That doesn’t keep Amaranthe Lokdon and her team of outlaws from trying. When athletes start disappearing from the Imperial Games, they may finally have an opportunity to show the emperor that they’re on his side. If she and her comrades can get to the bottom of such a public mystery, they’re sure to get the credit.
But plans go awry when Amaranthe’s own men start plotting against each other, the new ally she’d hoped to acquire tries to turn her in, and her best fighter—and closest friend—disappears.
Maybe getting involved wasn’t such a good idea after all…
Deadly Games by Lindsay Buroker is the third chapter in The Emperor's Edge series. The whole gang is back once again, but this time to focus is more on Basilard. There is also some development in the relationship between Sicarius and Amaranthe. In Dark Currents we were shown some info about a job that Sicarius did in his past that greatly affected Basilard's people. Now that Basilard knows what Sicarius did he must decide if he is the one to avenge the grievous harm that was done to his people. Already an outcast due to his time as a pitfighting slave, he knows that he is the only one who can seek revenge. While Basilard is sorting through his conflict the team has their own difficulty to solve. The Imperial games are being held and some of the athletes are starting to disappear. In order to get an idea of what is going on Basilard enters the games. As a bonus if he wins he will get to have dinner with the Emperor and bring attention to the plight of his people in slavery.
Lindsay continues to write fantastic stories. Her characters continue to come life as she gradually reveals more about them. The biggest downfall of the story is the end. There is a pretty big twist thrown in and now I am way too eager to read the next installment.
Lindsay's stuff is also available over at Smashwords.