The humor is the glue, and the characterizations. Everything is now up in the air.
Oct 28, Farhin rated it it was amazing. We finally get an insight into the clown of the group who, whilst making the others laugh, determinedly convinces the other characters and the readers that he cares for nothing much but a "good" time with a pretty lady. We find that Maldynado has fears and insecurities, a desire to build his own identity and a strong need to divorce himself from his family's reputation.
A fantastic installment which much character insight and development. Also not to mention, an unlikely ship with Yara ; and more development in Sicaranthe Aug 02, Ashley rated it it was amazing. This book was sooo good, and talk about romantic progress people. My heart was bouncing upside down and off the ceiling. I mean five books and we finally get an view spoiler [ I don't love you, but I appreciate you.
Jun 08, Mei rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy. I don't have enough words to say how much I'm enjoying this series! It's highly recommened to everybody who loves witty, action-full fantasy with great characters, a tiny bit of romance but really breath-taking and nails-chawing one! View all 3 comments. Feb 02, Navdha rated it liked it Shelves: i-am-so-excited-to-read-it , it-made-me-giggle. If only the story wasn't dragged so much, I would have appreciated it more to round up my rating to 4 stars.
That said, I'm still addicted. There is a year old empire to topple afterall. Besides, we've also been promised some "later" time for Sicarius and Amaranthe. Feb 02, cEe beE rated it really liked it Shelves: book-series , my-kinda-hero , kick-ass-heroine. Not as interesting as the first few volumes, a lot of close calls, near misses, and death defying escapes - way too many. But I'm hooked on these series and can't wait for the 6th book. View 1 comment.
Aaaaand, a satisfying resolution to that cliffhanger. I still enjoy the characters and their crazy adventures. Good to see Sespian growing as a character and a person--the poor guy has a lot to take in, for sure.
And it's a pleasure to discover an author who has learned the sustaining power of a slow-burn romance. This, above all else, is what keeps readers glued to Aaaaand, a satisfying resolution to that cliffhanger.
This, above all else, is what keeps readers glued to this series. I can only hope the last few books don't ruin it for me. Mar 31, Hallie rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. Not knocking off any points for the horrible non-ending to the previous book in the series, although I normally get very cranky when authors do that. Part of my unusual tolerance is due to my own selfish lack of suffering, as I was able to go straight from Conspiracy into this; part the sincere-seeming apology at the end of Conspiracy ; and part the fact that Buroker hasn't done this in any previous books at least of those I've read, which is most of them.
A few essentially non-spoilery thought Not knocking off any points for the horrible non-ending to the previous book in the series, although I normally get very cranky when authors do that. It occurred to me as I was reading Conspiracy the other day that one thing I really, really like about the series is the snail-like pace of the romance. Relative to most fantasies I've read lately, at any rate.
In 4 books we've had, by my admittedly uncertain count, one kiss. And no other sexual acts performed without kissing, for whatever reason! Amaranthe isn't at all attracted to Sicarius because he's an incredibly efficient and ruthless assassin, thankfully, nor because of his looks. In fact, I can't think of terribly much that's said about his appearance - he's physically tough as nails, but that's frequently considered ruefully rather than admiringly by Amaranthe as Sicarius pushes her and the team to train far past the point of pain and exhaustion.
She comes to trust that he has her back, whatever his initial motivations, and as she learns his past, with frustrating slowness, she comes to understand that he was made into what he is by truly inhuman means. The slow development of romantic feelings towards him fits very well with her compassionate understanding and forgiving of her team members, even when one or other of them proves weak or untrustworthy.
We rewatched the four Bourne films recently, and I was also struck by some correspondences between those I haven't read the books, so am only going on the films and the Emperor's Edge series. Like Sicarius, Bourne and Aaron Cross have been made into super-strong, efficient killers, without having chosen this for themselves. And in both cases, almost all of our disgust and anger is directed towards those who created them and use them without the slightest remorse or compassion. It's also necessary to suspend a lot of disbelief about both their ability to survive despite huge odds, and about their managing to retain a certain amount of humanity with all that has been done to remove that humanity from them.
