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While trying to keep alien WMD from falling into the wrong hands, Amaranthe and the A team fight, escape and hide from the authorities. Over, and over and over again. Painstaking descriptions of close calls, narrow escapes, along with repetitive arguments and bickering get very tedious after awhile. Meanwhile, I wonder if Amarenthe is repressing a world of pain under all that good humor. Nobody Huh. Nobody can remain THAT cheerful with the constant havoc and mayhem.

Jan 28, Colleen rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , indie-author , steampunk. A great story, much more central than the other short story asides, as it features the whole crew and includes some important character development moments. Yara's backstory is too similar to Amaranthe's as well, I'm worried she won't stand on her own as a character. Also, I hope her involvement with Maldynado doesn't cure of him of his highly amusing phil A great story, much more central than the other short story asides, as it features the whole crew and includes some important character development moments.

Also, I hope her involvement with Maldynado doesn't cure of him of his highly amusing philandering ways! Jul 29, Deanne rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasyandscifi. A short story which mostly is told by Yara, the enforcer is having a difficult time reconciling her previous job with her current activities. There's also her feelings about a certain pretty, disowned warrior caste lordling. Jan 11, Christy rated it it was amazing Shelves: bought-this-book , fantasy-paranormal-science-fiction , on-my-kindle , het-romance.

This entire series has never disappointed. I am more crazy about Sicarius than ever :D. Nov 27, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , science-fiction , steampunk , romance , read This was really good! Granted, it's actually much longer than the other between book short stories it's basically novel-length itself, although shorter than any of the main installments I mean, first there's Yara and Maldynado finally hoo 4. Granted, it's actually much longer than the other between book short stories it's basically novel-length itself, although shorter than any of the main installments I mean, first there's Yara and Maldynado finally hooking up, which isn't something I particularly care about, but it would've been super weird to jump from book 5 to 6 and have them suddenly be together.

I mean, it was clearly building up in book 5, so it wouldn't be totally shocking, but still. I still love both characters, but the relationship set-up just isn't something I care for at all, so they still didn't do much for me together here. I did like Yara opening up to him a bit, though, and her insecurity about whether he'd still be interested in her after the chase was over.

I mean, they're fine! I'm not completely opposed to them! They just don't give me swoony feelings like a certain other major pairing in this series.

And the first one of them embarking upon a real relationship!!! I would've been pissed if I'd jumped to book 6, only to find that I'd missed their second kiss!!! I love that she's like trying to gauge whether Sicarius would be interested in sex because he's never shown any indication to her before, and he just kisses her as an answer!!! And again, very weird for that to happen between books 5 and 6 and not in one of the main books!!! It would've been so weird to go to book 6 and suddenly have Sespian know about them! I'm just glad it didn't take any longer than it did.

I just couldn't take his crush on Amaranthe for much longer. And I loved the way Amaranthe realized she had to shut it down and glanced to Sicarius to make sure it was okay, and then explained, "We're a we. And I was glad that, while Sespian was a bit disappointed, he was kind of expecting it and even admitted the signs were there.

I was also glad to see Sespian start to see Sicarius in a bit of a different light. Not that he's totally thawed to him, but he's starting to reconsider his initial assumptions. And I loved seeing Amaranthe launch herself at Sicarius in front of everyone and him hugging her back.

I mean, mostly all of them did beforehand, but still! Jan 24, Diane rated it really liked it.

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I like Sgt. Yara, the ambivalent new addition to the team, and her PoV. This story is partly from Amaranthe's PoV, as the group gets tangled up in trying to stop weapons of mass destruction from reaching the capitol in Forge's hands. She also determinedly takes a few more little steps forward with Sicarius, in their relationship, and in Sespian's still-cold attitude toward his recently revealed biological father.

However, we begin with, and frequently return to, the PoV of Enforcer Sergeant Evrial Yara, who earns our sympathy as she finds out how easy it is to get more and more on the wrong side of the law once begun, even with the best intentions. She's further doubting her course re. There's the usual snowballing action from one narrow escape to another — Amaranthe is pleased that Sicarius is not merely pragmatically killing anyone who stand in the way anymore, without needing to be told — and banter before, during, and after.

Books is preoccupied, still drafting his proposal for a new, better government. There are only a few minor typos, the funniest being "goat geese" which surely should be "goat cheese". I read this novella the first time a while ago, but then hesitated to start the two-part next volume[s]. When I decided to pick the series back up, I worried that I'd have forgotten too much, so I started with this short reread.

I found myself almost immediately right back in the swing of things. Time to continue! Apparently, a stone faced assassin finding his softer side is my thing, man. My thing. Plus, the fact he's still Sicarius even when he's feeling those softer emotions is fantastic. He's still practically superhuman in some of the things he can do and he's a little socially off.

