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Balanced on the Blade's Edge

Book 1, Dragon Blood

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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

Customer Reviews

Lindsay Buroker has done it again!

This is my first review done for a book in which I received a copy from the author [which completely and thoroughly made my day by the way!!!!]. This review is my honest opinion:

Lindsay Buroker has done it again! I don't know how she can write a mediocre book in 2 weeks let alone a great one but this is a GREAT one! I truly enjoyed this book.

As a pastor's wife I always feel the need to specify a few things....this one has some sex in it folks. You don't have to read the details....skip those portions. There is some foul language as well but it is relatively minor. Overall I don't feel compromised for having read the story.

This book is a change from the norm for Lindsay and a nice change. She planned this as a stand alone novel but I wouldn't mind seeing more!

Thank you Ms Buroker!

Balanced on the Blades Edge

This is a fantastic and riveting read from the get go. Although the story is a bit short, the author takes the time to develop the main characters more than enough to keep the reader interested. At the sometime she doesn't drag the story down with too many details. It moves along at a crisp clip without gaps or slow spots. As usual, Lindsay Buroker has written a book that I just couldn't put down.


Can't wait for book two!

Balanced on the Blade's Edge
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  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Published: Mar 28, 2014
  • Publisher: Lindsay Buroker
  • Seller: Smashwords, Inc.
  • Print Length: 303 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Dragon Blood
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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