The second book in The Emperor's Edge (a high fantasy mystery in an era of steam) series has finally arrived! If you are new or haven't guessed I am a big fan of Lindsay Buroker's work. She also has a very nice blog with a lot of self publishing tips.
Dark Currents (The Emperor's Edge Book 2) features another adventure from the intrepid group of followers that ex-enforcer Amaranthe has been able gather to her after her epic fall from grace (read book 1 for details). It would be difficult to find a more diverse group working together. Where else can you get the world's deadliest assassin, a male escort, a teacher, a teenage gangbanger who is also a wizard, a former pitfighter, and an ex cop working together to get into the good graces of the Emperor?
This story features Books as the secondary character. Lindsay has revealed that each book in the series is going to have a different character sharing the spotlight with Amaranthe. Books is kind of the odd man out of the group having led a fairly sheltered life until a tragic event drives him to the bottle. When faced with a combat situation he struggles not to shut down. This causes him to struggle with feelings of inadequacy as the group is constantly getting into trouble that fighting is required.
This story also shows a general tightening of the group dynamic. Amaranthe continues to try to figure out more about Sicarius and get him to show some emotion. I really enjoy the humor that Sicarius injects into the book with his very dry wit and the subtle facial expressions. Books and Maldanado also have a good bit of interaction and almost anything that involves Maldanado has the potential for some amusement. These books are a must have for fantasy fans.
The Emperor's Edge (a high fantasy mystery in an era of steam)
Flash Gold (a steampunk novella set in the Yukon)
Ice Cracker II (and other short stories)
The Goblin Brothers Adventures (middle grade fantasy)