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Review of Riveted by Meljean Brook

RIVETED, A Novel of the Iron SeasTitle: Riveted

Author: Meljean Brook

Genre: Steampunk Romance

Series: Iron Seas (Book #3)

Publication Date: September 4, 2012

Format: Paperback, 404 Pages

ISBN-10: 0425256049 (Berkley/Penguin)

ISBN-13: 978-0425256046 (Berkley/Penguin)

Reviewed by: Roxanne

Synopsis:

A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland’s inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island has become enshrouded in legend. But the truth behind the legends is mechanical, not magical–and the mystery of the island a matter of life and death for a community of women who once spilled noble blood to secure their freedom.

Five years ago, Annika unwittingly endangered that secret, but her sister Källa took the blame and was exiled. Now Annika serves on an airship, searching for her sister and longing to return home. But that home is threatened when scientific expedition leader David Kentewess comes aboard, looking to expose Annika’s secrets. Then disaster strikes, leaving David and Annika stranded on a glacier and pursued by a madman, with their very survival depending on keeping the heat rising between them–and generating lots of steam…

Quick & Dirty: A secret island of women, one woman searching for her sister, and one man determined to fulfill his promise to his mother.

Opening Sentence: “Before Annika had begun her journey, her mother assured her that the people in the New World weren’t all that different from the women in their village of Hannasvik.”

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Annika accidentally set a fire, and almost exposed her village to men. Her sister Kalla took the blame and left the village. Annika left later and has been searching for her sister for four years. David comes to her rescue while she is in a foreign port. When he asks her to dinner, she freaks out and refuses his offer not knowing at the time that he has booked passage on the Phateon too. David thinks she is a passenger too, he only learns later that she is crew member.

He is trying to discover the secret of her origins, because her speech reminds him of his mother. She also wears runes similar to the ones his mother gave him when she was dying. She had asked David to bury them in the mountain by her village. But even in death she doesn’t reveal the secrets of her people. Annika is shocked to find out that David’s mother is related to her family. She promises to pass on the information, but only her sisters’ can reveal their secrets to him.

So he promises to help her find Kalla, while waiting on a response from the mysterious women of Hannasvik. On the journey they are attacked by a submersible whale, and captured by the pirates. When taken to the camp of their leader, they find Kalla and a madman bent on discovering something.

I did go and read the first two books before getting to this one. I have to say I really enjoyed The Iron Duke, but wasn’t as impressed with Heart of Steel, so I didn’t really know what to expect when starting this one. I really enjoyed this book, and other than the worldbuilding this is a series where you don’t necessarily have to read all the books. Normally steampunk just isn’t my thing, there are exceptions –this series being one of them. Annika was bold, fearless and a tad odd, everything I love in a female lead. Together Annika and David were scorching hot!

I really love the alternative history, so it’s familiar but different. The steampunk is the mechanical ships, and nanobots (which is something new that I have seen with my limited exposure to steampunk). The mixtures of prejudices and freethinking really set the series apart. For instances, the way some think of the Horde and the nanobots, or even the way they view women who have relationships with women, but on the other hand the majority of the people seem to think it’s completely normal and nothing is wrong with that. If steampunk is your thing, I think you will love this series!

Notable Scene:

“She’d often fancied dangers that weren’t there and daydreamed when she have been wary.”

“He’d almost given up hope of ever knowing his mother’s origins.”

“I want to feel as if my guts are riveted together, to feel as if I would do anything just for a kiss, or a touch, or to see them.”

“Lorenzo had woken the witch.”

“And the rest of the world melted away.”

Iron Seas Series:

1. The Iron Duke

2. Heart of Steel

3. Riveted

4. The Kraken King

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FTC Advisory: Berkley/Penguin provided me with a copy of Riveted. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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