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
Enjoyed it thoroughly!
What is a SoulBlade?
Finished the first three. Good premise and great story, lovable characters, very well written. I got this as a freebie, in January 2019 I think, and I’m definitely buying the fourth book in the series.
Balanced on the Blade’s Edge:
A sorceress, buried underground, awakes after 300 years to find her entire civilization destroyed. Her mountain home has been turned into a prison, mining valuable resources for a society at war with an empire. She must find her sword, an intelligent magic item called a SoulBlade, and escape to freedom. As her only ally, she befriends a decorated pilot, installed as the compounds’ leader, punishment for his many years of crossing the line with his officers. Will she get free?
Balanced on the BLADES EDGE-WOW! 👍
This is the first book I’ve read from this author and what a find. I loved the story and what developed between the two main characters (Saradelle and Colonel Ridge)- Now I want to find out what this story holds in the future, for them and what this new world holds in store from this author’s imagination. (5) STARS ALL the way! By Cincy Kid 68! Thanks