Saturday 12 February 2011

Review: The Iron Duke - Meljean Brook

Iron Seas 1
Genre: Steampunk romance
Pages: 378
Published 2010

After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.

But when Mina uncovers the victim's identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.

How to even start explaining this book? Ok the Horde showed up and lay waste to Europe, people fled across the seas. Those left behind were infected with nanoagents and it went terribly wrong and they became zombies. In England it worked better and the Horde had complete control over their emotions. Then The Iron Duke came and destroyed their hold on the people and the Horde left. Europe is zombie infested, England tries to move on, and the Horde still control big parts of the world.

Our heroine is Mina, daughter of an Earl, and she works as an inspector. Her mother become pregnant with her during a frenzy, that is when the Horde wanted the people to breed. She looks like them, and people do not forget easily. Rhys is a Welshman turned pirate, and become a Duke because of his service to the country. Everyone loves him, just as no one likes Mina.

My thoughts:
 I liked Mina, she was brave and smart. Yes people spat on her and called her jadewhore, but she went on with her job. I respected her. Rhys, he was an enigma, I did like him too, because come on, he was a pirate. But there was so much more to him. He wanted her, but she held back because she knew what she was, and what she could not have. Doomed romance, I loved it.

But truthfully the best part is the world. Rich and just awesome. Zombies, nanos in the blood that control you and make you stronger, people with drills for arms, flying ships, seas that have krakens and other monsters. A world turned upside down and a world so great that I need to know more about it. I guess that is also the only negative part, I wanted more info about the Horde.

The plot was good too. A body left at his estate, why, and a bigger plot in it all.

Recommendation and final thoughts:
Yes, yes and one more yes. What are you waiting for? Read this book. It has something for everyone, romance, steampunk, zombies, action, mystery, great characters and wonderful worldbuilding. I closed the book and I needed more.

Reason for reading:
Peer pressure ;)

Meh, I mean the things around it are great, but him with his shirt open and a nipple showing, not so much.

Steampunk is an alternative version of history, most often the Victorian era is used and to make a long story short, they got more technology


  1. I'm sold. I saw another rave review for this one a few weeks ago, and I love the sound of that cover is great ;)

  2. I am completely sold as well. I love steampunk and doomed romance can even make it better. Great review and great tip - thanks!

  3. Sounds like a good series. I havent read this genre before. I do enjoy anything zombie related.

  4. You must stop reading and reviewing these mind is spinning and I don't know what to read first!! You're such a bad influence!! LOL

  5. I've been dancing around this book for some time now. It sounds very interesting and very strange at the same time. But I think I'll give it a try. Good ewview!

  6. Ooooh, i have this one on my shelf, i can't wait to read it!! I loved the short story 'prequel' that I read!

  7. I've heard nothing but good about this one.

  8. Glad to hear you liked this! I read about this when it came out and it sounded so good. Good to know it also is good :)

  9. I'm glad to see that you enjoyed the book as much as I had thought you would. now go read Cold Magic!

  10. I only recently heard of "steampunk" and had no clue what it is, but this does sound like a good series.

  11. Dammit! I want to read this one. Oh man... stop it! You really have me wanting this even more! ARGH! I need more reading time!

  12. Okay...this books sounds waaaaay too weird, but not bad either!

    But hey, you read Steam Punk!

  13. Melissa
    It was just so so so, oh I was lost of words. My review did not do it justice

    Steampunk is fun, I do want more of that, and even though I hate zombies..they are still great too ;)

    Give it a try, steampunk is just so fun. And if you like zombies then there is a continent full of them

  14. Staci
    Hihi, I know, I have been reading way too many good books lately. But what to say...pick this one ;)

    I am sure you will enjoy it :D

    Go ahead and try it. It has all that which I promised and deeper layers too

  15. Carrie
    I have not read that one yet! But so wanna. A friend is planning to buy the book so hopefully I can borrow it

    Read it

    This is certainly a book I wanna recommend, it ;)

