Spotlight on…Meljean Brook’s The Kraken King

Yep, this is a long-ass post, but I thought that I would put together a complete look at the upcoming serialized Iron Seas book from Meljean Brook. I think it will have a print-edition later on in the year, but for now The Kraken King is being split into 8 parts, and they will be released in e-format between April and May. Amazon is listing each release for $2.12.

Part one is The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster, which is due out on April 15th.

the kraken king part 1Synopsis…

A former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…

After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes. But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper…

Part two is due out on April 22nd, and it is called The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm.

the kraken king and the abominable wormSynopsis…

As they continue their expedition across Australia, Ariq is determined to stay close to Zenobia and figure out what kind of game she’s playing—even as his admiration for the enigmatic woman starts to override his suspicion.

For Zenobia, revealing her identity to a man who once made his living outside of the law is out of the question—even though Ariq’s dashing looks and blunt manner are distractingly appealing.

But before anyone’s secrets or desires can be exposed, an unexpected attack threatens to destroy them all…

Coming in at number 3 is April 29th’s The Kraken King and the Fox’s Den.

the fox's denSynopsis…

After a harrowing escape, Zenobia, Ariq, and their company take refuge in a gold rush town—but their temporary port is just a respite before traveling to the dangerous smugglers’ dens. Ariq is determined to uncover the men responsible for the threat to Krakentown, even if it means confronting the notorious den lords.

But when he discovers evidence in Zenobia’s letters connecting her to the Horde rebellion, he realizes that the threat is far greater than he had suspected. His loyalties torn, Ariq must distance himself from the fascinating woman he desperately wants to hold closer.

Stunned and hurt by Ariq’s inexplicable coldness, Zenobia prepares to leave the dens and continue her journey to the Red City. But in the smugglers’ dens, danger lurks around every corner, and all of her protection is gone…

At the halfway point we have The Kraken King and the Inevitable Abduction, which will be out on May 6th.

the inevitable abductionSynopsis…

The Kraken King has declared that Zenobia Fox is under his protection—and with her identity revealed, she needs that protection more than ever. But it comes with a price when Ariq demands that Zenobia reveal her secrets in return.

Ariq wants nothing more than for Zenobia to trust him, and he knows exactly which sensual tricks will breach her defenses. But although she urgently desires the powerful governor, Zenobia isn’t a woman who will be easily won with a few passionate kisses.

When his ambush goes awry, Ariq discovers just how deeply he can hurt her—but the real danger to Zenobia is one that he never expected…

Coming out on May 13th is The Kraken King and the Iron Heart.

the iron heartSynopsis…

With their lives and the fate of an empire at stake, Ariq is forced to leave Zenobia behind. Held captive by their enemies, Zenobia can only pray that Ariq keeps his promise to come for her—until a terrible loss prods her to action.

Ariq has no intention of handing over the Skybreaker to the two men responsible for the marauders’ attacks against Krakentown—but without a ransom to give them, Ariq must risk everything to rescue Zenobia and stop the swarming forces bent on destruction…

The May 20th release will be called The Kraken King and the Crumbling Walls.

the crumbling wallsSynopsis…

Reunited, Ariq and Zenobia must journey over the red wall and make a desperate appeal to the one woman with enough power to halt the marauders’ plans—the Empress of Nippon.

But even the Kraken King cannot demand the attentions of an empress. Masked and quarantined, Ariq and Zenobia are forced to bide their time. Despite the fact that they are as physically close as two people can be, Zenobia is trying to keep the man she can’t help but love at a distance, terrified she’ll be hurt again. And all the while, the mysteries of the Living City grow around them…

Coming out on May 27th is the seventh part, The Kraken King and the Empress’s Eyes.

the empress's eyesSynopsis…

In the imperial city, nothing escapes the attention of the empress’s spies. After a visit from an old friend rekindles her every fear, Zenobia must decide whether to trust Ariq with her heart—and the Kraken King must decide whether he can ever let her go.

But when danger invades their lovers’ sanctuary, Ariq and Zenobia will have to put aside their troubled emotions. Outwitting their enemies and the Empress will be no easy feat. Luckily, they have a few allies waiting in the wings…

The 8th and final part will be out on June 3rd, and it will be called The Kraken King and the Greatest Adventure.

the greatest adventureSynopsis…

Arriving in Krakentown with their enemies in hot pursuit, Zenobia doesn’t know how they can even hope to win. Being terrified brings forth an undeniable truth: she loves Ariq and will do whatever it takes to stand by him.

