Does this book end with a cliffhanger? Can it be read as as a conclusion-sort of? I can only get the first three and don't want to start the series if this one ends with a lot of questions unanswered, i know there are like six more Fa Mulan I remember all of them being almost cliffhangers and that's why I wanted to kill Buroker but also hug her. I have all of them I wish i could …more I remember all of them being almost cliffhangers and that's why I wanted to kill Buroker but also hug her.
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I have all of them I wish i could somehow lend them to you. Do you have a library you can get them at instead? See 1 question about Deadly Games…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 12, Willow rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , steampunk. This book was so much better than Dark Currents. In fact, so far it was the best in the series. I feel like the action was more directed and had purpose. There was an exciting dynamic between the characters. One character decides to kill the other, while two others start to care for each other.
This conflict, along with the mystery, gave this book a lot more suspense, and definitely gave the characters more depth. It was very satisfying to read. One of my favorite things about this series is the characters. Each and every one of them teaches something new to the group. Each one of them is important to their success. I always think the most mysterious is probably Sicarius, but then again I know so little about Akstyr.
While each character is an archetype, they are slowly developing more and more of their own personalities, and I realized after this series is over, I will actually miss them. Out of all the characters though, Amaranthe is my fav! She's such a great female character. I also love how the guys are so protective over her and treat her like family. They follow her because they admire her, not because they want get into her pants, and they know that if any one of them gets into trouble, she do everything she can to get them out.
She does have some unreal kind of luck. In fact, she relies on her elite team to help her out. Anyhoo, this story has a crazy ass ending involving a giant squid, a bunch of evil scientists, and an underground water city. It was a lot of fun, in all. I really hope that someday they make this series into a graphic novel because it would be so awesome to see these books drawn out.
This was a buddy read with Jeannette! View all 15 comments. For reasons Okay, maybe just one reason. Amaranthe and the gang are on the case. Blah Blah Blah Basilard has vowed to avenge the wrongs done to his kingdom. Some more blahs, Basilard gets choosen as the ringer for the competition, and both he and Sicarius end up kidnapped due to their superior physical prowess. Even more blahs, Amaranthe and the remaining gang are to the rescue.
There's some more plot stuff here, Akstyr continues to improve is magical abilities. I'm beginning to worry about him. Throw in some more blahs and some diving and sea monsters , Sicarius runs around naked. Sicarius runs around naked. After that there were some other words but who really cares at this point?
I just want to know is he blonde all over?? Everyone is safe and sound. Basilard decides Amaranthe will be upset with his revenge plans so he decides ixnay on the executionay. Oh, and last but not least, Amaranthe tries for a third "date" with Deret he apparently really, really wants a date at this point.
Amaranthe gave leave to Sicarius to take the night off to do whatever it is he wants to do so And it is absolutely worth the wait. So yeah, I don't think Amaranthe will be going on any more dates with Deret. Have I mentioned how much I love Sicarius? I kind of do. And when I say "kind of" I mean I would have his little blonde headed assassin babies. View all 4 comments. Dec 27, Lynxie rated it it was amazing Shelves: legendary-leading-ladies , 5-star-review , awesome-authors.
What a way to spend the last day! Lindsay, you absolutely amaze me with how much I love all your books, but Deadly Games was incredible! If I was slightly in love with Sicarius in the last two books, I am totally done for now! The incredible way he is portrayed, with his lack of emoting makes me want to simultaniously shake him and hug him for making me smirk, then smile, then grin like an idiot. I can honestly say I really wish he was real, I would love to see that stoney-faced silent stare and revel in the shudders that would likely race up my spine. Amaranthe, well, some of the other reviews of this tale sum her up brilliantly.
She is the ever present glue for this motley group of men. What I especially like is her ability to think quickly on her feet, and the fact that the guys all love and sometimes roll their eyes at that about her. I do have one thing to say about the choice of ending for this one though.
