Dark Faerie Tales is officially 1 year old! October 10, 2009 marks my very first Blogoversary. My very first review was Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. During my first year of blogging I’ve gotten to know some great bloggers, attended several industry conferences and talked about some of my favorite authors, books, and series.
I’m truly grateful to all of my readers and blogging friends who help make this an amazing experience, and who have supported me in my endeavor from the very beginning. I have a lot of great events planned for 2011 and I hope you will stay tuned. I will pick one winner at the end of my birthday event to receive a Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi. While I still love holding a physical book, I enjoy reading on my portable device. I’m a big fan of eReaders. In the last few years I’ve bought a Kindle 2, Kindle 3, Nook 3G, and iPad – all are good devices. Hands down, I still prefer my Kindle 3 for reading books, while my boyfriend prefers the Nook. Either way, I hope the winner will enjoy the Kindle device.
This week I’ve asked some of my favorite bloggers to help me celebrate my blog birthday. Today’s guest is Kate from Babbling About Books, and More. Kate is a lovely person and I really appreciate her advice. She’s funny, sincere, and a straight shooter. If you aren’t reading her blog – you should be!
There’s always one book I will read over the course of a year that will blow my mind away. This book will resonate with me long after I finish reading, and I’ll do anything in my power to get the word out about the book. One such book that is so full of awesome is Meljean Book’s The Iron Duke. What Meljean has written is not just a fine piece of literature, but it may possibly be one of the most influential books of the romance genre in the past decade. The Iron Duke may just turn the romance genre on its ear, including the Steampunk genre that still has many readers scratching their heads in confusion because they just can’t understand it.
The plot of The Iron Duke is one of the most complex I’ve read in a long time. For the past two-hundred years, the Horde has ruled most of Europe, very much like a terrorist organization that sends fear into the hearts of many, including England. The Horde has far reaching hands, but those who were lucky enough to escape parts of Europe, mainly England, to America, are now slowly returning back to the land they left behind. The reason the British fell to the Horde was that the Horde hid things called nanogents, invisible bugs, into tea and sugar where they traded it very cheaply. Then the Horde activated the bugs. This gave them control over the British. Can you just imagine, with a touch of a button, where someone has the power to make your body do whatever it wants? Or suppress your emotions where you don’t have the freedom to feel the way you want to? The Horde is able to do all this and so much more. And then one man rose up and went on a suicide mission to end the Horde’s slavery. Nine years ago, the Iron Duke, known as Rhys Tarhaearn, former pirate captain and recently titled Duke of Anglesey flew his ship into the Horde’s controlling tower, ending the Horde’s reign over England and becoming their national hero.
Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth knows the Iron Duke’s reputation very well. Mina’s parents are poor even with their Lord and Lady title, and their daughter is ridiculed and spit upon because Mina was conceived during a state function the Horde held where all the peers of the realm were required to attend. The Horde planned a Frenzy, forcing the guest to engage in sexual acts with anyone and anybody. Mina was the outcome and has Horde blood running through her veins.
Mina finds purpose in her job as an inspector, even though her latest investigation leads her straight to the Iron Duke’s doorsteps. A body has been dropped from an airship, and is some sort of warning against the duke. The Duke wants to handle matters himself, and away from the police, including “handling” Mina in his own special way. Mina refuses to succumb to the Iron Duke’s regard toward her, but has no choice but to let him join her on the investigation because what he wants, he gets.
Someone is building an invention, a weapon the Horde would use, if they could to take over England again. Mina has a personal stake in the case when her younger brother, who’s training aboard Rhys’s former air ship, which is used by the British Navy, has been hijacked and the crew held for ransom. Now Mina has to rescue her brother and try to save England at the same time.Mina has so much to lose because Rhys has targeted her for his own. He has laid claim to Mina, and the price he’s asking is too high for her to accept.
This is one book that makes me want to applaud because it’s so damn good. Meljean brings forth the steam, and I’m not just talking about the steam from the airships and machines within these pages. The things that come out of Rhys’s mouth in regards to what he wants to do to Mina, and then does to her, had me blushing. This is one relationship that’s incredibly passionate and straight up sex on a stick. Something very important to keep in mind is that Mina is no pushover when it comes to Rhys. Poor Rhys never stood a chance with Mina. She is his salvation, and soon his reason for breathing.
The Iron Duke is jaw droopingly good read that borders on literary excellence.
Synopsis (Product Description):
After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession.
But when Mina uncovers the victim’s identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England. To save them, Mina and Rhys must race across zombie-infested wastelands and treacherous oceans-and Mina discovers the danger is not only to her countrymen, as she finds herself tempted to give up everything to the Iron Duke.
One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a Kindle 3G + Wi-Fi.
1. Giveaway is open to US and Canada only.
2. Giveaway ends Friday, November 26th at 11:59 PM EST.
3. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.
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