The survival incredibility in the Emperor's Edge series extends to Amaranthe's team as well as Sicarius, but it's a lack of realism I'm happy enough to go along with for the duration of the ride.
It helps that Amaranthe really isn't a Mary Sue, so what her team manages with her as somewhat dubious leader is more acceptable than if she excelled at everything. As this is very character-driven adventure, it works well that Amaranthe is the main protagonist, but each of the books after the first picks up one of the team members for primary secondary character, as it were. The books which focused on Books and Basilard were my favourites in that regard, as they're deeper, more serious characters than Akstyr and Maldynado, at least initially.
However, it worked quite well to have the boyos be the focus of the 4th and 5th books, as there's a heavy theme of misunderstanding and mistrust running through them both. Akstyr only slowly comes round from thinking only of himself and being quite willing to sell the others out if necessary, and finds, somewhat to his own surprise, that he cares that he may have lost the trust of Amaranthe and the team. And ironically, he's being judged for something he didn't do intentionally but only in an unguarded moment when he's tempted to trust someone from his past who has never before been worthy of it.
Maldynado is also forced to face the fact that his family's rejection of him bothers him, and is distressed that others distrust him because of what that family does. Meanwhile, Amaranthe is the only person who knows Sicarius's big secret, and she's the emotional touchstone for the distress Sicarius feels as much as he can at being so thoroughly feared and hated, despite everything he's done. Having Sespian so openly loathe Sicarius is pretty heartrending for her, and the susceptible reader too.
That would be this reader! The scenes between her and Sicarius after Pike was killed were just lovely. There was a decent enough ending to this installment, although I'm very glad indeed that book 6 will be out this year. Dec 16, Hannah rated it really liked it Shelves: steampunk , favourites , fantasy.
Yes, feelings! I feel almost apologetic towards Amaranthe when I say that her suffering was probably worth it, since it prompted the first real display of gentle concern from Sicarius. Lindsay Buroker really does know how to write a romantic relationship with just the right amount of tension and positive development to keep it interesting. Another major highlight? Maldynado as the secondary POV!
I think it goes without saying that the team funnyman is an easy fan-favourite and his POV definitely rewarded all the anticipation. Maldynado is hilarious, as expected, but surprisingly it was his hidden depth that tugged at my heartstrings, far more than that of Books, Basilard or Akstyr. His respect and love for Amaranthe, in fact, is what touched me most of all even more than his developing romance with Yara, which is cute if not particularly earth-shaking — it was adorable how Maldynado thought of Amaranthe at every turn — concern over her wellbeing, missing her presence or even wondering whether his actions would make her proud.
Feb 18, Safiyyah rated it it was amazing. This was Maldynado's POV. One of the best books so far. Apr 14, Lynn rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy-urban-fiction. This book took a darker turn. After the cliffhanger ending of book 4 this was pretty much non stop. It left me exhausted. Unfortunately due to the peril Amaranthe was in I was a little distracted for Maldynado's sections.
I needed her to be in a better place before I could fully pay attention to the other storyline. As such I was distracted and this book left me exhausted. It would have benefited from a little more of a break in the action than we got. Also, this book gives a little background i This book took a darker turn. Also, this book gives a little background into Sicarius' childhood which we had gotten hints that it was pretty bad..
Suffice it to say it was full of horrors. The realistic part of me knows that no one who went through all of that could ever be stable. However, because this is fiction and the series doesn't take itself too seriously I root for him all the way to recover his humanity fully. Sep 30, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: surpassed-expectations , favorite-series , best-main-character , witches-sorcerors-magic , other-worlds , assassins.
Here's the obligatory warning that I'm in love with these books and they can do no wrong in my eyes. We get some strong development between Sicarius and Amaranthe, plus we get more of Sicarius, Amaranthe and Sespian Here's the obligatory warning that I'm in love with these books and they can do no wrong in my eyes. We get some strong development between Sicarius and Amaranthe, plus we get more of Sicarius, Amaranthe and Sespian together for extended periods of time.
