Balanced on the Blade's Edge (Dragon Blood, Book 1)

Balanced on the Blade's Edge (Dragon Blood, Book 1)

by Lindsay Buroker


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Balanced on the Blade's Edge (Dragon Blood, Book 1) by Lindsay Buroker

Colonel Ridge Zirkander isn't the model of military professionalism-he has a tendency to say exactly what's on his mind, and his record has enough demerits to wallpaper the hull of an airship-but as the best fighter pilot in the Iskandian army, he's used to a little leniency from his superiors. Until he punches the wrong diplomat in the nose and finds himself issued new orders: take command of a remote prison mine in the inhospitable Ice Blades Mountains. Ridge has never been in charge of anything larger than a flier squadron-what's he supposed to do with a frozen fortress full of murderers and rapists? Not to mention the strange woman who shows up right before he arrives...

Sardelle Terushan wakes from three hundred years in a mage stasis shelter, only to realize that she is the last of the Referatu, the sorcerers who once helped protect Iskandia from conquerors. Their subterranean mountain community was blown up in a treacherous sneak attack by soldiers who feared their power. Everyone Sardelle ever knew is dead, and the sentient soulblade she has been bonded to since her youth is buried in the core of the mountain. Further, what remains of her home has been infested by bloodthirsty miners commanded by the descendants of the very soldiers who destroyed her people.

Sardelle needs help to reach her soulblade-her only link to her past and her last friend in the world. Her only hope is to pretend she's one of the prisoners while trying to gain the commander's trust. But lying isn't her specialty, especially when the world has changed so much in the intervening centuries, and if Colonel Zirkander figures out who she truly is, he'll be duty-bound to sentence her to the only acceptable punishment for sorcerers: death.

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ISBN-13: 9781505301755
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/27/2014
Series: Dragon Blood Series , #1
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 470,675
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

