In this blog I will be reviewing ebooks I have read. I use an amazon Kindle, so much of the information will be geared towards Kindle users, but other ereader users should still find the information helpful. Many of the books I will be reviewing are free or low-cost books published by independent authors, my goal is to get the word out about some amazing authors that I think deserve more props, and to let you know which books are not worth the time reading. I am open to suggestions, about information you'd like me to add or new books I should check out and review.
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Friday, December 30, 2011

Ice Cracker II and other short stories by Lindsay Buroker

Type: Short Story Collection 
Price: Free when purchased, $0.99 now
Obvious Typos: No
Genre: Action/Adventure/Fantasy/Steampunk
Grade: A

This story collection was my first glimpse into the world of Amaranthe Lokdon, Sicarius and the rest of the Emperor's Edge crew. I am not normally a short story person, I prefer to get more in depth into a story, but these three stories were so intriguing that I was thirsty for more. The characters are so well developed that I knew there had to be a novel or two about them, and I was correct. These stories take place sometime after The Emperor's Edge which I will be reviewing next, so if you prefer to read a story chronologically then you may want to read at least that book first. There are other novels in the series, but we will get to them later.

From the beginning of "The Frozen Water Trade" you will be hooked on the insanely likable (although Vastly different) characters of Amaranthe and Sicarius. If you are unfamiliar with these characters, these stories are almost a teaser, inciting you into the rich and fantastical world of the Turgonian Empire. If you are old friends with Amaranthe's crew then you will get to explore some new and fun mysteries with them, and learn a little more about the characters and their history in the process.

"The Frozen Water Trade" centers around the dynamic duo of Amaranthe and Sicarius, as does "Ice Cracker II",  but Sicarius sits out for "Through Fire Distilled" to let Books, the endearing nerd, play Amaranthe's side-kick. I highly recommend this collection of stories to anyone, whether you plan to read the novels or not. Lindsay Buroker's fictions are so engrossing it is easy to become addicted, and to want to become a Turgonian Citizen yourself. I enjoyed these stories so much, that after reading The Emperor's Edge, I re-read them and enjoyed them even more after getting to know the characters better.

My next few posts are going to be of other works by Lindsay Buroker. The reason for this is that I have quickly become enamored of her work and I find myself unable to read anything else until I run out of material. Her wonderful works have inspired me to create this blog, and to share wonderful finds like the Amaranthe stories with the world. To find out more about the author visit her website at http://www.lindsayburoker.com/


  1. Hi Cassandra! Looking forward to reading some new material that you recommend! As you know I've always got my nose in a True Crime book on my Kindle! Christine

  2. Sweet, I just got the fire for xmas and have been looking for books. I downloaded emperor's edge free :D

  3. I'm going to be reviewing that next, hopefully later tonight. I've finished the second book in the series and it's already becoming one of my favorite book series of all times!

  4. Hi Cassandra,

    Thanks for giving the books a try and for sharing your reviews here on your blog!

    I'm a little envious of your Kindle Fire too. I've had my kindle for about a year and a half and definitely love reading on it. :)