The Emperor's Edge by Lindsay Buroker
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
For the avid YA reader (and probably girls in particular) this is a highly satisfying read. It's always great to find a YA novel that has a strong female lead character who is intelligent and ambitious but still has personality. Plus her OCD just makes her better. Even the secondary characters she (Amaranthe) pulls into her group throughout the tale are equally charming in their different ways. Maldynado and 'Books' were probably my favorites. In fact I'd say the whole novel is full of appealing characters and despicable villains -which of course just makes the villains appealing as well (Sicarius of course being both).
The fantasy setting also has its charm - a steam powered empire that foolishly denies the existence of magic. I would have enjoyed a smattering more detail in the surroundings - but leaving it to my imagination turned out to be just as good.
Here's the book synopsis from Goodreads:
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
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 loved that the ebook was free - it's a great strategy for the rest of the series. I
immediately bought the second. It's going on my favorites shelf.
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