>> Sunday, June 29, 2014
TITLE: The Kraken King Part 6: The Kraken King and the Empress' Eyes
AUTHOR: Meljean Brook
SETTING: Steampunk version of the 19th century
TYPE: Adventure romance
SERIES: Seventh part of 4th full length book in the Iron Seas series
In the imperial city, nothing escapes the attention of the empress’s spies. After a visit from an old friend rekindles her every fear, Zenobia must decide whether to trust Ariq with her heart—and the Kraken King must decide whether he can ever let her go.
But when danger invades their lovers’ sanctuary, Ariq and Zenobia will have to put aside their troubled emotions. Outwitting their enemies and the Empress will be no easy feat. Luckily, they have a few allies waiting in the wings…
Link to my review of Part 1
Link to my review of Part 2
Link to my review of Part 3
Link to my review of Part 4
Link to my review of Part 5
Link to my review of Part 6
I'm assuming that if you're reading this, you've read the first 6 parts (but not necessarily this part, so no spoilers for that here).
I mentioned in my post about the previous installment that it was a bit of a setting up one in terms of the action, which gave Ariq and Zenobia some quiet time to be together and work through some of the issues keeping them from being fully committed to each other (well, more keeping Zenobia from doing so, really). Part 7 starts in the same vein. Ariq is waiting to be received by the Empress, but at the same time, he worries that he hasn't heard anything from Krakentown for a while. Should he keep waiting or go back there to help (because if no news are coming out, it's surely for a reason)?
And then we get action, and how! It was a hard section to read, as Ariq and Zenobia are really put through the wringer here. But even the most painful-to-read bits felt necessary, and action and romance came together there in the most perfect manner. I found these two characters admirable in previous episodes, but never more than here. I admired their courage and intelligence and cared even more deeply about them.
The end is one that made me want to read the final part really badly. I wanted to continue more than I've wanted to continue at any part in the series, and yet, I still wouldn't call the ending a cliffhanger. It was a great place to stop. Still, I wouldn't bet on me waiting more than a couple of days before starting the final episode!