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Forged in Blood I (The Emperor's Edge #6)

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The emperor has been ousted from the throne, his bloodline in question, and war is descending on the capital. Forge, the nefarious business coalition that has been manipulating the political situation from the beginning, has the ultimate weapon at its disposal.

If it was difficult for a small team of outlaws--or, as Amaranthe has decided they should now be called, rebels--t
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Kindle Edition, 367 pages
Published May 19th 2013 (first published May 17th 2013)
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mich
May 20, 2013 mich rated it it was amazing
I admit that I was a little concerned about how Buroker would handle Sicarius's point of view. I've said it before for other novellas and books featuring the male interest's POV - it's a tricky business, seeing as a lot of the intrigue and appeal of the character is the mystery factor that comes from not quite knowing what he is thinking. And I can understand how it might be tempting to make the hero of your series your dream guy -- to inject overly romantic notions, and maybe impart aspects to ...more
Lindsey
May 18, 2013 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Ok I have read, re-read, and then re-read the book again and now I am contimplating how likely it would be to put my self in a form of hyper sleep until the next one comes out cause I don't think I can make it until August with my sanity still intact. That ending is HORRIBLE! How could you do that do me LB? I HATE cliff hangers and that is the biggest, freaking cliffhanger you could possibly leave us at! Seriously? Seriously!!??????? Gah I am so upset right now......(few deep breaths later) okay ...more
Maria
May 17, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing
Okay, yes, we FINALLY get to see inside Sicarius's head and what he thinks of Amaranthe. Go ahead, #Squeeeee!!!

All better? Good.

What we also get are two AMAZING adventures. Amaranthe & Co (which has grown to 8) are back in Stumps, determined to keep Forge from forcibly taking over the city, and eventually extending their reach to the world. They knew that the false reports of Sespian's death would have multiple candidates vying for the throne, but they didn't count on international interfere
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Kendra
May 17, 2013 Kendra rated it it was amazing
This is the beginning of the end.

After five books, a novella and a handful of short-stories, Amaranthe Lokdon and her growing band of outlaws are set to face off against their biggest enemy: Forge. With three armies vying to take over the throne vacated due to Emperor's Sespian's "death," the capital of Turgonia is under martial law, and tensions are running high. Will Amaranthe and crew be able to stop the plots and help Sespian regain his throne (and the bigger question is should they? Or shou
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Lilia Ford
Jul 06, 2016 Lilia Ford rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-lendable
Highly suspenseful penultimate volume. I loved having Sicarius' perspective. The scenes where he attempts to bond with his son are priceless.
Mike
Jun 15, 2013 Mike rated it really liked it
It's always a pleasure for me to read a new Lindsay Buroker. She is one of the authors that, if Amazon had an "automatically buy everything this person writes" feature, would be on my autobuy list. The combination of humour, action, decent editing (though not perfect; see below), quirky and interesting characters and unpredictable plots is a winner for me.

I'll talk about the imperfections first, though. By indie standards, the books are well edited, almost as well as many big houses (and better
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Beth
May 21, 2013 Beth rated it it was amazing
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Amaranthe and the whole gang have returned to the capital. There goal is to raise support for the Emperor and help build a better government. Since most of the populace believe Sespian dead, many rival factions of the military leaders have come to make their bid for ruler.

Amaranthe plan include...discovering Sicarius's hertiage and prove that Sespian has a right for leadership, destroy the Behemoth, build an army and win the popular vote of the people...of course this i
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Ashley
Aug 22, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing


Shit. What actually just happened? Did Maldynado/Yara/Basilard just drop off the face of the earth for the last 200 pages? Where the hell is everyone? THE SQUAD IS DISASSEMBLED AND I CAN'T DEAL WITH IT. THAT ENDING. It was like Romeo/Juliet and Katniss/Peeta except I hated both of those books and those ships, AND MY HEART CAN'T HANDLE IT BECAUSE WE JUST KNOW SICARIUS HAD IT ALL WRONG.

When I finish this series, I'm going on a binge of romantic comedy reading because every book I've read these pa
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Amanda
Initially I'm so thrilled when Lindsay announced that in Book 6, Sicarius will get his own POV! We sure want to know what goes in the mind of our most deadly and stoic assassin. But...but... but... I never expect Lindsay to make Amaranthe and Sicarius being apart most of the time. Arg!! Maybe we should have guess. That's how her alternate POV works in previous books. But still, I'm hopeful.

This book does not works as a standalone because Lindsay does not waste time doing any recaps and she just
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Hali Sowle
The next to last book in the series and I'm already sad that I won't be on any more hair raising/ hair brained adventures with Amaranthe, Sicarius and the gang after the next book.