I don't know what it is that delights me so much, but he fills me with happiness. Even when he's killing people. Which might seem weird, but it's literally the thing he was trained to do since childhood and I can appreciate a person utilizing their gifts and training to the extent he does. On to of Sicarius and Amaranthe giving me a happy, Yara is finally starting to melt a little around Maldynado. Or at least see he's not quite as foolish as he pretends to be. A little danger. A little making out in smoke stacks. A little alone time under the stars.

This is what I'm here for. Pros: Action drives this whole series. This book had plenty of that too, but I liked that it also offered a bit of a breather that allowed for more character development. Yara took on more dimension, as did Sespian. Buroker has an incredible gift for putting her characters in what seems like impossible situations, yet has them get out of those dangers in believable ways. Cons: There were a few minor editing issues in this one, but no big deal. Apr 14, Lynn rated it it was amazing Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy-urban-fiction , short-stories-novellas.

This book was a nice break from the prior two books that were almost overwhelming in their nonstop action. This felt more like one of the first three books. I have a busy week so I'm not going to start book 6 since it looks like it goes straight into book 7. I'll need to set aside some time for that since the books absorb me.

This series gets better and better! I loved reading from Yara's point of view and seeing her finally warm up to Maldynaldo. Plus the romance between our main couple made this a definite must read. I love fantasy novels but I've gotta say, romance added into a fantasy setting is even better. Jun 15, Lori rated it it was amazing. As usual with this series, full of excitement, adventure, and snappy dialog. Jun 22, Jessica rated it really liked it. Read before book 6 I missed this one between book 5 and book 6, and although book 6 still made sense without it, it would have been better having read this one.

May 25, Deb rated it it was amazing. I fitting addition to the Emperor's Edge series. Dec 02, Jannie rated it liked it. I will finish this series, no matter what!! Got to find out how it ends!!!!! Jul 18, Pauline Ross rated it liked it Shelves: genre-fantasy , year , self-pub , price-cheap , 3-star.

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Given the inventive steampunk setting, mixed with some more advanced technology post-apocalypse? The characters are, as always, the high spot of the book. The author gets the tone just right, too.


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In the previous book, the way Amaranthe and iceman assassin Sicarius inched towards an understanding was note perfect. But no, every moment between Maldynardo and his lady was perfection. Beautifully judged. I liked that recaps of the previous books are dropped in effortlessly, so that I never had to struggle to remember what happened. And the background plot is warming up nicely.

A good three stars. Jun 11, Mikki Crisostomo rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , adventure , reviewed , fantasy , steampunk. In Beneath the Surface , we see the gang kicking their heels back in stowaway fashion on a steamboat leisurely making its way back to the capital. As expected, when they don't go looking for trouble, trouble finds them. They discover a cache of deadly weapons hidden away on the boat and make it their mission to take them out of the equation. Yara takes the co-pilot's seat in this story, and it's a little bit of a shame that she only gets a novella granted, it is a pretty long novella, and complet In Beneath the Surface , we see the gang kicking their heels back in stowaway fashion on a steamboat leisurely making its way back to the capital.

Yara takes the co-pilot's seat in this story, and it's a little bit of a shame that she only gets a novella granted, it is a pretty long novella, and completely worth it. It's interesting to see the characters from a relative stranger's eyes. After the events and revelations of the previous book, Yara is deliberating on whether or not to continue with the outlaw group, now that they're not, strictly speaking, on the right side.

It doesn't help that Maldynado has made her the object of his amorous attentions, which she secretly returns but has no faith in. Once again the victim of his own tendency to encourage people to have the lowest expectations of him, Maldynado has to work pretty hard to win her over. It takes a horde of hostile Enforcers and a chilly river dunking, but no one leaves unsatisfied. When I think of the actual circumstances of making out in a narrow vertical pipe, there shouldn't be any way that it isn't anything but comedy, but Amaranthe and Sicarius totally nail it and set me to swooning in public.

Fifth star, well deserved. We also get to spend more time with Sespian, who is quite possibly the unluckiest kid ever. Having survived years of poisoning by his most trusted adviser, a nearly botched escape plan from a moving train, and a perilous journey under Maldynado's questionable leadership with an evil underground organization plotting to overthrow his rule, he now reels from the discovery that his father is the assassin who probably plagued his nightmares all throughout his childhood, and that he has no real right to the throne he's trying so hard to protect.

And also that the love of his life is romantically involved with said nightmare assassin, for the proverbial cherry on top. I mean, cut him a break, Lindsay Buroker. Sespian's a trooper, though, and emerges from this series of incredibly unfortunate events older and somewhat wiser. Also watching him and Sicarius attempt to bond is hilarious. Now that we've reached the point where the next book is the beginning of the end, I've decided to slow things down.

