|The Kraken King, Part I|
|The Kraken King, Part II|
In Zenobia and Ariq's world, the Golden Horde managed to survive through history and conquer Asia, Europe, and parts of Africa and Australia. Technology has a distinctly steampunk flavor, though some characters spot nanobot-enabled enhancements. The world has a distinctly neo-Victorian feel, but with a generous (and gratefully received) dollop of gender equality thrown on. I loved that Zenobia got to ogle Ariq as much as he seemed to ogle her.
Brook has the same problem with one-sentence paragraphs I've been seeing in lighter literature lately. Despite that, The Kraken King is manages to conjure an intriguing world that I was eager to explore. They're a modern day version of dime novels, I think, and they were a lot of fun to read. I really wish the publishers had released more of the stories at the same time so that I could have had a bigger ending and some resolution of plot threads.