Quotes from The Emperor's Edge

Lindsay Buroker ·  324 pages

Rating: (10.6K votes)


“Trust me, I never underestimate my charm or any of my other magnificent attributes. They work great on women. Alas, men tend to see me as an unwelcome rival. You, he might listen to. You're good at talking people into things."

"What makes you say that?"

"Because I'm perched in the rafters of a cannery, at risk from a man-slaying magical creature, and spending time with a drunk, a gangster, and an assassin at . . . what time is it?”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“I didn’t faint, I passed out in a manly way,” Sespian muttered.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“Well, I’m freezing. Either one of us is going to have to check or we’ll have to start cuddling.”

Sicarius climbed the ladder.

“There’s something wrong with a man who chooses to face death over cuddling with a woman.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“Friendship is as selfish as any other relationship, perhaps more so because it masquerades as something noble. I am more comfortable with those who approach me with blades drawn.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“Oh, they’ll be punished.” Amaranthe smiled and pointed at the heretofore silent Sicarius.
“Pa here, he’s the farm dis-ci-pli-nar-i-an. He was a soldier and he knows how to lay into a man an’ make him wish he’d never thunk of running off. Ain’t that right, Pa?” She smiled up at Sicarius.
“Yes,” he said flatly. “Ma.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge



“Sitting in the shadows, with a killer, in an empty building, gazing at the corpse of another killer. When had her life grown so strange?”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“You said nothing to me of the newspaper clippings.”

“No, because you were displaying…snippiness yesterday.”

“Snippiness?” he asked.

“It’s a word.”

“I think not.”

“I’ll ask Books when we get back.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“Who sent you?” Sicarius asked.

Amaranthe considered carefully before answering. If he simply meant to scare her into providing information, he could have started with a knife against her throat. No, he had almost broken her neck. He had intended to kill her but stopped mid-motion. Why? And would he continue where he had left off if she answered incorrectly?

“Commander of the Armies Hollowcrest.”

Given the previous demonstration of how he could see through lies, the truth seemed a safer choice. Besides, she found herself reluctant to die to protect Hollowcrest’s anonymity.

“Why?”

“To kill you.”

“That I gathered. Why did he send you? What did you do to anger him?”

“I… Uhm, what?”

“It was a suicide mission. You must have suspected.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“An explanation.” Sicarius regarded her intently. “Clarify the situation with the emperor. I could not understand the incoherent jumble you spit out before falling unconscious.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“His hair stuck up more than usual, but he was otherwise neat in his typical black. If they lived through the mission, she decided to buy him an obnoxiously cheerful shirt. Something in sunflower yellow, perhaps.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge



“Is there a reason we’re taking the alley?” he asked. “The air is a tad ripe out here.”
“Unfriendly eyes out front.”
“Enforcers?”
“A ten-year-old boy.”
“Oh, yes. Terrifying.”
“He’s someone’s spy,” she said.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“My husband,” Amaranthe said.

“Really! I would have guessed bodyguard.”

Yes, even without visible weapons, he had that aura.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“You were married; don’t you know how this is supposed to go? The woman doesn’t want you to argue or try to solve the problem with logic. The woman wants you to commiserate with her. You don’t have to fix anything. Just stand there and nod and say ‘uh huh’ and ‘I understand.’ That’s all you’re supposed to do.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“Technically speaking, Maldynado is the better fencer. Your man is the better killer.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“The two men flashed edged smiles at each other, reminding Amaranthe of circling wolves, albeit extremely well-dressed wolves.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge



“It’s not my fault,” Maldynado said. Amaranthe joined them. “I didn’t say it was.” “No, but women like to blame things on me, so I figured I’d announce my innocence preemptively.” “What type of things?” Books asked. “Their unwanted pregnancies?” “Of course not. To bear my offspring would be an honor. They know that.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“Women like to make up rules to befuddle you...it's part of living in their world. Get used to it.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“The Wharf Street part stood out for a different reason. She”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“She had no money, no weapons, no idea who comprised Forge, nothing. She needed an ally, but now that she was on the less desirable side of the law, she could hardly go to her enforcer friends for help. The only one she could ask was someone already marked as a criminal….”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“The mental sciences? A strange synonym for magic.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge



