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Solstice Day Gifts (an Emperor's Edge short story) (The Emperor's Edge) by [Buroker, Lindsay]
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After a year full of adventure, intrigue, and tragedy, Sicarius agrees to spend Solstice Day on a tropical island with Amaranthe, resting and relaxing far away from the chaos of the new republic. But there are a couple of problems. First off, the island is riddled with old wanted posters of Sicarius, along with countless people who would like to collect the bounty. Second... Amaranthe is hoping for a Solstice Day gift.

Sicarius, having never given a gift in his life, finds the second problem far more daunting.

This holiday-themed short story takes place after Forged in Blood II and before Republic. It can be read for free on the author’s website:

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HASH(0xa58437e0) out of 5 stars ENTERTAINING FANTASY ROM-COM July 27 2015
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After toppling an empire, what can the leader of a group of secretive operatives and its deadly assassin do for relaxation?

Well, in Lindsay Buroker’s "The Emperor’s Edge" series, they take a cruise to a tropical island for some well deserved rest, relaxation, and romance. At least, that is what Amaranthe has in mind for herself and her significant other, Sicarius, as this short story begins.

There is only one problem: on this island vacation spot, Sicarius is still a criminal, whose portrait graces numerous wanted posters all over town!

Should this war-weary couple flee back to the stuffy confines of their two person submarine, showing utmost caution as Sicarius suggests, or should they cast their cares into the sea, do a little shopping, find a cozy beach cottage for two, and have a little quality playtime with one another as Amaranthe wishes?

Tsk, tsk, tsk. I’m not going to tell you what they decide. You have to read this one to find out for yourself.

As those that are familiar with "The Emperor’s Edge" series know, it is a rather campy fantasy series that doesn’t take itself seriously, so when you pick up one of these stories, you need to go into the read not expecting serious, grimdark literature. And “Solstice Day Gifts” is a great example of Lindsay Buroker’s light-hearted approach to fantasy, as she crafts a very short, very satisfying romantic comedy with enough action and funny moments to keep even an action guy like me satisfied.

Did this short story “Wow!” me? Not really. But I didn’t go into it expecting that. All I was looking for was a change of pace read that was light, fun, yet still a bit fantastical. “Solstice Day Gifts” definitely met those limited expectations, which is why I’d recommend it to anyone else who enjoys rom-com fantasies.
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HASH(0xa5843a08) out of 5 stars Loved this one! April 1 2015
By Kat Cameron - Published on
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This is a delightful, short read. It will help you understand the actions and motivations of the characters if you have read the Emperor's Edge series. The journey of Amaranthe and Sicarius continues in the book. I think another reviewer that characterized this story as a "strong beautiful woman using her charms to mold an emotionless man and fall in love with her" just didn't get the characters because he didn't have the background. If you have read the other books you know that Sicarius loves Amaranthe deeply and his history is what makes him the person he is. Solstice Day Gifts is a moment in their life together that fans of these two will enjoy immensely. I don't know how Lindsay Buroker does it but I really want to jump in the book and give Sicarius a hug!!! (although I know he would NOT appreciate that one bit!)
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HASH(0xa5843c6c) out of 5 stars A first class series March 19 2015
By Michael H. Donohue - Published on
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Lindsay Buroker has authored some 33 books by my count and an additional 6 books under the pen name Ruby Lionsdrake. Of the books I have read she has had a few slow ones and but one dud that I did not finish. The Emperor's Edge Series consisting of 13 books (2 or 3 are short stories, otherwise they are full novels) is the best of the bunch. It follows an emperor, a government assassin and a ex-policewoman reformer leading a gang of outcasts dedicated to saving the empire and the emperor from the government bad guys. These books follow a nicely woven plot-line with variations all leading to a good end. Buroker's characterization and description is great, you can sometimes smell the people and places described.

This series along with her other books are light, easy to follow, and each one offers an excellent read.
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HASH(0xa5843f9c) out of 5 stars Highly Recommended For Fans. April 8 2015
By Ann de Vries - Published on
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This was a good addition to the EE series and it serves as a bridge to the next entry, 'Republic'. It offers a glimpse of the deepening relationship between Sicarius and Amaranthe, and shows Sicarius growing more humanized under Amaranthe's influence. Like Buroker's other works, it was well written and had excellent dialogue.

Technically, this story could work as a stand alone short, but it works best for those already familiar with the series. Reading this story is not crucial to keeping up with the series' progression, but I think fans of the EE series will love it. It is simply a nice little story that offers a brief respite from the non-stop action of the novels, and allows fans a further look into the loving relationship of two characters they have come to love. Highly recommended for fans.
HASH(0xa6c611ec) out of 5 stars Emperor's Edge Series book #7.5 Dec 25 2015
By Lynxie - Published on
Solstice Day Gifts is a short story based in Lindsay's Emperor's Edge world. It follows our two lovable protagonists, Amaranthe and Sicarius on a trip via submarine to a tourist outpost island. This is book 7.5 of the series, and gives the reader plenty of humour and delight.

It has been a while since I've read in the EE world, and oh how I missed it. The witty banter, Amaranthe's mischievous plots and Sicarius... I have missed my favourite assassin!

One to make the reader chuckle at their antics, it was lovely to experience things from Sicarius' perspective. He's more emotive than I thought, but highly schooled in keeping it internal.

A brilliant little tale to tide readers over between novels 7 and 8. Fantastic work Lindsay, as per usual.