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Recommended Read: The Iron Duke by Meljean Brooks

Jan 12, 2011 Filed under: book recommendation, reading

I’d read several rave reviews of Meljean Brooks’ The Iron Duke and put it on my wishlist. I expected to enjoy it, but it truly blew me away. I expected a conquering alpha male story, and don’t get me wrong I love that type of story (I write that type of story), but this book is something so much more. The characters are so deeply nuanced I found myself quite envious of Meljean Brooks’ creative genius.

The plight of both the hero, Rhys, and the heroine, Mina, brought tears to my eyes at various times in their rocky relationship. The secondary characters are just as amazing. And I’m so excited that my favorite among the varied cast, Lady Corsair, will be the heroine of the next book in this series, Heart of Steel (Nov 2011).

The steampunk setting is complex, unique, and so engaging. I loved the detailed and the impressive world building makes me want to revisit this world again and again. So, as soon as I finished The Iron Duke, I grabbed Burning Up, an anthology that includes “Here There Be Monsters”, a short story set in the same world. I started reading the story when I should have been going to bed and I didn’t stop until I was done.

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