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.
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.
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.
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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