The Assassin's Curse

Rated 4.74/5 based on 21 reviews
When outlaws Amaranthe and Sicarius chance upon imperial spies stealing military prototypes, they immediately give chase. After all, they both want imperial pardons, and what better way to attract the emperor’s favor than by looking after the empire’s interests? What seems like a straightforward mission develops a hitch when the spies flee to a haunted island.

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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: Jodie Rybolt on March 30, 2014 :
Another winner from a consistently great author. This is great series and I highly recommend you go download them all and read them in order. Guaranteed you will fall in love with the characters
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Sophia DeLuna on Jan. 05, 2013 :
Can't believe I've missed reading this till I found it between my bookfiles today.
A well written Amaranthe/Sicarius adventure.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kendra C. Highley on Aug. 17, 2012 :
Another great add to the EE universe!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Madison Keller on Aug. 03, 2012 :
Fun little short featuring Amaranthe and Sicarius. I like this one because we get to see more of Sicarius's human side when he makes a very human mistake, and gets saved by Amaranthe.

Action packed, there is hardly a dull moment in the book. My heart was pounding during several tense scenes.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lovey Dovey Books on May 09, 2012 :
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The Assassin's Curse is a satisfying novella to read while waiting for the release of the fourth Emperor's Edge novel. The third novel, Deadly Games, ratcheted up my excitement over the characters and their changing relationships.

This isn't YA fiction, and I recently stumbled upon Lindsay Buroker and fell in love with The Emperor's Edge. So far there are three novels and a couple of short stories that focus on specific characters. The Assassin's Curse focuses on Amaranthe, the leader of the Emperor's Edge, and Sicarius, the deadly assassin looking for exoneration. I won't say much about their role in the series but their latest adventure establishes them as the main attraction of the Emperor's Edge.

I still say those two have chemistry even though it's hard to see. I love how in any situation Amaranthe and her team gets into they always learn something new about each other. Each mission solidifies their resolve and loyalty to one another.

I'm definitely ready to get on with the series and read the fourth novel!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Rochelle Muller on March 19, 2012 :
Great Shortie!! Can't wait for EE4!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Deanna on March 11, 2012 :
Like at of the Emperor's Edge books, this hit the spot. Short, but complete. Fun and action packed! Four stars only because I want more.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Steampunk Angel on Feb. 11, 2012 : (no rating)
Lindsay Buroker is a wonderful author, and this was exactly what I needed to hold me up while waiting for the fourth Emperor's Edge book. A quick read, obviously, but very nicely explained. Most short stories are just to brief, either to brief to get a plot in or to brief to explain the plot they put in. Lindsay did very well with the perfect balance. Love it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: merrylass on Feb. 11, 2012 :
Excellent short story addition to this series -- the only downside is that it adds to my impatience for the next book!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sarah Flemming on Feb. 10, 2012 :
Loved the story, well written. Lindsay writes a great story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stacey James on Feb. 08, 2012 :
This short story is well-paced and action packed. The characters are well defined and interesting. I look forward to more books by this author. I recently read Flash Gold and Hunted and thoroughly enjoyed them both (I think that series may be my favorite, but Lindsay should write a few more in each for me to completely decide:).
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: John Williamson on Feb. 08, 2012 :
Another great read from the fertile and inventive mind of Lindsay Buroker. If you are a fan you already have this book. I if not, read any of her books and join Lindsey's fans.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: kate holvoet on Feb. 07, 2012 :
I've enjoyed everything I've read by Lindsay Buroker, and this short story is no different. I do think she needs to progress the relationship between Amaranthe and Sicarius because it is falling into the Remington Steele/ Moonlighting dragging it out that is starting to drive me crazy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: kate holvoet on Feb. 07, 2012 : (no rating)
I've enjoyed everything I've read by Lindsay Buroker, and this short story is no different. I do think she needs to progress the relationship between Amaranthe and Sicarius because it is falling into the Remington Steele/ Moonlighting dragging it out that is starting to drive me crazy.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dedra Colegrove on Feb. 07, 2012 :
Great short story for fans of the series! However, it just left me wanting more...
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Juba67 on Feb. 07, 2012 :
Great short story for fans of the series. Rx reading the whole series
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Khaalidah Muhammad-Ali on Feb. 07, 2012 :
What can I say? This didn't fail to impress me. This little story was more of the same goodness I've come to expect, respect, and love from Lindsay Buroker. Sircarius was in top form...Sheesh. I love these characters!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bookblogger on Feb. 06, 2012 :
The Assassin's Curse by Lindsay Buroker is a short story set in the world of her Emperor's Edge series. This story only features Amaranthe and Sicarius out of the team and I missed the other characters a bit myself. This is a very quick read, but if you are a fan of the series like I am you look forward to everything you can get your hands on. The story follows a similar theme to the rest of the books with Amaranthe spotting something out of the ordinary and wanting to investigate to hopefully get some positive attention and get her team cleared of all crimes.

This story starts with the Sicarius and Amaranthe doing some training in the lake when they spot a lot of smoke in the air. They find an army transport that has been looted of new experimental weaponry and decide to check a nearby island for the thieves. Unfortunately that island is supposed to be cursed to help people who are looking to overthrow the empire.

As with all of Lindsay's work this is written using her wonderful characters and a great skill with description. A must have for fans of the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rochelle Muller on Jan. 26, 2012 :
Loved it! Can't wait for EE4
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: AKK on Jan. 19, 2012 :
Assassin's Curse is a tough, short-paced short story adventure of the center pair of Lindsay Buroker's captivating "The Emperor's Edge" novel series. Fans of the series, especially A+S shippers, would not want to miss it! At least, I for sure loved every minute of reading it. :-)

Then why only 4 of 5 stars?
It's because Assassin's Curse suffers from a typical "established series in between short story illness": the indecision of whether to include all the details necessary for freshly visiting readers or to accept that it is an inbetween story catering to established fans and leave out the established background where it doesn't connect to the actual plot.
The result of this indecision are "info dumps" esp. in the first part of the story that are not enough for new readers to appreciate the characters (and their treats & quirks), while tempting an established fan to jump a few lines. Interestingly, the later part of the story doesn't suffer from this. Background details here (the supposed lineage of the current emperor, for example) are used skillfully as plot device and are also expanded to greater depth. Lovely so, I may add.

So much about style, but what about content?
It's not even 12.000 words, read yourself!
No really, I don't want to summarize a short story. It would give too much away imho. However, since only two of the five main characters star in this, I think it might be nice to have the other three say their thoughts about the events:

"Following heavily armed thieves onto a cursed island is not prudent." ~ Books.

"There's something wrong with a man, when it takes a shot to the back to make him hug a beautiful woman." ~ Maldynado.

"Whatever." ~Akstyr.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jenna Elizabeth Johnson on Jan. 17, 2012 :
Aaaah, there is nothing better than getting a Lindsay Buroker short to appease one's appetite while waiting for the next EE novel to come out . . . And this one doesn't disappoint! In Assassin's Curse, while Amaranthe and Sicarius are out training, evidence of trouble suddenly arises. And Amaranthe, being a magnet for trouble (and eager to cut training with Sicarius a bit short, of course), eagerly insists they check it out.
What follows is a haunting mini-adventure involving an ancient curse, some dangerous machinery and a late night swim. If you are a fan of Lindsay's other books, you will definitely appreciate this newest addition - and we even get a tidbit of information on Sicarius' past . . . ;)
Thanks again Lindsay and I cannot wait for the next book!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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