The Assassin's Curse

The Assassin's Curse

by Lindsay Buroker
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The Assassin's Curse by Lindsay Buroker

When outlaws Amaranthe and Sicarius chance upon spies stealing military prototypes, they immediately give chase. Well, immediately after Amaranthe talks Sicarius, former assassin and all-around non-altruistic type, into the mission. She wants an imperial pardon, and what better way to attract the emperor’s favor than by looking after the empire’s interests?

What seems like a straightforward mission develops a hitch when the spies flee to Darkcrest Isle, a forbidding chunk of land reputed to be haunted. Amaranthe isn’t quick to believe in tales of malevolent spirits, so she’s startled when the ever-pragmatic and unflappable Sicarius shows reluctance at setting foot on the island. Only when it may be too late to escape does Amaranthe come to understand why.

The Assassin’s Curse is a 12,000-word short story.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013678491
Publisher: Lindsay Buroker
Publication date: 01/17/2012
Series: Emperor's Edge Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 50,604
File size: 191 KB

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. 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, or take a yoga class.

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The Assassin's Curse 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As expected of this author, a great read you'll love while waiting for her next work to come out!!!
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks More than 1 year ago
The Assassin's Curse is a satisfying novella to read while waiting for the release of the fourth Emperor's Edge novel. The third novel, Deadly Games, ratcheted up my excitement over the characters and their changing relationships. This isn't considered YA fiction, but I recently stumbled upon Lindsay Buroker and fell in love with The Emperor's Edge. So far there are three novels and a couple of short stories that focus on specific characters. The Assassin's Curse focuses on Amaranthe, the leader of the Emperor's Edge, and Sicarius, the deadly assassin looking for exoneration. I won't say much about their role in the series but their latest adventure establishes them as the main attraction of the Emperor's Edge. I still say those two have chemistry even though it's hard to see. I love how in any situation Amaranthe and her team gets into they always learn something new about each other. Each mission solidifies their resolve and loyalty to one another. I'm definitely ready to get on with the series and read the fourth novel!
Bookblogger More than 1 year ago
The Assassin's Curse by Lindsay Buroker is a short story set in the world of her Emperor's Edge series. This story only features Amaranthe and Sicarius out of the team and I missed the other characters a bit myself. This is a very quick read, but if you are a fan of the series like I am you look forward to everything you can get your hands on. The story follows a similar theme to the rest of the books with Amaranthe spotting something out of the ordinary and wanting to investigate to hopefully get some positive attention and get her team cleared of all crimes. This story starts with the Sicarius and Amaranthe doing some training in the lake when they spot a lot of smoke in the air. They find an army transport that has been looted of new experimental weaponry and decide to check a nearby island for the thieves. Unfortunately that island is supposed to be cursed to help people who are looking to overthrow the empire. As with all of Lindsay's work this is written using her wonderful characters and a great skill with description. A must have for fans of the series.
Anonymous 13 days ago
Loved the book. Couldn't set it down
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I am so enjoyig this series.
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Love this series, its well written and the story lines are good.
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Amaranthe and Sicarius are the only two from The Emperor's Edge that are in this short that should fit in between books 2 & 3. Just like the other stories from this author, it's fast paced and impossible to put down. It also gives us another look at the growing connection between the two main characters.
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Divco More than 1 year ago
As usual Lindsay takes us on GREAT adventure with another page turner of a tale.
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avidreader66LL More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this series. Very steam punk with romantic tension. I prefer her longer books to her short stories, but she is an wonderful writer.
aodhnait More than 1 year ago
I recommend this author to anyone that enjoys a riveting story line that makes you want to read it in one sitting. The story is well written and the characters engaging.
katomb More than 1 year ago
Love these books - the story is a series so you need to read "The Emperor's Edge" first. That being said, the story is a serial about two main characters that cover several books and short stories. Amaranthe starts as a law enforcement officer is set up for a crime, combines forces with an assassin, Sicarius, to protect the Emperor and becomes a wanted criminal. The story is entertaining and solid, the characters interesting (and NO teen angst). Set in steampunk genre of a Victorian-ish time period with outlawed magic. I also like the fact that I can follow my favorite characters over several books (stories). Some books set up different characters half way through the book to sell you on their next book. With this serial book I can enjoy the stories of the great characters over many adventures - awesome!
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Loved it. Nuff said. Waiting eagerly for more- your #1fan!