    Lol, I am afraid little Cold Magic got pushed back a bit, but I am gonna read it soon since it will be fun to see Europe there

  16. Yvonne
    I knew nothing of it either a year ago, and no..well Victorian times with more technology, lol, oh there is more to it :)

    I am evil, I am here to make you all buy books mouwahahha ;)

    Steampunk is fun, and this was sure the most steampunk I have read yet

  17. Awesome review! I will end up bowing down to the pressure as well and buying this one LOL

  18. Hey honey! I hope you are having a great weekend! Hugs to you!!

  19. I keep seeing this book all over the place. I seriously need to pick it up! Great review. I actually love the nipple showing! :)

  20. Love the review! Between this review and our conversation on Twitter I'm going to add this to my TBR list pile as well!

  21. Hey hon!

    Great review!

    I've missed you where have you been...I've got a give-away for a free e-book this week I thought you'd be in for the've still got time. So hurry on over!

    Now, what have you been doing? I've been so busy I've had little time to vist anyone of late...fill me in on what's been happening.

    Big hugs

  22. Sounds like a winner! I just wish I knew what steampunk is -- futuristic romance?

  23. Larissa
    I do fear peer pressure will do that to you ;)

    Thanks sweetie :) All is good

    Lol, most of the time I do not care, but the nipple looked weird ;)

  24. Deanna
    It was just good, so cool, oh steampunk, loving it!

    I have been...well reading ;) Avoiding an uni assignment, looking at a library e-reader

    But ok, Victorian era (often) and more technology, the road not taken, alternative history

  25. Now see I would have thought you liked that cover. I will definitely look for this based on your review Linda. Thanks :)

  26. Oh I do NOT do zombies but this sounds kind of cool. Like a couple of movies I've seen but still interesting.

  27. Jenny
    I know, I am very strange, I love half nekkid men, I don't love it. It all depends :)

    Zombies are freaking scary! But luckily they are in the background

  28. Got my eye on this one too... as soon as Tesco has it on sale ;)

  29. Cherry
    I hope there is a sale soon then ;)

  30. Didn't think steampunk with zombies would be a godo mix but since you liked it I might give this a read.

  31. Okay, I've heard people being so thrilled with this book. But really didn't learn much about it. Now, this review has really made me curious! I love the sounds of the plot, even though there are zombies here. ;) But this does sound like an amazing read! Thanks !

  32. This is already on my to-read list. Glad to see you enjoyed it. I do wish it didn't have zombies, though.

  33. Yay! Glad you enjoyed it Blodeuedd! I can't wait for HEART OF STEEL.

  34. Wow, this sounds like a great new series to get hooked on!

  35. @Jenny
    It works really good, and the explanation is great. I believe it

    Oh are you like me, scared of zombies? They are freaky bastards aren't they ;) But yes awesome book

  36. @Carol
    They are not really the focus, almost not even there :)

    I know! Need it now! :D

    I am so glad that I listened to everyone and bought it

  37. LOL. yes. I just hate those zombies. And for so long they where portrayed as mindless, brain-eating skin-decaying, monsters. But it seems as they are turning around here in books as well. :) I've added this one to my list. Sounds great!

  38. Melissa
    Here, well they are decaying, since they are dead..or where they, hm, should check that, anyway. They were supposed to be good law-abiding humans but those nanos made them into something else ;) And now they want to infect others. They seem fast too...I hate when they are fast

  39. I read this one back in October and I loved it. Too bad the next one doesn't come out until October of this year.

  40. Now that is why I'll be okay with this book, I think. The zombies don't fall into the normal old fashion classification. I like that idea. :)

  41. Spav
    How will I ever survive the wait :( So long. I wish they would release a cover soon that I could lust over

  42. Melissa
    Lol, The Horde were pretty evil but pretty awesome too. I mean they created Krakens...and yes these very cool evil zombies. I wonder if Finland is safe...

  43. lol. Well, you might want to keep one eye open. ;)

  44. I have yet to read anything Steampunk but I think this book will be my first :)

  45. Book Vixen
    I just say...go for it :D



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