Balanced on the Blade's Edge (Dragon Blood, Book 1)

Rated 4.67/5 based on 9 reviews
Sardelle Terushan wakes from three hundred years in a mage stasis shelter, only to realize that she is the last of the Referatu, the sorcerers who once helped protect Iskandia from conquerors. Their subterranean mountain community was blown up in a treacherous sneak attack by soldiers who feared their power. Everyone Sardelle ever knew is dead, and... More
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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: Stan Adelman on Aug. 23, 2015 :
This is the second series of Ms. Buroker's books that I've begun, having almost finished (much to my sorrow!) the Emperor's Edge series. All of her works are excellent: The protagonists are appealing, and the villains are dastardly. the actions of the characters make sense from their points of view, and the flow of the stories is consistent with what they knew at the time. The pacing of the novels is also excellent.

I'm so glad that I have one more Emperor's Edge and four more Dragon Blood novels to read. Hopefully by the time I've finished those five books, Ms. Buroker well have completed additional fantastic gems!
(review of free book)
Review by: Victoria Chvatal on Dec. 29, 2014 :
Reading this book has made me realise that I much prefer adventure to romance as a genre. Fortunately, there's enough adventure here. However, the romance develops too quickly for my taste; I preferred relationships developing at a more 'natural' pace in the Emperor's Edge and Flash Gold series. As for the sex scene... let's just say it would be extremely uncomfortable in RL, no matter how much the protagonists lust after each other.
(review of free book)
Review by: Noemie Chabot on April 13, 2014 :
One reads different books at different times for different purposes. I would tend to keep my 5-star reviews for books that move me very deeply or change the way I see the world, which is not the case for Balanced on the Blade's Edge. It is, however, another truly entertaining book from Lindsay Buroker that manages to make me smile regularly, occasionally snort, and generally take my mind off the things that might bother me in real life. I've happily bought most of her books so far, and read most of them in one sitting, so I guess that her style really works for me even though I'm not giving it 5 stars!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Review by: Beck Hays on April 3, 2014 :
I finished reading Balanced on the Edge and it was awesome. I love how Sardelle is cool and elegant but still has that humorous quality that lets her banter. Ridge was very funny; he reminds me of a tad more serious Maldenado. The plot was very interesting and in depth without going taking up all the book giving room for plenty of action which is awesome. The plot is very fast paced without being unrealistic.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: C.k. Eichel on April 3, 2014 :
after a slow start, I found BOBE to be quite enjoyable as I have found all of Lindsay Burokers work. The only ding I can think of is the same I have found with her Flash Gold series, the stories are too short. Can't wait for the next book to see what happens with Sardelle & Ridge.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: Misti Wolanski on April 1, 2014 :
Sardelle is a sorceress from an era when magic is respected. The mountain where she lives is attacked—and she wakes up from her stasis chamber to discover it's been 300 years, nobody else made it to the bunkers, and her soulblade's buried deep inside the mountain where she used to live…which is now a prison for people convicted of capital crimes. And the history books claim her people were tyrants, and witches can be murdered without repercussions.

"Balanced on the Blade's Edge" blends magic, steampunk, and military—which might sound like the author's main series on the surface, but she did it in a different manner in this book, in a way that well suited the story.

The end result reminded me of Patricia Briggs's epic fantasy (the Raven duology, the Hurog duology, or "The Hob's Bargain"), though it also had me thinking of Linnea Sinclair's Wintertide books ("Wintertide" & "An Accidental Goddess", both originally published under the penname Megan Sybil Baker). This is a title I'll enjoy re-reading.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: Diane Lang on March 31, 2014 :
Very entertaining steampunk read from Lindsay Buroker with a strong romantic element, a pleasant surprise for those of us who enjoy a little romance with our action/adventure.

Sardelle is another of Lindsay's strong female characters with a lively sense of humor . . . something she needs for her sanity's sake having been in stasis for three hundred years. Her survival depends on concealing her abilities as a magic user in a time when those deemed witches are killed. Thankfully she connects with Colonel Ridge Zirkander, who is in charge of the prison mine built on the site of her people's home. He is an airship pilot who insulted the wrong important personage and has been grounded as a result.

How Sardelle manages to find her sentient soulblade while the mine is under attack by another sorcerer plus find an odd moment here and there with Ridge makes for a great story.

My only complaint is it was too short. I would love to see Lindsay revisit this world and tell us more about what it means to be dragon blooded for instance. It was easy to get drawn in this book and I read it in one setting. More please!!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Sophia DeLuna on March 31, 2014 :
Although I'm not that fond of romance novels, I knew, after reading the first chapter, that I would like this story.

Lindsay's skill of drawing the reader into the story with the humorous portrayal of her characters and a story so action packed that it is excruciatingly hard to stop reading even for unavoidable breaks never ceases to amaze me!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Katharina Hofmann on March 30, 2014 :
This is really another nice piece of work of Lindsay's collection. Although the characters weren't as detailed portrayed as in her Emperor's Edge series (well, it had to be kept shorter than that, I think) they were likable and I wouldn't mind reading more of them.

In general, a really enjoyable thing about Lindsay's work is that the heroines all have actually some brain and are taking charge without looking stupid in the end or predominant in an annoying kind of way.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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