Book Review – The Emperor’s Edge

The Emperor’s Edge
By Lindsay Buroker

 

The opening gambit for an exciting new fantasy/steam-punk series, The Emperor’s Edge introduces readers to a cast of wildly enjoyable characters. From the deadly, silent assassin Sicarius, to the flamboyantly ridiculous playboy Maldynado, Ms. Buroker gathers a varied cast and breathes life into them. This includes the lead character Amaranthe, who is forced by events beyond her control, and her personal convictions, to abandon her five year plan pretty early in the novel.

 

What I was not impressed with was the Justice League / Avengers type quality to the book. While Buroker does an good job building her world, including the vague and distant territories of far away lands, the storyline follows a fairly standard plot structure and it shows. Likewise, the initial impressions of her characters follow the standard save-the-world party types. To her credit, they do this well and are all loveable, but to my mind they were very familiar. I also thought that the heroine came across as younger and more impressionable than her age would indicate. However, her habit of doing patently foolish things out of sheer stubborn adherence to her personal convictions practically guarantees her a heroic title.

 

For all the familiarity to the story, Buroker spins a compelling tale that is quite enjoyable and I applaud her for that. It is extremely difficult to write a save-the-world/empire type novel these days and be completely original, especially in the first novel where you lay a lot of your groundwork. I would compare this book to Jim Butcher‘s Storm Front on level of writing skill and enjoyability. While not exceptionally mind blowing, it is interesting and the characters pull you in. I’m curious to see where Buroker goes. If anyone would care to take a bet, let me know. I’ve got a little money says she’ll be on the best seller list sometime in the next ten years.

 

One last note, this book is self-published by the author. If that gives you any hesitation, I urge you to overcome it. The book is well edited and is more or less error free. I think I noticed two or three instances where two words lacked the space between them. If there were others I was to engaged in the story to notice.

 

Final Verdict: This is an awesome summer read. If you like fantasy, steam-punk, adventure, with straight villains and heroes, this book will keep you entertained right up until you put it down. It is currently (as of 02 July 2012) free on Amazon.

 

The opening gambit for an exciting new fantasy/steampunk series, The Emporer’s Edge introduces readers to a cast of wildly enjoyable characters. From the deadly, silent assasin Sicarius, to the flamboyantly ridiculous playboy Maldynado, Ms. Buroker creates a varied cast and breathes life into them. This includes the lead charater Amaranthe, who is forced by events beyond her control to follow her convictions and abandon her five year plan pretty early in the novel.

What I was not impressed with was the Justice League / Avengers type quality to the book. While Buroker does an good job building her world, including the vague and distant territories of far away lands, the storyline follows a fairly standard plot structure and it shows. Likewise, the initial impressions of her characters follow the standard save-the-world party types. To her credit, they do this very well and are all loveable characters, but to my mind they were very familiar. I also thought that the heroine came across as younger and more impresionable than her age would indicate. However, her habit of doing patently foolish things out of sheer stubborn adherence to her personal convictions practically garuntees her a heroic title.

For all of the familiarity to the story, Buroker spins a compelling tale and makes you want to hear it and I applaud her for that. To my mind, it is extremely difficult to write a save-the-world/empire type novel these days and be very original, especially in the first novel where you lay a lot of your groundwork. In all honesty, I would compare this book to Jim Butcher’s Storm Front on level of skill and enjoyability. While not exceptionally mindblowing, it is exceptionally enjoyable. I’m interested to see where Buroker goes. If anyone would care to take a bet, let me know. I’ve got a little money says she’ll be on the best seller list sometime in the next ten years.

Final Verdict: This is an awesome summer read. If you like fantasy, steampunk, adventure, with straight villains and heros, this book will keep you entertained right up until you put it down. It is currently (as of 02 July 2012) free on Amazon.

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