Lindsay Buroker

Dark Currents (The Emperor’s Edge #2) By: Lindsay Buroker

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Dark Currents (The Emperor’s Edge #2) By: Lindsay Buroker

Plot:

It’s been three months since former enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon and the notorious assassin Sicarius thwarted kidnappers and saved the emperor’s life. The problem? Nobody knows they were responsible for this good deed. Worse, they’re being blamed for the entire scheme. With enforcers and bounty hunters stalking them, and the emperor nursing a personal hatred for Sicarius, it’s going to be hard to earn exoneration.

When Amaranthe’s team discovers mutilated bodies in the city aqueducts and a mysterious illness incapacitates thousands of citizens, she and Sicarius see an opportunity to solve the mystery and prove their loyalty. But they’ll have to defeat vengeful shamans, man-eating predators, and deadly mechanical constructs, all while dodging imperial soldiers who would rather kill them than accept their help.

Nobody said exoneration would be easy.

Review:

I love the fact that romance is in these books but it’s very much on the back burner for most of it. Buroker doesn’t make the hero or heroine do anything truly stupid because they’re in love it’s all for their cause. Mainly. I like that.

The world didn’t really grow much in this book, though you did learn more about outside kingdoms, just not a lot.

The other characters didn’t really grow either, though we got to be in Books’s head. Feel kind of bad for him.

The kingdom still thinks they’re bad guys and I’m not sure if that will ever change. If it does it’s not going to be any time soon. I’m also not sure why Amaranthe likes Sicarius. Every few chapters you find out something horrible he’s done. I get that he was brain washed basically and doing it because his emperor told him too, but it just seems like an excuse with how easy he kills people. Not sure how I feel about the relationship.

Anyway, enjoying the series but I might take a break before reading the next.

4/5

The Emperor’s Edge (The Emperor’s Edge #1) By: Lindsay Buroker

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The Emperor’s Edge (The Emperor’s Edge #1) By: Lindsay Buroker

Plot:

The adventure starts here…

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.

Review:

This was a nice follow up after reading the Aeronaut’s Windlass. It didn’t have quite the same fleshed out world that I was looking for, but I loved Amaranthe. She was so capable that I really enjoyed reading her. Some of the other characters were better fleshed out than others and I like that things didn’t work out completely perfectly in the end.

This was the first book in what I can see could be a very fun series. The fact that the next few books are already written is awesome too. No waiting for me!

4.5/5