This is a brief mini-review of a very silly book called The Iron Duke, by Meljean Brook.
Ok, first of all, the cover. A guy with half a face, half-naked, and not in a good way. I’m sorry. Please ignore the cover. I don’t know what happened there.
BUT! Inside: steampunkery. There’s a guy who is a (supposedly) reformed pirate. Some pirate ships. Armored sharks!!!! Airships. Automata, mechanical hearts, nanites. Clockwork flesh. A kraken from the deep, which must be daringly harpooned by the ass-kicking heroine (oops, minor spoiler). This thing is so over the top; I loved that part. Robot cats that breed. Treason and treachery and a doomsday weapon! Difficult race relations in a postcolonial, somewhat post-apocalyptic setting. High society. Oh, and also zombies. I’m not even kidding.
#2 would definitely not like how sex is handled in this book. I’m not sure I like it either. There is some confusion going on and I think it could’ve been handled differently.
I would give it a high 3.5 stars out of 5. I would like to give it 4 stars for fun, but it’s not quite there. Still, a good way to pass the time.