But as their adversaries appear on the horizon, they realize that not all is lost. Drawing on the power of the terrible war machine, Ariq, Zenobia, and the entire town must put their lives on the line to protect what they love…

I know that there are a lot of fans of the Iron Seas series out there, so will you be picking up these e-releases or waiting for a print copy? Personally, I have never been much of a steampunk fan (to be honest, I have only read one or two steampunk short stories, but the one Iron Seas novella I did read I did really enjoy). On a shallow note, I am most impressed with the individual cover art for each part…I figured it was going to be just one generic cover with a different title for each release, but this looks great.


12 thoughts on “Spotlight on…Meljean Brook’s The Kraken King

  1. dougmeeks says:

    I chatted with her a bit on Twitter a few nights ago and she said I should be able to read these without reading the Iron Seas but several other folks thought it was not that great an idea.

    • kaleigha says:

      I read an early novella, but that is as far as my experience goes. I have never been a big fan of jumping in in the middle of a series, though.

  2. dougmeeks says:

    OK, I am officially losing it, I bought that book on 6 Feb (the day after she told me to buy it) and got caught up in reading The Immortals and some books I had to review, reading Lynsay Sands new book tonight but maybe tomorrow I can at least read the novella.

    • kaleigha says:

      It is the too many books syndrome…can’t even tell you how many times I have double bought books, forgot I already have them, forgot if I have read them…

  3. Janhavi says:

    Oh, here is my chance to contribute! I have read a lot of great books based on both Doug and Kaleigha’s recommendations because I think both your tastes match mine well, and I love love love Meljean Brook and think its likely you both will.
    Burning Up anthology with Nalini Singh (which has Whisper of Sin, I think) also has the first Iron Seas novella, “Here There Be Monsters” which is great.
    I think you can easily jump into the Iron Seas with The Kraken King if you choose. This is not a series with an overarching plot, it just has various stories set in the same world, with loosely connected characters. A previous book Heart of Steel is about Zenobia’s brother Archimedes, but you don’t really need to read it. Its true that earlier books have some world building, but there is no plot that connects across the books. I would think the novella in Burning Up is enough to get a sense of the world building and you dont need the previous novels.
    I rank Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, and Ilona Andrews as my absolute favourites, and also Robin Owens, Patricia Briggs, etc. Since I know you like many of these other authors I think you will like Iron Seas.
    I also love her Guardian series.

    • kaleigha says:

      It is great to get the perspective of someone who has read the series…so thanks! Nalini and Ilona are one/two for my favorite authors, too, but I have to admit I haven’t gotten to Meljean. Yet.

    • dougmeeks says:

      I started Burning Up just about an hour ago and loved the first story by Nalini Singh already, can’t wait to get to the others. (BTW if you have not read The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter yet, you need to get to it soon, the next book is due out soon The Singer)

      • Janhavi says:

        I bought it based on various recommendations including yours, but its still in my TBR. I also have Written in Red coming up- so many people seem to have loved it, hoping to finish it before the 2nd one. Also want to reread the last couple of Mercy Thompsons before Night Broken…. sigh, I need more hours in the week.

        By the way, Kaleigha, I have got so many fantastic books out of the “101 series to read” thread and also the “14 books in 2014” thread- thanks so much for all the work you do on this site! Finally read the Fever series based on the vast anticipation for ‘Burned’.

  4. Jackie (Literary Escapism) says:

    The print edition, which combines all the novellas, is due out in August. I’ve also been told that each chapter/serial will be a complete story, so there shouldn’t be any cliffhangers between the serial releases.

    Other than that, I can’t tell you much else. I haven’t read the series either, but I plan to before the whole collection is released in August. I don’t mind serials, but I don’t really read them either. I prefer to wait and read everything at once, otherwise I always end up forgetting a new one is out and then not reading it and getting behind.

    • kaleigha says:

      I am with you on the serials. As long as there is a print version at the end, I find that I read the first couple of installments to see if I like it, and then I hold off for the full book.

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