on Aug. 1, 2013 :
Bravo Ms. Buroker. The ending brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat. I believe I re-read that last scene half a dozen times, hoping to catch every intonation and thus make my peace with the end of the story. I look forward to the further, or past, exploits of the whole crew as I will miss them dearly.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on July 28, 2013 :
What a finale! I followed this series of seven since book 1 and if you like action, adventure, humor, intriguing (and developing!) characters in a detailed world with unique steampunk/scifi flavor, these are your books!
I especially liked how the two book finale touched on most if not all the important plot-defining tropes from the previous installments (and even the short stories in between them). A fulfilling closure for a breathtaking ride of seven books with just enough sadness filled in to avoid any sticky sappiness feeling from marring the experience. I seldom use the words "perfect" for a book series, but [book: The Emperor's Edge] series deserves it.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on July 23, 2013 :
The conclusion of this series was very well done, although I wish the end wouldn't have been so bitter-sweet.
I will miss the characters, and I hope we will see them again in another series.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on July 22, 2013 :
This was a very satisfying end to the series. Sicarius and Amaranthe's POV worked well to move the action along--we didn't see everything 'first hand', so we could focus on the exciting things.
It ended at a good place. I'm probably the only person out there who isn't head over heels with Sicarius and Amaranthe together. He is so quiet and so damaged, I think before long she'll be lonely in the relationship, and ultimately I think the person who will hurt most is Sicarius. Amaranthe ultimately is an extrovert, and will always find someone, but Sicarius is much more vulnerable--people who are so contained tend to be. But that made the story more poignant. (This doesn't mean I don't want them to succeed, I just think for a long haul it would be terribly difficult).
I loved how the strings of all the stories were pulled together. No one seemed out of character to me. I wasn't surprised by Books actions or Astyr's response.
At the end the author asked what characters we'd like to see again. I would like to see Sicarius and Amaranthe, to see how she holds them together (or not). I would also like to see Astyr...he's such an ass, but that gives him a huge potential for growth, and he's already starting to grow.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on July 18, 2013 :
I loved this book!It is the last one in the Emperor's Edge series and the best one yet. This book, along with Forged in Blood 1, include events as seen from Sicarius's POV, adding a whole new very enjoyable dimension to these stories.
Lindsay is a first rate story teller and her ability to create characters one can get very invested in is phenomenal. Reminds me of Anne McCaffery and Mercedes Lackey's knack for creating wonderful characters.
Grab a copy of Forged in Blood 1 & read both books as one because Forged in Blood 1 ends on one heck of a cliff hanger! It was painful to wait until this book came out to find out what happened next.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)