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Balanced on the Blade's Edge (Dragon Blood Book 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Lindsay Buroker
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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 new orders: take command of a remote prison mine in the inhospitable Ice Blades Mountains. Ridge has never been in charge of anything larger than a flier squadron—what’s he supposed to do with a frozen fortress full of murderers and rapists? Not to mention the strange woman who shows up right before he arrives…

Sardelle Terushan wakes from three hundred years in a mage stasis shelter, only to realize that she is the last of the Referatu, the sorcerers who once helped protect Iskandia from conquerors. Their subterranean mountain community was blown up in a treacherous sneak attack by soldiers who feared their power. Everyone Sardelle ever knew is dead, and the sentient soulblade she has been bonded to since her youth is buried in the core of the mountain. Further, what remains of her home has been infested by bloodthirsty miners commanded by the descendants of the very soldiers who destroyed her people.

Sardelle needs help to reach her soulblade—her only link to her past and her last friend in the world. Her only hope is to pretend she’s one of the prisoners while trying to gain the commander’s trust. But lying isn’t her specialty, especially when the world has changed so much in the intervening centuries, and if Colonel Zirkander figures out who she truly is, he’ll be duty-bound to sentence her to the only acceptable punishment for sorcerers: death.

The Dragon Blood series reading order:
Book 1: Balanced on the Blade's Edge
Book 2: Deathmaker
Book 3: Blood Charged

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Par CC
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Lindsay Buroker is an excellent novelist, with the knack of creating believable other worlds.
The only disappointment here is that it ends too soon, unless of course it is the start of a new series.
I would definitely like to read more about Sardelle and Jaxi (and of course Ridge).
I would recommend checking out Lindsay Buroker's website for updates.
She even takes the time out from writing novels to answer emails.

Lindsay Buroker est un écrivain exceptionnel, avec un don inné pour la création d'autres mondes.
Seule déception d'aujourd'hui, c'est que c'est ce roman se termine trop tôt, à moins que ce ne soit le début d'une nouvelle série de romans, justement.
J'aimerais vraiment en savoir plus sur Sardelle et Jaxi (et bien sûr Ridge).
Et je vous conseille de vérifier le site de Lindsay Buroker pour suivre ses héros au-delà des romans.
Elle prend même le temps de répondre aux mails, entre deux romans.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 I don't want to let go 9 avril 2014
Par Natalie
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I only recently discovered Lindsay Buroker and can only say (again and again): Boy, am I glad her books were recommended to me! I'll be forever grateful!

Balanced on the Blade's Edge is a great adventure with the right dose of witty humor, romance and steampunk. The world Ms Buroker creates is unique and welcomes you without weighing you down with too much explanations. As I have come to expect from her books (after reading The Emperor's Edge series) her cast of characters delighted me. I was right there with them, which of course is also due to Lindsay Buroker's writing style which pulled me in right from the start so that I didn't want to let go.
Now, having read it...I'm sitting here, a little lost and wondering what to read next...unfortunately there's no book 2 that could bring me back to the world and characters she created. *heavy sigh*
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent 3 avril 2014
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Buroker mentioned on her blog that she had written this book quickly, just like Encrypted. Encrypted happened to be one of my favourites, so I decided to give this one a try. And I didn't regret it! There's action (lots of explosions, in true Buroker style), likeable characters and a romance. What more do you need?
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Steampunk romance from the author of the Emperor's Edge series... 30 mars 2014
Par S. Evans - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
There are very few self published authors whose works I put on my buy list. Ms. Buroker is one of those few.

While she is best known for her Emperors Edge series (and I do recommend that series, the first book of which is free), this is a stand alone novel set in a different universe.

Ms. Buroker writes, as always, with a humor that is wry and self-deprecating. Her turns of phrase are clever, and her characters are well written. The setting is well described, with detail that allows the reader to infer a great deal about the universe, and the plot moves along quite nicely. I do wish that the author had chosen a different turn of phrase than 'the mental sciences' for the explanation of magic, as this seems to overlap quite a bit with her series set in a completely different universe.

As is typical for most of the steampunk genre books I have beeen reading lately, the romance develops quickly (despite the pacing of the romance being too quick for my tastes, most will consider this a feature, not a bug)-- almost literally at first sight. The male POV character, a 'maverick' and airship pilot (think fighter jet combined with VTOL, roughly shaped like a dragon), is assigned away from the battle frontlines, to guard the one mine that produces the power crystals that power the airships. The female POV character, a mage who has been in stasis for 300 years, and who is 'bonded' with a perpetually teenage (read: sarcastic) sorceress trapped within a sword, gets dug out of her emergency stasis shelter just as the male POV character arrives to take charge. Sparks fly. Electricty crackles. Zepplins and giant owls show up, and even worse-- academics and hidebound administrative generals too. Between the avalanches and the cannonballs (and the magically induced rashes), will the POV characters find true love? Of course they will...

