Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Blood and Betrayal ( The Emperor's Edge #5 ) by Lindsay Buroker

Blood and Betrayal by Lindsay Buroker
Excerpt

The last thing Maldynado Montichelu—former aristocrat and current ladies' man—ever wanted was to be left in charge. After all, the team just blew up a train, crashed a dirigible, and kidnapped the emperor. It's kind of an important time.

But, with Amaranthe captured by the nefarious Forge coalition, and Sicarius off to find her, the team is lacking in leaders. Also, Sicarius has made it clear that Maldynado’s life may be forfeit should anything happen to the emperor while he’s gone.

To make matters worse, Forge’s cutthroats are after Sespian, and the young emperor believes Maldynado's loyalties are suspect. As if it’s his fault that his older brother is working with the coalition to usurp the throne. If Maldynado can’t figure out how to earn the emperor’s trust quickly, Sespian will go off to confront their powerful enemies on his own.

Meanwhile, Amaranthe must find a way to escape from the coalition’s newest ally, Master Interrogator Pike, a man who plans to pull all of the secrets from her head, one way or another…

Blood and Betrayal is the fifth novel in The Emperor’s Edge series.

Genre

Steampunk

Review

I think I never said it enough times about how glad I found out about this series. Honestly, the cover was not a major attraction and steampunk sounds so techno/nerdy. But now I'm a big fan. I just love the character Sicarius. He is the deadly assassin that seldom engage in dialogue, yet I find myself re-reading every word he spoken like treasure. From Book 1 to 5, he had grown so much. He use to convey message without talking, now he started to give us some full sentence. I'm with Amaranthe on this, we had a big crush on him.

As usual, Lindsay Buroker gave us alternate POV beside Amaranthe, but I usually read through those alternate POV very fast, because I am eager to get into Sicarius page time.


Spoiler

We knew Sespian, the young emperor is Sicarius's son and so far only Amaranthe knew about it. But the truth is finally out in this instalment. Did I mentioned that both father and son like the same woman?

Rating 5/5

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