will continue to read Brook's books, however, I will make sure that I get them from my local Library as I refuse to spend any more money on this author's books after this experience. (Yes, I really am that cheap and bitter;)
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Caitlin Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
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My 1 star has little to do with the content of the story and everything to do with the price as well as the fact that each of segment of this serial includes a preview of another book taking up 20% of the pages listed. I have loved reading Meljean Brooks' work and hve purchased almost everything she has written. I recently read that this whole story will be published in one book this winter. If I had waited I could have likely purchased the entire thing for what I have spent on four segments. I am very unhappy and want my money back. If I am not reimbursed it is unlikely I will ever buy anything she writes.
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HASH(0x8fd82310) out of 5 stars I can't believe I haven't discovered Meljean Brook before now! 30 April 2014
By Alexandra - Published on Amazon.com
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Part I of the Kraken King crosses off every item I didn't know I had on my checklist for the Next Great Read.

1. Adventure in the form of marauders attacking a diplomatic naval airship for no apparent but sure-to-be nefarious reasons, bailing off a flying glider as it spirals down into the ocean...oh and a colossal kraken washed up on a beach? Check.

2. Out-of-this-worldbuilding that completely sucked me in and includes fantastical machinery, contrasting cultures and and what promises to be (my favorite thing ever) an erratic political climate? Absolutely.

3. A heroine with a seriously kick-ass name that I may give to one of my maybe children someday? Present and accounted for (hopefully by the gruff but already delicious smuggler/thief/hero, Ariq).

This serial begins with a letter from Zenobia to her brother Archimedes informing him that she's headed across the world to Australia with a friend - but not to worry! She'll be taking some trusted mercenary friends with her as protection against a proclivity for finding herself kidnapped. However, Zenobia is no TSTL heroine. She's actually a writer who prefers to experience adventure at a safe distance, but that doesn't stop her from keeping her cool in a bad situation.

The Kraken King Part I was simply delightful, and I raced through it. This is the first of anything I've read by Meljean Brook, and I was hooked from the very beginning. I only paused to write this review and now I am off to devour The Kraken King Part II: The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fb310cc) out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - Enter the world of the Kraken King - part one is a fun start - and only a week to wait for the next:) 15 April 2014
By melindeeloo - Published on Amazon.com
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In the air and on the sea, Zenobia Fox is going to get way more adventure than she bargained for as she falls into the world of the Kraken King...

I am so excited about The Kraken King stories, and as much as I am an instant gratification fan, I think the serial format is fun - and it's going to force me to savor the story instead of my usual gobbling. Another wonderful thing about getting the story in installments is not having to wait months/years for 'more' from this favorite series and since it is Zenobia's story it seems very fitting that it be episodic.

This first episode does a great job of endearing me to both of the leads: Zenobia Fox (Archimede's sister who is the "Scribbling Spinster" chronicler of his adventures) and Ariq the Kraken King. There is a good chemistry between the pair, but I really like that the first things that attract Ariq to Zenobia - who is traveling 'undercover' as Gertrude Inkslinger(Inkslinger how great a name is that:) - is Zenobia's bravery and her quick mind. I also love that Ariq is very straightforward in his dealings with Zenobia which makes me better able to handle the obstacle to Zenobia acting on her attraction.

It is interesting that this story shows us another portion of the Iron Seas world and it is fun to hear Ariq, who was a leader in the rebellion against the Golden Horde, speak of England as that 'little work colony' (which it really was in the Iron Seas history.) Other than the romance, the thing that I think makes this whole series so much fun is the dash of adventure and it looks like there will be a bit with each installment - here that adventure drops Zenobia in the middle of the 'be careful of what you wish for' excitement she'd hoped to observe from the front row. Can't wait for more.

I do have a helpful hint for those picking up The Kraken King, since there is bonus excerpt for the Iron Duke at the end of this story, scope out the ending percentage ahead (these stories end at between 80 to 90% of the kindle content.) Not knowing this ahead of time, I was surprised to be 'all done' so soon (but then again this could have been ten times as many pages and the end would have still come too soon for me:)

(I received an complementary copy of this for review from the author - but I purchased a copy of this for my very own and have the rest of the eight episodes preordered.)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fb79e34) out of 5 stars Loved it, but WON'T buy anymore 10 Aug. 2014
By Enthusiastic Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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Ms. Brook's steampunk novels are wonderful. She writes well, they're intriguing, and I enjoy them enough to read them multiple times. I was happy to start reading this, and really have only myself to blame for not carefully reading what was involved, but I'm not happy with the format/price structure.

I bought part one, then two, then three, assuming I was buying three books and could wait until school was out to have days to read the novels. After reading part one and realizing it was a serial, I did the math. At two dollars a pop, I'd spend $16.00 to read the entire novel.

I recognize that prices on everything have come up, but more and more of my favorite authors are printing bigger paperbacks that cost $12 (and the words aren't bigger - just the white space around the edges). Or have started mid-series to publish in hardcover. Now this serialized novel that costs more than I pay for most hardcover novels.

I just won't do it. I've got a very limited budget for recreation, and as much as I love Ms. Brook and my other have-to-read authors, I'll just have to wait until the library has their books, or I'll wait until the 'mass market' version comes out. My limit is $6.00, and I'll only do that for the very best.
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