Marcus' hero days are behind him. He knows too well that even the smallest war still means somebody's death. When his men are impressed into a doomed army, staying out of a battle he wants no part of requires some unorthodox steps.
Cithrin is an orphan, ward of a banking house. Her job is to smuggle a nation's wealth across a war zone, hiding the gold from both sides. She knows the secret life of commerce like a second language, but the strategies of trade will not defend her from swords.
Geder, sole scion of a noble house, has more interest in philosophy than in swordplay. A poor excuse for a soldier, he is a pawn in these games. No one can predict what he will become.
Falling pebbles can start a landslide. A spat between the Free Cities and the Severed Throne is spiraling out of control. A new player rises from the depths of history, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon's Path-the path to war.
Brilliant beginning for this new series
By R. Nicholson - April 15, 2011
"The Dragon's Path" is the first book in 'The Dagger and the Coin' series by Daniel Abraham. The book is 592 pages in length while the Kindle e-edition is a 1861 Kb download.
GENERAL THEME (no spoilers) The land is rife with changes: national aspirations and personal agendas all combine to lend an air of impending conflict that have been smoldering along for some time. And all it would take to set things off would be a few unexpected incidents to occur at the wrong time and the wrong place...and guess what.
Things I liked...
1.) An interesting story filled with lots of action and intrigue. The tale is told from several different viewpoints. Many of the people have some connection with each other, while some are more remotely associated by way of story (to be linked at a later stage).
2.) Character development...the multi-viewpoint technique Abraham used with his protagonists allowed for a slow seepage of information that, by the end of... read more
early candidate for one of year's best fantasies
By B. Capossere - April 7, 2011
As I've said in my other reviews of his books, I'd place Daniel Abraham's The Long Price Quartet, among the top four or five fantasy series of the past decade. So when his new series, entitled The Dagger and the Coin, was announced, I was more than eager to see what he would do for a follow-up. I was not disappointed. The first book in the series, The Dragon's Path, is one of my favorite reads so far this year and I'll be surprised if it doesn't make it onto my year's best list by the end.
It is set in a world long ago ruled by dragons, who over time created thirteen subspecies of humans to act as specialized slaves, breeding one group with the attributes of warriors and another with traits better suited to underground mining, for instance. With the dragons long gone (though their artifacts such as roads and buildings remain), the humans have forged their own kingdoms, city-states, empires, etc. One such is Antea, whose Severed Throne sits in the capital city of Camnipol... read more
The potential is there, but the execution was a little flat
By Patrick St-Denis "editor of Pat's Fantasy Hot... - May 2, 2011
Mea culpa: Although I own every volume part of Daniel Abraham's The Long Price Quartet, I have yet to read the first installment. Hence, this would be my first foray into the author's long form works. I absolutely loved Leviathan Wept and Other Stories last summer, and I was thus looking forward to reading the opening chapter in The Dagger and the Coin sequence.
Though certain facets of The Dragon's Path show a lot of promise and potential, I had mixed feelings about the novel as a whole when I reached the last page.
The worldbuilding is at times brilliant, but this aspect also leaves much to be desired in other instances. The entire back story regarding dragons and their fallen empire was utterly fascinating, and I wish we could have learned more about it. The many vestiges of the dragons' civilization definitely added depth to this tale, hinting at countless secrets from the past left to be discovered. Another concept which could have been interesting but... read more
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