The Emperor's Edge (a high fantasy mystery in an era of steam)

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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 ...

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The Emperor's Edge (a high fantasy mystery in an era of steam)

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Antony Jones
"The characters are great, from main protagonists of Amaranthe and Sicarius to the many incidental people, all are written with intelligence and verve, really brought to life on the page... The plot is fast paced with a captivating, inventive and rewarding story that has you hooked right up to the very end." ~ SFBook.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466219663
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/16/2012
  • Series: The Emperor's Edge
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 831,194
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet 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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted January 17, 2011

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    Great read! Couldn't put it down!

    I definitely enjoyed reading this. From the beginning Amaranthe lured me in with her rigid way of following the rules, her strong personality and the subtle humor the author added to her character throughout the book. I felt like this book was a non-stop adventure that I couldn't put down. I enjoyed all the characters, but my favorite was Sicarius of course. He brought a sense of mystery and wonder that made me want to know what was around the next chapter. The story was fantastic with all the twists and surprises throughout! It makes me want to read more adventures about them!

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    sooooo awwwwwsome!

    I couldn't put it down. Most stories now a days don't have this much action. So it is a great relief to read one. Can't wait to read the next.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2012

    Review

    Over 700 pages of a fun ride. A well trained assassin, military double agents and others out to overthrow the Emperor - up against a rag-tag group lead by an enforcer (police officier) that have banded together to save the Emperor. There is a touch of magic. People who enjoy mystery and intrigue as well as those that enjoy action or fantasy and good character and place description will like this book. It is a real page turner.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2012

    Great read

    Only got this ebook because it was free but thoroughly enjoyed it and now want to read the sequels...wish they were free too! LOL

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    This book is amazing. The plot is unique, interesting, and keeps

    This book is amazing. The plot is unique, interesting, and keeps the pages turning. The characters are dynamic and loveable. I cannot put into words how fantastic this series is. Try book one for free and be hooked for the rest.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Very Original and Refreshing! Highly Recommended for Fantasy Readers.

    Well, I read a ton of all types of fantasy and have pretty high standards for the genre, but I L-O-V-E-D this book. The steampunk-esque elements make it unique, though it keeps all the best aspects of traditional high fantasy as well. And I loved the characters--the #1 most important factor to me in enjoying a book. I really hope it will be the first in a series, and you'd better believe I'll be snapping up the rest as soon as they come out.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Great book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    AWESOME, GREAT BOOK!
    I have just read eight chapters and have 500pages to go till the book is tremendously wonderful its an action packed book.
    Its a must to read this book!
    Great book and free of cost!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    Buroker is Amazing!

    Honestly, I cannot believe what I just read. I read a high-quality, extremely entertaining book for a fraction of the cost of most books. The characters were enticing, the story was engrossing, and the action was exciting. I will definitely be reading the rest of this series and anything else Buroker writes.

    I implore - nay - DEMAND you read this book!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Amazing find!

    I was looking for something fresh from my normal sci fi material and stumbled upon this gem. The story is engaging and the characters are very charming and intresting. Pick this up if you are a fan of steampunk or fantasy.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

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    The Emperor's Edge kept me on the edge of my seat. It has the pe

    The Emperor's Edge kept me on the edge of my seat. It has the perfect balance of politics and fantasy, and the character relationships were amusing and believable. Even the unique character names added to the flare of a different kind of world where magic may or may not be practiced and no one can be trusted. Despite not being sure exactly how some names were pronounced, the characters' personalities fit well with their given names.

    Amaranthe, the ex-Enforcer and main character, was definitely admirable.She was a natural born leader, even though her efforts to save the empire had her resorting to illegal activities. She was extremely good with people and her new cohorts understood how focused she was. When her actions led to more trouble she never toyed with the idea of giving up or beat herself up to do better next time. She took everything at face value and learned from her mistakes. Her slightly skewed honor system made the story exciting.

    I can't wait to continue the EE Series, joining Amaranth and the Emperor's Edge as they work towards exoneration from Emperor Sespian. The story's undercurrent of romance gives me hope that there's more than just action and adventure to look forward to.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Well Worth the Read

    Picked up this book because it was free and was NOT disappointed in the least! GREAT storyline with well-developed characters that left me wanting more!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2012

    Great story!

    Easy to read because it keeps your interest!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    Fantastic book

    I have read them all more than once and I'm still not tired of them. I love this author!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    In love with this series!

    In love with this series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Awesome!!

    Thoroughly enjoyed the read! The story is so much fun! Ten points, Buroker. I tip my hat to you!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2012

    Great Story

    Loved

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Great book

    This is another amazing book by Lindsay Buroker. I absolutely love this book. They are long books, but they are not long and boring. They leave just enough of a cliff hanger to want to read the next one. I was never bored reading this book the first, second, or third time i read this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Good Start

    More like 3 and 1/2

    This was an interesting one. I saw a recommendation of it on another site and I figured I would give it a shot....especially since it was free.

    The good:

    1. The world created was very interesting: a steampunk setting in an aging old warrior Empire, where the elite are separated into castes, and society is in flux...at least when it comes to the role of women. In that society it is hinted that in the past women's main role was marriage and procreating, so as to make more warriors for the Empire and its many wars. But with the Empire on a slow March towards peace...that role...while still there...was changing and women were taking on more business roles, and becoming powerful in their own right due to that. There were also hints that this was something that was causing concern for the old guard. But even with this new found power and influence....women's role were still limited, and when we meet our heroine, she is one of few women trying to branch into fields not traditionally female and hitting the ceiling most often. So I liked the little threads of this struggle weaved into the story, and teased and something to be explored more later.

    2. I enjoyed the main plotline. There was nonstop action from the beginning and it just kept moving. It made the book very easy to read---despite its length. It flew by because the main characters were literally....flying through the book from one action packed scene to the next. The best way I can describe the main action, characters, and feel of the book...is to say it was a mystery/Caper...like Ocean's 11 in a Steampunk fantasy setting. A group of down on their luck characters that seem to work together well enough to get stuff done...and make you laugh in the process. I can't say I disliked any of the characters. They may fumble, bumble and fight their way through it...but in the end they pull it off.

    3. I enjoyed the slow build and hints of romance. I do like romance, so any bit of it...handled correctly...will draw me in. Just.....no triangles! lol. I see hints of it coming though. Sigh.

    The concerns:

    1. Though I liked the group...they were at times on dimensional. The gigolo, the nerdy processor, etc, etc. I would have liked to see a bit more fleshing out of the secondary characters.

    2. I did like the plot...but at the end I think it got a bit convoluted…too many revelations, within revelations and plots within plots. That could have been toned down a bit. It came across as trying too hard.

    That's about it. It was a solid read, and I enjoyed it enough to continue on and see what adventures this group gets up to next.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Received this book as a free read and enjoyed it. Don't let the

    Received this book as a free read and enjoyed it. Don't let the length scare you though some parts could use a little shortening the overall story makes it worth it. Interesting characters and great plot. The only thing that threw me off was the title, a high fantasy mystery in an era of steam, I would rather the author just admit it was steampunk or stick with calling it just regular fantasy. I am going to pick up the second book now and hope that the good read continues.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2013

    I loved Amaranthe - she was a fun, strong female lead. Her back

    I loved Amaranthe - she was a fun, strong female lead. Her back and forth with Sicarius was fun to follow through the book. I loved the adventure and thriller aspect of this book. The team they put together to execute their plan was awesome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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