Dragon Blood, book 2
Category: science fiction and fantasy, speculative fiction, epic fantasy, steampunk
Release Date: May 22, 2014
Format: advance review ebook (eARC)
My Rating: 4 Stars
When Lieutenant Caslin Ahn joined Wolf Squadron, she was prepared for the reality that she might one day be killed in the line of duty. She was less prepared for being shot down, assumed dead by her own people, and dragged off to the Cofah Empire as a prisoner of war. As if being thrust into a dungeon and interrogated wasn't bad enough, the sadistic commandant decides to give her a cellmate: the notorious pirate Deathmaker. Given the crimes he's committed against Iskandia, Cas owes it to her people to try to kill him.
Part warrior and part scientist, Tolemek "Deathmaker" has not only slain thousands with his deadly concoctions, but he has a special loathing for Iskandian pilots. It was Ahn's commander, Colonel Zirkander, who ruined his military career, forcing him to leave his country in shame and join a pirate organization. Years later, he uses his dreadful reputation like a shield to keep people away; all he wants is to be left alone to work in his laboratory. But when fate lands him in a cell with Zirkander's protégé, he sees a chance for revenge. Why kill the lieutenant when he can use her to get to his old nemesis?
There's just one problem: it's hard to plot against your enemies when you're in prison with them. Cas and Tolemek will have to work together if they hope to escape the Cofah dungeon. In the process, they may find that neither is what the other expects, and that they have far greater problems to worry about than ensnaring each other...
Deathmaker is a full-length 85,000-word novel. It is set after the events in Balanced on the Blade’s Edge, but it can be enjoyed even if you haven’t read the first book.
Lindsay Buroker is one of the best "finds" that I have had in recent years! She has a true gift for writing. I can only imagine how much fun it would be to know her because her imagination would make conversation fascinating and likely entertaining (although if it was held over dinner somehow I wouldn't be surprised if there were to be a food fight in the offing...bring on the mashed potatoes).
One of the greatest advantages to the modern age is the ability for authors to publish outside of the large publishing houses that in the past had complete control over what and who were published. I have never encountered a situation before where an author with such incredible talent was so accessible to the readers. I genuinely believe that Buroker listens to her readers. So we are not fed a book that is required to fit within a predetermined (and possibly) stagnant genre or mass-pleasing mold.
I have loved her books since the first moment that I trepidatiously began reading a free copy that was offered on iTunes of The Emperors Edge. I became an instant fan but didn't want to really let people know about the books. Why? Because my moral compass would require the necessity of adding a caveat that they would need to skip over more than one sex scene. Deathmaker proves that the author listens. Deathmaker is action packed, full of zany adventures, has a light and fun sense of humor, and brought back characters that I had already fallen in love with. We are introduced to new characters that I could happily loathe and others that I could happily love! The romance was there and you definitely knew it was going places but fortunately the sex was not spelled out for us. I can let my teenage twins read this one if they want.
I can't wait for the next book folks! Fortunately Buroker is gifted not only with an incredible imagination but also with some superhero like, mad, speedy writing skills. Another benefit of her self-publishing....her books get to us rapidly! More, more, more please!
As a reviewer for Lindsay Buroker, I was given a pre-release copy of this book for my honest and unbiased opinion.