Berkley Publishing Group, Paperback, 9780425256046, 404pp.
Publication Date: September 4, 2012
A century after a devastating volcanic eruption forced Iceland's inhabitants to abandon its shores, the island has become enshrouded in legend. Fishermen tell tales of giant trolls guarding the land and of seductive witches who steal men's hearts. But the truth behind the legends is mechanical, not magic and the mystery of the island a matter of life and death for a community of women who once spilled noble blood to secure their freedom.
Five years ago, Annika unwittingly endangered that secret, but her sister Kalla took the blame and was exiled. Now Annika serves on the airship Phateon, flying from port to port in search of her sister and longing to return home . . . but that home is threatened when expedition leader David Kentewess comes aboard.
Determined to solve the mystery of his own origin, David will stop at nothing to expose Annika's secrets. But when disaster strikes, leaving David and Annika stranded on a glacier and pursued by a madman, their very survival depends on keeping the heat rising between them and generating lots of steam . . .
Praise for The Iron Duke “Meljean Brook has brilliantly defined the new genre of Steampunk Romance.” —Jayne Ann Krentz,New York Times bestselling author “A stunning blend of steampunk setting and poignant romance.” —Ilona Andrews, New York Times bestselling author “With adept writing and a flair for creating believable worlds, Brook’s first in the Iron Seas series showcases her masterful storytelling.” —Booklist