Podcast Review #137: Deadly Games (Emperor’s Edge #3)

Title: Deadly Gamesheight_167_width_100_EE3_audible
Author: Lindsay Buroker
Genre: Fantasy with Steampunk elements
Released: 7 December 2012
Located: PodiobooksiTunes
Formats Available: podcast, ebook
Rating: PG – 13 for violence

Regular readers of this blog should recognize author Lindsay Buroker’s name by now. I’ve reviewed the previous two books in her Emperor’s Edge series and was excited to find she had released book 3. Does it measure up?

On to the review.


When you’ve been accused of kidnapping an emperor, and every enforcer in the city wants your head, it’s hard to prove yourself an honorable person and even harder to earn an imperial pardon.

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… (Stolen from Podiobooks.com)

Production: Deadly Games is produced by the same team that produced the first two books in the The Emperor’s Edge series, Darkfire Productions. I remain a fan of this production company. They do a very nice job of making sure all of the audio elements of the story blend nicely together and that no individual element overpowers anything else.

Grade: A-

Cast: Ms. Buroker makes the very wise decision to continue having Starla Huchton narrate her novels. With each novel, Ms. Huchton makes Ms. Buroker’s characters more her own. At this point, I seriously cannot imagine hearing these stories narrated by anyone else. Unless it was Sean Connery, and that is just being silly.

Grade: A

Story: With Deadly Games, we venture more towards the fantasy world and less the steampunk once again. However, by this third book, I forgot (or quit caring) about this, as the world was comfortable to slide back into and all the elements just fit. I can appreciate a world where different elements of science and magic exist simultaneously AND interact on occasion.

Grade: A

Verdict: It is very difficult to write a verdict for an individual book in a series that you have all ready gone on record as enjoying. However, Deadly Games, did add quite a bit to the Emperor’s Edge series back story and I found this even more interesting than I might otherwise have. Did I enjoy it? Immensely. Do I recommend it? Indubitably. Should you listen to all the books in this series? Um.. why are you still here? Go. Download. Now.

Disclosure: I’ve never met Ms. Buroker. Since the review for EE, i have begun following her on Twitter (@goblinwriter). I was offered nothing in return for this review.

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There are 2 Comments to "Podcast Review #137: Deadly Games (Emperor’s Edge #3)"

  • On your review I decided to try these since I’ve been doing more listening than reading lately. I’m loving this story! I started at the beginning of the series and will not stop until it ends. So thanks for turning me on to another great author I would otherwise probably not heard about except for your review 🙂

    • odin1eye says:

      Thanks Madison. I, too, have really enjoyed Ms. Buroker’s stories. I believe she is now writing number six. I purchased all five that are available at the iBook bookstore because I think it would be a sin not to support something that I’ve enjoyed so much. My problem, however, is that I don’t want to read them because the listening is so much fun!

      Thanks again, and if you have any friends wondering what to listen to, point them my way! ,^)

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