Never judge a book by its cover, we are told. I for one, always do exactly that. The pretty nifty cover of this book was what caught my eye when I picNever judge a book by its cover, we are told. I for one, always do exactly that. The pretty nifty cover of this book was what caught my eye when I picked it. As it turns out, this is also my first from the ‘steampunk’ genre.
The Emperor’s Edge is a fantasy novel (high fantasy set in the era of steam as explained on the cover) set in the capital of Turgonia which is at discord with its neighbors, Nuria and Kendor (nope, no friendly maps laying out the topography, however much you may wish for one). Amaranthe Lokdon is an ‘enforcer’, one of the rare female ones who during the course of her duty, meets the Emperor Sespian and catches his attention. The Commander of the Armies, Hollowcrest decides to eliminate her for that and deviously sends her to kill the dangerous assassin, Sicarius, knowing fully well that it shall be fatal for her.
Amaranthe being the heroine and all, not only does not die but also uncovers a plot between Hollowcrest and Forge – a business group, to do away with the Emperor and comes up with a plan to save the day. Magic, magical creatures, counterfeiters (which is Amaranthe’s big plan to the save the day, I might add), colorful characters and probable romance provide for the story and general entertainment.
The novel has a good pace and is well written though not without fault. The rapidity with which things evolved had me wishing that the author had spared some time for world building. There is no backstory to prop up the happenings and a lot of times, people and situations kept popping up from nowhere. Whenever the heroine is in a tight spot, too many good things happen to her too easily and she has an easy escape. Even when she meets the bad guys, the minions of the bad guys are good guys and help her. Then, when she comes up with the ridiculous idea of counterfeiting as a tool to thwart the bad guys, the ease with which she finds men, materials and everything else is mind boggling. Just when she needs an artist, the dangerous assassin turns out to be an excellent artist too!
The romance angle in the novel also left me feeling confused. The nineteen year old Emperor is smitten by Amarnathe who seems to be amazingly capable of doing more than any average nineteen year old. Add the weird chemistry between Sicarius and Amaranthe and I was left walking in circles trying to untangle the romantic knots.
Despite the many tangles, the series (The Emperor’s Edge is book one of a series of six books as per the authors site) shows promise and whether the remaining books get past the teething troubles remains to be seen....more
Not every book is written with the perspective of winning a Pulitzer and yes, there are books which one would want to read because you just want to reNot every book is written with the perspective of winning a Pulitzer and yes, there are books which one would want to read because you just want to read. This is one such book.
Stacy, a witch who doesn't want to be one, is brought up by three witches and all powerful ones. When somebody sets fire to the bar owned by her cousin, she sets out to find out why. I loved everything about the book. It is very well written, well paced and the author writes like a natural.
The only one pothole on the road to being a five starrer is the ending. It seemed to be thrown in just to add an element of 'surprise surprise!', like something you would expect to see at the end of an episode of a serial just so that you tune in the next day.
The verdict - Very well written and the book accomplishes exactly what it set out to do: a light read with lots of funny moments thrown in. I specially loved how well all the characters were fleshed out. ...more