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The Emperor's Edge

por Lindsay Buroker

Séries: The Emperor's Edge (1)

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Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: she can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed.Worse, Sicarius, the empire's most notorious assassin, is in town. He's tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down. Either they have an unprecedented belief in her skills... or someone wants her dead.… (mais)
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I really enjoyed this audiobook. The setting is unique (other-world/steam technology/magic elements), the characters engaging, and the story flowed along at a perfect pace. The female main character is nicely competent and very likeable, while the supporting males, if a bit typecast, are still well-rounded and interesting. If you like fantasy/adventure with a contemporary but other-worldly feel, I think you'll enjoy this book! ( )
  sdramsey | Dec 14, 2020 |
I really wanted to see past all the cringe worthy things to enjoy this book but I just couldn't manage it. From the very beginning I didn't find Amaranthe all that appealing. She is a member of the guard and still has the idealistic view of people and the world throughout the story which, while sweet, is also incredibly stupid and not a trait I like very much.

Amaranthe is of course beautiful, to the extent that everyone tells her this repeatedly in the beginning and more than one person sends her on a mission to use her feminine wiles to distract some male or other. Brilliant Amaranthe goes along with this. I'm glad to accept sexuality and beauty in my characters but when it just felt incredibly out of character for the Amaranthe I saw at every other moment. What sane, adult woman in a position like hers with clearly no concern about her looks hears "go act trashy and distract this guy" and says "yup, I'll do that with no other planning, at all". Maybe some, but I don't like them.

The general idea of the book is that Amaranthe meets the king by chance and catches his attention at the same time as that of his advisor who isn't to pleased with it all. He plots to kill her off, she lives by pure chance and absolutely no skill and then finds herself a wanted fugitive. She gathers helpers, plots some plan, makes repeatedly stupid mistakes that her enemies never recognize and does very little in the way of being an actual fun, entertaining and strong character. She survives more by luck than skill, which can be funny and humorous when intended. It's played straight and is gag worthy here.

World Building is a huge issue for me here too. I didn't realize this book was supposed to be steam punk until I saw it labeled as such elsewhere. When I paid extremely close attention I could pick up on a steam punk mention or two but overall it felt like just about any fantasy world. If you're going to use steam punk there should be levers, steam, hot water, clacking, clinking and hissing. Instead we get a mention of things like horseless carriages. They might as well have been cars because they had no steam punk edge.

The language too is absolutely laughable. There are some attempts to make it seem like it is set in some distant time and place, and then the main character wants to fist pump. WTH.

Characterization within the world building is just as flimsy. The king is inhumanly perfect, the society cliche and the magic use poor and full of holes. The good guy lead is white as white can be (and I'm not talking skin tone). Only the assassin is vaguely dark (and still meant to be good) and his motivation is so predictable I suspected it 50 pages in. Overall they bored me and I repeatedly forgot which of the random, made up names belonged to which minor character.

All those negatives aside there are things I like. When I wasn't cringing (albeit rare as that was) I was cheering and it just got more confusing for me from there. This book was free on my kindle (good gods this is not an $11 paperback book!!!!). If book 2 was free I would absolutely allow myself to try to pour through it even though book 1 was almost a dnf multiple times. Paying for a book I will likely dnf is just not going to happen for me.

Overall not an enjoyable read, for all that the second half read quickly, it took me forever to get through and I finally had to make myself do it just to finish the damn thing and move one. Worth the free price tag but I won't pay for any more down the line. ( )
  lclclauren | Sep 12, 2020 |
Didn't like sexist characters in beginning.
  emmysea | Sep 9, 2020 |
2.5 stars ( )
  Hyms | Aug 9, 2020 |
I picked this up (digitally speaking) because the most recent one (or a later one, at least) made the GoodReads best fantasy of the year poll, and this first one was being offered by the author for free. So I though I'd give it a try.

And look, there's nothing wrong with it. It's perfectly competent fast-paced action-oriented world-fantasy reminiscent of authors like Brent Weeks - better, even, because there's an interesting eastern-European steampunk edge to the world, and a female lead who thinks, deals with sexism, doesn't smartmouth all the time, and kicks arse only in accordance with the training she's received as part of her job. So that's all nice.

It's just not very compelling. The writing works fine but never sings, Amaranthe has all those good points but lacks (for me) a visceral edge, perhaps because she's so measured and ordinary, and while there's a certain amusement to watching her put together a whimsical fantasy A-team, apart from her and a couple side-characters, it really was a total cock-forest; where were the other ladies?

It's got some fun ideas, and it hangs together fine, but there are too many invigorating books out there for me to spend time reading more of this - or Brent Weeks, for that matter. ( )
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Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: she can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed.Worse, Sicarius, the empire's most notorious assassin, is in town. He's tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down. Either they have an unprecedented belief in her skills... or someone wants her dead.

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