Ah, yes. Another steam punk vagina sex book. Is there anything better?
Lots of things, but they aren’t important right now.
Riveted, the third book in Meljean Brook’s Iron Seas series, picks up with an entirely new cast of characters in the same world of nanobugs, zombies and airships. Now don’t take that as a green light to skip the first two and go straight to this one, as Meljean is working in a pre-established universe and makes reference to things a new reader would not understand.
This time, we follow the adventure of Annika, the mysterious engineer of the airship Phaeton, and David, the prosthetic-laden volcano-chasing geologist. Yep.
So look, let’s cut to the chase. You get the expected “does he? doesn’t he?” him-haw romance element as with the rest of the series, though it’s not as in-your-face as was in The Iron Duke. The plot itself isn’t as convoluted as Heart of Steel, but it does take some weird turns with the whole volcano-as-a-means-of-propulsion thing (leaving out the spoilers) and it manages to drag itself lamely across the Icelandic snow more often than not. Most of the time while reading, I got the feeling that the author was writing this just to keep the series going and really had no idea where it would end up after she started.
Honestly, I didn’t find anything about this book exciting or enthralling and I wasn’t particularly driven to finish it, though I did. Maybe Meljean should stick to writing about the characters of the first two books, I don’t know. But I do know that unless you’re really into this series, there’s not much point in picking this one up.
Final verdict: 2.5 out of 5.