Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Review: The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook
The Iron Duke
Iron Seas #1
Publication date: 12th April 2012
My rating: 5 out of 5
The Iron Duke was one of my favourite books of 2010 so when I received it from Berkley UK for review with a lovely new UK cover I thought I would give myself a treat and re-read it again. The Iron Duke was my first ever taste of steampunk and I’ve never read anything since then that comes anywhere near matching up to it in terms of originality and storyline. It helps of course, that to this day I still remain a little bit in love with Rhys Trahaearn the Iron Duke.
Re-reading my favourite scenes involved a huge amount of blissful sighing on my part. I adore Mina’s first glimpse of the dark and forbidding Iron Duke and the underlying sexual tension when he assists her by sliding off her glove. Equally, I love the blatant sexual tension in the lift scene:
"His voice was low. “I warn you, inspector. The next time I have you alone, I’ll have you. Your mouth, at the least-and more, if you offer it.”
She wouldn’t. “We’ve both lived many years in London, and out paths never crossed. After today, I cannot imagine we’ll meet again or have reason to be alone.”
"You’ll go where there are dead bodies.” He released the gate. “I can arrange for several to be found.”
Rhys is the perfect kind of alpha male he’s tough, possessive and smoulderingly hot. A former pirate captain, he became the nations saviour after destroying the Horde’s tower and its control over the British population. Two hundred years ago the Horde hid nanogents in sugar and tea which they traded cheaply to the British public. When the bugs were made active the Horde therefore had complete control over the British public. Whereas the Rhys the Iron Duke is the nations favourite, Mina who was conceived at one of the Horde’s forced frenzy’s and therefore has Horde blood in her veins, is a constant reminder of the evil Horde and is subjected to constant cruel jibes from the public.
I loved that Rhys wants to protect Mina from the jeers and taunts, he firmly believes when it becomes common knowledge that Mina is his woman that no one will dare touch her again. Mina however, believes that both her and her family’s reputation would be destroyed by any involvement with him and understandably fears that Rhys would have some form of control over her. When the ship with Mina’s brother on board is taken by pirates Rhys offers to take Mina with him to rescue her brother but only if she shares his bed. For Mina his offer means she can save her beloved brother and their “relationship” will end on their return to London. For Rhys it buys him more time to convince her that she really needs him in her life.
With tonnes of action from airship chases and zombies to some really hot scenes from their time together on the Lady Consair (which are of course my favourite scenes) in pursuit of the Terror The Iron Duke really has it all and more. I’ve now made a pact with myself that I’ll re-read The Iron Duke at least once a year to remind myself what a truly amazing book should look like.
Check out this review from Chelsea at Vampire Book Club, it was this review that made me go and buy The Iron Duke in the first place.