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Balanced on the Blade's Edge 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Sharpknife More than 1 year ago
An excellent read. If you've in any way, shape, or form kept up with Lindsay's previous works, and enjoyed them, then you will enjoy this as well. Consistent with her style, there's great humor and interesting characters with legitimate development. Things are quick paced, adventuresome, and all around So. Very. Much. Worth. Your. Reading. ... as long as you're in to romance? Because I totally am. Tastefully done, I'd say. But hey, it's not *just* romance. Lindsay's pretty masterful at building a story where the romance is something that grows between characters in conjunction with the fun/actiony/engaging story that gives the book it's flavor/setting/structure. And if you haven't ever read any of Lindsay's works -- well, this is as good a place to start as any. You should, like, totally do it. For the risk equivalent to purchasing one Starbuck's Latte, you could discover one of the most enjoyable stories (and by proxy, authors) ever. Do eeeet.
grisaille More than 1 year ago
The first volume in Buroker's Dragon Blood series is fun, fast, and highly entertaining. I really like Ridge (not as immature as he seems), and I *really* like Sardelle. I found it hilarious that the precious crystals which the Iskandian military uses to power their aircraft are ancient *lightbulbs*. Looking forwad to the next book. Recommended to fans of Annie Bellett, Devon Monk, Gail Carriger, and Zoe Archer. -- lyradora
Anonymous 21 days ago
Like the story
notrow1 10 months ago
This is the first book in the Dragon Blood series. I loved it! Colonel Ridge Zirkander is a wonderful character. I really liked him. In fact, I have a bit of a book boyfriend crush on him. I love his irreverence and dry wit. He is one of the best pilots in the Iskandian army. He is charming, though irreverent, and his flying skills are in great demand, but due to an event that sees him punching a diplomat he has been given new orders and sent to prison mine in the Ice Blade mountains as the new commander. The mine contains crystals that power their dragon fliers - planes that are designed to look like the dragons that once lived millennia ago. When he arrives at the mine, he is confronted by an unusual sight - a woman wearing a summer dress in the middle of winter. Sardelle Terushan is also a wonderful character. I liked her a lot. She is a sorceress and a healer. When her home, where the Referatu lived came under attack, she found refuge in a mage stasis chamber. There she stayed until she woke three hundred years later, when she was found by a couple of miners. Determined to locate her soulblade, Jaxi, but struggling to come to terms with the amount of time that's passed, she finds herself confronted by the challenge of hiding her powers in a world that detests magic users, and her attraction to the new mine commander. This story is a mix of steampunk and fantasy. I started to read and didn't put it down until I finished it. I found myself completely hooked from the first page. I love the world-building the author has done to bring this book to life. I also love Jaxi, Sardelle's soulblade. She is a young sorceress who died due to illness, but before dying, her soul was magically placed within a sword. Soulblades bond with their handlers until their handlers die; guide or assist them when needed, then either bond to a new handler or allow themselves to die when they no longer wish to serve. Jaxi is six hundred years old, but because she died young she has a decidedly teen outlook at times, with sarcasm being one of her tools, as well as an irreverence for a person's privacy. I love her witty banter, some of it had me giggling. Iskandia is at war with Cofahre, a rival nation that is determined to take over Iskandia. The Cofah use dirigible type balloons to fly over the ocean, thus the steampunk feel to the story. The Iskandian pilots fly planes that are shaped like dragons but remind me of the old-fashioned planes from the early 1900s - lightweight - though with a mix of propeller and thrusters which reminds me of the Harrier jets that use something similar sans the propeller. The author has mixed these two to create something unique. As the story progressed, I found myself looking forward to seeing how it all played out. Ridge and Sardelle make a wonderful couple and their chemistry is instantaneous. I love how the author wove their love story together with action filled sections that kept me on the edge of my seat. The magical owl is uber scary! There are a couple of scenes between these two that are a little steamy but not explicit. I reached the end of the book and immediately went and purchased as many books in the series I could, as well as pre-ordered the next book in the series which was due to be released. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, Deathmaker, as soon as I can. - Lynn Worton
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nice story with touch of mystery and romance. good adventure story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent characters, nice action, flowing plot. I would read additional books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well done. Good character development and unique storyline. Would love more!
Coreena More than 1 year ago
This is the first of Buroker's books that I've read and I loved it. It is a fast-paced steampunk, fantasy, adventure, romance. Buroker quickly created an interesting and compelling world full of characters that I cared about. I particularly liked the friendship and interaction between Sardelle, the heroine, and Jaxi, her soulblade (yes, she's a talking sword). I love that kind of sarcastic bantering. Sardelle is the kind of heroine I appreciate -- strong, can think for herself, and doesn't need saving. Zirkander is fun too -- he does his own thing, yet tries to do the right thing. The story moved quickly and kept me interested, leaving me eager to read the next book in the series. What could be better than that?
repatpat More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. Good character development. The end of the story is nicely finished off and does not leave you hanging. Good forward movement in the story. I wanted to finish it once I started reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book is short so kind of fast paced. That's not a bad thing. Good way to kill a few hours.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope there will be more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me awage until I finished the ungodly hour of 2:30 am. Looking for the next in that serie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't expect to be so engrossed in a book under 200 paiges ...but damn this was a very good fulfilling story! A must read for fantasy lovers
Nicole_B1 More than 1 year ago
I feel in love with lindsay's writing a few years back and she still keeps me wanting more I loves this sseries . I 'm always captivated by the magic, action and relationships in her book! A+ must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast pace and enjoyed the characters. Looking forward to the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a cute story with just a touch of mystery, love, an action enough to keep you reading. Not to long just enough. Looking forward to this author"s next bk.
Serenitea More than 1 year ago
Fast-paced enjoyable read, with interesting characters, plenty of action, and humor. Just what I've come to expect from this author, now a must-read author for me. I was delighted to find this new series, and am much looking forward to more stories in this series.
MYC61 More than 1 year ago
If you like any of Lindsay's works you will love this one. A great read, fun, passionate, well crafted. This has the potential to be a phenomenal series.
Donnaalto More than 1 year ago
I love everything I've read by Lindsay Buroker and this is no exception. I enjoy her quirky, funny writing style and the wry humor infused in all the character's interactions. Steampunk fun!
TexasRS More than 1 year ago
This was by far one of her best books, have already bought the second in the series. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read. One of my favorite authors. 
SpaZd0gLee More than 1 year ago
Sorcery, a soulblade, and steampunkery in abundance! Whew, what a ride! Ridge, Sardelle and Jaxi are quite the characters. Especially Jaxi, so snarky and funny! Ok, the negative is, this is short, not much time for back story or a detailed ending. There was certainly a lot to pack into a short space so I'm giving it 4 stars in hopes the author will eventually find time to actually build up this story into a series. Yes, a huge hint there. Would enjoy reading more about what happened 300 years in the past, as well as what happened in between her leaving in a hot air balloon until she found the cabin by the lake. Good fun over all in spite of leaving one wanting more.