I hate that I now have to wait to find out what happens, but WOW! What a way to end this fantastic story!
Lindsay, you should be most proud of this one! Thank you for the best yet! To those reading the review, buy this! Buy all of the Emperor's Edge series! Buy everything by Lindsay Buroker, you will not be disappointed! View all 5 comments.
Jul 18, Nikhil Jain rated it really liked it. I usually stray away from stories about the fairer sex, perhaps because they tend to be too fair to digest. I wasn't always this way, and can in fact vividly remember gobbling upon stories about fairy queens and wicked witches, especially Enid Blyton's Blue, Yellow and Red fairy books, Malory Towers and what not. However, as things often come to pass, and then pass away- my appetite for bright and beautiful worlds faded- and I latched onto a darker and grimmer reality. Now, to say that female aut I usually stray away from stories about the fairer sex, perhaps because they tend to be too fair to digest.
Now, to say that female authors cannot sculpt a gritty narrative would be quite blasphemous- and more so since I have come to respect Robin Hobb's penmanship. I have, though, often noticed that books that have female protagonists usually border on romantic notes, hardly, if ever dipping a toe in the realm of gore and violence.
Now, there's Amarenthe, and she ostensibly follows the same trend of a moral high ground. She nags in the manner of a self righteous clergyman and she blushes on the smallest mention of human reproductive organs. But I love her. As a matter of fact, I would have no qualms against cuddling her, sweaty or not- she's the rainbow hued yarn ball wet-dream of kittens, or perhaps a nightmare of little cats littering the house. I have also come to appreciate how Lindsay Buroker maintains a consistency of character.
I find it oddly unnerving to encounter a hardcore uncaring asshole assassin who turns into a candy licking doll lover in about 25 pages of the goddess-who-touched-his-heart. It isn't just one book that is infected with this disease- not at all, I had to abandon trillions of tomes in mid passage because of spontaneous personality defection of the protagonist. Sicarius, in a way, reminds me of Lan WOT with his, let us say, economy of expression. Although, Lindsay has described the man in a manner distinct enough to credit him a unique personality. His feelings towards Amaranthe grow gradually as opposed to the switch-flippery I have come to detest.
It maintains that exoticism in their relationship which I, personally, have come to relish. Instead of popping a saccharine pill that is probably going to ruin your taste- Lindsay has masterfully prepared a dish that provides a lingering taste of sweetness. Another wonderful jewel I discovered in Amaranthe's world is the fact that people don't turn into gross idiots when trapped in impossible situations, waiting for others to rescue them.
Rather, they show initiative and a number of times extricate themselves out of self created blunders- which, to me, is the mature way of handling a story. I don't wish to be abrupt, but well, I have to start with the next book. Nov 30, Sylvia Mercedes rated it really liked it Shelves: girl-power , action-packed , strong-female-characters , favorite-author , steampunk.
Loved this one! Love this series. Going to take a break from it for a little while to read some other things, but definitely plan to come back!
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Nov 13, Claire rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-inindie , kindle. Genre: high fantasy with a touch of steam, a dash of magic and the tiniest sprinkle of romance I'm not sure I can accurately describe how much I love this series. Lindsay Buroker nails it again in the third instalment. This edition is easily as cinematic as the previous two. You could transcribe it word for word onto the big screen and hold me riveted. These characters continue to grow and endear themselves to me. Funnily enough, the character that struck me as the most changed was Maldynado. He Genre: high fantasy with a touch of steam, a dash of magic and the tiniest sprinkle of romance I'm not sure I can accurately describe how much I love this series.
He really has become a rather loyal fellow who looks out for I think he is acting more and more like her big brother albeit one that doesn't get possessive or expect her to be chaste - we can leave that to Sicarius. Akstyr worries me. He is useful, but I don't think he has formed the type of bonds for Amaranthe as the others have. She is the glue that holds them together, and he isn't quite as attached. I think when we get his point of view, we might see things differently, but I am expecting a surprise from him. Amaranthe continues to be a lady to admire.
