Warning: This review may contain spoilers from The Kraken King Parts I-VI.
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…
Ariq and Zenobia are in the Imperial City and Ariq is trying to drum up contacts so that he can get to the Empress. He needs to impress upon her the truth about the marauders and who's really behind it all. Unfortunately he's not having much luck. He feels the need to return to Krakentown to see what's happening as he's heard nothing from the people he's sent.
Unfortunately Ariq and Zenobia get a visit from the Captain of the Empresses Guard and the Empress...kind of. They want information from Ariq and they aren't afraid to go to extreme lengths to get it.
This was an amazing episode! I can't begin to you tell the the vast array of emotions this one brought out in me. It started off with Zenobia's letter to her brother Archimedes at the start of the book. I hadn't even started main part of the story and I needed a tissue cuz I was getting choked up.
The story takes us further into the relationship between Ariq and Zenobia and their misinterpretations of the others feelings. Ariq still thinks that he's fighting to crumble the walls of Zenobia's heart even though she loves him (but she's never said it out loud) and Zenobia fears that that love she has with Ariq will fall apart at any moment. I just love A & Z together and frankly seeing their angst was a bit heart wrenching for me. They really are the perfect couple and once they work out everything out I think they'll be awesome.
The story then flows into a "visit" from the Empress and her Guard. They are determined to get information from Ariq (isn't everyone?) and let's just say they don't play nice. I was on the edge of my seat. I have to thoroughly applaud Meljean Brook on her crazy brain. (lol - I mean that in the best possible way, of course.) Her imagination boggles my mind and I find the different mechanical objects ad scenarios she comes up with in The Iron Seas series fascinating. This installment was no different with her automaton and screw beetles...and how they're used - wow.
Unfortunately the story was left on a freakin cliffhanger!!! I seriously yelled NOOOO! out loud when the book ended (yes, scared the crap outta the cat). I'm just not sure I can wait until next week to find out what happens. Well, I can, I just may be bald by next Tuesday. The story is an intense, hang on to the edge of your seat kind of novella. It's gritty and exciting while still being a total romance. I loved every minute of it and can't wait for part VIII.
Rating: 5 out of 5