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Balanced on the Blade's Edge

(Dragon Blood #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  4,700 ratings  ·  419 reviews
Colonel Ridge Zirkander isn't the model of military professionalism - he has a tendency to say exactly what’s on his mind, and his record has enough demerits to wallpaper the hull of an airship - but as the best fighter pilot in the Iskandian army, he’s used to a little leniency from his superiors. Until he punches the wrong diplomat in the nose and finds himself issued ne ...more
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Published March 30th 2014 by Smashwords (first published March 27th 2014)
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Dear Lindsay, I’m loving your Emperor’s Edge series. And I’ve forgiven you for an assassin called Assassin.
(Sicarius > sicario , that translates literally as "hit man")

Will I be able to forgive you for a heroine called Sardelle?
(Sardelle > plurale of sardella , that translates as anchovy)

I just wish for authors to stop randomly picking words from latin dictionaries. People who speak latin-based languages (Spanish, French, Italian, etc.) DO read english books, and these
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Kindle freebies, May 16, 2017, for the first three books in this fantasy series. They sound interesting. I have no idea when I'll actually read them, but into the Kindle freebie black hole they go.
Clarissa Asha
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, steampunk
This book is a gem!

I'll mention in advance that I may be biased, but not because I received a copy of BotBE for reviews from the author. Lindsay Buroker is one of my favorite steampunk romance author, and I have bought 4 of her previous books in the Emperor's Edge+Encrypted series and borrowed all the earlier ones in the series. I'm confident that if she didn't offer this review copy, I would have bought the book anyway.

What I love the most about Lindsay's stories are her fantasy world, her char
 Simply Sam ツ
***3.5 Stars***
It seems that most of the books I've read lately fall into the "better than 'meh' but still not great" category. This is no exception. It's quick and really easy to read. Like very readable. I was drawn in to the story pretty easily and stayed fairly engaged throughout, though I will admit I got a little bored there towards the end.

My biggest hangup, aside from the instalove factor (which I almost expect from a fairly short novel with a romantic interest), was with the magic "sys
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
I discovered Lindsay Buroker with the Emperor’s Edge series (one of my favourite series ever) and am trying to get my hands on everything else she has written so far. I thought the premise of the book was really interesting but unfortunately the rest of the book was a bit disappointing. It was entertaining enough but the biggest turn off for me was the romance aspect of the story. I was expecting something in the Emperor’s Edge vein (lots of action with a hint of romance as the series develops) ...more
Pen Pen
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Unlike some people, I do my best to support independent authors as much as I can. Independent authors offer a fresh perspective as compared to the cookie-cutter traditional publishing house "best sellers" some of which don't deserve the best seller accolade.

Many of Ms. Buroker's books deserve that praise. Including this one.

That said, Balanced on the Blade's Edge is yet another engaging, exciting adventure from Ms. Buroker. The characters are enchanting (Jaxi particularly is amusing), the situat
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, het-romance
Good for a quick read and, if looking for a steampunk fantasy fix, definitely worth considering. But while the writing is decent and I quite liked the worldbuilding (airships! magic crystals! shamans!) my enjoyment of the story was spoiled by the characters.

Spoilers below.

I couldn't stand Ridge from the get-go and Sardelle began to grate on my nerves as the story progressed. Their interesting names aside, Ridge is your standard Han Solo-type hero. Badass captain of his own airship, he punches t
True Rating 3.5 stars

This book was the book of the month for my library book club . I was excited to read it because it is toted as a steampunk romance. It was a fast read that was entertaining and witty. I think it is steampunk-ish but not full on steampunk.

Sardelle's character was one that I want to know more about. She is a mage that has awoken after a three hundred year stasis and has no idea what that three hundred years have passed. Her soulblade Jaxi luckily has been aware and learning wh
Sadie Forsythe
Dec 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-lendable
I'm a Buroker fan and I enjoyed this almost as much as the The Emperor's Edge series. I liked the characters (especially the fact that they were in their 30s and 40s) and thought the world an interesting one. There was humor and a little bit of romance. Unfortunately, I didn't think it was quite as meticulously written as past books and there was a little too much he felt drawn to her but didn't know why sort of hand waving. It made the whole thing feel a bit rushed. But despite that I'd be happ ...more
cEe beE
Lindsay Buroker is an expert in writing charming heroes and heroines, witty and funny dialogue and break-neck adventure. Balanced on the Blade's Edge is a perfect example.

The world building and character depth here is much lighter compared to The Emperor's Edge series but it has the same type of fast action and suspense. It overrides one's sensibilities to keep turning the pages and find out what happens next. A light escapist fast, fun read.

If you are a fan of Buroker, I highly recommend this!
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Seems an astonishingly quick romance (or whatever) for those who've read all of the Emperor's Edge books, but still a lot of fun. Interesting premise too, and good characters.
Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
2nd Read: Started Oct. 3, 2018 Finished: October 17, 2018


1st Read/Review (Aug 6, 2016)

