I can’t remember the last book I read with a female lead I enjoyed as much as this series. Even female authors have the tendency of skewing women into helpless hero-needing leads or pretty princesses without a believable care in their pretty head. Because of past experiences of not enjoying books with a female lead, I was hesitant to read this series. But my friend wore me down with her rants and raves and I downloaded the first book. (It’s free on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords)
The author has created a vivid world in this fantasy book made all the better with the dash of steampunk-like elements. The setting is described but not overly described. (I find too many details more distracting than too little.) Not only are the physical aspects of the setting explained, but all the parts that make up a civilization that cannot be seen are explained as well. Mindset of the citizens, history of the leadership, and the religious belief system are all created and explained in a way that blends seamlessly into the plot.
The characters are well rounded with their own traits and growth. (Especially by the third—the most recent by posting of this review.) Each is composed of bad and good parts. Just like real people—the bad traits can be little things or big things. The scary assassin Sicarius might be a killer, but he still has a human side beneath all that black clothing.
In short, this series is one any reader should check out. The first ebook is FREE so there’s no harm in trying. Pick up your Kindle or Nook and navigate to Lindsay Buroker and pick the free version of Emperor’s Edge. (or see the links I posed above) If you don’t like it, you haven’t lost a single penny.
Comment here and tell me if you plan to read Emperor’s Edge or if you have already.