Series: The Iron Seas #4.5 - 4.6
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Paranormal Romance, Steampunk
Published by InterMix on May 20, 2014
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Reviewed by: Julia
The Kraken King, Part V: The Kraken King and the Iron Heart
Published May 13, 2014; 89 pages
With their lives and the fate of an empire at stake, Ariq is forced to leave Zenobia behind. Held captive by their enemies, Zenobia can only pray that Ariq keeps his promise to come for her—until a terrible loss prods her to action.
Ariq has no intention of handing over the Skybreaker to the two men responsible for the marauders’ attacks against Krakentown—but without a ransom to give them, Ariq must risk everything to rescue Zenobia and stop the swarming forces bent on destruction…
The Kraken King, Part VI: The Kraken King and the Crumbling Walls
Published May 20, 2014; 102 pages
Reunited, Ariq and Zenobia must journey over the red wall and make a desperate appeal to the one woman with enough power to halt the marauders’ plans—the Empress of Nippon.
But even the Kraken King cannot demand the attentions of an empress. Masked and quarantined, Ariq and Zenobia are forced to bide their time. Despite the fact that they are as physically close as two people can be, Zenobia is trying to keep the man she can’t help but love at a distance, terrified she’ll be hurt again. And all the while, the mysteries of the Living City grow around them…
For those who loved THE KRAKEN KING AND THE INEVITABLE ABDUCTION, Parts IV and V of THE KRAKEN KING serial keep the action and the passion turned all the way up. Blackmail, hurried marriages, daring escapes and a love match worth savoring, these two portions of the serial show how great THE KRAKEN KING can be.
Part IV, THE IRON HEART, now ties THE INEVITABLE ABDUCTION as my favorite of the series, as both Ariq and Zenobia get a chance to exhibit the skills that make them awesome apart and so amazing to imagine together. Even better, Brook's talent for writing nuanced and fully realized characters extends beyond her hero and heroine to the foes and allies they encounter. Ariq knows the names of the guards he must defeat to escape, and Zenobia faces a foe who is chillingly implacable... and intimately acquainted with Ariq. Everyone has the capacity for surprise and self-interest in this world, and these flaws are as interesting to read as their plans for the future.
While THE IRON HEART is full of action, THE CRUMBLING WALLS slows things down a little bit as politics and intrigue replace daring escapes and blackmail. Luckily, to balance this out, Ariq and Zenobia are covering new ground in their relationship. While it is clear that these pieces will fit together to form an amazing book when finished, the pacing and character development of THE KRAKEN KING has completely won me over to the serial format. Formidably in their own right, I can't wait to see what Zenobia and Ariq accomplish together.