The Emperor’s Edge


My favorite thing about the Indie & Self-Published Author event going on this month has been getting a chance to talk to some authors I’m a HUGE fan of, as well as spreading the word about their amazing books! I’ve hosted E.L. Adams and A.K. Höst in previous weeks — for my last spotlight, I’m featuring the awesome Lindsay Buroker, author of the Emperor’s Edge series! Today I’m reviewing the first book, which was one of the first books I bought for my new eReader in 2011 and subsequently devoured in one sitting. By the way, it’s a FREE eBook so you have no excuse not to go grab it RIGHT NOW. Ahem.

061_emperorsedgeTITLE: The Emperor’s Edge (The Emperor’s Edge, #1)

AUTHOR: Lindsay Buroker

GENRE: Fantasy (Steampunk!)

FORMAT: eBook, 324 pages

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.

I don’t care if you don’t read very much steampunk — I don’t even really care if you’re not a fan of steampunk at all. This book is simply too much fun for you to miss. I’ve encountered few casts of characters with as much chemistry despite their very obvious differences in personality; I have a reason for loving and growing attached to each and every one. As someone who’s been following the series for almost two years now, I just really can’t recommend it more. (Actually, finally reviewing this first book is making me all nostalgic. *sniff*)