The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker
I wanted to choose one indie author and book for this project completely at random, which didn’t work out so very well. This indie author and book choice was more deliberate. Lindsay Buroker is well known within the realm of author-publishers and her books have a large following. The Emperor’s Edge has received a number of good reviews, so I figured it would be a safe bet.
The cover blurb
The adventure starts here…
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.
I know “two” doesn’t really make for an accurate sample of all indie books but what are the odds that the only two indie books I chose for this project turned out to be the only two books I put down without finishing? I was looking forward to a strong end to my reading adventure but it turns out this book just wasn’t for me. I am sure it would be great for other readers—it was nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award, afterall—so don’t discount it just because I couldn’t get onboard.
The problem I had with The Emperor’s Edge was the opposite of the problem I had with The Blind Pig. With the latter, I felt that the author had a strong idea but weak writing skills. Buroker, on the other hand, is obviously a skilled writer. I had no complaints with her prose. What ultimately made me put this book aside was the plot. I am not an unforgiving reader. I will overlook a few plot holes here and there, a few handwaviums, a bit of questionable plausibility. But when I’m faced with plot holes I could drop a dump truck into in the first quarter of the book then the author loses me.
Such was the case with this otherwise promising book. I wanted to like this book and I tried to keep reading, but once I’d pulled out of the story there was no going back. I’m not going to spell out the specifics because this is simply a case of “not for me”. Obviously, Buroker has built an audience, so she’s doing something right, and plenty of readers did not share my reaction to this book.
I wish I could have ended my ten book project on a happier note but at least I enjoyed eight wonderful books and found some awesome female SF/F authors.
Will I read more by this author?
Not anything else in this series. Otherwise…maaaaaybe. It would take a strong recommendation from a trusted source.
You should read this book if…
Since I didn’t finish this book, I don’t feel qualified to recommend it. What I did read, however, was light fantasy and I think those looking for fun, escapist SF/F might enjoy it.
Where to find The Emperor’s Edge on The Zon: The Emperor’s Edge
Up next: A summary of my Ten Book All Female-Authored SF/F Reading Project That Never Did Get a Better Name