Title: Dark Currents
Author: Lindsay Buroker
Length: 320 pages
My Rating:5/5 Stars
After reading the first book in Buroker’s series, The Emperor’s Edge, I knew I just HAD to get my hands on the next book. I DEVOURED Dark Currents. I could not put it down. WARNING *SPOILERS AHEAD*!
In the first novel, we were introduced to Amaranthe Lokdon–a spunky female enforcer of the Turgonian Empire. We followed her through many adventures and came to know and love her ragtag crew comprised of Sicarius, Books, Maldynado, Akstyr, and Basilard. In Dark Currents, the story continues with Amaranthe as the primary POV and Books as the secondary POV. Because Amaranthe and her men are trying to protect the emperor (and hopefully gain his notice in positive ways), she’s always on the lookout for schemes that might harm the empire. In this novel, someone is poisoning the city’s water supply and Amaranthe suspects Forge’s involvement.
If you know anything about Buroker’s novels, you’ll know that Amaranthe goes charging in and commits to solve the mystery. I loved this novel. I thought it was just as great as the first book and I thoroughly enjoyed observing the blossoming “relationship” between Amaranthe and Sicarius. I love how Buroker has undercurrents of romance woven throughout the story, but that it is not, in fact, a romance novel. It is so, so much more than that. It is a story of growth, friendship, excitement, and courage.
Books’ development in this second series installment was fascinating. Being an educated, ex-alcoholic professor immediately sets him apart from the others in the group. To add more awkwardness to his situation, Books keenly feels his age difference when he compares himself to the rest of the crew. In the beginning of the story, he’s ready to quit the team after their next adventure. As the story progresses, he begins to see just how much he is needed and wanted by the group and how much he needs and wants to be with them. That may sound simple in its basic form, but I enjoyed how Buroker illustrated this struggle with the poor decisions that Books makes and the aftermath of his choices. There is also redemption, of course. Books bucks up his courage and ends up saving the day in his own way.
My only criticism of the book was that I didn’t want it to be over! It was so wonderful! I suppose if I was pressed to say something that irked me about it, I could say that I felt the magical fobs could have used a bit more explanation (you’ll understand what “magical fobs” are if you read it), but honestly it didn’t detract from the story–in my opinion.
If you loved the first book, you HAVE to read the second (and third, and fourth, and fifth…)
You can find more information about Lindsay Buroker and her books here.
You can purchase Dark Currents on Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, iTunes store, etc.
See my review of other Buroker novels//novellas:
>> My review of The Emperor’s Edge
>> My review of Ice Cracker II