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The Emperor's Edge by [Buroker, Lindsay]
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Book 1 of 9 in The Emperor's Edge (9 Book Series)
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"...A believable and lively world filled with even more lively, engaging characters. The style is very distinct with a genuinely witty, dynamic prose that is very easy to read" --SFBook.com

About the Author

Lindsay is an independent fantasy author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas. She also gets excited about dark chocolate, vanilla lattes, and chatting online with her readers. Most of her heroines are on the geeky side--it's possible she might be too.

Find her at:

lindsayburoker.com
facebook.com/LindsayBuroker
twitter.com/GoblinWriter

Product Details

  • File Size: 2179 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 22, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1TDB0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,104 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The Emperor's Edge is a unique blend of steampunk and warrior caste fantasy with a dash of feminism. Amaranthe is one of the first women allowed in the Emperor's guard, and is eager to prove she has what it takes. But a chance meeting with the young emperor also draws the attention of the head of the guard, who sets her an impossible task in exchange for promotion--kill the world renowned assassin, Sicarius. Her attempt fails, but not before she realizes the task was meant to be impossible, and part of a bigger threat to the empire. Now Amaranthe is on the run, with a price on her head, and she turns to the one man who might be able to help--the assassin who spared her life. Backed with a motley crew of misfits, Amaranthe seeks to find out the truth and clear her name.

With tight, clean writing, crackling dialog and a lot of spunk, Buroker's tale is fun, fast-moving and engrossing. The characters are well-drawn, the world intriguing. With a hint of magic and romance, The Emperor's Edge is an entertaining read.
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The Emperor's Edge is an amazing read. I had trouble putting it down and finished it in two sittings. I think what really raises her above is the life she brings to her characters. I truly enjoy all of them.

The Emperor's Edge tells the story of a dedicated enforcer (police) whose dream is to become the highest ranking woman in the organization. Things never really work out the way they should though and she ends up a fugitive running from her former comrades still trying to protect her emperor. You would never expect an alcoholic professor, a gang member with magical talent, a male escort, and the deadliest assassin in the world to team up for anything, but that is what happens and it has amazing results. The book has some very humorous spots and is filled with action. I am amazed with Lindsay's ability with dialogue this is the second book of hers I have read (Goblin Brothers being the other) and the way the characters interact is an absolute joy.

If you enjoy fantasy novels do yourself a favor and check this book out. It is well worth the cost and hopefully we will be seeing a lot more of this crew.
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I picked up this book because it was a free Kindle download. I get a fair amount of my reading material this way, so I've adjusted my expectations downward; there's a lot of mediocre writing and abysmal editing on the freebies list. So when I began reading The Emperor's Edge, I was very happily surprised to find a well-written story, with minimal editorial issues and characters I enjoyed getting to know. The heroine is clever and good-natured, the hero, though morally ambiguous in some ways, is intelligent and masterful at his craft, and the secondary characters are either fun, believable, or sympathetic. I found the plot engaging, the pacing rapid but measured (no cycle of zooming and slogging) and I was engaged by the conflict and invested in the outcome.
For those of you who are particular about it, there was no bad language; although there are scenes of physical violence, and some of them are gory, there was, in my opinion, no descent into nauseating detail. (I can't tell you how quickly I delete the books where the author lingers pruriently over every horrific aspect.) Also, there were no sex scenes, though it's clear that a deepening of the relationship lies ahead for the hero and heroine in future books. Personally, I found their chemistry to be far more believable and tantalizing than any amount of instant lust or "fated from the first glance" bosom-heaving.
Perhaps one of the things I liked most is that the characters, even the heroine, are fallible, but able to acknowledge their short-comings. One of the reasons I read, instead of watching television, is the mean-spiritedness, immaturity, and shallow criticism becoming so prevalent, not just on gossip-oriented programs, but from supposedly detached network newscasters.
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This is what fantasy escapism should be: a lively and intriguing plot, characters who fascinate, inspire and entertain, and a well thought out secondary world. This book is the best advertisement for the following ones that could possibly exist - I'm buying them right now. Well done, Ms. Buroker!
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I tremendously enjoyed The Emperor' Edge!
I stumbled across the book while browsing amd expected an okay read for the low price.
Finding myself reading it in a little over 24 hours, often chuckeling and once or twice snorting out loud, and feeling myself enarmored with the team of misfits - that was a pleasant surprise!
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I'm a big fan of steampunk in particular and fantasy in general. I enjoy a good romance and love a good action/suspense. Following that line of thought, I should have really gotten into this book. And I tried, especially since the first chapter or two got my interest and nearly had me drawn in. But everything just started going downhill....

First, could there be any less character development? I'm sure there could be, as I've read several ebooks lately that suffered from lack of character development. It seems to have become something authors are too impatient to bother with. The heroine in this story, as another reviewer mentioned, is a young girl (of course) who goes from a novice law enforcer, to a would-be-assassin to a master schemer and financial expert within the first few chapters. Not too mention, in those few chapters, she meets a prince who becomes enamored of her, "cleverly" figures out a dastardly and evil plot being perpetuated by the single most powerful person in her country, enlists the aid of the single most infamous and experienced assassin in her country to help her stop the aforementioned most-powerful-man, and, let's not forget, escapes from a secure medical torture chamber whilst fatally ill and manages to survive unscathed. Ooookay. Let's just jump right into implausible scenerios and flimsy plots.

Where's the time to flesh out any worldbuilding or create multi-dimensional characters in the midst of all that plot-crazed melodrama? Well, there isn't any. And the whole story suffers from it. The writing, the plot and characters, especially the dialogue, all felt sophomoric and skimmed over, nothing given the time or attention it deserved. Ultimately, I was bored and underwhelmed.
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