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Dark Currents (The Emperor's Edge #2)

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It's been three months since former enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon and the notorious assassin Sicarius thwarted kidnappers and saved the emperor's life. The problem? Nobody knows they were responsible for this good deed. Worse, they're being blamed for the entire scheme. With enforcers and bounty hunters stalking them, and the emperor nursing a personal hatred for Sicarius, it ...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published June 9th 2011 (first published June 8th 2011)
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Willow
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, fantasy
***

I’m kind of puzzled as to why Lindsay Buroker’s The Emperor’s Edge books are so fun, readable, and compelling... but they are.

Buroker’s books are not great fantasy. In fact, her world building is quite shoddy. I have no true visual of the city or it's people. The technology level is sketchy at best with her heroes driving lorries and using rifles/pistols, yet still carrying antiquated weapons like swords. The rules for magic are a mystery. The political strata is kind of vague and the neighb
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Sherwood Smith
Thoroughly enjoyed this second entry in the series, which widens the POVs beyond Amaranthe (my favorite) to include Books, the quiet librarian among the five guys following Amaranthe. While the main relationship follows a predictable path I like the way it was handled, especially the conversations toward the end. And the last few lines? Terrific. Made me go straight out to buy the next.

The world building is pretty sketchy, but the breezy tone and above all Amaranthe's voice carries the fast-pace
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Megan Baxter
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Dark Currents is better than the first book in the series, which struck me as okay, but weak. But it isn't a lot better. The Emperor's Edge was interesting enough to make me this self-published author a second chance, but while this does represent a step forward, it's not enough of one to make me enthused about the series. And so, I think we're going to part ways here. There isn't anything I'm hanging fire on finding out, so while I find them moderately amusing, I think I'm good. There are a lot ...more
Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
Goodreads: I've cheated on you, and for that i am sorry; the book was finished yesterday. But no worries, i put the right finished date.

So... What i want to say is: The bOOk is awesome. Amaranthe is cool and kickass, and so is Sicarius.

Books is admirable, since he "likes" books. Overall, the book is good.

But i don't really like having Books' POV. Not that i don't like him, it's just that Amaranthe is in all the action, so to say. Yet he did bring and interesting change of view and feelings.






Thoug
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Mei
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
As good as the first!

I love Amaranthe, Sicarius, Books, Maldynado, Akstyr and Basilard!

The way Amaranthe teases Sicarius and treating all the others is plain fantastic! Her voice is the most fantastic thing in this book! :)

On with the next! :)
Sylvia Mercedes
Loved it. Not going to bother writing a full review since I JUST reviewed Book 1, and I'm diving right into Book 3. But I seriously enjoyed this and think everyone who is even somewhat interested in steampunk fantasy should give The Emperor's Edge series a try!
Nathan
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A quick recap of ‘The Emperor’s Edge;’ Amaranthe and her plucky cast of outlaws are actually nice people, doing everything they can to save the Emperor from some bad people. Amaranthe sets up a complex and brilliant plan to trap the baddies, which fails miserably. Despite this, a few lucky breaks and some quick thinking from several people in the crew works out in their favor, the Emperor is saved, and the entire crew find themselves to be outlaws still. Tough break.

So an ex-
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Sandra
Feb 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this one too.
Lindsay Buroker is the queen of pace and action.
I love The emperor's edge and I hope Sicarius will be impossible to tease for long. I hope Amaranthe keeps trying, though.
Onto the next one.
 Simply Sam ツ
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
***3.5 Stars***

Yes! I made it through this one! There are still a lot of the same elements carried over from the last book that bugged me. Amaranthe and her compulsive cleaning/straightening and the lack of other strong female characters (aside from the bad guys of course-there are always women bad guys) being paramount. Also, the author's use of obscure/not commonly used words when colloquially ones would have sufficed. I noticed it first with cogitate, especially when she used it twice. After
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Dan
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Not bad, better than book #1 was, perhaps because I have some investment in the characters now. A good light read.
Tim
Jul 29, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommended to Tim by: Maria
The second novel in the Emperor's Edge series does a good job of developing the characters introduced in the titular first novel. The author takes her semi-steampunk fantasy world further in this installment, introducing a mystery that requires the team to leave the walls of the city for a rural woodland adventure. More elements of steampunk technology and magic (referred to as the 'mental sciences' by the inhabitants of the world) abound in this novel than the last, again not too often relied u ...more
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Actual rating: 3 stars

