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- Publication Date: March 29, 2014
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JBVUJM8
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Balanced on the Blade's Edge (Dragon Blood Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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. The ending leaves a lot to be done, with no hint of a sequel and no declaration that anyone is intent on doing it, which is out of character for both leading characters.
I want to address the comments made by several reviewers about intimate scenes. Yes, the story could have been developed without these. In a way I wish it had so I could recommend the book to my nephew. But they are among the most tasteful I have ever seen, and they do in fact make a contribution to the story. The author is obviously exploring the dilemma of a love interest between two people of vastly different power. Oh, the colonel has his own power to be sure, and is nothing like the wizard's previous lovers. But how in the world could he have broken the ice with Sardelle if he had known who she was? He could not. Sexual intimacy is not nearly the most intimate part of herself she has to give, holds none of the physical consequences for her that it does for us mortals, unless she permits them, and so while proceeding with due care she still holds back until the very end that which is most vulnerable within her.
This book (and apparently the whole series) definitely has more of a romantic slant to it than the Emperor's Edge series. It even follows the romance format of providing his and hers POVs. From what I can tell each book in the series seems to be following a new couple.
I liked Sardelle and Ridge because they weren't the cookie cutter type characters that you usually find in stories like this (Sardelle isn't obnoxiously stubborn and Ridge isn't an a-hole) but the actual story felt a little shallow and rushed. I felt like the author only skimmed the surface of what she could've done with this story and the characters because it seemed like a lot was left unaddressed and/or underdeveloped.
The result was that when I got to the end of the book (and it isn't a cliffhanger, mind you) I was like what? Where's the rest? That's seriously where you're ending their story? This book felt like the introduction to a new series (novella style) and I was actually looking forward to reading the rest of Sardelle and Ridge's story until I realized that the next book features a different couple.
I believe the author does come back to these characters in this series at some point but I have a feeling that a lot of the things I want to read about (like how Ridge can keep his job and be with Sardelle) will just be glossed over in the name of action, the same way everything seemed to be glossed over at the end of this book. Sure we might find out later but probably in the second-hand exposition sort of way. It's hard to complain considering it was free but I don't rate books based on price.