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The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

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How did PJ get this book?
Provided by Penguin in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date:
Oct. 5th, 2010


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The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

PJVs QUICKIE POV: Hot damn! My jaw is still on the floor after reading this one. Excuse me while I pick it up and get my thoughts in order. I can only compare the world building in the IRON SEAS series to the greats, Tolkien, {yes him} Rowling, {her too} and King. It was phenomenal, smart, heart-stopping and rotund. The novel tracked from one end of this fictional world to another and had me imagining Krakens, Air Ships, giant coal burning ships and a world where even the humans are machines. I'm smitten with Brook's Iron-Clad world and I can't wait to go back.

REVIEW: The world of The Iron Duke is dirty, and broken. England has just recently unshackled itself from the iron-fisted rule of the feared Horde. A man emerged as their savior and has been dubbed The Iron Duke. A bastard pirate, he freed the people from  slavery by an evil, repressive host and has since been given a title and capitalized on his new found freedom.

The Lady Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth is surprised when she is summoned to the land of the Duke's to investigate a murder. Men like the Duke don't allow the police upon their land, they hide their bodies better. Upon first meeting the Duke he is as she expected, cold, arrogant and stern but as the investigation gets more and more perplexing and the body is identified she is spending more time with the Duke. His attention is not what she expected. 

The murder investigation is leading them farther and farther from London, the conspiracy deeper and deeper...and Mina is finding that the Duke's overtures are harder to resist. 

The plot is thick. The world is one of the most intelligently crafted pieces I've had the honor of experiencing. The characters are beautiful and well-formed, their emotional depth touching and entertaining.  I must go and experience more of Brook's work, because one book is just not enough.

RECOMMENDATIONS: Steampunk fans should beg, borrow and steal for this baby. Well, maybe not steal - I'll lend you mine if you ask nicely. Wonderful introduction to the Steampunk genre.


yllektra (force-oblique) said...

Woot, sounds so good! My brother would love it because he adores Tolkien!
Thanks for this!

Christine said...

I´ve so much about this book that I´m dying to get it... Thanks for the review!

Nely said...

Hot damn! this sounds good! Lovely review, as always.

Scorpio M. said...

I won a copy of this book. I am dying to read it! I loved the novella, Here There Be Monsters, to peices.

Danielle said...

What a great review though I'm still not sure what steampunk is. Can anyone enlighten me? :)

Missie said...

Gah! Can it please be Oct 5th already! I really, really want to read this one. And now even more so after your review!

*bats lashes* I'd ask to borrow it but I'm the kind of person that thinks borrow means keep! LOL

justpeachy36 said...

Well, you've definitely sold me on this one. I am just getting into Steampunk, so I'll give this one a try.

Great review!

Jennifer (An Abundance of Books) said...

I can't wait for this book to come out!

@Danielle - This might not be a good description, but think Victorian England meets Star Trek. Even better, H.G. Wells' "2,000 Leagues Under The Sea" - Nemo had access to technology well beyond his time period's means. Crap, this isn't a good explanation, try this:

E.J. Stevens said...

Wow! I am definitely moving this one up my tbr list. Great review!
From the Shadows

Danielle said...

Thanks Jennifer that helped a lot. :)

Heather (DarklyReading) said...

Loved the review - sounds like this book really captured your interest! I can't wait to read it, I've been reading more steampunk lately and am really loving the world building - sounds like this will be another book to love!

Emily said...

I'm so glad you liked this book! I'm thinking I'll have to get it as an early birthday present for myself since I don't think I'll be able to wait until my actual birthday! Great review as always :D.

SpazP said...

Can't... wait... for this ... book.

Anonymous said...

oh I just know I'm gonna love it^.^
It's on my wish list now.
thx for sharing this.

lovely blog btw...I'm a new follower =)


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