The Iron Duke
Author: Meljean Brooks
Genre: Steampunk / Romance
Series: The Iron Seas #1
Goodreads Rating: 3.88/5
Why I read this: Goodreads Olympic Games
Synopsis: 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.
What I thought about the book:
This was brilliant! So much action, adventure, and romance. I loved every character, even the baddies! The world building is effortless and flows naturally with the story. No paragraphs of boring explaining to trudge through.
I’m new to steampunk and thought I’d find it odd but I had no problems. Loved it!
Favourite Character: Rhys! Hello new book boyfriend.
Title: Here There Be Monsters
Author: Meljean Brook
Series: The Iron Seas #0.5
Goodreads Rating: 4.20/5
Why I read this: It was the Vaginal Fantasy alt book for June.
Synopsis: Two years ago, blacksmith Ivy, desperate to flee London, purchased her overseas passage by agreeing to spend the voyage in the bed of the pirate captain, Mad Machen. Saved at the last minute by his rival, Ivy scraped out a new life in Fool’s Cove…until Mad Machen finds her, forces her to accept a job that will create a monster, and reminds her that she still owes him the price of a journey…
What I thought about the book: Having never read steampunk before, I didn’t really know what to expect with this. But I gotta say I freakin’ loved it!!! I loved the partly mechanical creatures, the airships, the history, the pirates, and all of the characters. It’s rare for me to say, that someone in a book didn’t annoy me but I loved them all.
The series has been added to my TBR and I can’t wait to start.
This is a prequel novella to The Iron Seas series, I don’t know if the characters feature in the main books or if it has an effect on the storyline.
Favourite Character: Yaseem, she seems to be caring but with an underlying menace.