The Emperor’s Edge was a nice introduction to the series and Dark Currents, although not the best book in the series, offers quite a lot in terms of character development. I didn’t enjoy the story that much but what makes the series so appealing to me is the interaction between the characters. I just love Amaranthe and her fellow outlaws! In this second instalment the story focuses on Books and although he is not my favourite character I still enjoyed reading about him. The
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Kara
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it
I wanted to enjoy this book more than I did. Perhaps it's the second-book-syndrome... After loving the first book in the EE series, which I read in one day, I found myself finishing Dark Currents more because I felt like I should than because I couldn't put it down. I read that Ms. Buroker intends to give each of the characters his/her own books, but honestly, I didn't realize that this was Books' book until I read her notes. I'm more interested in knowing what drives Amaranthe, rather than get ...more
Ian
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of steam punk.
When three bodies show up in the aqueduct our heroes are using for their hide-out Amaranthe senses an opportunity to help the Empire and clear their names. The team head into the mountains to the source of the cities water in an effort to find the culprit and thwart whatever dastardly plan they have.

Dark Currents is interesting and entertaining in a Romancing the Stone kind of way. There isn't all that much world building and the story is painted with broad brush-strokes so it's easily accessib
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Suz
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, fantasy
Good story. I'm still reminded of Sagara's Elantra without all the races, but I think the slow burn romance in this one will actually happen at some point whereas Sagara's is unlikely to ever happen after 11 books and still not movement.

Buroker approach to the "female enforcer" story is believable, although I have to be honest that the steampunk is quite light and I don't feel like I know the world well enough yet to get a handle on just how much technology is available to the world, nor on how
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cEe beE
Hear ye! Hear ye! EVERYBODY should read this series!

The Emperor's Edge books by Lindsay Buroker is a very smart, funny, well-written fantasy series!! Dark Currents the 2nd installment is just as good and improves on the first book. Amaranthe Lokdon, former enforcer turned outlaw is back with her motley crew of unlikely Empire do-gooders, Sicarius the Empire's best assassin, Maldynado the handsome ladies man, Books the professor & Akstyr, the sullen would-be magician.

I enjoyed this so much,
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JAIME
Jun 18, 2015 marked it as dnf
I really wanted to like this series - but I just can't. It's just dull. I have no time for dull.

DNF - 41%
A
Mar 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
simply fantastic addition to this amazing series ;) my favourite band of misfits did not disappoint ;) full review after I post it on my blog ;)

edited to add the full review from my blog :)

I was a bit afraid to read this book... mainly because I loved the first one sooo much and I wasn't sure if the sequel would capture all of that... magic, humor and hilarious interactions that made me fall in love with it in the first place... :) but fear not, it was just as awesome :) my favourite band of mi
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Lynn
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm invested. In truth? Don't read this series for tight plotting or world building. Read it for a fun character driven story. The characters, though fairly common in type, pull you in. Plus, it's just a fun series and now that I'm invested I pick up the next book as soon as I finish one.

The genre is sort of a fantasy with a dash of steampunk.
Michelle
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
This sequel to the King's Edge neither surprised nor disappointed. The character interactions, the sole thing that kept me reading, progressed predictably. The steampunkish world, however, jarred even more annoyingly in the second book than the first, and the plot and gimmicks that drove the book made me feel that the whole thing would have been more enjoyable in a Regan-era Cold War setting rather than messily glopping a coat of steampunk paint onto easily recognizable objects and situations. A ...more
Ashley
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-favorites
I CAN'T EVEN REVIEW THIS PROPERLY RIGHT NOW. Dark Currents was a nonstop adventure. I absolutely adore every single character in this epic squad. Each of the characters offer something utterly fascinating, and I really want to keep delving into each of the character's pasts because I still feel like I don't actually know everything about them, and they have secrets they're keeping from each other and the reader. I'm honestly shocked how much progress was made romance wise. I wasn't expecting any ...more
Jane
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Actual rating 3.5 stars. The following review was originally posted on my book blog The Book Challengers.

