Rating: 4 stars
Series: Iron Seas #4
Fans of Meljean Brook will not be disappointed with The Kraken King. Zenobia Fox is known from other books in the Iron Seas series as the sister of the adventurer Archimedes Fox, but she is one of the main characters in The Kraken King. Zenobia is a writer who enjoyed spending time alone. An old friend of hers needed help. She wanted an adventure, so she decided to travel with her to the Red City. And of course problems quickly ensued.
Ariq is the Kraken King. He does his best to protect his people and to get along with the neighboring communities. Keeping the peace is important to him, but he is hiding something many people want. Zenobia’s troubles lead her to Ariq, and it was mutually beneficial for them to fight their battles together.
The romance was unusual for paranormal romance because the characters took their time getting to know each other, which was a pleasant surprise. Ariq was an alpha but not the obnoxious, overbearing type. Zenobia was independent and strong willed. She wasn’t going to let a man make decisions for her. If more books had female protagonists like her the literary world would be a better place.
The world building is excellent. The steampunk elements were prominently featured. It can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty, but the other books in the series are definitely worth reading.