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Genre of the Week - Steampunk
The Emperor's Edge
by Lindsay Buroker
The Emperor's Edge - Book Review
The Emperor’s Edge follows intrepid and audacious Amaranthe Lockdon, the only female enforcer in the Empire’s Capital. As a proud follower and implementer of the law she is put in a difficult – if not amusing – situation, when she uncovers a plot against the Emperor that results in her becoming a fugitive. Now stuck on the wrong side of the law, and with the help of some bizarre and colourful companions, she must resort to criminal means and fabulous schemes to save the Emperor’s life.
Well, I’ve gotta say, I loved it! Lindsay Buroker wove a world that, despite being fantastically different from my own, was easy to visualise and enjoy. The steampunk concepts were not overwhelming, but instead flawlessly slotted into a world that was a subtle and logical mix of fantasy and sci-fi. Mostly, the biggest appeal for me were the in-depth, detailed, and realistic characters. I love love love a character driven story.
Amaranthe is a very likable protagonist – in my opinion. Her thought process is relatable, as are her quirks and habits, making her an endearing main character. Her OCD streak struck a chord with me. I am also familiar with that twitchy-finger-feeling when I’m in a room that’s a bit too messy (although my husband may disagree with my definition of messy).
The other characters, her companions/co-conspirators, each have a distinctive voice and personality. There is a tangible and real feel to them. The character interactions are a source of entertainment and a good break from tension. Amaranthe’s principled and honourable ethics in opposition to the somewhat morally ambiguous attitudes of her criminally inclined allies makes for some entertaining exchanges.
Of course, since I’m talking about characters, I’ve got to mention world-famous, deadly assassin Sicarius. The seemingly cold-blooded, aloof and unsociable murderer was maybe my favourite character. Despite his obvious flaws, Sicarius was a surprisingly sympathetic character, and his growth and development during the story was a source of curiosity for me.
Although there are perhaps hints and small elements of romance between Amaranthe and Sicarius, it is not a romantic-heavy story. Instead this book is more of an action/adventure genre with a focus on the strategies, schemes, and exploits of the characters.
Overall, The Emperor’s Edge is an enjoyable, light read – mostly skimming over excessively dark themes. Some plot points come together too easily and some schemes seem a bit fanciful and improbable, but that sort of adds to the whimsical and imaginative temperament of the story. The fast pacing, well written scenes, and entertaining characters made for a story I’m not likely to forget and most likely to revisit again.
The Emperor's Edge is the first of nine in the series. I've already made a start on the second book, and, no doubt, will binge-read through the rest of them in the next few days.
Go check out Lindsay Buroker's Books! You won't be disappointed