Thursday, October 6, 2011

Review: The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

First in an all-new series where seductive danger and steampunk adventure abound in the gritty world of the Iron Seas. 

After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.

But when Mina uncovers the victim's identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.

His hand tightened in her hair, holding her still as he inhaled, as if drawing in her scent. "You will accept me. And now I will know you, even if you come to me in the dark."

This was my first adventure into the world of steampunk and I couldn't have been more pleased. My imagination was gleefully thrown into overdrive.

Pirates and airships, flesh-eating zombies and iron-armored kraken. Could the Iron Seas have been any more impressive?

Brook has created a world that is truly complex and engrossing. This story is so much more than a reluctant romance and scorching hot sex.

From the history of the Horde, the buggers and bounders, to the Blacksmith's creation of mechanical flesh and eyes, I was immediately captivated.

As if the world wasn't fascinating enough all on its own, we are introduced to Inspector Mina Wentworth and the infamous Iron Duke.

Mina Wentworth was a very admirable character. She was confident and assertive without being too aggressive or overly pushy. Strong-willed, caring, and family-oriented - it's difficult not to be charmed by the inspector.

Then there is Rhys Trahaearn, the Iron Duke. A hero and legend. Everything about him was enticing from his commanding presence to his imposing appearance. The man could consume you with nothing more than cold silence and prolonged heated stares.
"Not a gentleman, but the pirate captain, His Bastard Grace, the Iron Duke. It didn't matter which. He knew exactly what he was about."

The story was packed full of excitement, adventure and mystery.

I'm eagerly anticipating the next novel of the Iron Seas, "Heart of Steel", which features two characters introduced in the "The Iron Duke". I already have my order placed and expect to see it in my mailbox November 1st.

"A detective inspector only goes where the dead bodies are."
"But there aren't any dead people here today."
"That's why I brought my own."


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