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4.2 out of 5 stars 82 customer reviews
Book 3 of 4 in the Iron Seas Series

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Editorial Reviews


Praise for The Iron Duke


“Meljean Brook has brilliantly defined the new genre of Steampunk Romance.”

—Jayne Ann Krentz,New York Times bestselling author


“A stunning blend of steampunk setting and poignant romance.”

—Ilona Andrews, New York Times bestselling author


“With adept writing and a flair for creating believable worlds, Brook’s first in the Iron Seas series showcases her masterful storytelling.”


About the Author

Meljean Brook is the author of the Guardian paranormal romance series and Iron Seas steampunk series.

Product Details

  • Series: A Novel of the Iron Seas (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (September 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780425256046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425256046
  • ASIN: 0425256049
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,155,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Meljean was raised in the middle of the woods, and hid under her blankets at night with fairy tales, comic books, and romances. She left the forest and went on a misguided tour through the world of accounting before focusing on her first loves, reading and writing-and she realized that monsters, superheroes, and happily-ever-afters are easily found between the covers, as well as under them, so she set out to make her own.

Meljean lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter.

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Format: Paperback
Riveted is part of Brook's Iron Seas series (the third book, in fact) that is known for its fantasy, its scorching heat and its steampunk adventure. You have a timid heroine who is looking for her sister, a man made of metal and nano agents, an Icelandic setting and two people who don't fit anywhere but fit together. How can you ask for a better plot?

Brook is a good author. I say that because The Iron Duke blew rival urban steampunk romances out of the water with its action adventure and hot relationship. One would think that would make a good formula for the next novel, but no, Brook then writes a completely different hero/heroine and creates an even more chemically explosive couple than ever before. Each of her books are unique and yet compatible. If you love steampunk (real steampunk, not just clockwork everywhere) and, of course, true love, then pick up Riveted.

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Riveted was probably the sweetest of Brook's romances so far. I loved both Vulcanologist David, who has always looked for joy in life despite some major adversity, and airship engineer Annika, who sees herself as the rabbit her family and friends have called her - but who, when push comes to shove, is brave enough to do what must be done. There is an innocence to Annika, and to David as well, that is quite appealing and while neither of the pair fit well into the 'civilized' world, they both fit well together - even when it looks like their individual quests will keep them apart.

My nits are that while I loved that Brook takes her time building the relationship between David and Annika, the story does drag just a tad as the two initially get to know each other, but once the story gets rolling and David and Annika decide to take a chance on each other, the way that Brook develops the relationship is really really good. Another minor nit is that there is an exceedingly creepy bad guy whose exit from the story is really odd and anticlimactic. And finally, not exactly a nit but a warning, the real reason that Annika must keep her hometown a secret and the attitudes held by some of the characters in reaction to that reason are going to be a touchy subject for some readers.

So the bottom line on Brook's latest Iron Seas steam punk romance is that I really loved seeing another corner of the Iron Seas world. Brook's world building - with trolls, leviathans, and airships galore - is truly amazing and fortunately the people who 'live' there are every bit as fascinating. I loved Annika and David, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that since Mina/Rhys and Archimedes/Yasmin have both gotten after the HEA shorts, we will get to see just a little bit more of Annika and David sometime in the future.
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Firstly, I would like to point how how much I like the UK cover over the US cover for this book. The heroine of this book, Annika Fridasdotter, is described as being a Liberé or "a descendant of the Africans". In my mind, this means that there's a good chance that Annika is biracial. The person I pictured in my head while reading this book looks closer to the UK cover model than the US. Both are lovely looking women but, the UK one follows closer to the book's description. The image of David Kentewess is pretty much spot on...except I don't think David would have his shirt open like that. Just doesn't follow with how the character acts.

One aspect of this book that I want to touch upon is the village that Annika is from and their unique culture. I'll try to touch on this without giving too many spoilers away but, I really was surprised (in a good way) about this village. Annika's village is basically the Scandinavian Amazon's. I village of both tough and nurturing women only raising girls. The boys are either left with their fathers or the mother's permanently leave the village to raise their sons. This village is described in a way to make the women seem very vibrant. You have the mothering type women and the fierce type women that protect the village. Sexuality in this village is very open and accepting. If you fall in love with someone of the same gender or a man, there is no condemnation. This could have been really hokey and fairly hippie sounding but, I thought this village was very well done and really added to Annika's motivations and character.

Annika is a vibrant and hard working young woman that is trying to find her sister, Källa. By finding jobs on air ships, Annika is able to visit various ports throughout this world and attempt to contact her sister.
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There will be a few spoilers because it is necessary to make my case about the problems in this book.

I'll get this out of the way before people jump to conclusions and yell at me- I have no issues with the homosexuality in this book. None. The author attempts to set up a story revolving around a person's freedom to love where they choose free of prejudice, discrimination and violent retribution. Excellent goal. Except... the author completely fails in the narrative to illustrate the good of her moral thesis and I think that the internal logic of the book is jumbled and that detracts from the central moral. I know these are strong accusations but the book was really conflicted and the plot really revolved around that central moral thesis and it just failed miserably. If you are going to set up a morality tale, then your protagonists should really hold the moral high ground- and they failed to.

This book got two stars (instead of one) because I thought the steam punk aspects were exceedingly well done. They were imaginative and creative and really well described. I had such a vision of the sentinel at the Spanish city in the New World- a creaking and rusty Colossus. The trolls and whale were really cool. I enjoyed how the author described how a troll was operated. It was excellent world-building.

I thought the romance was a bit tepid. I'll be frank, I wasn't a huge Annika fan- she bugged me on occasion. She was written to be a woman who was brought up lacking those restraints that are artificially and superficially imposed by a Victorian society like chit-chat, realizing that sexuality is not an appropriate topic for general social discourse, that homosexuality is bad, that her clothes should reflect her station or some such thing.
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