Independent fantasy author, Lindsay Burok, has released the fifth novel of the Dragon Blood series, The Blades Memory.
Ridge, Sardelle, and their comrades may have rescued Tolemek’s sister and freed the dragon, but trouble awaits at home.
The king is missing, a secret organization is hunting sorcerers, and the capital is more vulnerable than ever to enemy attack. Worst of all, at least from Ridge’s point of view, someone put that jackass Colonel Therrik in charge of the flier battalion.
Ridge and his allies have a lot of problems to fix, but they can’t show their faces in the capital without being arrested or shot. This time, it’s going to take a lot more than magic to save the country.
The Blades Memory is 333 pages long, is available for kindle, and costs ~$3.99.
Lady Scribe’s Notes: I typically hunt down first novels when I’m browsing amazon, but this title caught my attention because of the cover. The blurb intrigued me, and sure enough, I was browsing the sample. There were a few quirks about Burok’s writing style that bothered me, but ultimately, I kept reading because the characters seemed engaging.
Not having read the previous titles, I was missing a great deal, but what I really liked was the fact I could follow along without many issues. Enough backstory and hints were dropped to keep me from being too confused, but enough was left unwritten to make me want to skip to the first book in the novel and start reading.
The writing style isn’t very complex, so I think this book would be good for those looking for a more relaxed read while satisfying those who want more of a page turner than a leisure read. It strikes a good balance.
What intrigued me about this book was the mix of steampunk and sword and sorcery elements.