Until reading The Emperor's Edge, I was uninterested in the steampunk genre and would stick to more "traditional" fantasy novels that focused on vampires, werewolves, and other such creatures of myth or legend. As a fan of strong female protagonists, I took a step outside my usual fare of vampire slayers and demon hunters and picked up a copy of Lindsay Buroker's Ice Cracker II short story (featuring the characters in The Emperor's Edge). Like only the best short stories can do, Ice Cracker II drew me in and made me want to read more about the fascinating characters. I was thus compelled to pick up a copy of The Emperor's Edge to see if the full-length book would live up to the promise shown in the short story.
From the start, the engaging heroine pulled me into the novel and made me forget my reticence of the unknown steampunk genre. The story was fast-paced with distinct, interesting characters and the interaction between Amaranthe and Sicarius was particularly enjoyable.
Although I noticed a few very minor typos, there were none of the usual glaring grammatical errors that often characterize indie authors. I enjoyed not being derailed in the middle of my reading by having to stop and untangle awkwardly phrased sentences.
For any others who are as wary as I was of diving into the world of steampunk, I encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and give The Emperor's Edge a try. I'm glad I didn't pass over this novel just because it was outside my usual tastes and am eager to read the sequel.