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Balanced on the Blade's Edge

(Dragon Blood #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  7,328 ratings  ·  613 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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And there's a LOT of horny people.(less)
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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 n
I really wanted less insta-love and more dragons but not a total drag. It was still more entertaining than I expected.

I enjoyed the writing, and the audio was a big plus for me. It was interesting and lively and I think things that I would have rolled my eyes at on the page came across as more humourous when spoken out loud.

The plot seemed a little weak, since it's predominantly about Sardelle trying to get her soulblade back and I honestly thought that would happen pretty quick. But there's als
Jul 25, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
Obviously one of the author's earlier work, so not as good as I have come to expect from her, but not terrible either. The insta-love-lust thing always bothers me, and I didn't feel much chemistry between the characters. Also, the plot was quite thin and she has not yet developed the typical for her banter the readers have come to adore. Either way, I plan on continuing with the series and hope it gets better 🙂 ...more
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.

This is fun!

I fell in love with this author after reading the Emperor's Edge series and was really curious if she could do it again, if she has another series just as good or better.
Guess what! She did.

The characters are fun and engaging, the world is amazing, and the plot is really interesting, making you curious about what's next.
It's definitely a series I'd recommend to anyone who likes fantasy (although yeah, this is more steam-punk fantasy than High Fantasy, but it's definitely worth it).
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
✘✘ 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
 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

Finally got around to finishing this one.
Apr 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I've written the review for the first 4 book bere:

Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: het-romance, fantasy
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
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
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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. ...more
Matilda ❣️ rants & raves
3.5 stars

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this book and read it in a day - but I still felt like it could have just been so much more. You got glimpses of Sardelle's power but I felt like we never really got to see her full potential - it was just hinted at. The world-building was also a bit mediocre and I would have been interested for the characters to explore more of the underground city somehow. The side characters were also pretty poorly developed - I don't think we were ever really int
Amanda (Is Not a Panda)
It was...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
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.
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?
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Marijan Šiško
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read the book as part of three-book deal on Amazon. I din't expect much from it, thinking it was just another in endless row of steampunk/fantasy/romance hybrids that seem to be breeding faster that tribbles for the last several years.
I must say I was pleasantly surprised. True, there is no deep character development, no earth-shattering answers to the meaning of life, universe and everything, but...
It was fun. It was excellently written with much more show than tell, well paced, and with j
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! ...more
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Enjoyable and not challenging
May 14, 2021 marked it as to-read
Shelves: freebie
🎁 Part of The Dragon Blood Collection, Books 1-3 which is FREE on Amazon today (5/14/2021)! 🎁
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it
A quick, light-weight & fun read by a new author for me - Lindsay Buroker.

When pilot Colonel RidgeWalker Zirkander defends his female lieutenant's honour by threatening a diplomat's 'flesh stick' he doesn't expect a round of applause, and certainly didn't anticipate being 'grounded' and sent to manage a prison camp.

Meanwhile when sorcerer Sardelle wakes up to find herself trapped underground, she figures she has been caught in her magical escape pod for a couple of hours, maybe a day or two - de
May 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: steampunk, fantasy
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 ‘Fantas ...more
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pnr, series, freebee, scifi, x-2018
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
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