Oct 28, Farhin rated it it was amazing. We finally get an insight into the clown of the group who, whilst making the others laugh, determinedly convinces the other characters and the readers that he cares for nothing much but a "good" time with a pretty lady. We find that Maldynado has fears and insecurities, a desire to build his own identity and a strong need to divorce himself from his family's reputation. A fantastic installment which much character insight and development.
Also not to mention, an unlikely ship with Yara ; and more development in Sicaranthe Aug 02, Ashley rated it it was amazing. This book was sooo good, and talk about romantic progress people. My heart was bouncing upside down and off the ceiling.
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I mean five books and we finally get an view spoiler [ I don't love you, but I appreciate you. Jun 08, Mei rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy. I don't have enough words to say how much I'm enjoying this series! It's highly recommened to everybody who loves witty, action-full fantasy with great characters, a tiny bit of romance but really breath-taking and nails-chawing one!
View all 3 comments. Feb 02, Navdha rated it liked it Shelves: i-am-so-excited-to-read-it , it-made-me-giggle. If only the story wasn't dragged so much, I would have appreciated it more to round up my rating to 4 stars. That said, I'm still addicted. There is a year old empire to topple afterall. Besides, we've also been promised some "later" time for Sicarius and Amaranthe.
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Feb 02, cEe beE rated it really liked it Shelves: book-series , my-kinda-hero , kick-ass-heroine. Not as interesting as the first few volumes, a lot of close calls, near misses, and death defying escapes - way too many. But I'm hooked on these series and can't wait for the 6th book. View 1 comment.http://sf.saymon.info/qohiz-instagram-tracker-for.php
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Aaaaand, a satisfying resolution to that cliffhanger. I still enjoy the characters and their crazy adventures. Good to see Sespian growing as a character and a person--the poor guy has a lot to take in, for sure. And it's a pleasure to discover an author who has learned the sustaining power of a slow-burn romance. This, above all else, is what keeps readers glued to Aaaaand, a satisfying resolution to that cliffhanger.
This, above all else, is what keeps readers glued to this series. I can only hope the last few books don't ruin it for me.
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Mar 31, Hallie rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. Not knocking off any points for the horrible non-ending to the previous book in the series, although I normally get very cranky when authors do that. Part of my unusual tolerance is due to my own selfish lack of suffering, as I was able to go straight from Conspiracy into this; part the sincere-seeming apology at the end of Conspiracy ; and part the fact that Buroker hasn't done this in any previous books at least of those I've read, which is most of them.
A few essentially non-spoilery thought Not knocking off any points for the horrible non-ending to the previous book in the series, although I normally get very cranky when authors do that. It occurred to me as I was reading Conspiracy the other day that one thing I really, really like about the series is the snail-like pace of the romance. Relative to most fantasies I've read lately, at any rate. In 4 books we've had, by my admittedly uncertain count, one kiss. And no other sexual acts performed without kissing, for whatever reason! Amaranthe isn't at all attracted to Sicarius because he's an incredibly efficient and ruthless assassin, thankfully, nor because of his looks.
In fact, I can't think of terribly much that's said about his appearance - he's physically tough as nails, but that's frequently considered ruefully rather than admiringly by Amaranthe as Sicarius pushes her and the team to train far past the point of pain and exhaustion. She comes to trust that he has her back, whatever his initial motivations, and as she learns his past, with frustrating slowness, she comes to understand that he was made into what he is by truly inhuman means. The slow development of romantic feelings towards him fits very well with her compassionate understanding and forgiving of her team members, even when one or other of them proves weak or untrustworthy.
We rewatched the four Bourne films recently, and I was also struck by some correspondences between those I haven't read the books, so am only going on the films and the Emperor's Edge series. Like Sicarius, Bourne and Aaron Cross have been made into super-strong, efficient killers, without having chosen this for themselves. And in both cases, almost all of our disgust and anger is directed towards those who created them and use them without the slightest remorse or compassion.
It's also necessary to suspend a lot of disbelief about both their ability to survive despite huge odds, and about their managing to retain a certain amount of humanity with all that has been done to remove that humanity from them. The survival incredibility in the Emperor's Edge series extends to Amaranthe's team as well as Sicarius, but it's a lack of realism I'm happy enough to go along with for the duration of the ride. It helps that Amaranthe really isn't a Mary Sue, so what her team manages with her as somewhat dubious leader is more acceptable than if she excelled at everything.
As this is very character-driven adventure, it works well that Amaranthe is the main protagonist, but each of the books after the first picks up one of the team members for primary secondary character, as it were. The books which focused on Books and Basilard were my favourites in that regard, as they're deeper, more serious characters than Akstyr and Maldynado, at least initially. However, it worked quite well to have the boyos be the focus of the 4th and 5th books, as there's a heavy theme of misunderstanding and mistrust running through them both.
Akstyr only slowly comes round from thinking only of himself and being quite willing to sell the others out if necessary, and finds, somewhat to his own surprise, that he cares that he may have lost the trust of Amaranthe and the team. And ironically, he's being judged for something he didn't do intentionally but only in an unguarded moment when he's tempted to trust someone from his past who has never before been worthy of it. Maldynado is also forced to face the fact that his family's rejection of him bothers him, and is distressed that others distrust him because of what that family does.
Meanwhile, Amaranthe is the only person who knows Sicarius's big secret, and she's the emotional touchstone for the distress Sicarius feels as much as he can at being so thoroughly feared and hated, despite everything he's done. Having Sespian so openly loathe Sicarius is pretty heartrending for her, and the susceptible reader too. That would be this reader!
The scenes between her and Sicarius after Pike was killed were just lovely. There was a decent enough ending to this installment, although I'm very glad indeed that book 6 will be out this year. Dec 16, Hannah rated it really liked it Shelves: steampunk , favourites , fantasy. Yes, feelings!
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I feel almost apologetic towards Amaranthe when I say that her suffering was probably worth it, since it prompted the first real display of gentle concern from Sicarius. Lindsay Buroker really does know how to write a romantic relationship with just the right amount of tension and positive development to keep it interesting. Another major highlight? Maldynado as the secondary POV! I think it goes without saying that the team funnyman is an easy fan-favourite and his POV definitely rewarded all the anticipation.
Maldynado is hilarious, as expected, but surprisingly it was his hidden depth that tugged at my heartstrings, far more than that of Books, Basilard or Akstyr.
His respect and love for Amaranthe, in fact, is what touched me most of all even more than his developing romance with Yara, which is cute if not particularly earth-shaking — it was adorable how Maldynado thought of Amaranthe at every turn — concern over her wellbeing, missing her presence or even wondering whether his actions would make her proud. Feb 18, Safiyyah rated it it was amazing. This was Maldynado's POV.
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One of the best books so far. Apr 14, Lynn rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy-urban-fiction. This book took a darker turn. After the cliffhanger ending of book 4 this was pretty much non stop.
It left me exhausted. Unfortunately due to the peril Amaranthe was in I was a little distracted for Maldynado's sections. I needed her to be in a better place before I could fully pay attention to the other storyline. As such I was distracted and this book left me exhausted. It would have benefited from a little more of a break in the action than we got. Also, this book gives a little background i This book took a darker turn. Also, this book gives a little background into Sicarius' childhood which we had gotten hints that it was pretty bad..
Suffice it to say it was full of horrors.
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