I have been a avid follower Ms' Buroker's work and have bought this for the Dragon Rider book. Honestly though, all of these 'series starter' are the gateway drug to the the action-laughter-witty-filled worlds that Ms. Buroker has created. These books represents two of the Fantasy World that Ms Buroker has created, first is the Steampunk world of Amaranthe, Sirius the assassin and their merry bands of Emperor's Edge where there is magic and fantastical creatures, though the main feature is the slow-burning love relationships and fast friendship and crazy adventures. In the same universe, you will also find the Encrypted and Warrior Mage, the first set before Emperor's Edge and the second afterwards, and both in a different continents (but the same universe). The second set of universe is the where there is Dragons and flyers, and lots of magic. The Dragon Rider is the prelude, while the Blade's edge is set 1000 years afterwards.
But you know, except for Warrior Mage, all of these book have a kick-ass heroine that does not need saving every two minutes, that do not rely on their beauty but instead on their skills and minds. And yet, the males are not doddering fools. Both gender were represented beautifully and they both have their strength and weaknesses.