I really enjoyed this book! You never know what you're getting when you download a freebie, but this time I scored! Balanced on the Blade's Edge is the first book in the Dragon Blood series and it's definitely worth checking out! The author writes a fun mashup of science fiction fantasy, steampunk and romance that doesn't skimp on character development or creativity. The dialogue is ric
Amanda (Is Not a Panda)
It was pretty great. Balanced on a Blade's Edgethoroughly captured my interest throughout, and instead of being some sappy forbidden love story, it was actually driven by a plot and characters that I enjoyed. That being said... I have a thing or two to say about the romance. I actually just bought this trilogy on amazon because it looked interesting and it was on sale... so I didn't go into it expecting any actual romance. So I was surprised when I was reading and then BOOM there was se ...more
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great fantasy novel - with a very engaging romance I did like a few of her other novels, though they had a too slow slow burn...
Here, it had delicious tension and a very sweet love story. World-building was solid, story gripping enough.
It felt more like an epic fantasy than a steampunk novel, but I don't care, I like epic fantasy.
It reminded me a bit of "An Accidental Goddess"  - the long sleep, the powers, the set-up.
Since AAG was one of my favourite books, nothing wrong with that, since it
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: kobo
This one was actually pretty good :) Read it for a challenge, and it was much better than my last read, but I still didn't find it as intriguing as other books. I liked the idea of (view spoiler) as I haven't really read anything like it before. I also liked the way the (view spoiler) and how it wasn't a cringe read. The occasional multiple POV was a ...more
Jeffe Kennedy
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful fantasy romance! I loved both the hero and heroine, and the magic sword. Terrific worldbuilding and magic system. I would've liked to see the romance developed with a bit more conflict, but it was also fun to have two people who genuinely like each other overcome external conflicts. I fully expect the stories and world to deepen and am eagerly embarking on book 2. I think anyone who enjoys my books will gobble this one up - go grab it!
May 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was an OK novel and was the first I have read by Buroker. The pace was good and kept the reader turning the pages. I feel however that there were a few deficiencies that prevent it from being a good or even a great book. Firstly the book seems to suffer from a crisis on identity. Amazon has it categorised as ‘Steampunk’ but the only feature of this genre I could recognise was the use of airships and balloons, on the other hand the extensive use of and reference to magic felt more in ‘Fanta ...more
Barbara ★
I enjoy fantasy, steampunk and romance so this book was right up my alley. I really liked both Ridge and Sardelle and Jaxi was a hoot. I particularly liked that they weren't teenie boppers but adults in their 30s and 40s. It's rather refreshing to see grown-ups in fantasy novels. Being 50, it gets kind of old dealing with teenage angst and stupid love triangles.

This is my first Lindsay Buroker book but it definitely won't be my last. I'll be back to this series soon to see where it heads next.
I wish I had given it a 5 stars because Ms Buroker never fails at writing full-enjoyment-books and at giving life to engaging characters. But 5 stars might be too much since there are quite a lot of improbabilities in this story.

Anyway. I enjoyed it enough to keep reading this series.
Lyndi W.
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star
I'm too tired to write a review.

Was good book. Me like. You maybe read?
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I've written the review for the first 4 book bere:
Alesia Matson
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'm actually reading through the trilogy series, of which this is the first novella. I found the protagonists to be engaging, and Sardelle the more engaging of the two. At the end I was curious to read more of their stories, so it's good to know that that they return later in the series. The supporting characters are two-dimensional, barely more than "mechanicals" used to further the plot. None of them inspired me to want to read more about them.

The setting was in my opinion lackluster. I didn't
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, freebee, x-2018, scifi, pnr
This was really good. A mix of scifi romance with steampunk and paranormal mixed in. Set on a planet where over 300 years ago a war destroyed a city housing the good sorceri during a festival. Most were present in the mountain fortress when the mountain collapsed leaving only Sam alive but in stasis. Three hundred years later, she is awakened from stasis when the penal colony digs too close while excavating crystals from a mine utop the ruins. They don't even know about the ruins or that there w ...more
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Totally awesome,

I'm always impressed and very glad when a writer manages to invent a world that feels completely natural and fantastic at the same time. The characters are relateble and make sense (even the love story, considering the circumstances). I'll definitely read more of this author after this series, which isn't too common for me :P

One minor thing I didn't like so much, but isn't about this book so much as for the series, since I already read book 2 and 3 as well - The shifting perspect
Amy Gideon
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

Thoroughly entertaining. A light fun read with some interesting world building. I wish the author had spent a bit more time fleshing out the world, and parts of the action scenes, but other than that it was fun read. I plan on reading the second in the series.
Debby "Piene Raven"
Not big on steampunk reads so I had to put on DNF. Might come back to it later this year but for now don't feel the interest.

2 Stars
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well, that was a surprise. There aren't many fantasy books that I enjoy anymore, but this one really pleased me. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

I really liked the two main characters. They were fun and interesting.
This is the second time I've read this book....
I love this series for lots and lots of reason. Dragons, steampunky stuff, magic, bi-plane flying, and I did say dragons (even though they haven't shown up yet.) I'm glad I caught this series when it started and would highly recommend it to other fantasy readers looking for something new to read.
This book does start a bit slow, but you are getting introduced to a new world so it is totally worth it.
Elle Jacklee
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This author's work never disappoints me. This is just another one of her great stories set in an interesting world with realistic characters and an engaging plot.

I've been happily following the adventures of the characters in her Emperor's Edge series, and I'm just as happy to meet the new ones in BoTBE. The new admiral, Ridge Zirkander is now one of my favorite male characters in any of Ms. Buroker's books. In the beginning, he reminded me of Maverick in the Top Gun movie, but he gains dimensi
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Colonel Ridge Zirkander is a pilot in the military, with the tendency to not take rules as serious as he should. but he is the best fighter pilot and used to a bit of leniency - that is until punches a diplomat in the face. no matter what his reasons were, his punishment is to take command of a remote prison in the Ice blade mountains. When he arrives to take over from a more than incompetent drunken general, he meets a misterious women - one who has no record and definitely doesn't seem to fit ...more
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