I don’t know why I procrastinated on reading The Kraken King. Actually, I do and it’s because it was a serial. I scoffed and told myself there was no way I was going to buy 8 books to read one full novel. Then I read the first five books on a friend’s ereader. (I have a habit of borrowing someone’s ereader and absconding with it to another room. It happens. We all have our quirks. :P) I was hooked. I needed more. Even better, I found out that each book was only 1.99 on Amazon.ca’s Kindle.
So as soon as I got home, I loaded up my trusty tablet with books VI, VII and VIII and read them on my commute to work.
AND HOLY CRAP. It’s been a really long time since I found myself so completely immersed in a book and wow, I did not want to go to work those days I was reading The Kraken King. I didn’t want to do anything but read. Unfortunately, adulting means being responsible etc etc so that didn’t happen.
So what exactly was so compelling about The Kraken King? Well, don’t let the title fool you into thinking it’s going to be some ridiculous, fluffy story. It is ridiculous — but in a good way. Meljean Brook just keeps on astounding with her well-planned universe and history and because I am a really big nerd and it’s what I studied in school, I also hella enjoyed the foreign affairs aspect of it all. Oh and let’s not forget the romance, because I do exclusively review romance novels right? Because I definitely want an Ariq of my own.
But we’ll get back to that.
The Iron Seas series is a series of novels set in a fictional world where the Horde, ie. the Mongolian Empire, was successful in conquering the world. But with zombies. And steampunk. Needless to say, I am horrible at summaries.
I enjoy going back to the Iron Seas story because it’s basically world history turned upside down but strangely some things remain the same? Like how those who look similar to the Horde are discriminated against by well, white people? And I just find that so fascinating because who is the oppressor in this scenario? The oppressor is normally the more powerful party but the British Isles was colonized. And I honestly just find it so fascinating because I can’t possibly be racist towards white people. Sure I can be offensive, but not to the same degree that racism has? Especially since racism is based on a group being more powerful over the other. So yeah, I’m just going to go back to talking about the book instead of pondering about racial theories in a fictional world haha. Don’t get me started on the historical comparisons though. My brain was running at ridiculous speeds when they were talking about the Nipponese empire. And the torture stuff. And all parts of my brain and interests were fully engaged and it was great. But moving on.
THE KRAKEN KING is a story about a writer who gets kidnapped too often and a man mired in politics and saving a town but can’t help to be interested in said writer. It’s fun, it’s intriguing, it’s emotional and it’s romantic.
Zenobia Fox, the heroine, has had a tough life but she enjoys what she’s made of herself. I really liked her. I liked that she was aware of her fears. I liked that she knew what she wanted. I enjoyed how smart she was. I even enjoyed the glimpses onto her writer’s brain. She’s tough, she’s hilarious and I just want to be her friend. I struggle when I describe female heroines that I like because the gist of it is, I empathized with her. I found things in common with her and I liked how she handled her flaws. I wish I can talk more about her but it might be spoiler-y so READ IT READ ALL OF THE BOOKS.
What I loved the best though was Ariq and how he liked and loved everything about Zenobia. And how Zenobia just could not resist him. And I just really loved Ariq. Ariq reminds me of The Iron Duke but… nicer and gentler? Haha, Ariq is a man with strong principles, a generous heart, good political skills and I am just really attracted to him right now. I’ll probably be hung up on him for the next couple of weeks.
I really loved these two. I loved their relationship. I loved learning more about the world through their lenses because of their different cultures. If you’re familiar with the spinster wants to have an adventure with a known rake trope/theme, that’s partially what The Kraken King has. Although I don’t know if Ariq is rake, he probably isn’t? Rebelling against an empire sounds like a pretty time consuming endeavor.
I’m just going to end this rambly, nonsensical, and definitely fangirl-ing post with this: if you’re looking for a new book to read that is compelling, romantic, steamy and will get you emotionally invested in it, I suggest you try The Kraken King. Don’t be turned off by the fact that it’s a serial with 8 parts. For 1.99 each (CAD price), trust me, every book is so worth it. Don’t believe the Amazon reviews saying it’s a rip off. Don’t do it!
Or you could always wait until the full novel is released. I’ll probably buy that too. Also don’t let this rambly review deter you from reading The Kraken King. I didn’t want to do a review with everything that happens in the book because I didn’t want to spoil anyone. Each part of the serial has its own conflicts so trust me, you’ll enjoy each part.
Oh and book six is rather steamy. I forgot to mention that Meljean Brook also writes excellent love scenes. So yes. Book six. Get on that.
PS. Look at the really pretty covers! I’m in love with book three’s cover! Oh and click the covers to buy them on Amazon. They’re not sponsored links 🙂