The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker was the best book by a self-published author that I have ever read. Part of it was due to the fact that the author’s writing style is very similar to my own. She focuses more on character building and story progression, and less on building an elaborate scene, which I tend to enjoy more. I like to get to the point in a story, and she does. She gives just enough information about the setting to allow the reader’s imagination to fill in the rest. The dialogue was very realistic. Every character had their own voice and own way of speaking. Even if she didn’t make it clear who was doing the speaking, you’d be able to tell by the character’s ‘voice’.
The story is a high fantasy adventure in the era of steam. It’s about a young enforcer, Amaranthe, who is coerced into a mission that nearly gets her killed and ultimately lands her on the wrong side of the law. Amaranthe stumbles upon a plot against the Emperor and inadvertently finds herself allied with the notorious assassin, Sicarius. Although the two meet under less than ideal circumstances, they manage to find a way to work with each other, and the team they acquire, so that they can reach their common and not so common goals. Their personalities drew me in right from the start. Especially Sicarius with his dark and reserved nature, and the subtle hints of the human inside him that begins to emerge due to Amaranthe’s influence on him.
There was not one point in the novel that I didn’t fully enjoy. At first I only downloaded it because it was a free read through Kindle, but I was so drawn into the story that I purchased and read the entire series (8 novels as well as several novellas and short stories), in the last two weeks. I didn’t want to stop reading and I can’t wait to read more adventures about Sicarius and Amaranthe.
As I said, The Emperor’s Edge is available for free on Kindle or you can purchase the paperback for $12.99 (or discounted on Amazon).
ISBN – 978-1466219663