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.
(Taken from the Amazon product description.)
This book made me late for class. It kept up most of the night, too, but a lot of books do that. It takes a good book to make me miss my bus.
I first read Lindsay Buroker's writing in her short story, Ice Cracker II (Free! Check it out!). It takes place after the events in The Emperor's Edge, but does nothing to spoil the story. I was hooked. It was like getting a really good cookie, and then wanting the rest of the package. At only $2.99, The Emporer's Edge was well within my starving-student budget.
I'm one of those writers who believes it is the characters, more than the plot, setting, and action, that drive a story. Buroker has developed her characters to the point all authors should strive for: they are real, unique, and develop well through their interactions. They drive the story like they stole it. In addition, Buroker's description is laced with humour and clever witticisms, and the plot is well-researched and developed. She has paid much attention (but not too much!) to the political motivations within the story. As a major fan of history, I really appreciated the details.
tl;dr? Thumbs up.
In addition to Amazon, the book is also available on Smashwords and Barnes & Noble.
Lindsay Buroker is a wonder-woman who runs two blogs, a facebook, a twitter, a newsletter, and still finds time to write good books. You can find her at E-book Endeavors, Kindle Geeks, and her Twitter.
And, for good measure:
Lindsay Buroker's Amazon Author Page
Lindsay Buroker's Smashwords Author Page