It seems serials are The New Thing and, despite my aversion to them and issues with them (yeah, I did a post), I do still get sucked in from time to time. Especially when it’s an author who I really enjoy and as part of a series I’m fully invested in.
The talented Meljean Brook’s eight-part serial, THE KRAKEN KING, is one of those bits of serial book crack that snuck through my defenses, especially since it features Zenobia, the unmarried sister of reformed playboy and adventurer Archemedes Fox.
It looks like, according to Goodreads, Berkley is going to publish the story in its entirety in August (though Brook’s website says it’s been pushed back), after all the bits of the serial have been released. I’m curious as to how effective this strategy is. Will people respond to the serial or will they wait to buy the book so they can read the whole story at one time? Personally, I’m more of a whole-book-in-one-gulp girl, especially since I read so fast, but… what do you all think? Pick it up as the serial parts publish or are you a one-gulp reader? I’m also curious as to the cost. Do eight parts of a serial at $1.99 each translate for you? (I didn’t see the complete novel listed so I don’t know the price.)
THE KRAKEN KING (An Eight-Part Serial Novel; The Iron Seas #4) by Meljean Brook
SciFi Steampunk Romance
Parts available April-June 2014
Publisher: InterMix (Berkley)
Review copies of parts I-VI provided by publisher for honest review
A former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…
After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes. But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper…
Part I: THE KRAKEN KING AND THE SCRIBBLING SPINSTER
98 pages, ebook
Available now (April 2014)
Well, this starts out with a bang. Zenobia Fox, traveling incognito as Geraldine Fox with her unsuspecting friend, is bored and hoping for a little adventure as she accompanies her friend to meet up with her husband. However, she didn’t expect to have to leap out of an airship or to be saved by The Kraken King himself (aka Ariq). With the end of part I, this whip-smart author embarks on her own adventure, one to rival her brother’s.
Part II: THE KRAKEN KING AND THE ABOMINABLE WORM
92 pages, ebook
Available now (April 2014)
As Ariq and Zenobia travel across Australia–Ariq hunting for the mercenaries who are attacking travelers up and down the coast; Zenobia looking for passage for her and her companions to the Red City–they continue the flirtation stared in Ariq’s town. However, Zenobia overhears something she shouldn’t have and now the small amount of trust she had in him is gone. Ariq isn’t one to give up on something he wants (one of the reasons they call him the Kraken King, after all) and he continues his quest to charm Zenobia into his bed, even though she adeptly evades his advances.
Part III: THE KRAKEN KING AND THE FOX’S DEN
100 pages, ebook
Available April 29, 2014
The steampunk elements in this entire series are fascinating. There are dirigibles, floating manors, kraken and all kind of cool tools and instruments. However, none of those prevent Zenobia from yet another attempted kidnapping. Dang, that girl is one hot commodity. Things continue to heat up between Ariq and Zenobia as they continue their dance however, when Ariq discovers Zenobia’s letters from her brother, his suspicions about her being a spy continue to grow.
Part IV: THE KRAKEN KING AND THE INEVITABLE ABDUCTION
102 pages, ebook
Available May 6, 2014
Well, it finally happened. Ariq found out who Zenobia truly is (well, her true identity, not everything…yet) and has declared her to be under The Kraken King’s protection. Which is all well and good except now she has a new target painted on her back. But passionate kisses make up for such things, don’t they? Zenobia isn’t quite sure and is still fighting a bit of that attraction…though it’s pretty obvious to everyone that she’s falling for him.
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