Author: Lindsay Buroker
Title: "Blood and betrayal"
Book 5 in series The emperor's edge
Main character: Amaranthe Lokdon
First of all, you need to know that this is part of a series that definitely needs to be read in order :) all the books in it revolve around the same group of characters... yes, the focus is more concentrated on different members of said group, but the bigger story arch is definitely overlaping all of the books... :) that is also the very reason why it will be very hard for me to write this review... because I can no longer keep it #SpoilersFree for all of you who haven't read the series... so I'm gonna do the same I did with my review for the previous installment... I will have the next paragraph #SpoilersFree, talking a bit about the world and the main characters in general, and then the third and final one will include spoilers from the previous stories, so you have to be caught up with the series to avoid any surprises :)
So how to describe the awesomeness that is this story with just a few sentences... because trust me... I could spend hours discussing the world and all the main players... but we don't have that much time ;) so first things first... this is a fantasy / steampunk-ish series... which is a mix I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy at first, but now I am completely in love and need more :) like I mentioned before, there is a bigger picture going on in this series, but pretty much each of the book concentrates on one part of that story... except for the last few ones, which ended on pretty big cliffhangers... :) #TrueStory ;) but back to my explanation :) the stories take place in the Turgonian empire... and I am really hoping I haven't made a mistake in the name... if I did, sorry... :) it was not on purpose :) and even though I claim that the main character is Amaranthe Lokdon, a former enforcer... think police-ish type :) it's actually a group... my absolutely favourite group of misfits :) they are all... just so... unique :) I'm gonna say a sentence or two about each of them, so you'll have the chance to discover everything else by yourselves :) so first, there's Amaranthe, the leader of this unruly group :) she used to be an enforcer, but some misunderstandings and unfortunate turn of events lead her to land on the wrong side of the law... now she's working to redeem herself and the rest of her team :) she's the most positive of them all and is able to come up with the most insane plans... they usually don't work exactly like she wanted them to, but oh well... ;) next we have Sicarius... and it's insane how much I adore him... especially since you take into consideration fact that he is this mysterious and deadly assassin... and he really *does* kill people... he doesn't talk much, but once a while when he does... *swoons* ;) there's also Maldynado, a warrior disowned by his family, Books, a very smart professor-ish type, Akstyr, a young and angry most of the time mage of sorts and Basilard, an ex slave with lots of scars who doesn't talk... they have a new addition... or two ;) of sorts in these latest installments, but it's too spoilerific to mention in this moment :) what you need to know is that this series is absolutely hilarious :) the interactions and all sorts of shenanigans between our group of misfits are my favourite to read about :) each book is full of surprising twists and adventures and just... GAH!!! just go read the first one already, and then you'll understand :) ok, that's it for the non-spoilery portion of this review :)
LAST WARNING people :) this last paragrapg will contain spoilers from the previous books as well as my thoughts and feelings about this newest installment, so if you are all caught up with the series... or just don't mind huge spoilerific knowledge, then proceed :) so after the mother of all clifhangers at the end of that last book... I immediately had to start reading this one... I mean, if it wasn't for Amaranthe getting kidnapped by a master torturer, I would be able to take a break from fantasy world... but it just wasn't in the cards for me :) fortunately for me, we pick up right where we left off, the aftermath of a semi-successful attempt to kidnap the emperor, per his own wishes, by Amaranthe's team... yeah, it's not looking good people... the entire book takes place over the span of just a few days and I gave this story 4,5 stars... so far it's my lowest rating yet in this series, but that's only because the majority of it, they are separated, and I just personally prefer them to stick together :) I missed those group interactions... :) here we basically have two separate stories, and we skip between them... I was more interested in the one with Amaranthe... and then her and Sicarius, so maybe that's why I enjoyed a bit less the one with the rest of the team :) another reason is that... well, I don't know... but I kind of expected something more from Maldynado... this is the book where we get to know about him some more, and I... I'm not sure why, but I expected some more depth... maybe his character will grow some more in future books :) don't get me wrong, it was still a phenomenal book, just... I liked the other ones a bit better :) I enjoyed the last part the most... because they finally all got in one place :) and I am very eagerly looking forward to continue on with this series to see how Lindsay will finish this story :) all in all I still very highly recommend you guys to give this series a try :)