In order to hold myself over until Forged in Blood comes out ! Sep 07, Douglas Meeks rated it it was amazing. Blood and Betrayal by Lindsay Buroker My rating: 5 of 5 stars I just finished Blood and Betrayal The Emperor's Edge Book 5 and other than the fact I have to wait until next year to move the story along it was amazing as expected. The whole Emperor's Edge series borders on the edge of fantastic, the characters are fleshed out and the stories are always full of things that make you think you know what is going to happen I could write paragraphs o Blood and Betrayal by Lindsay Buroker My rating: 5 of 5 stars I just finished Blood and Betrayal The Emperor's Edge Book 5 and other than the fact I have to wait until next year to move the story along it was amazing as expected.
I could write paragraphs on the excellence of this series and this addition but others have said it well enough that my words are not needed to convey how good this whole series is, give yourself a gift and buy them all. View all my reviews Sep 06, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: steampunk , kindle , booksread. I have so many feelings about this series. I have many, many feelings for the characters. The characters continue to be amazing. But I have to admit to being irked by a couple of things in this book. First, I'm getting a little tired of one of the main characters being kidnapped and kept captive as a main plot.
Second, there was a lot of torture in this book, which, well, I just found really unpleasant. It felt like there didn't need to be so much time spent on it, especially as it seemed not to I have so many feelings about this series. It felt like there didn't need to be so much time spent on it, especially as it seemed not to have that much of a lasting effect on the recipient. Third, I feel like the pace of real developments in the plot has slowed down a lot in this series.
I feel like I've been waiting for resolutions of certain things over three books now, and haven't gotten all that much new in each book. It's frustrating knowing it's going to be a long wait for a continuation of the story and that the plot might not get very far once the next installment is here.
All that having been said, I still adore this series and am practically panting in need of the next one. There's a reason I've finished this book within a couple of days of its release. Sep 05, Amanda rated it it was amazing Shelves: assassin-mafia-hero , my-favourite-hero , stoic-hero. I think I never said it enough times about how glad I found out about this series. But now I'm a big fan. I just love the character Sicarius.
He is the deadly assassin that seldom engage in dialogue, yet I find myself re-reading every word he spoken like treasure. From Book 1 to 5, he had grown so much. He use to convey message without talking, now he started to give us some full sentence. As usual, Lindsay Buro I think I never said it enough times about how glad I found out about this series. But the truth is finally out in this instalment. Did I mentioned that both father and son like the same woman? Jan 28, Colleen rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , indie-author , steampunk. Quite a bit darker and more introspective than the earlier novels largely due to view spoiler [Amaranthe's torture experience hide spoiler ] , but also due to Maldynado's perspective and his dealing with his past and self doubt.
Still a fast paced, action packed, wonderful character driven story. It doesn't fully resolve at the end, but it is less of a cliffhanger than book 4. Hopefully book 6 will come out soon! Jun 15, Jane rated it really liked it Shelves: , inglise-keeles , fantasy , assassin , sci-fi. This book in the series added Maldynado's POV and I must say that while it was quite interesting to get a peek into his head I actually expected more from him.
I had hoped that there is more hidden under his simpleton-charade and while I can quite safely say that he is no simpleton, his persona wasn't all what I was expecting. I must say that this series has definitely surprised me in a very, very positive way and I definitely plan on continuing. Dec 31, Marlene rated it it was amazing. I also fell in love with her endlessly snarky five-man band of characters — even though the band eventually encompassed more than five characters, male or otherwise. As is certainly shown in this fifth entry in the series, Blood and Betrayal.
When last we left our heroes, five years ago and at the end of Conspiracy, Amaranthe had just been thrown out of the dirigible the gang had commandeered. In mid-flight. Of course.
