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“I was completely enthralled in Heart of Steel from the being. This story held true to characters you were introduced to during the Iron Duke. I missed the characters we came to love in the Iron Duke but appreciated the opportunity to get to know Archimedes and Captain Yasmeen.”see full review » see other reviews »
“I hated Yasmeen in Here There Be Monsters, but here she is more than magnificent. A rare tough female character who is not annoying. Both Yasmeen and Archimedes Fox are great and their relationship didn't have any pathetic moments.
I have no idea why I waited to read this. I am glad and sorry at the same time. The story is great, fast-paced with a touch of romance. I loved it.”
“While this story has all of the adventure and fast-paced action that's expected in a Meljean Brook steampunk story, what really grabbed me was the awesome love story. Yasmeen and Archimedes are so well matched that their love story catches fire the first page they're together and burns hot throughout. His irreverence is perfectly tempered by her intelligence and savvy. The treasure hunting was exhilarating. Dialogue, characters, plot - this novel is a totally awesome package.”Roxhill wrote this review Tuesday, August 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.
Quick & Dirty: A strong continuation of a daring adventure, the airship captain slowly opens her heart to a dashing thrill-seeker.
Opening Sentence: Yasmeen hadn’t had any reason to fly her airship into the small Danish township of Fladstrand before, but her reputation had obviously preceded her.
I love Meljean Brook. After The Iron Duke, I became a fan. Who wouldn’t love pirates, steampunk, and zombies in a historical setting? With the next book in the Iron Seas series, Heart of Steel, I wasn’t sure if I was going to miss Trahaern and Mina too much to be open to another storyline. But Brook proved me wrong. She proved that anything set in this world is just as adventurous and daring as the one before it. Let me tell you why.
The Lady Corsair is captained by none other than Yasmeen. She is a mercenary captain with a ferocious loyalty to her ship and her crew. When a man she previously threw off her ship comes back from the dead and tries to seize her ship, she will stop at nothing to get her guy. Archimedes Fox wants what is his. He has an agenda, and a pricey one at that. He will do what he can to seduce the airship captain and get what he wants. Now whether that is the bounty or the captain herself, it will be up to the captain.
Yasmeen is a fantastic heroine filled with flaws and secrecy. We first met her in The Iron Duke, already with as much spunk that you’d want in a leading character. She has so much ferocity; you will never want to be on her bad side. But with all of these personality traits on the outside, we also get to see Yasmeen’s soft inside. Just don’t tell her that you see it, and you’ll stay alive. She is vulnerable and is a romantic. As a reader, we get to see her thoughts towards her ship, her crew, and delve inside the tidbits of her past that she allows. The growth of her character throughout the book is fascinating – from the anger and sorrow of her loss to the calm and contentment of the peace she eventually receives. I will always vote for Yasmeen, and you should also.
Mr. Fox is a dashing man. He is charismatic and witty, always quick to say something snarky. He is a wonderful match for Yasmeen. He has known her for a long time, since the days aboard his father’s ship. It is this that allows him to slowly work his magic towards melting her heart. But despite how positive and happy he seems, he has his own flaws and sorrows.
I spoke in depth about the Iron Seas’ world in my review of The Iron Duke. I thought that Heart of Steel would take me along familiar paths and places, but Brook proved me wrong. I was taken deeper into the world, past the borders of New London and the Horde territory. I was brought into a different culture that I knew of. It was fascinating to learn more about it all.
Brook’s two books so far has talked about loyalty to the captains’ crews. She showcases the bonds created between a group of people, respecting their leader and understanding what the crew needs. But she also manages to talk about the turmoil and pains that the main characters have gone through after the Horde. With Yasmeen, we are taken to another place, another part of pain that I wasn’t expecting.
Meljean Brook’s Heart of Steel is a wonderful story of adventure and love. But beyond that, it is also about loyalty and respect. Heart of Steel is a great story for the science fiction fan. Come for the pirates and stay for the zombies.
He’d known he was in trouble. He hadn’t realized just how close she’d come to turning the tables on him.
Thankfully, the opium had acted more quickly this time. He’d expected to dive into the hideaway until the drug had taken her down, but apparently even Captain Corsair didn’t have much resistance against a second dose. Was it too much?
No. Her breathing and pulse were both strong. She simply needed to sleep it off. He glanced at the bed but immediately recognized the folly of it. She might forgive him the trickery, but she wouldn’t if any of her crew came in and saw her drugged in bed, fully dressed.
She also wouldn’t forgive him if he stripped her naked.
Damn it all. He looked to the hideaway—and hoped she could forgive him this, too.
FTC Advisory: Berkley Trade/Penguin provided me with a copy of Heart of Steel. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.”
“This series just gets better. I really love the depth in which she created her world.”smog wrote this review Thursday, January 10, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“While I really liked this book, I find that The Iron Duke was better IMO.
Yasmeen is a hard character to know - she's tough as nails, likes mayhem, doesn't blink an eye if she has to kill someone, and still she has a soft center. While her history is revealed a little more, it still felt as if there were an invisible wall between me as a reader and Yasmeen. Archimedes Fox was easier to know, easy to like, and at times, too predictable. One aspect of his character that began to niggle at me a bit was his effusiveness. Sometimes he acted like an over-eager puppy who can't wait to jump into another adventure.
Together, Yasmeen and Archimedes made my head hurt. She was always so fierce, and he was always so ready to please. I got the fact that he loves danger, wants to feel every emotion, and has an insatiable curiosity. I got that Yasmeen's passion is her airship and the freedom it represents. But, I felt like I was constantly being hit in the face with these aspects time after time. As if reiterating them several times would make it more interesting. It did not for me.
The bonus novella was pretty good, but by this time I just wanted my visit with Yasmeen and Archimedes to be over.
I realize this review may sound harsh so let me say this author's world building skills are excellent, and style of writing is very enjoyable. She excels at creating and crafting multi-dimensional characters, especially the secondary ones like Ginger, Zenobia, Bilson, Nasrin, Tumer, and Hassan. The twists and turns in plot are surprising, intense, and add much to the tension and entertainment value. This is a series worth reading. The main characters in this offering just are not my favorites.”
“What made this book a great addition to the series was the character of Archimedes. He is fantastic - and I'm not just saying that because of how he looks on the book cover (yum). It was also nice to see Yasmeen become softer as she fell in love. Not quite as great as The Iron Duke, but it still kept me riveted.”Renee L wrote this review Wednesday, March 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another great book in the Iron Duke series. I love steampunk, and this is a classic romantic example. Yasmeen is a great heroine, and I love Archimedes.”leftsouth wrote this review Saturday, March 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Definitely a 4.5, I love the "feel" of steampunk and this book had two great characters!”Dianne wrote this review Sunday, February 19, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good, but not as wonderful as 'The Iron Duke'.”Lunanshee wrote this review Tuesday, January 31, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No