After freeing England from Horde control, Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire. And when Detective Mina Wentworth enters his dangerous world to investigate a mysterious death, Rhys intends to make her his next conquest.
In this engrossing steampunk adventure, paranormal romance author Brook (Demon Blood) uses detailed descriptions and an impressive imagination to create a world where people can be part machine but all heart. It's been nine years since the Horde, an oppressive empire from Asia, were run out of England. However, detective inspector Lady Wilhelmina Wentworth will never be able to escape their cruelty: her mother was raped during the invasion, and Mina is half Horde. Mina crosses paths with the revered Iron Duke Rhys Trahaearn, a former pirate captain who was instrumental in fighting the Horde, when a dead body is tossed on his estate. What begins as lust sparks into full-blown romance as the two learn more about the nefarious Black Guard and catch a murderous madman. Airships, zombies, nanotechnology, outlandish secondary characters, and a complicated heroine who goes from believing "Dead people of all sorts were more tolerable than most of those living" to being willing to love make for a complex, gripping read. \n
Excellent Steampunk Romance
Brooks has crafted an incredibly detailed world populated by passionate, engaging characters. Rarely am I pulled into a novel as completely as I was pulled into The Iron Duke. My only complaint is that the big sea battle to destroy the ultimate weapon sent against England takes place *off panel*. Disappointing. But I will definitely be reading any other stories that Brook sets in this universe.
Great and Disappointing
I thought the world building, the storyline and the pacing of this novel were excellent. The love story was off-putting. It’s hard to appreciate the disturbing traits and abusive behaviors of the hero. They just aren’t sexy, and they aren’t offset by having a strong heroine. Really killed the romance for me and made me feel sorry for her by the end.