The next book is a two-parter, the second half of which isn't due to be out until possibly August. And if the cliff-hanger is anything like the end of Conspiracy , I don't think I'll be able to handle the wait.

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So Beneath the Surface is an excellent place to stop. Jan 10, Maria rated it it was amazing Shelves: absolute-favorites , capable-girls. Okay, it may be an average day in the life of the EE team. Without that background it will still be a funny, enjoyable read, but won't make a whole lot of sense. This is by no means a mere "short story. There is still intensity and some good ol' fashioned action, but there was room for the characters to relax and breathe as well. While we still have Amaranthe's counterpoint, the main focus is on Evrial Yara, a new and uncertain addition to the group.

Uncertain because she doesn't know where her loyalties lie, and getting inside her head was a real treat. She has an outsider's perspective on the group, which we haven't actually seen before, and her reactions to their interactions can be priceless. After her experience with them on the train and battling with Forge, Yara still has to make up her mind about whether she will stay with the team.

Will she support Sespian, or go back to her life as an enforcer? Now that she's been seen with them, does she even have the choice? As for the story - we join the team hiding out on a passenger ship making its way back to Stumps. They manage to come across a few Forge members, an acrobatics troupe, one of the most intimidating weapons we've seen yet this is where having read Encrypted comes in handy , and most surprisingly of all - an explosion. Or two. Things I loved about this book include the easy movement forward in relationships - familial, platonic, romantic, and physical - that could have involved lots of drama and angst but progress smoothly without either.

This cannot be simplified down to "a romantic interlude" because there's far more to it than that, but that does happen too. Dec 26, Hannah rated it really liked it Shelves: favourites , steampunk , fantasy , short-stories-novellas. Beneath the Surface is really the interlude between the momentous build-up in Blood and Betrayal and the ultimate climax in Forged in Blood , so the plot-related action is relatively small-scale compared to those of the full-length novels, but the advantage of this is that the characters get a brief reprieve to turn their focus to relationship matters.

The best part is that we get not one couple confirmed in this book, but two — view spoiler [Amaranthe and Sicarius hide spoiler ] are finally official whoop! Jul 11, Kay Dee rated it liked it. Shelves: awesome-authors , hot-men , legendary-leading-ladies , smirk-worthy , too-short , 5-star-review , a-lil-sexy.

At this point, I am yet to be disappointed by Lindsay's work. I've read 11 of her books and if she keeps writing I'll happily read the next Beneath the Surface saw us catch up with Amaranthe and the gang on their way back from their adventures of book 5 Blood and Betrayal in the Emperor's Edge series.

Hardcore fans will know that Lindsay tends to write a story about the group, but with the bulk of the backstory focusing on one character in the group. This one is Sergeant Evrial Yara's book. I understand from reading Lindsay's blog that this one nearly didn't come into existence, and that the fans practically demanded to hear more about Yara! I'm glad that Lindsay agreed to go ahead as this book was a thoroughly enjoyable read. With more of the fast paced and humourous action the group find themselves in this novella certainly delivered.

Tantalisingly subtle, yet hugely anticipated advances occur between Sicarius and Amaranthe, which just about had me hyperventilating in excitement. Lindsay further developed other characters too, we saw more involvement from Maldynado which nicely worked in with the storyline. As usual, I was smirking and giggling at the barbed conversations amongst the team, often scoring myself strange looks from people around me. Who cares?

Not me! I was enjoying the team dynamic, whisked along with the crew as they entered into more of Amaranthe's hair-brained schemes. This is not intended to be read out of sequence, it will make little sense to those who haven't read the other books in the series first.

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See All Customer Reviews. Shop Books. Read an excerpt of this book! Add to Wishlist. USD 2. Sign in to Purchase Instantly. Explore Now. Buy As Gift. Overview All Sergeant Evrial Yara wanted was to protect the young emperor from those plotting to kill him. Joining forces with a group of notorious outlaws wasn't part of the plan, especially not when one of them is determined to charm her out of her uniform at every turn. Working with the criminals might have been worth it if their efforts had saved the emperor, but it seems he's not the rightful heir to the throne Evrial may have thrown away her career for nothing.

To make matters worse, fate isn't going to give her time to calmly decide what to do next. While she's traveling back to the capital with Amaranthe Lokdon and the rest of the outlaws, Evrial uncovers artifacts that have been smuggled aboard their steamboat. They're deadly enough to threaten the entire city, perhaps the entire empire.

Oh, and they could kill everybody on board the boat too. These scenarios just weren't discussed in the Enforcer Academy. This 56,word novella takes place between Books 5 and 6 in the Emperor's Edge series. Product Details. Average Review. Write a Review. Related Searches. Arkadian Skies Fallen Empire Series 6.

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