Friday, February 21, 2020



Deathmaker (Dragon Blood Book 2) by [Buroker, Lindsay]

About the Book:

Title: Deathmaker (Dragon Blood Book 2) | Author: Lindsay Buroker | Pages: 254 | Genre: Steampunk/Epic Fantasy | Recommended Ages: Upper Young Adult and Up

Book Description:

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 and kill him.

Part warrior and part scientist, Tolemek "Deathmaker" Targoson 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.

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My Review:

This book is a sequel to Balanced on the Blade's Edge, but it's also a standalone. It begins with our heroine, Lieutenant Caslin Ahn, as a prisoner of war having to share her cell with someone who is known as Deathmaker. He's dangerous and threatening. Ahn knows that her chances of escape are slim, but she needs to escape and get back to her people and Deathmaker might be her only ticket out of the dungeon. Deathmaker wants to use Ahn to get to her colonel, Zirkander, whom he has a serious grudge against. Will they be able to work together or even learn to trust each other?

Lindsay Buroker writes compelling characters and every one of her books is a page-turner. I must say that two of my favorite characters are now Ahn and Deathmaker, aka Tolemek. It's funny, because I didn't think I could love anyone as much as Ridge Zirkander and Sardelle from Balanced on the Blade's Edge and it was hard switching to new characters. You should be pleased to know that they all come back together in the third book, Blood Charged.

About the Author:
Lindsay Buroker
Lindsay Buroker

Lindsay is a full-time independent fantasy author who loves travel, hiking, tennis, and vizslas. She grew up in the Seattle area but has itchy feet and moves every couple of years. She's currently living in Bend, Oregon.

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