Amaranthe and company are back in Stumps and things just seem to be going from bad to worse in the city. The gangs are preying on everyone, there are multiple contenders for the throne and Forge is up to it's usual evil. I think all the fans of this series has been waiting for these books told from Amaranthe's and Sica
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Heli Kankainen
May 23, 2013 Heli Kankainen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book is, without a doubt, my favorite in the series. The dark tones and the easily sensed, yet frail humanity in even my favorite assassin shows an amazing development in the author's way of writing. A couple of characters still remain one dimensional and distant, but the rest of the crew has come far from what they were in the first book. The way they react in difficult situations, interact with each other and think is more realistic, and despite a few situations where their motives were ...more
Lynxie
Can you say cliffhanger?!

Lindsay has once again sucked me into Amarathe and Sicarius' world - not like it was that hard though - and I now find myself agitatedly waiting for the last installment of this series.

I loved being able to see how Sicarius' brain works, how he perceives things and how hard he is on himself.

There were times where I wanted to scream in frustration - come on Lindsay! Will it happen eventually or are you having too much fun teasing us?! Other times I chuckled and enjoyed th
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Hallie
Nov 21, 2013 Hallie rated it really liked it
Sigh. I *knew* I shouldn't have started this until the second half was out, but I had been warned, so totally my own fault!

I still love the fact that what is essentially escapist fantasy adventure fare manages to throw so many fascinating spanners into the (vaguely steampunk) works. Mild spoilers for earlier books follow:

The questions about how/whether to return Sespian to the throne; how best to ensure the reformation of the empire's many ills (evil ones, too); the many and various questions a
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K. Gorman
May 20, 2013 K. Gorman rated it it was amazing
You know when you a fan of a series and the new book comes out and you just can't put it down? That's what this book is for me. I read this with the same voracity as I read the last three Harry Potter books when they came out. I ignored assignments, tests, work, just to finish this.

It did not disappoint. In fact, I feel like re-reading the last five books while I anticipate the next book coming out.

If you're familiar with the series, this book delivers the usual witty banter, adventure, and acti
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Férial
Mar 17, 2015 Férial rated it it was amazing
That is not a cliffhanger. That is torture. I know it will end well for this particular character (there's that 8th book right ?). Still, right now, I just want to hide somewhere and cry.

Yes, I'm that far gone...
Hannah
Jul 20, 2016 Hannah rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Forged in Blood I signals the beginning of the end of the Emperor’s Edge adventures as the team makes their final push to bring down Forge and restore peace to the empire, delivering the exciting action that we’ve come to expect from the series and bringing back some familiar faces from previous adventures such as Deret Mancrest, Retta and even workers from the Ice Cracker short story. The tone of the book is suitably much darker than the preceding installments – Amaranthe had always ...more
Brenna
May 21, 2013 Brenna rated it really liked it
Clearly, since this is just Part I, there will be some loose ends. Therefore, I own that my conflicted feelings about the story stem largely from a lack of closure which are not the fault of flaws in the book itself. But this cliffhanger is worse than that of "Conspiracy." By the end of this tome, the group is split in four different locations, three of the members are possibly dead, one of them seems to be possessed or something, and now there are some Kyattese twins on a train. Shit is totes ...more
Snarktastic Sonja
Soooo. This one took me much longer to get into than the last 5. It may well be because it didn't have the impetus of reading them back to back to back. Therefore, I had to pick up and get back into the characters and the ongoing story. I considered re-reading the first 5 before picking this one up - and I even intended to do so. However, I have had such a reading 'tude going on that I was just not of a mind to re-read anything.

Even though it took me a bit, I did enjoy this one. We get a bit mo
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Christy Duke
I am so thrilled with getting Sicarius' POV that it doesn't even matter that the majority of this story he and Amaranthe are basically apart. Well, it doesn't matter MUCH. I loved and hated the cliffhanger ending. I know Lindsay Buroker will complete this amazing series in a way that her fans will love and appreciate....I hope *cough*

After five books and several novellas, being able to get inside our master assassins head was awe inspiring. I loved how the author wrote it and I really loved how
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Sierra
Nov 28, 2014 Sierra rated it it was amazing
Holy crap, that ending! Thank god I can immediately start reading the next one.

There were so many things to love about this book. For one, this installment is told from Sicarius's point of view. Even though the author made it a point to use one of the main characters as a focal point throughout each of her books, for some reason, it never occurred to me that Sicarius would be one of them. Obviously he's one of the main characters but I'm just so used to his reticent personality that I never thou
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L.M.
Jan 07, 2016 L.M. rated it it was amazing
WOW. The first part of the grand EE finale had me DYING on the edge of my seat for more. Having Sicaurius as the second POV for both part I and II was a brilliant move on Buroker’s part and it was excellent to finally rattle around in that assassin’s head and get some real information out of his experience.

