Review: The Kraken King Parts VII and VIII by Meljean Brook


Title: The Kraken King Part VII: The Kraken King and the Empress's Eyes
Author: Meljean Brook
Date of publication: 27 May 2014
Genre/themes: Romance, Steampunk, Adventure

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My rating: 5 Stars


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…

Title: The Kraken King Part VII: The Kraken King and the Greatest Adventure
Author: Meljean Brook
Date of publication: 3 June 2014
Genre/themes: Romance, Steampunk, Adventure

Author's links: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads
Purchase Links: Kindle | Nook | Kobo | iTunes

My rating: 5 Stars


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…


What a wild ride it has been! I absolutely love epic steampunk adventure/love story.

Part VII was very emotional, focused on Ariq and Zenobia and what it means for them to husband and wife. I love how their characters develop throughout the story and how with each installment of this story we learn something new we learn about therm. It's very similar to how Ariq keeps thinking he can't love Zenobia more than eh already does, yet she keep surprising him and his love for her keeps growing. Zenobia, has a lot of insecurities to overcome when it comes to love and trust but she is truly amazing.

There are some misunderstandings between them that annoyed me a bit. I wanted them to be more open with each other but I do realize that building that kind of trust takes time and effort and it was especially difficult for Zenobia.

It's a very emotional part but also action-packed towards the end. And the ending left me speechless and anxious for the next installment!

The final installment had it all - non-stop action and tender heartfelt moments between Ariq and Zenbia. The author kept me on the edge of my seat while reading till the very last pages and I thought the HEA for these two would never come. There is a lot of political intrigue and a lot of action which didn't really give Ariq and Zenobia a lot of alone time, yet they did manage to reach a more secure place in their relationship and both were finally sure of each other feelings and commitment to their marriage. I only wish we got to see more of them together in peaceful time, finding their footing as the town's governor and his new wife.

Overall, I must say that Ms Boork has created a captivating love story unfolding at the background of fanciful adventures. I especially like her world building but most of all her character development. The writing is beautiful and it reminds me of painting made with broad colourful brushstrokes.  Ariq and Zenobia and all the supporting characters are so richly developed with just a few words. Ms Brook is a new to me author and steampunk is a new to me genre, but I definitely plan to read more of both.

A highly recommended read!

Here are my reviews of the previous parts:

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