Anyone reading the "Emperor's Edge" series won't want to miss this, but can be enjoyed on its own for what makes all of Lindsay Buroker's books great: humor and fun, good character development, action and adventure. Tikaya is an endearing heroine: smart, funny, accident-prone. Loved the glimpse of young Sicarius. I've read all of Buroker's books now and highly recommend all of them.
I have read and enjoyed all of this author's other books, and was interested to see an earlier, previously unpublished story. A bit different than either of the series, but with plenty of action and humor; another enjoyable tale.
Readers new to this world can enjoy this as a stand-alone novel. There is enough recap so that new readers won't be lost, but not enough to spoil it for those who have not yet read the other books, and long-time readers will not be bored by too much recap.
I highly recommend any readers who have not yet done so, to check out both the Emperor's Edge and Swords and Salt series, as well as the related books Encrypted, Enigma, and Decrypted. You won't want to miss out on all the fun. Great fantasy/adventure series, with humor and lots of action; anyone from teens to age 99 and up can enjoy.
I am looking forward to more adventures in this new series, with Yanko, Dak, Lakeo and that very rude parrot, as well as cameos by characters from the other books. It was fun seeing what Akstyr is up to these days, in this book. Seems like he'd get on well with the parrot. Or perhaps not.
Another great addition to an enjoyable series. This one is a bit darker and less humorous than previous books, as is appropriate for building to the climax of this series, and the situation becomes increasingly grim and dangerous. As always, Jaxi can be counted on for tension-breaking snark and pranks, as well as impressive pyrotechnics. Cas was starting to seriously worry me for awhile, and I hope to learn more of what she's thinking and how she'll deal with the consequences of what happened to her in this tale, as well as learn what Tylie and the dragon are up to now.