Release Day Review…The Kraken King

review iconDonna Grant is doing it. So is A.C. Arthur. Lynn Viehl. And Cassandra Clare. It seems like a new trend is developing, and that is to serialize a new release over the course of a few weeks (or months) before the print release. Meljean Brook has entered the fray with her new Iron Seas story, The Kraken King, which has been divided into eight separate parts to be released over the next eight weeks. Doug Meeks got his hands on the first three installments, and did up a quick review.

the kraken king part 1What Doug said…

Meljean Brook sent me the first 7 parts of her new serialized novel The Kraken King and it may be the best thing i have read in a very long time and I am only through part 3. Β Thought I would send this along since it releases tomorrow and she will release another book each week at $1.99, this isn’t my best work but writing a review on what seems to the reader to be a work in progress is difficult at best πŸ™‚



The Kraken King Part 1

I am giving this 5 Stars because I loved the story and this first installment just gives you the basics of a great story and several mysteries.

The heroine has many secrets and you the reader will only know a few of them, the Kraken King (one of his many titles) is more of a mayor of a town that kills a lot of the krakens.

There is the beginning touches of a good romance but this short story only gives us the very basics, these stories being serialized and released about a week apart might prove to be a source of frustration because this has all the earmarks of a really great story and romance.

I will have to see who I can beg/bribe/threaten to get the rest of these as soon as possible πŸ™‚

NOTE: Maybe it was just me but the first few chapters brought up memories of Romancing the Stone (the movie) but now that I have finished I think that was a misconception on my part since our heroine has a LOT of secrets.

The Kraken King Part 2

Well there is only so much I can write about this continuing story without injecting spoilers but this second part moves the story along nicely and some unforeseen problem.

Ariq is determined to stay close to Zenobia for reasons that he does not allow himself to believe at times. They are a perfect couple as far as a opposites attract couple. The secrets they both are holding start to come out just a small bit but it muddies the water more than provides clarity plus the story takes a sudden turn towards the end of this part that sends us off the intended track a bit.

The romance is still not moving along as hoped but I am sure it will eventually but some misconceptions need to be cleared up and of course that constant threat of death always messes up a good romance πŸ™‚

Still 5 Star addiction and so I will be grabbing Part 3 soon and continuing on in this addicting story. If you can’t enjoy this you need to get counseling πŸ™‚

The Kraken King Part 3

So many of my favorite series seem to have a third book that stands above the rest and this is no exception, of the three books so far this one knocks my socks off as far as progress, action, romance, and a bit more info for the reader,

Zenobia and Ariq (the Kraken King) end up in a smuggler’s den due to circumstance in the last book and as you might think there is danger everywhere.

Our heroine manages to find trouble as you might expect but things will happen that will leave you smiling and a good place for me to take a break before moving on with book #4 since I have other reviews to write πŸ™‚

I haven’t really gotten into the whole steampunk genre, myself. I have read precisely one story…which was the first novella from this series…but I found I very much enjoyed it. Not sure actually why I didn’t continue, but now I just might have to give it another shot.

What do you think of the serial idea? Do you read them as they come out, or do you hold off and wait for the entire release in print form? I think the idea of the serialized story is actually quite brilliant – and profitable. At only $1.99 per entry, you are still getting almost $16.00 for that one story before it ever makes its print debut. Not bad at all.


20 thoughts on “Release Day Review…The Kraken King

        • Emily says:

          It doesn’t bother me that it’s a serial, and I agree it’s worth the money if it’s going to end up being that long. I am extremely impatient, though, so I’ll be waiting to buy them all at once when they’ve been released in, what, 7-8 weeks. I read Kresley Cole’s The Professional in 3 parts, and J.J. Knight’s Revenge in 5 parts and it was more time consuming because I always re-read all that’s come before when each installment is released. This way, I’ll get to read it straight through in one sitting. My joking complaint is that my addiction to this site, and a couple others, are causing my TBR list to be an ever growing monster! lol.

      • dougmeeks says:

        As to the question “What do we think of serials” I have to agree that only a few people would consider it the favorite way to read a story πŸ™‚ In this instance it worked for those of us that hate to wait a year+ for a story. Just for information, I am not sure the publisher has released any advanced review copies other than Parts 1 & 2, the rest I received directly from the author and even she is not finished with parts 7 & 8 so nobody would have had any parts under the normal publishing routine. I would suggest that anyone who gets to read the first three parts will be very glad she did not wait another 6-8 months to release this story πŸ™‚

        • Emily says:

          If it’s a case of getting books that far in advance, I can instantly think of at least five authors that I’d beg to do serials of their next book. For people who aren’t already fans of an author, or series, it probably is frustrating, but those who are anxious for the release of a book appreciate it. It looks like it’s a matter of being a dedicated fan, or not, when it comes to these things. Ending with a cliffhanger is a pretty big price for us impatient people, but it’s one I’d gladly pay for certain authors.

