A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland's inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island has become enshrouded in legend. But the truth behind the legends is mechanical, not magical - and the mystery of the island a matter of life and death for a community of women who once spilled noble blood to secure their freedom.
Five years ago, Annika unwittingly endangered that secret, but her sister Källa took the blame and was exiled. Now Annika serves on an airship, searching for her sister and longing to return home. But that home is threatened when scientific expedition leader David Kentewess comes aboard, looking to expose Annika's secrets.
Then disaster strikes, leaving David and Annika stranded on a glacier and pursued by a madman, with their very survival depending on keeping the heat rising between them - and generating lots of steam....
©2012 Meljean Brook (P)2012 Tantor
Adventurous. Thrilling. Emotional (in a good way!)
This is really a one-of-kind series for me. I've never read/listened to anything like this series - which makes it refreshing and interesting. : )
No, I haven't heard Alison Larkin before but would say that she is a narrator that you would either love or hate at first. It took me a little to work up to liking her because the voice for the main female character is very... I'll say interesting with the accent and higher pitch. I am sad that they did not have Faye Adele continue as narrator for the series but with that said this book is 'seperate' in the series than the first books and having a new narrator expands that distinguishing factor.
Yes! There were quite a few. One especially at the end... but I won't ruin it for anyone!!
A disclaimer - this book is featured in the world of the Iron Seas Series but know that you won't see any of the characters from the first books. So going in prepare yourself as if you were starting a new series/stand alone book in a world you already know.
I have more patience with audiobooks and that’s the only reason I kept with it and finished. I felt like the author made a detailed outline and then colored-it-in-between-the-lines, trying to make it interesting. I felt no chemistry about the characters. I wasn’t interested in them. The flow wasn’t good. I didn’t see enough motivations. I’m still vague about why the bad guy did some of the things he did and what happened to him at the end. Some of the conflicts felt forced.
I kept thinking of Saturday morning cartoons for kids. There are many interesting and neat things artists and animators could draw. The action and crises would make a good cartoon.
Who will like this? Probably readers who love the steampunk world and urban fantasy. There are interesting ideas about metal grafted onto human bodies, nano agents, coal fired air ships, a mechanical whale, and riding inside walking-trolls-robot-type-things.
There is a back story about a women-only village and women loving women. Annika is open to finding romance with either a man or woman. Not much is done with that topic, but it may interest some - or not.
As to male-female romance, it was there, but I wasn’t feeling it.
I was not pleased with the narrator Alison Larkin. She made the heroine sound like a little girl instead of a woman.
Genre: steampunk romance.
The Southern Seanachi
The narrator was marvelous.
Annika because she was really unusual as a heroine.
Her accents and voices for each character were fabulous.
There's this one part toward the end...OMG, heart wrenching. I cried (in a good way).
This book was odd for me because I didn't actually like the story as well as the prior Iron Seas book, but the emotions and the character arc was SO amazingly well done that I was super invested in the story anyway.
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
Another great story by Meljean Brooks, this is part of the series but it could stand alone for none of the other characters from previous books are in this story. It is still a steam punk story in the same sense as with her other Iron Seas books. The narrator is different and it took a while for me like her enough to enjoy the story. I much prefer the previous narrator Faye Adele. Warning this story does mention same sex relations a lot throughout this book, but there was lots of hot scenes going on between the protagonists to enjoy.
Once again, Meljean Brook surprised me with all of the twists and turns in her rendition of an altered Victorian world. The cast of characters constantly kept me guessing on what they would do next. The two main characters are good people who have an aura of vulnerability about them yet they are also very strong individuals who become even stronger with each other.
David Kentewess! I loved how his character grew along the way and as Annika said becomes even more interesting.
I actually found the ending to be quite good. I liked how the author didn't really attempt to tie up all of the loose ends in an unbelievable way but rather how life went on and the struggle in this strange and muddled world continued but with the addition of two more "complete" people.
Definitely the scene on the glacier where David refuses to "give up" Annika and clings to her in desperation.
Once again, Meljean Brook has written a not so typical romance with a not so typical cast of characters. I read that someone was not happy with the performance of the narrator however, I do not agree with that opinion. The heroine is very naive about the ways of the outside world and I felt that the narrator's performance managed to convey that without making her sound either daft or irritating. While this narrator has a bit more growing for this type of genre, I felt she did an excellent job.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Genre: Steampunk, romance
Another foray into Meljean Brook's Iron Seas world. This one is set in Iceland, and there is no mention of characters from previous books, but these characters are sufficient unto themselves. Annika Fridasdotter is known back home (an isolated village of all females in Iceland) as Annika the Rabbit because she is timid, unlike her sister Kalla, who is a shield maiden. Annika has been away from home for 4 years, looking for her sister, who was exiled after taking the blame for something Annika did. She's been a stoker/junior engineer on an airship during that time. She meets David Kentewess when he intervenes when she has difficulties with a port official while she is on shore. David is a vulcanologist whose expedition is taking the ship Annika works on to their destination in Iceland. David was injured in an accident in which his mother died. One of his eyes, a hand, and both legs are prosthetic, and he is infected with the nanoagents that prevent rejection. He has emotional issues due to his mother's death, his injury, and the constant fear and rejection he faces because of his prosthetics. He has been trying to fulfill his mother's dying wish for him to bury her runes in her birthplace, but never told him or his father where that is. When he meets Annika, he recognizes her accent as being the same as his mom's.
So the story is about David trying to find out where his mother was born and Annika keeping the info to herself because it would endanger her village and the way of life there. Along the way, they start getting to know one another and experience adventures I would tell you about but that might spoil it for you. I will say this: sex, whale, volcano. Over the course of the novel, Annika discovers that she is stronger and braver than she thought, and David decides that it is better to be important to one particular person than accepted by just anyone. Intrigued? This is worth delving into to find out about these people and their story.
The narration is pretty strong. Alison Larkin, whom I haven't always loved, provides a smooth performance. I bounced between Kindle to audio when my eyes got tired. I just love Whispersync, especially when I get both formats for only slightly more than what an audible credit costs me.
This book is definitely worth your time, regardless of whether you read or listen. And even though it is set in the Iron Seas world, it can definitely stand alone.
I think my previous two reviews stand for this book. The premise of the story is still just awesome but again it was predictable. The narrator although different still didn't keep my attention as much as I would have liked and I am not sure if it is the narration or the story. I am thinking the story. Still very worth the credit and I will get the next book in the series.
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