• The Kraken King

  • Iron Seas, Book 4
  • By: Meljean Brook
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 20 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (161 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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Wow!

What an excellent listen! I enjoy all of her books and the others in this series but this one went above and beyond. Love how long it was and the crazy adventures. Very entertaining and will definitely listen again

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Not fond of narrator.

I’ve read the book several times. It’s one of my favorites. The narrator of this book was in my opinion, horrible. She made everyone sound like old British people. UGH!

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Unforgettable!

I hardly ever leave reviews, but I had to comment on how incredible this novel was. I was unsure about it in the beginning bc I had seen other reviews saying that the book fell flat. This story is miles and away my FAVORITE out of the series. I would go as far to say that it’s only of the top 3 best audiobooks I’ve ever listened to. The characters were intriguing and lovable. The plot had me engaged and excited. The relationship grew naturally and endearingly. It felt real and raw, like I was a part of the story. I can understand some people’s aversion to the narrator, but it didn’t bother me at all! My only issue was how different characters from past books sounded, but they only played a small part. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book if you liked the first two at all (even if you didn’t like them, listen to this one!)

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Krakan King

Excellent book, Intriguing! I would recommend this book to anyone that liked an adventure. The whole series is wonderful.

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Wonderful book, great narration

The Kraken King was a fantastic adventure and an even better romance. Meljean Brooks’s Iron Seas series has some first rate steampunk world-building, and the Kraken King is my new second favorite of the series (after the Iron Duke). Zenobia and Arik were well-developed characters, and their adventures kept me biting my nails in nervous suspense.

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Great read

Love this series and this addition did not disappoint. Wish Meljean Brook would write another.