She doesn't have to resort to seduction or lies to convince people to join her cause. Her humanity and passion do that. But I see a few cracks of doubt appearing here and there, which should open some interesting discussions going forward. I'd actually like to see how Sicarius might deal with her moments of doubt. She's always kept such a positive face for him. Especially since he is depending on her planning to bring him Amaranthe humanises Sicarius.
But then, she brings the best out in each member of that team. I'm glad Basilard did not go through with his plan. That epilogue was brilliant as was the scene preceding it, but I truly do not want to spoil it for everyone who SHOULD be reading this book. What a brilliant tease for the next chapter in this series, which I hope I won't hound the author for too much in the coming months.
Deadly Games (The Emperor's Edge Book 3)
Bottom line: Awesome storytelling. Engaging and unique characters. Flawless eBook. On my top ten list of books I've read in which also includes the other two. Must read. I'll be honest and say what i've read of this book just wasn't as good as what i've read of the other books in the series. I know once i get into it it'll be better, but now just isn't the time. Mar 04, Sherwood Smith added it Shelves: fantasy , steampunk.
Thoroughly enjoyed this next installment in the adventures of the Emperor's Edge, Amaranthe's well-meant team of do-gooders who still manage to leave mayhem and disaster in their wake. The central romance progresses with delicious slowness I would have so hated insta-love begetting insta-change ; probably my only complaint would be that the secondary character chosen for this one actually reveals no more than we knew already.
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But that won't stop me from getting the next! View 2 comments. Still trying to stop my heart racing that fast. That was so intense!! I don't know what to say really. I just want to keep reading because that message at the end of the book How is the team going to respond to that? But Amaranthe likes a good challenge, doesn't she? Jul 15, Ashley rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites.
Jul 13, Nitzan Schwarz rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy-or-fantasy-lite , adult , magic. Apr 10, Lynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy-urban-fiction , favorites. This series has me totally sucked into it. For those interested let me tell you what not to read it for first.
Don't read the series for worldbuilding. Don't read it for ironclad plots. Don't read it if you need romance of any significant degree. It's only there in the faintly in the background and it is extremely slow burn. It's also one of those you cheer on even though every sane, rational part of your brain said that it's not logical to cheer it on. Do read it for a collection of characters This series has me totally sucked into it.
Do read it for a collection of characters that you can't help but to root for despite being some deeply flawed. Amaranthe leads a motley group with a lot against them. She becomes the heart and soul of the group leading to them slowly through the books developing and becoming so much more. The series is humorous and works because it doesn't take itself overly serious. It has kind of mad caper moments at times with adventure, fantasy and a soft take on steampunk. Overall it is fun and sucks you in. The first book is just from Amaranth's POV.
The second includes Book's POV. It was good to get inside Basilard's head and find out more what makes him tick. Each book is better than the one before as things are intensified but slowly the characters are growing and evolving. The stakes keep going up with each book. I know, it's super vague, but I don't want to spoil you anything accidentally ; there are a lot of important stuff you need to know from previous stories before going into each new one Amaranthe : I know that all of you people who read these books already, expected me to say Sicarius, but I will get to him in a second I just have to I would say that I'm sorry for taking a break, but it would be a lie I'm not gonna tell you who exactly besides Sicarius was in it I swear you guys, the banter between those band of misfits is freaking fantastic Dec 01, Frankly Frankie rated it it was amazing Shelves: all-time-faves , recommended , angst-so-good , men-in-uniform , banterrific , reread , up-all-night , best-ending , hilarious , historical-romance.
If you believe your soul safe, why risk your life over and over, trying to impress the emperor? Is it just for a pardon? Thingsss happened in this one. So many things. I literally gasped and then ran around screaming for a bit before I came back to c If you believe your soul safe, why risk your life over and over, trying to impress the emperor? I literally gasped and then ran around screaming for a bit before I came back to continue reading.
