Balanced on the Blade's Edge by Lindsay Buroker

Balanced on the Blade's Edge

By Lindsay Buroker

  • Release Date: 2014-03-28
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 46 Ratings
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Colonel Ridge Zirkander isn’t the model of military professionalism—he has a tendency to say exactly what’s on his mind, and his record has enough demerits to wallpaper the hull of an airship—but as the best fighter pilot in the Iskandian army, he’s used to a little leniency from his superiors. Until he punches the wrong diplomat in the nose and finds himself issued new orders: take command of a remote prison mine in the inhospitable Ice Blades Mountains. Ridge has never been in charge of anything larger than a flier squadron—what’s he supposed to do with a frozen fortress full of murderers and rapists? Not to mention the strange woman who shows up right before he arrives…

Sardelle Terushan wakes from three hundred years in a mage stasis shelter, only to realize that she is the last of the Referatu, the sorcerers who once helped protect Iskandia from conquerors. Their subterranean mountain community was blown up in a treacherous sneak attack by soldiers who feared their power. Everyone Sardelle ever knew is dead, and the sentient soulblade she has been bonded to since her youth is buried in the core of the mountain. Further, what remains of her home has been infested by bloodthirsty miners commanded by the descendants of the very soldiers who destroyed her people.

Sardelle needs help to reach her soulblade—her only link to her past and her last friend in the world. Her only hope is to pretend she’s one of the prisoners while trying to gain the commander’s trust. But lying isn’t her specialty, especially when the world has changed so much in the intervening centuries, and if Colonel Zirkander figures out who she truly is, he’ll be duty-bound to sentence her to the only acceptable punishment for sorcerers: death.

The Dragon Blood series reading order:
Book 1: Balanced on the Blade's Edge
Book 2: Deathmaker
Book 3: Blood Charged


  • Delightful

    By abi lyn
    I've never read a story quite like it. Took a few chapters to get into it, but many good books are like that. I enjoyed the pure escapism and will look for more work by this author.
  • Balanced on the blade,s edge (Dragon Blood, book 1)

    By Cosmokramer1
    Loved it couldn't put it down, have to get some sleep now good night.....
  • Balanced on The Blade's Edge

    By Flames Fan #14
    Fantastic book that I couldn't put down. Writing was witty and humorous and the author knows how to capture her audience. Didn't come off "cheesy" as many of the books that deal with magic swords and a sorceress often do. Excellent read for the late teens through adults.