Series: The Iron Seas #4.3
Published by berkley, InterMix, Penguin on April 29, 2014
Experience the incredible adventure and heart-stopping romance of the Iron Seas in this thrilling steampunk tale from New York Times bestselling author Meljean Brook.
The Kraken King, Part III
The Kraken King and the Fox’s Den
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…
Wow! Now this is what a serial should be! Each section is its own, it doesn’t feel as if someone broke a book into sections and left us hanging specifically because she could. The anticipation of the next section isn’t because I was left on a giant cliffhanger, but because the writing and story are just so good! I can’t wait to dive into Part IV!
We see Zenobia and Eriq trying to keep their distance from each other, but we also see how hard that is for them to do. Add into it, that they are now deep into the smugglers’ dens, and have no choice but to stay and hope that danger doesn’t find Zenobia. But of course it does.
Ariq still doesn’t know who she is, but he does know who she isn’t. She isn’t just a lady’s companion travelling to the Red City. She is so much more. While her name means nothing to him, many others recognize it, and at one point, even she is recognized…and there’s an attempted abduction!
I loved the way this ended. I feel that this serial only gets stronger with each addition, and I am so excited to see what happens next, since they are at their destination and Ariq and Zenobia are due to part ways soon.
***ARC courtesy of Berkley Intermix via netgalley