Deadly Games opens with a steam punk rendition of the Olympics. Athletes have journeyed from far and wide to compete in the Imperial Games, where for the first time, the champions will have the chance at an audience with the Emperor. Before the games can even begin though, athletes start disappearing and a mysterious yellow powder is discovered on the scene. Basilard, our favorite mute merc, enters the games undercover to sniff out the truth but also work at a chance to meet with Sespian. This one did not disappoint!
Nov 25, Sierra rated it it was amazing Shelves: young-adult , fantasy , ebook-access , assassins. I'm going to attempt to make this a more analytical review, instead of just gushing about the characters. But I can't promise anything Like the previous books in the series, I found the plot to be kind of dull. And because the characters are so interesting and function so well together, as a reader, you have higher expectations for the story.
In this installment, Ameranthe and her men are investigating the disappearance of some elite athletes. It takes quite some time to piece together what it I'm going to attempt to make this a more analytical review, instead of just gushing about the characters. It takes quite some time to piece together what it is happening, and at the end of it all, you just get a very simplistic explanation that doesn't even seem to be worth all the effort put into the investigation.
I understand that this particular investigation is still part of a 'bigger picture' but there is just some sort of spark missing with the actual storyline. That being said, the plot for this book is still far better than the plots for the two previous ones. Also in Series: The Emperor's Edge.
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I'm looking forward to read the next one. Victoria Chvatal reviewed on on Feb. Another great read from the Emperor's Edge series. This time the spotlight is on Basilard, and he's got a difficult moral dilemma. There are more exotic monsters to battle, and a villain from the first novel reappears I really hoped he'd died! One of the things I like about the series is that the characters develop and grow in each subsequent novel.
Looks like the team is finally making headway in getting into the Empoor good books, although their task is far from complete. H Lenore reviewed on on Jan. Great book, can't wait for the next one. Hopefully it will be longer! I really enjoyed the books but they were over much too soon. Thanks for writing an awesome book Lindsay! LisaMH reviewed on on Jan. Great book to continue the series, though I missed Sicarius during the middle of the book, but the ending somewhat made up for his disappearance! I have to say that some of the plot twists seemed a little convoluted and left me a bit confused, but the character development compensated.
Perhaps it'll take more than one very speedy reading of it to get some of the layers: I was too busy wanting to know how things were going to progress between Amaranthe and Sicarius! I love love love this series. I love how Amaranthe can talk people into doing whatever she wants, I love how Sicarius is gradually developing a sense of humor, I love how Amaranthe has whole conversations with Sicarius with his only involvement being the twitch of the brow. I love the pace of the series, Lindasy Buroker times the progression of the relationship perfectly with a little more in each book.
And just as I was wondering what was going on with Sespian - there he is at the end of the book. I can't wait for the next instalment. Kelly Christensen reviewed on on Dec. I loved this book! The series is completely amazing!
I'm anxiously waiting for the next book Claire Rooney reviewed on on Dec. I'm not sure I can accurately describe how much I love this series. Lindsay Buroker nails it again in the third instalment. This edition is easily as cinematic as the previous two. You could transcribe it word for word onto the big screen and hold me riveted. Funnily enough, the character that struck me as the most changed was Maldynado.
He really has become a rather loyal fellow who looks out for I think he is acting more and more like her big brother albeit one that doesn't get possessive or expect her to be chaste - we can leave that to Sicarius. Akstyr worries me. He is useful, but I don't think he has formed the type of bonds for Amaranthe as the others have.
She is the glue that holds them together, and he isn't quite as attached. I think when we get his point of view, we might see things differently, but I am expecting a surprise from him. Amaranthe continues to be a lady to admire. She doesn't have to resort to seduction or lies to convince people to join her cause. Her humanity and passion do that. But I see a few cracks of doubt appearing here and there, which should open some interesting discussions going forward.
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