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Thursday, December 16, 2010

REVIEW Iron Duke - Meljean Brook

'Seductive danger and steampunk adventure abound in the gritty world of the Iron Seas, where nanotech is fused with Victorian sensibilities—and steam.

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.

Mina can’t afford his interest, however. Horde blood runs through her veins, and despite the nanotech enhancing her body, she barely scratches out a living in London society. Becoming Rhys’s lover would destroy both her career and her family, yet the investigation prevents her from avoiding him…and the Iron Duke’s ruthless pursuit makes him difficult to resist.

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.'

When I picked up this book i was like, wow look at that cover :D Then I read the blurb and thought that it sounded like a good book to read....I was wrong.....

It was a FANTASTIC book to read. 

It has adventure, emotion and airships! It is classically steampunk and has a great plot. The story starts off with a body being thrown out of an airship. It was a little bit confusing at first because of where it started. I believe that Meljean could quite easily write about the days before the Iron Duke defeated the Horde and come up with a few books out of it. 
The characters have depth and spirit, I love Mina's character, she is hesitant to commit to feelings, becuase she was brought up never being allowed to feel emotions. It was such a good idea and one I haven't seen much in other books. 
 The Iron Duke is definatly an Alpha Male, but you get to see the side of him that makes you itch not to slap him, but to understand and comfort him.

Both main characters have well written histories and dialouge. The supporting characters are well written and have depth to them as well. 

All in all a very good read, and I would recommend it to anybody who likes steampunk and adventure.


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