You get a mass post!! Mostly because after Book #3 of the Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker (Deadly Games), I read the remaining books all together in a mass consumption/must finish the series madness. That was due to the abundance of cliffhangers – thank goodness the series was all out and I didn’t have to WAIT between books because that would have driven me crazy. I hate cliffhangers when I have to wait, and when I DON’T have to wait I treat a series like this as one really really long book. So that completely taints this review, just FYI.
If you’ve not read any of the series, you can find my reviews of the first three books here (#1), here (#2) and here (#3).
I feel like there are too many spoilers to really plot summarize anything, but let me at least briefly outline maybe one focus of each book:
Let’s see… recall that each book features one member of the ‘gang’ more prominently, so this book is centered around Akstyr – the skinny practitioner of the “mental sciences” (magic) who has a bad attitude and the least amount of buy-in to the group.
The group is set to complete their most dangerous mission yet – kidnapping the Emperor. What could go wrong?
Blood and Betrayal (#5)
Maldynado is probably my favourite character other than Amaranthe, and this book is his spotlight! Finally! It was especially timely as I feel that his character was cast into shadow / doubt during the Conspiracy and it would have been torture to wait longer without having that explained.
Maldynado is sort of put in charge, which is a position he’s been actively trying to avoid most of his life. Too bad that there are plenty of obstacles in his way, including the fact that Sespian (the Emperor) doesn’t trust him.
Next is …
Forged in Blood I (#6)
The group is still fighting Forge, the country is in upheaval, and things are of course dangerous and full of action! BUT – finally (wooo-hoo!!!!) you get a view inside Sicarius’s head!! He’s pretty inscrutable normally so this is a treat!
Forged in Blood II (#7)
Wrapping up the series, you move between Amaranthe and Sicarius’s points of view. It was mostly tying up all those loose ends, and admittedly the best part of it was figuring out just WHAT was going to happen with the two of them!
Except that I JUST discovered there is a book #8 (The Republic) which I shall be reading as soon as I get my hands on it!
Anyway, for all the books as above, I will give a collective 5/5 because:
- I loved the action
- I couldn’t put them down
- I loved that each character got his or her own time to shine
- I highly enjoyed the background – steampunk, aliens (which normally I hate, but it was not actual aliens just their leftover dooh-dads), and old-fashioned sword fights. With lots of train heists.
- I LOVED that Amaranthe was a strong female character, and also Yana who takes on more of a role.
- I loved the character development
- I loved the slowly revealed love story (i.e. Amaranthe and Sicarius)
- I didn’t have to wait between books!
I would highly recommend this series as a fun fantasy/adventure – and if you want to learn more about what happens in the books and the pros and cons of each, I would just look them up on Goodreads lol.