“So, he had helped her because he wanted her information, not out of kindness. That”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“In his first week on the throne, he vowed to make peace with all the nations we’ve ever warred with, cut military spending in half, funnel the money to education, and…oh, yes, and phase out the empire itself, instating some ridiculous people’s republic with elected officials.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“Do you suppose… Could he have thought I’d escape—or that you’d come get me and help me—and that this was a message meant for you?” She”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“When Amaranthe stepped outside after midnight, she caught Maldynado peeing his name in the snow. The bright, starry sky revealed a little too much and she cleared her throat as she approached. “So much for keeping our hideout inconspicuous,” she said.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“You look concerned.” Books turned the wheel to screw down the press. “It’s my new normative state,” Amaranthe said.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge



“You’re good at talking people into things.” “What makes you say that?” “Because I’m perched in the rafters of a cannery, at risk from a man-slaying magical creature, and spending time with a drunk, a gangster, and an assassin”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“Amaranthe felt as if she were balancing on the frozen lake. Might a hole open up beneath her and suck her in? It wasn’t surprising that Hollowcrest had access to all her background information, but it alarmed her that he had bothered to look into it. What had she done to warrant such scrutiny? Surely she was not here because she had lied about her age seven years ago.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“Fate, she supposed, would never be so blasphemous as to pelt him with trash.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“That was despicable. “Sir, I’m not—” Amaranthe started. “Such an accomplishment,” Hollowcrest interrupted, “would gain you great recognition…a promotion.” She sucked in a breath.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge


“dragged over a lumpy chair, and placed it closer to him than her nose suggested wise.”
― Lindsay Buroker, quote from The Emperor's Edge



About the author

Lindsay Buroker
Born place: Seattle, The United States
See more on GoodReads

Popular quotes

“Nothing binds people more strongly than the same sense of humour, and the ability to laugh together.”
― Jennifer Worth, quote from Shadows of the Workhouse


“God, forgive those whose atrocities are so great-- I will not.”
― quote from First Night of Summer


“Nothing can be erased in life. Life is permanent, from the breaths we take to the decisions we make.”
― Jessica Sorensen, quote from The Certainty of Violet & Luke


“Byron had drawn his pistol, and was looking closely at the leaves and dirt around him, as if he'd dropped something. "It's -- do keep calm now -- it's right over your head. I suppose you could look, if you can do it slowly."

Crawford felt drops of sweat run down his ribs under his shirt as he slowly forced the muscles of his neck to tilt his head up; he saw the upper slope, bristling with trees that obstructed a view of the road, and then he saw the outer branches of the tree he was braced against, and finally he gathered his tattered courage and looked straight up.

And it took all of his self-control not to recoil or scream, and he was distantly resentful that he couldn't just die in this instant.”
― Tim Powers, quote from The Stress of Her Regard


“Tequila had been a bad idea.”
― Cristin Harber, quote from Hart Attack


Interesting books

The Collected Poems
(10K)
The Collected Poems
by Wallace Stevens
Decision Points
(32.6K)
Decision Points
by George W. Bush
Ghost Story
(70.8K)
Ghost Story
by Jim Butcher
From Bad to Cursed
(8.6K)
From Bad to Cursed
by Katie Alender
Bloodline
(16.4K)
Bloodline
by James Rollins
Misbehaving
(20.1K)
Misbehaving
by Abbi Glines

About BookQuoters

BookQuoters is a community of passionate readers who enjoy sharing the most meaningful, memorable and interesting quotes from great books. As the world communicates more and more via texts, memes and sound bytes, short but profound quotes from books have become more relevant and important. For some of us a quote becomes a mantra, a goal or a philosophy by which we live. For all of us, quotes are a great way to remember a book and to carry with us the author’s best ideas.

We thoughtfully gather quotes from our favorite books, both classic and current, and choose the ones that are most thought-provoking. Each quote represents a book that is interesting, well written and has potential to enhance the reader’s life. We also accept submissions from our visitors and will select the quotes we feel are most appealing to the BookQuoters community.

Founded in 2023, BookQuoters has quickly become a large and vibrant community of people who share an affinity for books. Books are seen by some as a throwback to a previous world; conversely, gleaning the main ideas of a book via a quote or a quick summary is typical of the Information Age but is a habit disdained by some diehard readers. We feel that we have the best of both worlds at BookQuoters; we read books cover-to-cover but offer you some of the highlights. We hope you’ll join us.