I can't believe it, but this series gets better! The first book was decent enough and I was a bit interested in finding out what would happen to Amaranthe, Sicarius, Books, Akstyr and Maldynado next. But I couldn't even dream of being this invested in the story!

I guess my like for this series bases heavily on my like for the characters as they're fun to read about. The world building isn't al
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Jenna
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Finally, the sequel to 'Emperor's Edge'! And this one is as good as, if not better, than the first. Amaranthe and her gang have stumbled upon a new dilemma facing the empire: someone is poisoning the city's water supply. Of course, Amaranthe and her team don't hesitate to take up the challenge, and naturally, mayhem and adventure ensue.
I'll not go into detail (that would spoil the story), but if you've read any of Buroker's other books, you will not be disappointed with this one. Okay, you migh
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Dyanna
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Emperor's Edger - Trailer

Dark Currents is the second book in the series The Emperor's Edge and it was told from the point of view of the heroine but also from Books, one of the member from the Emperor's Edge that is very smart so basically he is the intellectual member of the group.

Despite being intelligent Books is the sarcastic one of the group that feels inferior to his crew because of his lacking skills in the art of fighting and for this reason he does not feel that he belongs with Amar
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Martha
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is more fantasy than the first Emperor's Edge book -- the magic is more prominent.

The first book was set almost entirely from the point of view of Amaranthe, with some from the point of view of Sicarius. This book lets us see into the head of Books, who is a fascinating character. His view of Amaranthe's relationship with Sicarius shows how scary the assassin can be, and how compelling Amaranthe's leadership is. She's helped him come to terms with the death of his family and begin to
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Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I simply love this series!! AND I'm not going to lie...dark, brooding Sicarius makes my knees weak! :P there's a lot more interaction between our two favourite characters too! Loving it!

Third book, come to mama!

-The Book Herald
Nitzan Schwarz
You can find my reading progress here! It's pretty awesome, if I do say so myself *wink wink*
Mara
Jun 17, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3 1\2
Cute, but too predictable and damn similar to the previous book.
Rachel- Goodbye Borders
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nook, read-2017
3.5*
Mutilated bodies appeared in the city aqueducts, luckily found by Books and Maldynado. A little later, people in the city are getting sick. Wondering if the 2 things are related, Amaranthe and her gang investigate.
One thing I liked about this was the interplay between the characters. They are a chosen family. Amaranthe (a former enforcer and one the first women), Books (a former university professor), Sicarius (assassin- for the Emperor), Maldynado (disowned by his family), Basilard (former
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Ozsaur
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think I might like this book better than the first. The pacing was a little tighter, and the plot made more sense. Still had plenty of action and the dialog was fun and snappy. The snark and teasing between the characters from the first book was just as good here.

I love the ensemble cast, but this book focused more on Books than the others. Not that any of the side characters are neglected, but Books is allowed to shine. He goes through a crisis of sorts as he tries to figure out his place in
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“Here’s the plan: I’ll go in and palaver while you surround them.”

“Surround them,” he said. “By myself.”
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“Sicarius,” Amaranthe said quietly.

He bent low, eyes toward her face.

With the men laughing and talking up front, and the lorry clacking and chugging as the stack billowed black smoke into the air, this was scarcely a romantic spot. But maybe it did not matter. His response would not likely be to wrap her in his arms and kiss her. Whatever response he gave — if he gave one at all — she anticipated it would sting.

“I…uhm…” Amaranthe forced herself to meet his gaze. “I love you.”

A long moment passed. She did not remember breathing.

Sicarius nodded infinitesimally. “I know.”
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