Jan 27, 2012

Review: The Iron Duke

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.

Mina can’t afford his interest, however. Horde blood runs through her veins, and despite the nanotech enhancing her body, she barely scratches out a living in London society. Becoming Rhys’s lover would destroy both her career and her family, yet the investigation prevents her from avoiding him…and the Iron Duke’s ruthless pursuit makes him difficult to resist.

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.

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I first ran across Ms. Brook in an anthology that had one of her steampunk  novella and was rather impressed so I immediately put this book on my wish list.  When I first started reading it however I was disappointed.  The beginning was rather slow and well dragged.  It wouldn't be the first time that an author does really great novellas but are not able to translate into great novels.

However this is one of those times that I am really glad that persevered.  Once this book picked  up it really picked up.  The story became fast-paced with all kinds of twists and turns.  I really enjoyed reading about some of the inventions in this world such as the metalmen and the butterflies.  

But what really made this book was the love story between Mina and Rhys.  He was all ready to go full steam ahead and possess Mina but was willing to slow way down and help her conquer some pretty severe fears.   For a man that had no idea about the softer emotions, he really impressed me by his willingness to learn.

The ending was satisfying as far as Mina and Rhys' story arc.  However there were a lot of loose ends that weren't tied up.  I am hoping that those will be addressed in a future story.  I do feel that this is an interesting world however for the reasons that I already noted I can only rate this book a 3.

*This book is one that I purchased.

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