Balanced on the Blade's Edge is a steampunk fantasy about Ridgewater Zirkander, who gets on the bad side of the wrong politician and gets reassigned to a prison camp. A new prisoner is the mysterious Sardelle, who wakes up after being in stasis for 300 years and tries to understand her new world when her people are dead and a magic user like her would be executed.
The series is from the same author of the Emperor's Edge series that I read and loved last year. I did like this book, but not as much. I think I will read another since the rest of the series seems to be more standalone and I do like her writing.