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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Lindsay Buroker (P)2011 DarkFire Productions

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  • Sandrine
  • Differdange, Luxembourg
  • 10-24-13

Indiana Jane leaving a bloody trail

What did you like best about The Emperor's Edge? What did you like least?

The story is somewhat a classic "cloak and dagger" plot. The pace between the highs and lows is just about right. The character development is solid and knitted nicely into the flow of the story.
The heroine was caught and escaped a few too many times for my taste. I even lost rack at one stage and was surprised that she somehow got out and I did not even understand how. Nearly every time she does get out, there is a bloody trail left. With that trail I got fed up with and think the writer could have let a few of these unfortunate very minor characters off the hook instead off a cut throat.

Has The Emperor's Edge turned you off from other books in this genre?

It hasn't, I would actually have liked to read more about the setting of the world. How it works and a little bit more of descriptions of the scenery. Not that my imagination fails me but it would just have rounded the story a tad more.

What three words best describe Starla Huchton’s performance?

Personnally, I did not like her performance, I put up with it to finish the story. The different voices she tried to give to the different characters where not sufficiently distinctive to be recognizable or "good" for that matter. Sometimes it's best not to impersonate a character and just tell the story as it goes.

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  • Kat
  • Fairbanks, AK, United States
  • 04-25-13

Surprisingly Enjoyable

I didn't expect much when I snagged this. I'd listened to the sample, and I found the opening to be serviceable both in writing and in narration. It didn't particularly grip me, but I found the premise interesting, so I grabbed it. I was rather surprised. No, it's not the year's best, and no it won't stun or wow you, but what you have here is an enjoyable listen that's fun and steady.

To me, it's pretty difficult for a book to keep me interested the whole way through. Usually there's one or more parts that slow down to the point that I need to take breaks, but this one remained engaging for me, sitting with just enough adventure and derring do to gloss over the bits that weren't entirely realistic or made me go, "Uh huh, suuuuure." For the most part I saved it for listening to while I was cleaning, and in some parts I was curious enough about what happened next to look for other chores needing doing. Towards the end I gave up the pretense of cleaning altogether, and just sat to finish the hour or two remaining.

There is no overt romance, though there were plenty of hints along the way. There was a dash of politics and a wee bit of angst, a lot of fun dialogue and no big surprises (I was able to guess out the twists). Still, the writing was solid, and the narrator pleasant to listen to. I had fun listening to it, and found it to be a nice break between more serious fantasy books. I enjoyed it.

The setting isn't anything particularly groundbreaking, though there were hints at greater depths that I hope might be poked into during the next few books. Some minor steampunk, crossbows and muskets (though there are still men with swords and daggers avoiding all those bolts and balls in order to commit daring acts of masculinity), magic edging in and an evidently bloody past between the main empire and other countries.

If you're looking for a lighthearted romp that features a few handsome men and a (mostly) bright, intelligent female lead, this could be your cup of tea. As for me, I'm going to be buying the next one in the series, and hope I will remain as intrigued the whole way through.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Weak story, weak performance, pass on this one

I gave this book 2 stars because I listened to the whole book, but it was a chore to complete. I found myself zoning out more often than not because I was bored. The story is meh, it never really grips you, and never really comes across as "believable" even within it's own universe. It may have worked generically as an outline, but there isn't enough plot development to support the chain of events. Similarly, all of the characters feel recycled from other stories so they just come across as one dimensional. Without depth of characters, every time Amaranthe tries to persuade someone to do something, the outcome of the conversation seemed too contrived.

The narrator was ok, not great but not awful. Accents were intermittent, mixed, and hokie. Her perky inflection for Amaranthe seemed out of character, but for the most part she had enough range it was easy to distinguish between characters with ease.

Overall, this book was a disappointment. With so many other options to choose from I wouldn't recommend wasting your time with this one.

