Date read: May 12, 2014
1. The Iron Duke
2. Heart of Steel
4.1. The Kraken King and the Scribbling Spinster
4.2. The Kraken King and the Abominable Worm
4.3. The Kraken King and the Fox's Den - Kindle
4.4. The Kraken King and the Inevitable Abduction
4.5. The Kraken King and the Iron Heart
4.6. The Kraken King and the Crumbling Walls
4.7. The Kraken King and the Empress's Eyes
4.8. The Kraken King and the Greatest Adventure
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After a harrowing escape, Zenobia, Ariq, and their company take refuge in a gold rush town—but their temporary port is just a respite before traveling to the dangerous smugglers’ dens. Ariq is determined to uncover the men responsible for the threat to Krakentown, even if it means confronting the notorious den lords.
But when he discovers evidence in Zenobia’s letters connecting her to the Horde rebellion, he realizes that the threat is far greater than he had suspected. His loyalties torn, Ariq must distance himself from the fascinating woman he desperately wants to hold closer.
Stunned and hurt by Ariq’s inexplicable coldness, Zenobia prepares to leave the dens and continue her journey to the Red City. But in the smugglers’ dens, danger lurks around every corner, and all of her protection is gone…
Thoughts on The Kraken King and the Fox's Den: The unraveling of secrets is a big component of this installment. Ariq knows Zenobia is hiding something and he needs to figure out what. Zenobia knows Ariq knows something about her, but she's uncertain how much. Between the two of them, there's a vague disquiet and the simmering passion they're both trying to ignore.
Honestly, I like the push and pull between Ariq and Zenobia. They're both tenacious in their own way. They're both trying to figure things out. And despite how chaste things are between them, it's weirdly hot.
We get to see the machinations between the den lords, an honorable man trying to do the best he can for his people (although he's going about it in a dangerous way), and how Zenobia's life has hemmed her in.
Yes, I'm very much in love with these characters. Bring on the next installment!