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The Emperor's Edge

The Emperor's Edge [Kindle Edition]

Lindsay Buroker
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Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: she can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed.

Worse, Sicarius, the empire's most notorious assassin, is in town. He's tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down. Either they have an unprecedented belief in her skills... or someone wants her dead.

The Emperor's Edge is approximately 105,000 words.

About the Author

I've been writing fantasy novels and short stories since I was seven. I've been finishing them since... well, that's a more recent development. I'm a professional blogger for my day job, and I live in the Seattle area ("area" is code for "I couldn't afford a house within twenty miles of the city limits and my neighbors have alpacas"). I have two vizslas who are as spoiled as most people's kids. Occasionally they let me leave the house to play tennis, go to the coffee shop, take a yoga class, or plot with co-conspirators on how best to take over the world. (One of those items may be untrue, but I won't tell you which.)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1722 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004H1TDB0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique read 28 Feb 2011
By Jodzie
Format:Kindle Edition
Being honest, this was a book l wasn't too sure about. First off it's not something l would usually read, the female being the sort of 'hunter/law enforcer' doesn't usually interest me. Anyway l wanted to start to try different things and give them a go, you never know what you might like! After finishing this book l am so glad l read it!
Lindsay is a great writer, the story flows well and nothing seemed rushed which isn't always easy when you have such a fast paced book. As well as loving Lindsay's writing l also really liked the characters in this story, they are all very likeable and although this is a very engrossing story line with a great plot behind it l felt the characters made this book.
The characters are developed really well to the point where you feel like you know them as a friend. They are all unique and l actually really liked every character in this story. Sicarius managed to be a likeable character (for me) in a very 'weird' way as he is actually quite a heartless character but he is one of those people who you like because of how they are!
Amaranthe reminded me of myself in some ways, she is a very caring character who wants to be strong and often is but sometimes shows not all things are easy for her, this makes her more real for me.
The interactions between the characters were also written in such a great way. I actually found myself laughing quite a lot while reading this, all the characters are so unique in their own ways but also are very funny with the things they will do or say. The book mainly made me laugh because of how the characters were with each other.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good way to lose an entire day... 23 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A friend of mine, Scott, suggested this book to me, so I decided to take him up on it.

It's very well written, colorfully descriptive, and has very believable characters.

This story follows a female enforcer, Amaranthe. Without giving out spoilers, she's tasked with seducing and elimintating the kingdom's deadliest assassin, Sicarius. However, when she's framed for a crime and thrown in prison, she escapes captivity and joins forces with the assassin and several others to try and save the emperor's life.

The writing was smooth, the action flowed beautifully, and the scenes were wonderfully described in detail. The dialogue had me laughing out loud several times. I did enjoy Amaranthe's dilemma in having an assassin as an accomplish as they clearly do not see eye to eye on a great many things.

I do see that the second book has been released by this author. I'll be picking this up this weekened and can be certain that'll I'll gladly lose another day immersed in these worlds.

Great job, Ms. Buroker!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I didn't faint, I passed out in a manly way" 12 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book combines fantasy, steampunk, adventure, thriller, comedy and drama, together with light hints of romance; The romance here is like it used to be in the tv show NCIS; there is the odd hint of it between the characters here and there, but it isn't the main focus of the plot. Just how I like my non-romance books - it doesn't overpower the plot, it is like a garnish that tops everything off.

Amaranthe is a woman struggling to get ahead in a mans world, but the author doesn't make her all "I'll do this all by myself and prove you all wrong", to the point of shooting herself in the foot. She actually makes for a very likeable heroine. She isn't a coward, but she doesn't wander around putting herself in a endless loop of dangerous situations and she knows when to back the hell away. She isn't anyone's doormat, but she realises that sometimes she'll be better off keeping silent. In other words she doesn't irritate me by being a dumb, horror movie-like bimbo, whilst still having vulnerabilities to go with her backbone.
I also really like that the author doesn't try to romantasise Sicarius, unlike so many other fantasy books these days. He is who he is and does what he does, and doesn't apologise for it or justify himself to anyone. In other words he is what I picture a assassin to be. The most believable borderline sociopathic alpha in a mainstream fantasy-with-a-touch-of-romance since Karen Marie Moning created Jericho Barrons.

I enjoyed the heck out of The Emperor's Edge - to the point of sitting up in bed into the small hours, as 'just one more chapter' lead to me reading half a dozen more. Then as soon as I finished the book, I went to my Kindle Store to buy the whole series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Pleasure 20 Jun 2013
By Mr D
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
My experience of self publishing authors has been very poor; so is was with some reluctance I started to read this book that had been 'recommended' by a friend. I have just finished reading the first five books straight through. Clever writing and plot twists that only improve with each book, and with characters you find yourself caring far too much about. An outstanding read. Five Stars and worth everyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend this book 30 July 2013
By Hoski
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Downloaded this as a freebie read, it's a full length novel which surprised me! Storyline gripped me from the start, good characters, good strong characters even, laughs, suspense, intrigue...this book has it all. I've now downloaded book 2 and am really happy that its there waiting for me. Give this a go, you'll enjoy it
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