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Another one but maybe not on audio

I like this but I suspect the reason I didn't like it more was I wasn't really crazy about the narrator because I read the one before this and liked it better. I'll read the next ones because I liked the characters a great deal. There were plot problems but I'm sure it will get better.

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  • Susan
  • Jeffersonton, VA, United States
  • 08-09-17

Enjoyable despite a lackluster narrator

Any additional comments?

The narrator is the weak link in this audio book. It was hard to know who was talking because all the voices were the same and her overall delivery was flat. A shame, because the story is interesting and the characters engaging.

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Another Great Story

This is my second Lindsay Buroker series and I'm hooked. Love the worlds she creates and the interesting, flawed characters.

The narrator is good, but there's a lot of noise in the recording that sometimes got in the way of my enjoyment.

All in all tho, very happy with this book and its recording and promptly bought the next book.

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The Heroine's Actions are unbelievable

I almost didn't finish listening to the book. There were the normal unbelievable plot devices. (Competent intelligent woman interests emperor on chance meeting). I can swallow those plot devices.

The story lines that me cringe were the "I need help, meet me at the location tomorrow morning and you can trust there is a huge reward on my head" type of lines. You just don't tell anybody that kind of thing, much less multiple people. It is unbelievable that she wasn't turned in by a reward seeking opportunist. That and the lines extolling the attractiveness of the upper male body make me think that this was written for the gullible, early teen female audience.

The pacing was excellent. The description of the world was good. The villains were believable. If you can get by the faults I mentioned in the previous paragraph, it is a good listen.

I think Lindsay Buroker is only going to get better. I will probably try another book in the series because the book makes you smile.

Lindsay's Amazon page say that she has been writing a long time but has only recently been finishing books. She has 18 books published, all in the last 2.5 years. She probably started this book when she was younger.

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Awesome story with fun characters

I am huge fan of Lindsey Buroker, and this is still my favorite series. The story moves along while still leaving time for character development and plenty of action. I really enjoy the characters, with all their quirks, and the way they grow together through the series. If you are looking for a well performed book with a heroine who is strong and smart, this is a great choice.

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A fun and easy listen

I honestly had a great time listening to this book. The narrator felt more like a gentle-voiced friend reading to me rather than a professional, and the story itself wasn’t the strongest I’ve ever encountered, but there is a lot to celebrate about this audiobook. For starters, the plot moves at a refreshingly light and snappy pace. Some fantasy books take themselves way too seriously and listening to that sort of self-indulgence can sometimes be auditory torture. Buroker does not condemn listeners to this fate. The true MVPs however are the characters. They elevate what might have been a flat story to a vibrant and rollicking adventure. Buroker crafts characters and relationships so nuanced that I’m left desperate to read the next book and witness their development. Definitely would recommend.

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What a great adventure!

I loved The Emperor's Edge! The characters are well developed and diverse. I love Amaranth and Sicarius. Oh, and Books, and the rest of the crew as well. Starla Huchton's performance is excellent, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I recommend this book very highly. You won't be sorry, honest!

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  • NIGGLEPIGGLE
  • 04-22-18

The empires edge

excellent storyline it will keep you rivited great narration and there are more in this series to listen to

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  • Tarcha
  • 07-24-16

Interesting tale

Sometimes it was hard to work out who was saying what as Starla often didn't give distinct enough voices for the characters.

The story premise interesting, reminds me of a number of con-movies I've seen. But set in a fantasy world.

I felt that the magic aspect was going to come out more however it didn't ever seem to happen -- may hap in future novels they will touch on it?

The basic plan that they had was extremely far fetched and I don't ever believe that anyone would have agreed to it.

But I have bought the second book and I'm planning on listening to it next.

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  • Sean
  • 07-31-17

Average Story and Poor Narration*

The writing was very simplistic and not engaging. Also the narration was very bad.
*However, only read 1/3 of book before I decided to put it down

0 of 1 people found this review helpful