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Balanced on the Blade's Edge (Dragon Blood Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 230 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 3509 KB
  • Print Length: 230 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: March 29, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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Lindsay is a full-time independent fantasy author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas. She grew up in the Seattle area but moved to Arizona when she realized she was solar-powered.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By S. Evans on March 30, 2014
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There are very few self published authors whose works I put on my buy list. Ms. Buroker is one of those few.

While she is best known for her Emperors Edge series (and I do recommend that series, the first book of which is free), this is a stand alone novel set in a different universe.

Ms. Buroker writes, as always, with a humor that is wry and self-deprecating. Her turns of phrase are clever, and her characters are well written. The setting is well described, with detail that allows the reader to infer a great deal about the universe, and the plot moves along quite nicely. I do wish that the author had chosen a different turn of phrase than 'the mental sciences' for the explanation of magic, as this seems to overlap quite a bit with her series set in a completely different universe.

As is typical for most of the steampunk genre books I have beeen reading lately, the romance develops quickly (despite the pacing of the romance being too quick for my tastes, most will consider this a feature, not a bug)-- almost literally at first sight. The male POV character, a 'maverick' and airship pilot (think fighter jet combined with VTOL, roughly shaped like a dragon), is assigned away from the battle frontlines, to guard the one mine that produces the power crystals that power the airships. The female POV character, a mage who has been in stasis for 300 years, and who is 'bonded' with a perpetually teenage (read: sarcastic) sorceress trapped within a sword, gets dug out of her emergency stasis shelter just as the male POV character arrives to take charge. Sparks fly. Electricty crackles. Zepplins and giant owls show up, and even worse-- academics and hidebound administrative generals too.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert Shuler on April 19, 2014
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First, I've never read anything by this author so this review is not based on comparison. Several reviews classify the novel as "steampunk" which I never heard of and had to look up. That is a mis-classification. The only steam powered device is the laundry. While there are some airships, the most effective flyers are powered by a trivial piece of ancient energy ... lighting fixtures from a destroyed complex.

The plot melds two strong archetypal themes ... the military hero who succeeds because he doesn't give a damn about military protocol and makes his own way, and the sleeping beauty or rip van winkle motif - a gifted lady who takes a nap and when she wakes up everything has changed. I am a sucker for either one alone, and to combine them is sheer genius. To further the bargain, the writing is colorful, brisk, detailed, and never, ever lags. The magic is also well done, strong but not overwhelming and spiraling out of control.

A third motif that appears over and over in the story is that of unintended consequences. The back story is that all but one wizard has been destroyed out of a misguided fear of all wizards based on the actions of an evil few, and now this civilization is having trouble defending their continent against outside wizards. Well, duh, they should have thought of that. And the evil wizards should have thought of that. And the heroine, who is pleasantly human and not at all arrogant, finds herself creating awful consequences from seemingly innocent misjudgements in the application of her power. But she does not freeze up or decline to use it.

Five stars says I loved it, not that it was without flaw. Some of the antagonists are overly one dimensional.
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60 of 70 people found the following review helpful By temiak on April 3, 2014
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Let me preface this review by saying I own just about everything Ms. Buroker has written. The Emperor's Edge saga continues to be one of my favorite series, and has stood up to repeated readings. This, however, was a bitter disappointment. It has a promising start, but once the two main players meet, it quickly devolves into a waiting game to see how long it takes for them to hook up (it's pretty heavy-handed; you KNOW it's going to happen eventually, which takes away any tension there might have been). I'd classify this as a romance novel, but there wasn't enough character development to qualify their relationship as anything romantic. The two meet, are physically attracted to each other, and all further development grinds to a halt. Maybe there was more in the second half, but I didn't make it that far. The smut scene was unexpected, and not what I've come to expect from this author, and was the final straw to make me close the book and look for something else to read. The joy of the Emperor's Edge books was in the characters and their interactions, as well as their crazy hijinks. There was none of that here. The second star is for Ms. Buroker's prose, which is always a delight to read and free from the abuse of the English language that plagues most self-published works.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 9, 2014
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This book is well written, has a decent plot, and some character development. Editing is well done unlike most other self published book I have read. It really gets BETTER after the sample unlike so many books even ones with major publishers.
I'm not sure the book is really steam-punk but it is good SF/Fantasy.
There are enough reviews to get an idea about the book and my main reason for posting this one is just wanting the author to continue putting out books of this caliber and to let people like myself who have grown weary of self-published books know that this book is far above most the other self-published books I have read and well worth the money!
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