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The Emperor's Edge Kindle Edition
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This book has something for everyone, and I for one enjoyed everything about it.
The storyline hooks you in from the very start, but more importantly keeps you in it's clutches with every turn of the page. There are plot twists hidden in many places with a good space between each one so you don't feel the book has been rushed.
The characters have been excellently written, each one leaving their mark in the story. They blend with each other well too. Many interactions were funny even in moments of imminent danger
When I reached the end and realised there were more books in the series I was ecstatic, I'm so happy and excited to read more of Amaranthe, Sicarius and their amazing crew!
The setting avoids the common fantasy cliches too: women are neither dominant or oppressed. It is true that female members of the martial trades tend to attract a certain amount of derision for entering a traditionally male domain, but that is because trade is the more normal female career path.
And it was nice to read a steampunk novel where the protagonist is not cynical and jaded. Amaranthe is an idealist, but pragmatic when she needs to be, and the tension between her approach and the more ruthless option espoused by her colleagues provides one of the most interesting themes in the plot.
I admit, I gave this a go because it was free - steampunk is not a setting I am particularly fond of. And yes, this is the first of a series, so the pricing was probably designed to draw the reader in. Well, it worked in my case. Often in this situation, you can end up feeling short-changed, as what you get is either incomplete, or ends on a cliff-hanger designed to force you to buy the next instalment. But that is not the case here - this is a satisfying complete story in its own right. Yes, the ending makes it clear that these guys are heading for further adventures, but the story has reached a natural conclusion, and the reader can follow on or not, as they choose.
I'll be buying the next instalment, not because I have been railroaded into it, but because I LIKE these guys!
I enjoyed Buroker's style, which I found pleasingly uncomplicated and peppered with sharp dialogue. If I stop to think about it, I suppose I have to agree that the story could have benefitted from a bit more milieu and is unlikely in the same way that every A-Team plot is unlikely. However, I reckon it's best to park the analytical cynicism, sit back and enjoy the ride.
It is so addictive with its whodunit/who's-in-on-it plot.
The band of men she gets together might be a bit of an odd bunch but they're all likeable in one way or another.
This is the second book I've read by Lindsay Buroker and I think its fair to say she's well on her way to being another favourite author :D
I've already bought the second in the series and cant wait to read it!
*** 5 ***
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I will read the next one I liked the main people. You have to follow each plot and I don't know how it ends