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BLOOD AND BETRAYAL

(Emperor’s Edge, Book 5)


by Lindsay Buroker


Smashwords Edition

Copyright © 2012 Lindsay Buroker

All rights reserved.

Foreword

Thank you, good reader, for continuing on with the Emperor's Edge adventures. Maldynado hopes you'll find his story entertaining and that you'll be solidly in the Maldynado-needs-a-statue camp by the end of the book. Oh, and he'll allow that you may be curious to catch up with Amaranthe as well.

Before you jump into that, please allow me to thank my wonderful beta readers, Kendra Highley and Becca Andre, for perusing early versions of the manuscript and suggesting improvements. Thank you, also, to my editor, Shelley Holloway, and cover art designer, Glendon Haddix, (they're also wonderful!) for continuing to work on the series. Now, I'll let you get into the story, since it seems someone left you with a cliffhanger at the end of the last book…

Chapter 1

Smoke smothered the dirigible’s navigation cabin like a dense fog. Murky water seeped through the spider web of cracks in the viewing window, dripped off the smashed control panel, and pooled on the floor in front of Maldynado Montichelu’s nose. Awareness of the puddle—and the fact that his left nostril was swimming in it—came abruptly. When Maldynado jerked his head out of the water, pain sharper than any woman’s tongue stabbed his skull from the inside out. He winced and grabbed his temples. His fingers brushed a bump larger than any of the mountains they’d just flown over. He didn’t know if it’d been thirty seconds since the crash or thirty minutes, but he’d liked things better when he’d been unconscious.

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