This is the first part of the book 6, which is the beginning of the end of the Emperor’s Edge series, or at least that of the main arc. This is written in third person from Amaranthe’s and Sicarius’s POVs (finally we get into Sicarius’s head!!!).
SPOILER ALERT: there will be spoilers in here for the previous books. You have been warned!
So the cat is out of the bag now. Sespian knows that Sicarius is his father, as do the remaining leaders of Forge. Otherwise this information is on the down low, and Amaranthe’s groups is keeping it that way. They want to try to get Sespian back on the thrown, but first they need to take care of the threat that Forge poses to Sespian’s life.
To help them along the way, Amaranthe wants to get in touch with Deret Mancrest. He runs the newspaper in town, and where people get their news lies a lot of power and ability to sway opinions. This doesn’t make Sicarius too happy as Deret seems somewhat interested in Amaranthe. But at the end of the day, Sicarius wants to make Sespian safe and happy, so he’ll do what needs to be done.
In the mean time, the team knows that they cannot keep Sespian’s parentage a secret, nor do they necessarily want to. Turgonian’s have a lot of pride, and people do not like to be lied to. But then, they really don’t know the details of Sespian’s parentage because they don’t know the details of Sicarius’s. So here is another mission on which to shed some illumination!
Books is working on possible government changes. It’s unknown really how much may or may not be relevant to the team and Turgonia in the end, but Books is on a mission!
Other things of note, there may be another soul construct on the loose, as if the last one wasn’t hard enough to take care of. Amaranthe is working on concocting a crazy scheme to infiltrate Forge. They are also trying to rally some support for Sespian and talk to a few military leaders. And there is Ravido to thwart who is trying to become the new emperor of Turgonia.
My strongest opinions of this book lie in the fact that we can finally get into Sicarius’s head. It’s interesting to see how he things and what he deems important. There is also some more growth between Amaranthe and Sicarius. She is working on moving pass the torture she experienced at Pike’s hands, and he is trying to grasp his emotions and understand how to care about another person. My one negative is that due to the course of events, Amaranthe and Sicarius do not get to spend as much time together as I would like. But the show must go on!
Yay for another fabulous book! We are near the end!