Because I’m not a big fan of spoilers in book reviews, I’ll give you a basic summary. This book picks up after the events in Beneath the Surface (a novella between books 5 and 6) with everyone
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Julia Phillips
Jun 10, 2013 Julia Phillips rated it really liked it
Why oh why did I start this booking, knowing that part two would not be published for another couple of months? I now have to wait for the resolution to the cliffhanger ending and just keep hoping that the author gives the characters we have grown to love the "happy ever after" they deserve.

In this penultimate volume of the very successful "Emperor" series, story arcs from various different times and places are woven together and the scene is set for the grand finale.

We learn a little more abou
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Samantha
Jun 18, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Ahhhhhhh I love this instalment, and better yet, it's part 1 of 2 meaning I have a whole other book to go in the same perspectives .. need I say more



And you know what else? I was met with how much more emotion is in his character. I would have expected Sicarius to really be a bit more stoic or at least his neutral self.. Instead I was pleasantly surprised at how much more wanders through his mind at times..

If anything, it has made me love this story even more. I am a little sad that this is comi
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Deanna Stanley
Jun 07, 2013 Deanna Stanley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
I hate Lindsay Buroker almost as much as I love her. Yes, this book ends in a cliffhanger. And what a cliffhanger! It makes the ending in book 4 look completely tame. Lindsay sure knows how to leave us hanging.

That being said, this is the first of two books to round off the Emperor's Edge series. Our team is back in Stumps, and stuck trying to put Sespian back on the throne while at least three other lords are trying to do the same - and all have armies MUCH larger than Amaranthe's little band.
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Kathleen Schmitt
Oct 21, 2013 Kathleen Schmitt rated it it was amazing
Every book in Lindsay Buroker's Emperor's Edge series is a delight. Protagonist Amaranthe shows courage as she leads her motley team in defense of the deposed Emperor. Buroker's characters are well rounded, consistent and complement each other. The steampunk world and the politics of power-mongering become clearer as the stories progress. Action and reflection balance and ground the plot, and the pacing is just right. As well, the romance between Amaranthe and the Assassin shows up just enough ...more
xenu01
Jun 04, 2013 xenu01 rated it liked it
Ms. Buroker! I have to say I am a little annoyed that Kyattese people (who seem to be a cross between Caribbean, Japanese, Hawaiian and Inuit) are white. White! And Nurians are a mix of a whole bunch of exotic/stoic magical woo-woo Asian tropes. :(

That said, I still read these books like candy, want to be bff with Amaranthe, and I am dying to find out how it all ends!!!

Admiral Starcrest (Encrypted, Decryted, and wouldn't it be totally cool if he showed up just in time to save the day? (????)) to
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Pepper Thorn
Jun 04, 2013 Pepper Thorn rated it it was amazing
Every time I pick up a new EE book, I think to myself there's no way this one can top the last one. And then it does.

I think the scenes from Sicarius' point of view were my favorites. They were so...him. The ending totally blew me away. I knew it was a cliffhanger. Title alone tells you that this installment is part one of (at least) two. But I have no idea how the story will manage to resolve itself from here. Then again I always feel that way at some point in a Lindsay Buroker book. That's pa
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Diane Lang
May 26, 2013 Diane Lang rated it it was amazing
Best yet in a great series! Loved finally getting a peek inside Sicarius's head. Fast paced,well written dialogue with plenty of suspense and humor. But Lindsay wasn't kidding about this one having a cliffhanger ending, in part because she needed to divide the final book in the series into two parts. She promised to have the final book available late July-early August and her fans are going to hold her to it . . . including me!

I highly recommend the whole Emperor's Edge series including various
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Jane
Jun 18, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it
what I really love about the sixth book is the fact that we finally get a peek into Sicarius' head and can I say just once more that I've fallen head over heels for that man despite the fact that throughout the series they've only kissed a couple of times with Amaranthe but I would be ready to sail off to the other end of the world with him. I wouldn't need a warning either because somehow his aloofness and awkwardness works for me.

I must say that this series has definitely surprised me in a ver
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Maqluba
I did it! I succumbed to reading this even though I knew there would be a cliffhanger at the end, I just couldn't wait any longer. I needed a good book to keep me occupied while I was fasting and this was it. I will be re-reading this more slowly so I can give a better review, because this time around I read it out of sheer necessity to figure out what the cliffhanger was lol. Now that I know what's coming I can read slower... especially the Sicarius/Amarenth "standing-guard" parts ;)

Be back lat
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“Amaranthe decided not to explain that it hadn't been a guess, that Sicarius reserved his ultra icy glare for those who threatened him, those who spoke disrespectfully about his son, and those who dared invite Amaranthe to picnic dinners in the park.” 12 likes
“She decided to forgo her ambitions of creating a cohesive unit. An occasionally functional one with tendencies towards violence seemed more within reach.” 11 likes
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