            • Emily says:

              Hmm, I still will probably wait until they’ve all been released and buy them all at once. Probably. You keep making them sound too good to wait. lol. Darn you. πŸ™‚

  1. JXB says:

    I am so looking forward to this story but just HATE the format of serialized stories sold in pieces. Eager as I am to read it, I won’t buy them. I figure eventually they’ll sell it as a single ebook. But it’s good to know it’s worth waiting for!!

  2. Lydia says:

    I’m not crazy about the serial format, but I do like steampunk. At first I was hesitant to try it but I found some fabulous new authors like Kristen Callihan, Bec McMaster and A.W. Exley, to name a few.

  3. Ann says:

    I love serials like Ilona Andrews’: posting the rough drafts as they can, and then packing it up into an edited eBook. I read every free installment the day it was posted, and still bought the final product.

    Meljean Brook’s approach is less exciting–it seems mostly like a marketing ploy, especially since a reviewer already has 3 of 8 segments. So as much as I enjoy the Iron Seas, I’ll be waiting for the final product rather than paying $16 for a bunch of cliffhangers.

  4. dougmeeks says:

    I do understand that most folks have to really watch their money that is spent on books but just for some perspective here, you will end up paying about $14 for 700+ pages. ( about 2 cents or less a page) Her other Iron Seas novels go for $5.99 for 300-400 pages (about 1.5-2 cents a page).. I paid $4 for The Seelie King today (about 1.7 cents a page). You are only paying a negligible amount to get this story now because the publisher was not going to release it before 2015 (and it only an ebook release until then and no compilation is promised I think). Whether you realize it or not this is a great deal for a 5 Star novel. and you can read what the author said about the release and why it was done here, informative reading and gives you an idea about what goes on behind the publishing of some novels::

    I should mention I am NOT a steampunk fan , the only ones I have seen worth my time were written by Kristen Callihan or Bec McMaster ….. until now. I may have a new addiction for Meljean Brook.

  5. nightowlinil says:

    It may be profitable for authors, but I’m not a fan of it. I want the whole completed book (highly preferable as a paperback), not piecemealed digital format. Some readers (who like shorter stories and who may not have a huge TBR list) may like such a thing, but it’s beyond my cup of tea (and pocketbook).

  6. Janhavi says:

    Yay, I am so glad Doug liked it, I was pushing Meljean Brook, all her work is great πŸ˜€

    Well, the Kraken King is coming out as ebook and paperback, the serial is just a way for some of the fans to get it earlier than otherwise would have happened.

    I am not sure serials really are much more profitable, not if so many people won’t buy them! after all, profit is price*sales…

  7. dougmeeks says:

    WOW, just finished Part 4 and it is got to be the ultimate romantic ending and some of the lines were cheesy but for this fit perfectly. You guys are gonna love this, of course I cannot write any type of review that would not be a spoiler other than to say the romance takes some giant steps forward and the title tells the rest.

    • kaleigha says:

      Glad you are liking it…and where you have the first seven, you don’t have to do the whole wait a week thing. Unless she teases you and doesn’t send you part 8 until it comes out.

      • dougmeeks says:

        Actually I can’t count πŸ™‚ I had parts 1-6 and just finished 6 and have to wait until 7-8 are edited 😦 Each one seemed a bit better than the last although for the romantics out there the ending of part 3 will be the high point πŸ™‚

  8. dougmeeks says:

    Just for the record, I know a lot of folks are waiting until all the parts of The Kraken King are released but on May 6th the 4th part is released and I can promise you that reading the first 4 parts is worth it all πŸ™‚ A romantic scene has to really be over the top great to have much impact on me (hey, I am a guy) but other than the first Guild Hunter novel and The Scribe I cannot really put my finger on too many that stick in my mind but the end of Part 4 is one of those I will never forget πŸ™‚

    • Janhavi says:

      I saw you say this on Twitter and when I was reading it I wasn’t sure if you meant the bit before the inevitable abduction or the last scene πŸ˜€ Now I see you mean the last scene- yes it was awesome πŸ˜€

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