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_Emperor's Edge_, Lindsay Buroker (kindle)

Free on Amazon as I type this; I think it was free when I got it, too. It's the first in a series that I think hit book 5 last month.

The heroine, Amaranthe Lokdon, is a mid-20s enforcer (cop) in the capital of the Turgonian Empire (called Stumps, because a while back, an emperor knocked the heads off all the religious statues). The current emperor is even younger, and the ex-regent is still running things by drugging the emperor, altho Amaranthe doesn't know that when she meets him very briefly. But even that meeting puts her at risk, as the ex-regent decides she's trouble and sends her off to kill the infamous assassin Sicarius.

Obviously, they team up, pick up some other people, start a, um, wait a sec.

HEY IF YOU GOOGLED IN HERE FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE AND HATE SPOILERS LEAVE NOW NOW NOW NOW!

Where was I? Oh, yeah. They start a counterfeiting ring (boy are those popular in fantasy novels of the last few years. I cannot imagine why. <-- Sarcasm) to produce a viable threat to the empire in an effort to get the evil regent and some other conspirators to negotiate. Alas, there are deeper players still, and the mysterious ceramic bits from the very beginning of the book turn out to be important.

While the novel does read at times like a better-than-average gaming session, Amaranthe, Sicarius and their crew of misfits are appealing. Amaranthe's let's-just-clean-this-mess-up-and-fix-everything-approach is played for humor, as well as being the basis for her considerable success, which helps with its fundamental implausibility. The book is heavy on male characters who are attempting to get Amaranthe's attention (totally unsuccessfully); I hope at some point there are more secondary female characters (and who aren't villains).

I'll be trying out the next one in the series shortly.
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