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by Meljean Brook

eBook The Iron Duke (A Novel of the Iron Seas) epub
  • ISBN: 0425236676
  • Author: Meljean Brook
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Subcategory: Mystery
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Berkley (October 5, 2010)
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • ePUB size: 1603 kb
  • FB2 size 1764 kb
  • Formats mbr rtf lrf lrf


The Iron Duke is the first book in Meljean Brook's Iron Seas Series (Although there is a prequel "Here There be. .I will definitely be reading it again as well as the other books written in the world of the Iron Seas.

The Iron Duke is the first book in Meljean Brook's Iron Seas Series (Although there is a prequel "Here There be Monsters" - it ssn't necessary to read it first). The world building in this series was a little confusing to me but fascinating. In this series the world is an alternate Victorian Society which is recovering from years of enslavement by the Hoard (Mongol Invaders). Considering the other novels deal with other characters, I’m interested in seeing how the world will continue to develop and grow over time.

She manages to get through the ENTIRE novel without making me hate her for existing

She manages to get through the ENTIRE novel without making me hate her for existing. Which is what female protagonists having been doing to me a lot lately ( shakes fist at almost the entire YA genre). Not only that, but her competence and intelligence makes sense since she is, indeed, an inspector and she damn well acts like one.

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.

Praise for the novels of meljean brook. The fourth book in Meljean Brook’s Guardian series turns up the heat without losing any of the danger. Entertainment Weekly. A read that goes down hot and sweet-utterly unique-and one hell of a ride. After the Iron Duke had freed England from Horde control, many of them had returned to London, flaunting their titles and their gold.

The Iron Duke A Novel of the Iron Seas.

The Iron Duke is a pulp fiction, pre-World War II adventure story written by L. Ron Hubbard. It was first published in the July 1940 issue of the pulp fiction magazine "Five-Novels Monthly". The story revolves around Blacky Lee, an American arms merchant, who is being pursued by pre-World War II Nazis. Chased across Europe he makes his way to the kingdom of Aldoria where he impersonates the country's archduke.

A Novel of the Iron Seas. The Iron Duke, read by Faye Adele. With The Iron Duke, Meljean Brook has brilliantly defined the new genre of Steampunk Romance. I loved it! -Jayne Ann Krentz.

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View our feature on Meljean Brook’s The Iron Duke. 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.
Comments: (7)
Frey
If you’re new to the steampunk genre and want a good place to start, I can’t recommend a better novel than The Iron Duke. The author’s attention to detail in creating her alternate world’s history and technology is nothing short of astounding (she even pinpoints for readers the exact moment in history that our world and the book’s world deviate; in 1241 in our world a series of events leads to the weakening of the Mongol Empire, whereas in the world of the novel the Empire doesn’t suffer the same fate, allowing them to eventually conquer Europe two hundred years after the exploration of Marco Polo). The London Brook creates is appropriately gritty, dirty, and realistic, despite its “fantastical” elements. Her characters are real, living people the reader comes to know and, if not love, at least appreciate.

One of the things that struck me as being truly unique about this novel, especially in this genre, is the fact that it has a heroine who has not only been sexually traumatized but is forced to deal with that on a very real level before she can fully commit herself to the hero. There’s no pretending her trauma doesn’t exist or conveniently writing it away just so they can get to the steamy sex scenes. That level of commitment to character is only one of many things that makes The Iron Duke a truly unique and thoroughly enjoyable read. The fact that the couple can achieve a HEA by the end truly is a sign of how far they’ve come both as people and as a pairing. It feels earned and is therefore very satisfying.

Overall I give this novel five out of five stars. I will definitely be reading it again as well as the other books written in the world of the Iron Seas. Considering the other novels deal with other characters, I’m interested in seeing how the world will continue to develop and grow over time.
lets go baby
“You didn’t have to fight when you destroyed the Horde. So I decided to make your tower explode.”

This quote is said directly after the two main protagonist have sex (oh my god get on with it already) for the first time. Although, I thought they were having sex at least two times prior, but the descriptive writing was so bad, I had to go back and read it carefully to realize there wasn't yet penetration...I guess. Anyways, upon reading this god-awful, corny phrase, (75% of the way into the book btw) I knew I was done. It had been a while coming as the book had already started to drag, but since I paid $8 for it, I was determined to press on.

The setting seemed promising, but too many elements from too many time periods were being thrown together to be able to make a cohesive story backdrop. It felt like the author sat down and wrote down anything that came to mind, without streaming and or editing. The trick to a truly great fantasy is to change just one major element of reality and leave the rest intact.

Back to the romance, it also started off promising, but you can't change the basic nature of who a character is to make him more appealing and have me believe itm. Here is a hardened, nhilistic pirate who has sailed the world and seen it all, and basically sworn off women and with one random encounter with this lady, he becomes a ridiculous, maluble, kind, altruistic lump of goo who is only "hard" when needed for plot, not in an realistic way. The true flaws and quirks in a charcacter are what make them believable.

Not the worst thing I've ever read, but so much more is needed to make this book salvagable. It also taught me a word I hadn't heard before,(ameliorate) so I gave it an extra star for that.
Tholmeena
Interesting world, but confusingly rendered. And the romance, at times, felt forced or contrived. The ending didn't work for me - it was too abrupt, and felt, out of character. Another novel that started out fine, but sort of went off the rails towards the end. As if the writer lost track of what she was doing. This happens a lot in the romance genre.

The main issue between the hero and heroine appears to be a misunderstanding and a rather silly one at that, considering their respective actions. (The hero and heroine don't believe the other one really cares or loves them - regardless of the number of times both have put themselves in the line of fire for the other one.) This was unnecessary - considering all the obstacles, far more innovative and realistic, placed in their path. Why the writer felt the need to rely on a romantic cliche to separate them...

And the misunderstanding per the cliche ends with the hero shagging the heroine prior to the resolution of the misunderstanding. Instead of telling the heroine he loves her straight out, the hero thrusts her into a room and shags her. Wham, Bang, Thank You Ma'am. Which...was jarring to say the least. And cliche. And unnecessary. The love you's came after - but considering the wham bang thank you ma'am, I'm not sure worked.

The other problem that I had with it - was it drug. The world is convoluted, perhaps too much so for the type of novel it is. For that to work - more time should be spent on plot, world, character development and less on the romantic tension/sex. Or it drags. It's telling that the most gripping and clearest scenes are the romantic ones.

Okay, but not as good as expected.
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