If you enjoy steampunk (although, be warned-- the pacing of the story revolves more around zeppelins than gaslamps and intricate clockwork creatures) with a hefty dash of romance, you would be well served to buy this book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 fabulous characters, plot, world, unexpected consequences - a few flaws 19 avril 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
First, I've never read anything by this author so this review is not based on comparison. Several reviews classify the novel as "steampunk" which I never heard of and had to look up. That is a mis-classification. The only steam powered device is the laundry. While there are some airships, the most effective flyers are powered by a trivial piece of ancient energy ... lighting fixtures from a destroyed complex.

The plot melds two strong archetypal themes ... the military hero who succeeds because he doesn't give a damn about military protocol and makes his own way, and the sleeping beauty or rip van winkle motif - a gifted lady who takes a nap and when she wakes up everything has changed. I am a sucker for either one alone, and to combine them is sheer genius. To further the bargain, the writing is colorful, brisk, detailed, and never, ever lags. The magic is also well done, strong but not overwhelming and spiraling out of control.

A third motif that appears over and over in the story is that of unintended consequences. The back story is that all but one wizard has been destroyed out of a misguided fear of all wizards based on the actions of an evil few, and now this civilization is having trouble defending their continent against outside wizards. Well, duh, they should have thought of that. And the evil wizards should have thought of that. And the heroine, who is pleasantly human and not at all arrogant, finds herself creating awful consequences from seemingly innocent misjudgements in the application of her power. But she does not freeze up or decline to use it.

Five stars says I loved it, not that it was without flaw. Some of the antagonists are overly one dimensional. The ending leaves a lot to be done, with no hint of a sequel and no declaration that anyone is intent on doing it, which is out of character for both leading characters.

I want to address the comments made by several reviewers about intimate scenes. Yes, the story could have been developed without these. In a way I wish it had so I could recommend the book to my nephew. But they are among the most tasteful I have ever seen, and they do in fact make a contribution to the story. The author is obviously exploring the dilemma of a love interest between two people of vastly different power. Oh, the colonel has his own power to be sure, and is nothing like the wizard's previous lovers. But how in the world could he have broken the ice with Sardelle if he had known who she was? He could not. Sexual intimacy is not nearly the most intimate part of herself she has to give, holds none of the physical consequences for her that it does for us mortals, unless she permits them, and so while proceeding with due care she still holds back until the very end that which is most vulnerable within her.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointed 4 avril 2014
Par temiak - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
Let me preface this review by saying I own just about everything Ms. Buroker has written. The Emperor's Edge saga continues to be one of my favorite series, and has stood up to repeated readings. This, however, was a bitter disappointment. It has a promising start, but once the two main players meet, it quickly devolves into a waiting game to see how long it takes for them to hook up (it's pretty heavy-handed; you KNOW it's going to happen eventually, which takes away any tension there might have been). I'd classify this as a romance novel, but there wasn't enough character development to qualify their relationship as anything romantic. The two meet, are physically attracted to each other, and all further development grinds to a halt. Maybe there was more in the second half, but I didn't make it that far. The smut scene was unexpected, and not what I've come to expect from this author, and was the final straw to make me close the book and look for something else to read. The joy of the Emperor's Edge books was in the characters and their interactions, as well as their crazy hijinks. There was none of that here. The second star is for Ms. Buroker's prose, which is always a delight to read and free from the abuse of the English language that plagues most self-published works.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Good book esp. for self published! 9 juin 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This book is well written, has a decent plot, and some character development. Editing is well done unlike most other self published book I have read. It really gets BETTER after the sample unlike so many books even ones with major publishers.
I'm not sure the book is really steam-punk but it is good SF/Fantasy.
There are enough reviews to get an idea about the book and my main reason for posting this one is just wanting the author to continue putting out books of this caliber and to let people like myself who have grown weary of self-published books know that this book is far above most the other self-published books I have read and well worth the money!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 on the edge of greatness 18 août 2014
Par Feles31 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The entire premise for this story was great. City of magic users destroyed by non-magic users, one surviving sorceress awoken from magic stasis by miners from the prison complex that has arisen over the site hundreds of years later. She has the power to leave but sticks around as a prisoner because she has to get to her sentient weapon buried in another section of the complex. Her main constraint is that everyone is magic phobic so she has to hide her powers or risk being lynched. The hero is the new prison warden, essentially. The characters are older, in their thirties, and therefore a little more sure of themselves and their direction in life which worked well for the story.
The one downside that dragged down my rating was that the whole story felt rushed. This downside is something of a compliment since the story was definitely good enough to need more thorough exploration. When it ended, I thought "that's the end?!" Overall, the relationship of the hero and heroine especially seemed too rushed and needed better development and logical justification. They were not lust-crazed teenagers but fell into a relationship early on after barely a few encounters and did not seem in keeping with their characters. I would probably have accepted their relationship more if they had been.
Would be great if this story could be expanded and re-issued.
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