Heart of Steel (A Novel of the Iron Seas)
Named one of Publishers Weekly's "Best Books of 2010," The Iron Duke introduced the gritty, alluring adventure of the Iron Seas. Now, Meljean Brook returns to the world where nanotech fuses with Victorian sensibilities -- and steam. As the mercenary captain of the Lady Corsair, Yasmeen has... show more
Named one of Publishers Weekly's "Best Books of 2010," The Iron Duke introduced the gritty, alluring adventure of the Iron Seas. Now, Meljean Brook returns to the world where nanotech fuses with Victorian sensibilities -- and steam. As the mercenary captain of the Lady Corsair, Yasmeen has learned to keep her heart as cold as steel, her only loyalty bound to her ship and her crew. So when a man who once tried to seize her airship returns from the dead, Yasmeen will be damned if she gives him another opportunity to take control. Treasure-hunter Archimedes Fox isn't interested in the Lady Corsair -- he wants her coldhearted captain and the valuable da Vinci sketch she stole from him. To reclaim it, Archimedes is determined to seduce the stubborn woman who once tossed him to a ravenous pack of zombies, but she's no easy conquest. When da Vinci's sketch attracts a dangerous amount of attention, Yasmeen and Archimedes journey to Horde-occupied Morocco -- and straight into their enemy's hands. But as they fight to save themselves and a city on the brink of rebellion, the greatest peril Yasmeen faces is from the man who seeks to melt her icy heart...
Publish date: 2011-11-01
Publisher: Berkley Trade
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
4 stars for the worldbuilding - it's fantastic 3 stars for the romance - it's OK. Worldbuilding is something I hold in highest regard, and Meljean Brook has it down to a science in this series. It's an odd steampunky world, mixed with zombies, nano-tech, airships (and sea ships), pirates and pol...
I swear, and I know, it should be impossible for a book to be this awesome, but it was. All of Meljean Brook's heroines have been amazing and unique so far, and I also adored all of her men, but few as much as Mr. Fox. Where I liked Rhys, I downright worshipped Archimedes. And even though I could re...