The last thing Maldynado Montichelu—former aristocrat and current ladies’ man—ever wanted was to be left in charge. After all, the team just blew up a train, crashed a dirigible, and kidnapped the emperor. It’s kind of an important time.
But, with Amaranthe captured by the nefarious Forge coalition, and Sicarius off to find her, the team is lacking in leaders. Also, Sicarius has made it clear that Maldynado’s life may be forfeit should anything happen to the emperor while he’s gone.
To make matters worse, Forge’s cutthroats are after Sespian, and the young emperor believes Maldynado’s loyalties are suspect. As if it’s his fault that his older brother is working with the coalition to usurp the throne. If Maldynado can’t figure out how to earn the emperor’s trust quickly, Sespian will go off to confront their powerful enemies on his own.
Meanwhile, Amaranthe must find a way to escape from the coalition’s newest ally, Master Interrogator Pike, a man who plans to pull all of the secrets from her head, one way or another…
Blood and Betrayal is the fifth novel in The Emperor’s Edge series. If you haven’t read the first one yet, you can pick it up for free.
Blood and Betrayal is book five in the Emperor’s Edge series and WOW, my brain is in a daze from all the awesomeness I just read!
So Amaranthe has been kidnapped by Forge and left in the not so tender care of the sick and twisted Master Interrogator Pike. Meanwhile Maldynado is forced to take leadership of the rest of the group (minus Sicarius who has heroically gone to save Amaranthe, swoon). What can go wrong?
Well this is the Emperor’s Edge so as it happens a whole lot!
While there is some joviality, Blood and Betrayal has a much darker tone to previous stories in the series. Poor Amaranthe has to endure horrific torture, it’s unbelievable just how strong she is and she inspires so much more confidence and admiration.
Some relationships are brought closer together with some heartwarming moments that are sure to bring tears and smiles.
The dual narrative this time includes Maldynado, I have been excitedly waiting to read from his point of view and I was not disappointed. Blood and Betrayal certainly tightened a bond with Maldynado and it was beautifully enlightening to read of his sharp mind and true feelings hidden behind his quick wit and humour.
An absolutely fantastic addition to the series!
About the Author
I’ve been writing fantasy novels and short stories since I was seven. I’ve been finishing them since… well, that’s a more recent development. I’m a professional blogger for my day job, and I live in the Seattle area. I have two vizslas who are as spoiled as most people’s kids. Occasionally they let me leave the house to play tennis, go to the coffee shop, or take a yoga class.