Balanced on the Blade's Edge (Dragon Blood, Book 1) by Lindsay Buroker

By Lindsay Buroker

Colonel Ridge Zirkander isn't the version of army professionalism - he tends to claim precisely what’s on his brain, and his list has adequate demerits to wallpaper the hull of an airship - yet because the top fighter pilot within the Iskandian military, he’s used to a bit leniency from his superiors. until eventually he punches the incorrect diplomat within the nostril and reveals himself issued new orders: take command of a distant criminal mine within the inhospitable Ice Blades Mountains. Ridge hasn't ever been in control of something higher than a flier squadron — what’s he imagined to do with a frozen castle jam-packed with murderers and rapists? let alone the unusual lady who indicates up correct ahead of he arrives...
Sardelle Terushan wakes from 300 years in a mage stasis safeguard, purely to achieve that she is the final of the Referatu, the sorcerers who as soon as helped safeguard Iskandia from conquerors. Their subterranean mountain group used to be blown up in a treacherous sneak assault through squaddies who feared their energy. every person Sardelle ever knew is lifeless, and the sentient soulblade she has been bonded to on the grounds that her early life is buried within the center of the mountain. extra, what continues to be of her domestic has been infested by means of bloodthirsty miners commanded via the descendants of the very infantrymen who destroyed her people.

Sardelle wishes support to arrive her soulblade — her in basic terms hyperlink to her earlier and her final buddy on the planet. Her merely wish is to faux she’s one of many prisoners whereas attempting to achieve the commander’s belief. yet mendacity isn't her strong point, in particular whilst the realm has replaced lots within the intervening centuries, and if Colonel Zirkander figures out who she really is, he’ll be duty-bound to condemn her to the single appropriate punishment for sorcerers: demise.

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Edward growled—a deep, menacing sound. “This isn’t going to be your last birthday, Bella,” he vowed. ” I thought I heard his teeth clench together. We were pulling up to the house now. Bright light shined from every window on the first two floors. A long line of glowing Japanese lanterns hung from the porch eaves, reflecting a soft radiance on the huge cedars that surrounded the house. Big bowls of flowers—pink roses— lined the wide stairs up to the front doors. I moaned. Edward took a few deep breaths to calm himself.

He shrugged his shoulders, but his hands remained steady. ” He flashed a brilliant smile in my direction. ” Plink, plink, plink. I was surprised at how much glass there seemed to be in my arm. I was tempted to glance at the growing pile, just to check the size, but I knew that idea would not be helpful to my no-vomiting strategy. ” I wondered. It didn’t make sense to me—the years of struggle and self-denial he must have spent to get to the point where he could endure this so easily. Besides, I wanted to keep him talking; the conversation kept my mind off the queasy feeling in my stomach.

On the dashboard was a big red ribbon, stuck to the new stereo. I pulled it off, throwing it to the floor. As Edward slid into the other side, I kicked the ribbon under my seat. He didn’t look at me or the stereo. Neither of us switched it on, and the silence was somehow intensified by the sudden thunder of the engine. He drove too fast down the dark, serpentine lane. The silence was making me insane. “Say something,” I finally begged as he turned onto the freeway. ” he asked in a detached voice.

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