I don’t know whether I told you how much I loved Lindsay Buroker’s Flash Gold series. I know I told you I liked the first in her Emperor’s Edge series a lot. A whole lot. I love it, even more than Flash Gold!
Dark Currents is the second in the series, and we continue to follow Amaranthe Lokdon and her band of disparate quasi-heroes as they fight to clear their names. Amaranthe has hit on the grand plan of doing good things to help the kingdom in its hour of need, but realises that, if nobody knows they were the saviours, it doesn’t really help. This leads to even more daft things going on than usual, like telling the soldiers who are supposed to be tracking them down what they are up to…
Yesterday I did a sub-genre mash-up that was supposed to be weird west/comic fantasy. Lindsay Buroker writes weird steampunk/comic fantasy and I hope I am learning from her mastery. Even though this story seemed to start slowly, the intrigue built, the marvellous machines became more bizarre, and the solution, the danger, the action, and the tension between Amaranthe and the hot super-cool assassin Sicarius, was totally compelling. The solution comes mostly before the action, since the solution is simple. Executing it is a whole other thing. Just as it is simple to write, but achieving this level of excellence is another thing entirely.
I can’t wait to read the third book in the collection I have… and I wish I’d get on and read all the other books I’m scheduled to read so I can get back to the Emperor’s Edge.
Warning: this series is highly addictive. And fun!
Dark Currents (Emperor’s Edge 2) by Lindsay Buroker (Goodreads link)