The Kraken King Part 1: The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster (Iron Seas #4.1)
Published: April 15, 2014 (Avon)
Review source: copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed by: Amy
Rating (out of 5): 4.5 stars
Note from Chelsea/VBC: The Kraken King is being published as a serial with a new part offered each week. We’re such super fans of Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas series that we decided to review this as a read along. So each week you’ll get Amy’s take on the latest part and we’ll discuss it in the comments. Hope you’ll join us!
Zenobia Fox has always lived vicariously, at first through her brother Archimedes Fox, and now through her sister-in-law Lady Corsair, as she weaves the tales of their adventures for publication. When a childhood friends asks Zenobia to accompany her to Australia to meet up with her husband, Zenobia immediately says yes.
The ‘adventure’ is not exactly what she pictured in her head, consisting mostly of sitting on the airship and talking with her friend Helene, all while hiding the fact that she’s Zenobia Fox, writer of fantastic tales. When marauders attack their ship, Zenobia is rescued by the Kraken King himself. She didn’t expect him to be so good-looking.
Ariq, the aforementioned Kraken King, has been dealing with the marauders attacking random airships for weeks. There’s no connection that he can find. When he rescues a mysterious woman from drowning after the ship she was sailing on was attacked, he can’t help but think she may be more than just traveling with a friend. He’s definitely interested in figuring out her secrets.
Being the first entry, I’d have to say, so far, this is successful. There’s a great balance of action and comedy as well as tension between our main characters and it is achieved in rather short amount of time, but nothing is lacking. Except for the ending (which leaves off just when the main adventure is ready to get underway, of course), the rest of the story stands very well on its own.
We feel the attraction between Ariq and Zenobia from their first meeting, but it appears these two will have things to work out between them before they can settle down. Ariq and Zenobia are both two individuals who aren’t afraid to voice their opinions, but it appears, at least when it comes to this romance, they can’t seem to get the right words out, which leads to a few misconceptions, which will be fun to decipher as the different parts are released.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Tune in next week when we read and discuss Part Two: The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm.
Sexual content: References to sex