When we last left our lovers they were awaiting an audience with the Empress of Nippon, stuck behind the walls in the Red City, hoping for help. But time is running out. Ariq comes back to their rooms day after day with out word from either his brother or Blanchett and still has no meeting set with the Empress. He needs to get back to Kraken Town to see what’s transpired and protect his people. He has no desire to leave his wife behind, but fears he must. He wants her to be safe while he’s away, but worries that he hasn’t done enough to break down her defenses and gain all of her trust.
I have so many feelings about this couple. I really do think they are one of my all time favorites, both so strong and resilient yet at the same time insecure about this new, delicate relationship they’ve formed. There is this tremendous love and passion between them that grows with each new episode. Ariq will do anything for his wife. He’ll protect her with his strength and body and give her all of his passion until she’s weak from pleasure, but is it enough to make her stay? Once she sees her brother again will she decide she wants to remain by Ariq’s side or will she ride off on an airship and vanish? Zenobia is all the things I love in a heroine… brave, intelligent, loyal, steadfast. Yet she still fears that Ariq will wake up one day and realize that it’s the spy he first thought she was that he loves, not the writer with insecurities and trust issues. In this episode I think they finally realize what they mean to each other. They fight, make up, have amazing against the wall sex and then prove to each other that there’s nothing they won’t do for the other.
The ending left me out of breath. When I read the last word, I sat there speechless and then went back and read it all again. High energy and action packed, yet gut wrenching at the same time. I foresee the last installment being non-stop action from beginning to end. I’m ready for it. I can’t wait to see how everything wraps up. Final Grade- A
On to the final episode: The Kraken King Part VIII: The Kraken King and the Greatest Adventure.
He didn’t care if they knew. “I don’t want the to see you.”
“Then they won’t.” She pulled the edge of her robe up over her shoulder, then trailed her hands down the front of his chest. “They won’t see anything. Only the Kraken King sheathing his weapon and making me scream. Oh, they’ll tremble.”