Published by InterMix on April 29, 2014
Genres: Historical, Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
Source: Author, Publisher
Sexual Content: References to sex.
Reviewed by: Julia
The Kraken King Part I: The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster
Published April 15, 2014; 98 pages.
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…
The Kraken King Part II: The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm
Published April 22, 2014; 92 pages.
As they continue their expedition across Australia, Ariq is determined to stay close to Zenobia and figure out what kind of game she’s playing—even as his admiration for the enigmatic woman starts to override his suspicion.
For Zenobia, revealing her identity to a man who once made his living outside of the law is out of the question—even though Ariq’s dashing looks and blunt manner are distractingly appealing.
But before anyone’s secrets or desires can be exposed, an unexpected attack threatens to destroy them all…
A triumphant revival of the serial format, THE KRAKEN KING offers exotic locations, breathtaking sexual chemistry, and and a sweeping, political adventure that offers intrigue and danger on every page. Dickens would be proud, Meljean Brook has brought the serial into the modern day.
I'm enough of an impatient reader, I wasn't eagerly anticipating a serial. And to be honest, I finished each part of THE KRAKEN KING dying to leap into the next. Brook offers a satisfying amount of character development and action in each part, however, with smaller triumphs and challenges that also work very well towards the ultimate story. Though THE KRAKEN KING AND THE SCRIBBLING SPINSTER started a little slow for me, as Ariq's point of view contained a lot of unfamiliar names and political history, once Zenobia appeared on the page things really took off. Zenobia and Ariq are both wonderful characters, and their personal chemistry and depth is what makes the gothic romance and adventure really work.
As much as I enjoyed these two sections individually, I can see how they will work seamlessly together as one heck of a final compilation. An edge-of-your-seat adventure in whatever format you choose, I for one won't be able to resist THE KRAKEN KING serials as they come out. Next up, THE KRAKEN KING AND THE FOX'S DEN, I can't wait!
- Dear Author (Reviewing Parts I-IV) - B+/ A
- Fiction Vixen (Reviewing Part II) - B+
- Happily Ever After Reads (Reviewing Part II) - A-