Date read: August 16, 2017
The Emperor's Edge
0.5. Shadows Over Innocence
1. The Emperor's Edge - Paperback | Kindle
1.5. Ice Cracker II
2. Dark Currents
2.5. The Assassin's Curse
3. Deadly Games
5. Blood and Betrayal
5.5. Beneath the Surface
6. Forged in Blood I
7. Forged in Blood II
7.5. Solstice Day Gifts
9. Diplomats and Figutives
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The adventure starts here...Thoughts on The Emperor's Edge: Okay. The adventures of Sicarius and Amaranthe have begun and they're just as insanely bloody/dangerous/fun as I expected them to be. You know, since Amaranthe is an enforcer and Sicarius is the assassin everybody loves to fear. With good reason, mind you. Sicarius has a habit of killing first and asking questions later. Something I have a feeling Amaranthe will work on as their adventures continue.
Imperial law enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon is good at her job: she can deter thieves and pacify thugs, if not with a blade, then by toppling an eight-foot pile of coffee canisters onto their heads. But when ravaged bodies show up on the waterfront, an arson covers up human sacrifices, and a powerful business coalition plots to kill the emperor, she feels a tad overwhelmed.
Worse, Sicarius, the empire's most notorious assassin, is in town. He's tied in with the chaos somehow, but Amaranthe would be a fool to cross his path. Unfortunately, her superiors order her to hunt him down. Either they have an unprecedented belief in her skills... or someone wants her dead.
But that's down the road. Right now, Sicarius is deadly and doesn't like to leave survivors who might give away key elements of his plans if they ever part ways. Which makes for an interesting group dynamic, don't you think.
Amaranthe doesn't let little things like Sicarius's flexible morality and skill with a knife keep her from using him to put events in motion. When she unwittingly gets pulled into the middle of a conspiracy against the emperor, she recruits the notorious assassin and puts together a motley crew of misfits to save the day.
Except things don't always go as planned. Not when (outlawed) magic is involved and you're being hunted by the very people you're trying to help.
Good gravy, I'm ready to dive into this whole series. Amaranthe and Sicarius are like day and night in a lot of ways and I can't WAIT to see how the former enforcer and the assassin make things work.