As Blood and Betrayal opens, the gang is kind of in the same position that Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli are in at the opening of The Two Towers — minus the death of Boromir or his equivalent. But they are already in the middle of a mission to pretend to kidnap the young Emperor Sespian and uncover the plot to overthrow him — along with figuring out all of the other plans being hatched by the dangerous and mysterious group calling themselves Forge.
He desperately needs to rescue Amaranthe. He equally desperately needs to keep the young Emperor safe — because unbeknownst to everyone except himself and Amaranthe, Emperor Sespian is his son. Out of the frying pan, into the fire, out of the torture chamber and into a subterranean sub rosa meeting to overthrow the empire. With deadly alien machines chasing them every step of the way.
The level of snarkitude of these folks would make this a perfect series to distract me on the treadmill. The heart of this series is the character of Amaranthe Lokdon herself. As one of the members of her crew puts it, Amaranthe is the glue that holds the group together. None of them would have ever had much to do with one another, but over the course of the series they have run into her and gotten themselves stuck both to her and to each other. With his reputation as a fop — a reputation he encourages at every turn — Maldynado finds it difficult to take charge of anything.
This is a story that takes its turns into dark places — and into the backgrounds of more of its characters in ways that explore what brought them to these circumstances. Jun 04, Lilia Ford rated it liked it Shelves: cops-fbi-lawmen , fantasy-romance , kindle-lendable. Not bad, but more disjointed plotwise than the others. Oct 11, Kathy rated it it was amazing. I really like Lindsay style of writing. I like to laugh. Nov 26, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: romance , fantasy , science-fiction , steampunk , read This was basically as good as all the other books in the series.
My biggest problem was the lack of Sicarius for over half the book. The first half was much more focused on Maldynado instead of Amaranthe, which also didn't help. I mean, it's not like I hated the first half — I liked getting more depth to Maldynado, and seeing more of Yara, and the team dynamics are always a lot of fun. But it was hard to care as much about what they were doing when Amaranthe was being tortured and Sicarius was l This was basically as good as all the other books in the series.
But it was hard to care as much about what they were doing when Amaranthe was being tortured and Sicarius was literally running to rescue her. Luckily the second half more than made up for the slow-ish first half. We get much more time with Amaranthe's POV in the second half, for one thing, and we get less Maldynado and crew.
While I like Yara and Maldynado as characters separately a lot, I just can't get into their romance. It's just not my favorite trope, where you have a guy constantly flirting and annoying with a girl, and the girl pretends like he's a nuisance but secretly she's into him.
So I found myself a bit indifferent to them bonding. I did like seeing that Books had figured out what was going on between Amaranthe and Sicarius and telling Maldynado. The amount that none of the rest of the crew understand what Amaranthe and Sicarius are to one another will always be hilarious to me.
I also liked the bit about Maldynado's sister and how Amaranthe reminds him of her, and that's why he's always treated her like a sister. Also, everyone teasing Maldynado at all times was a lot of fun, especially about the spelunking comment. It's not like she had control over Retta going through her thoughts! And the scenes when they've reunited and are traveling together were everything to me. I loved that when he brought up her and Sespian, she was like stumbling over herself to explain it was nothing, and then he revealed that it just made him realize he wasn't going to let anyone else have her, even his son.
The Sespian stuff had not been my favorite up to this point, but I was thrilled that his reaction wasn't "I have to keep my distance from Amaranthe so I don't hurt Sespian," but was instead, "Okay actually I want her, no one else can have her. And that they embraced when he first found her. And the cheek kiss!!! Also in the beginning when he's clearly warring with himself after she's missing about whether to stay with Sespian or go find her, and he ultimately decides to go for her, and then that moment when Amaranthe makes that connection herself, and is like, "Sorry, I know Sespian's your priority," and he's like, "You're both my priorities.
And that he admitted he had considered leaving the team because he felt like him being there made things harder for her but he couldn't walk away from her. My heart broke for Sicarius, and I loved that Amaranthe was there to defend him and try to get through to Sespian. I love that she tells Sicarius she won't give up on trying to redeem him in Sespian's eyes. 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 I could spend hours discussing the world and all the main players Shop Books.
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