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A former smuggler and thief, Ariq--better known as the Kraken King--doesn't know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she's a spy or a pawn in someone else's game, Ariq isn't about to let her out of his sight until he finds out.

After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to guard her identity vigilantly. While her brother ,Archimedes, is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own--besides the stories she writes. But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper.

©2014 Meljean Brook (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

" The Kraken King is action packed from beginning to end as Brook ensures there is literally never a dull moment." ( RT Book Reviews)

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 02-23-15

Write yourself out of this one Zenobia Fox.

Another hit for the Iron Seas series. As per the series there is lots of adventure, fantasy, and romance. Ariq and Zenobia make for a steamy couple. I love the steampunk aspect of this series, it is quite imaginative. I went back and reread the other four books in this series because it had been a while since I read them and I was glad I did. The first three books were by a different narrator than the last two. While I didn't mind Alison Larkin as the narrator, I did think that Faye Adele did a better job. Mind you that I don't usually get to annoyed by the narrator as long as the author rocks. I'm hoping there will be more to this series. Start with the prequel Here There Be Monsters if you are interested in this series.

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Very sad

I waited forever to get this book in audio. I have all the other Iron Seas in audio. I'm very sad to say, while the story was on par with the others in the series, I really didn't like the reader. She uses a very *baby-like* voice for Zenobia. For me it really didn't fit the character at all. I don't think Alison Larkin would be wrong for another type of character or book but for this book I feel strongly this was a bad pairing.

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Very well done

Really good book in a really good series. I've enjoyed every book in this series and this was one of the very best. Brook does a great job with this world and the characters in it. So glad Zenobia got a book of her own. It was wonderful to see her find her way.

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I loved it!

This book was absolutely amazing! I loved the setting, how the heroine grew and changed and the ending was so good!

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My favorite in the series!

I really enjoyed most of this series. The steampunk science fiction elements have always been very interesting to me. But this book really stepped up on the romantic tension as well as the political intrigue. I think I especially liked Zenobia as our heroine.

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Adventure and Action

The adventure and action was equally distributed throughout this audiobook with steaming romance sprinkled evenly throughout for heat. I found this a most alluring book. Hard to put down. Chapters flew along at a great tempo.

I can't figure out though why my daughter (a single active attorney and world traveler) always listens to these audiobooks on a faster speed? I feel it may distort the various voices. Maybe with not many hours to spare she and many other professionals have to speed it up just to get through a few books when they have minimal time.

Thank God for retirement!!! lol

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Wasn't what I was expecting

I didn't know when I picked this up that it's not the first in the series, which does explain why the author casually mentions more interesting stories than this one. Went looking for an epic steampunk adventure, ended up with a poorly written erotica novel with a grandmotherly voiced narrator who can't seem to stick to a single voice for any character.

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Marvelous, Brooks creates them, Larkin brings them to life

I have loved this story since it came out. Listening to Larkin tell the Kraken King has brought the characters to life. This is a fantastic way to catch up on your reading while doing chores. I'll probably mow the entire neighborhood just to finish listening to this again.

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Hot and cold

Took three tries to get through the first chapter. Then I started to think this was one of the best books in the series. Then I'd realize why some people were less than thrilled with the heroine. Just kept cycling - good book. Wait, no, stupid book. Then back to good. In the end, ok, but definitely not my fave.

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Pretty good but a little long

I did enjoy this book. It has a lot of adventure and I think the world is pretty interesting. It just felt a bit long. I think if it's going to be as long as it is, I want to feel like there are high stakes. I never once questioned that everything would work out for the best for everyone, and I think that safety net made it had to continue engaging and investing after the first 6 or 8 hours.

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