Deadly Games (The Emperor's Edge Book 3)

Rated 4.85/5 based on 15 reviews
When you’ve been accused of kidnapping an emperor, and every enforcer in the city wants your head, it’s hard to prove yourself an honorable person and even harder to earn an imperial pardon.

That doesn’t keep Amaranthe Lokdon and her team of outlaws from trying. When athletes start disappearing from the Imperial Games... More

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Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Words: 110,160
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466147379
About Lindsay Buroker

Lindsay is a full-time independent fantasy author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas. She grew up in the Seattle area but moved to Arizona when she realized she was solar-powered.

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Review by: E.S. Quoika on Sep. 27, 2013 : (no rating)
Cannot open file in aldiko or kindle app. Loving the book, but not so happy about having to read it in the web browser.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Glynis Jones on Feb. 20, 2013 :
Interesting aspect for the continuence of the series....
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sophia DeLuna on Aug. 09, 2012 :
Yet another wonderful book in this series!
I'm looking forward to read the next one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Victoria Chvatal on Feb. 21, 2012 :
Another great read from the Emperor's Edge series. This time the spotlight is on Basilard, and he's got a difficult moral dilemma. There are more exotic monsters to battle, and a villain from the first novel reappears (I really hoped he'd died!), although in new company. One of the things I like about the series is that the characters develop and grow in each subsequent novel. Looks like the team is finally making headway in getting into the Empoor good books, although their task is far from complete.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: H Lenore on Jan. 21, 2012 :
Great book, can't wait for the next one. Hopefully it will be longer! I really enjoyed the books but they were over much too soon. Thanks for writing an awesome book Lindsay!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: LisaMH on Jan. 09, 2012 :
Great book to continue the series, though I missed Sicarius during the middle of the book, but the ending somewhat made up for his disappearance! I have to say that some of the plot twists seemed a little convoluted and left me a bit confused, but the character development compensated. Perhaps it'll take more than one very speedy reading of it to get some of the layers: I was too busy wanting to know how things were going to progress between Amaranthe and Sicarius!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: slc333 on Dec. 17, 2011 :
I love love love this series. I love how Amaranthe can talk people into doing whatever she wants, I love how Sicarius is gradually developing a sense of humor, I love how Amaranthe has whole conversations with Sicarius with his only involvement being the twitch of the brow. I love the pace of the series, Lindasy Buroker times the progression of the relationship perfectly with a little more in each book. And just as I was wondering what was going on with Sespian - there he is at the end of the book. I can't wait for the next instalment.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kelly Christensen on Dec. 13, 2011 :
I loved this book! The series is completely amazing! I'm anxiously waiting for the next book....PLEASE HURRY!!! :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Claire Rooney on Dec. 09, 2011 :
I'm not sure I can accurately describe how much I love this series. Lindsay Buroker nails it again in the third instalment. This edition is easily as cinematic as the previous two. You could transcribe it word for word onto the big screen and hold me riveted.


SPOILERS BELOW


These characters continue to grow and endear themselves to me. Funnily enough, the character that struck me as the most changed was Maldynado. He really has become a rather loyal fellow who looks out for... well, Amaranthe, but there were several "Aww, the big softie" moments. I think he is acting more and more like her big brother (albeit one that doesn't get possessive or expect her to be chaste - we can leave that to Sicarius).

Akstyr worries me. He is useful, but I don't think he has formed the type of bonds for Amaranthe as the others have. She is the glue that holds them together, and he isn't quite as attached. I think when we get his point of view, we might see things differently, but I am expecting a surprise from him.

Amaranthe continues to be a lady to admire. She doesn't have to resort to seduction or lies to convince people to join her cause. Her humanity and passion do that. But I see a few cracks of doubt appearing here and there, which should open some interesting discussions going forward. I'd actually like to see how Sicarius might deal with her moments of doubt. She's always kept such a positive face for him. Especially since he is depending on her planning to bring him... well, potentially two rewards now.

Basilard was 100% correct. Amaranthe humanises Sicarius. But then, she brings the best out in each member of that team. I'm glad Basilard did not go through with his plan.

That epilogue was brilliant (as was the scene preceding it, but I truly do not want to spoil it for everyone who SHOULD be reading this book). What a brilliant tease for the next chapter in this series, which I hope I won't hound the author for too much in the coming months.

Bottom line: Awesome storytelling. Engaging and unique characters. Flawless eBook. On my top ten list of books I've read in 2011 (which also includes the other two). Must read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Corie Weaver on Dec. 07, 2011 : (no rating)
Great fun! Can't wait for the next one!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Vikki Davina on Dec. 04, 2011 :
As always loved it. I like that the books are not fluffy but there is still tension. Waiting patiently for the next installment...ok maybe a little bit impatient! :). Keep em comin'
Oh yeah, the note from the Emporer... who'd a thunk it? Deleted my spoilers out of respect for those who have not yet read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kayla Lanier on Dec. 03, 2011 :
I LOVED this book and I can't wait until the next one comes out.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Anna Furr on Dec. 03, 2011 :
Loved every book in this series, fast paced, keeps you reading and the end stops your breath and makes it impossible not to hang on your seat till the next is out... just to do it all over again.... love it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: AKK on Dec. 03, 2011 :
I found it very, very difficult to write a review for this book without repeating everything I said about The Emperor's Edge series in my previous reviews.
It's as fast paced, as character driven with dry wit and humor as the other installments, and - at least for me - even more gripping than the previous Dark Current (though that might be partially due to road stories not being my preferred brand of tea and the fact that the character developments from the previous books come to -partial, mind you!- fruition here (no, I will *not* tell you, how. Read for yourself!).

Forced to also mention the downsides, I can list only two:
First, the book is too short (its 110100+ words were over much too fast), and
Second, it ends on a cliffhanger (no, two cliffhangers actually: there's the emperor's note and the labyrinthine developments!) that makes me itch for what comes next. I truly hope we don't have to wait too long for Empire Edge's continuation.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Suzanne Price on Dec. 02, 2011 :
I very much enjoyed this book. I had been waiting for the next book in series and was so happy when it came out. I think the pacing and characters in this book are great. She does a wonderful job creating contrast and interesting in characters. The light romance is nicely done but not too much. I look forward to the next book
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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