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The Widow's House: Book 4 of the Dagger and the Coin [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Abraham
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Book Description

THE RISE OF THE DRAGON AND THE FALL OF KINGS

Lord Regent Geder Palliako's war has led his nation and the priests of the spider goddess to victory after victory. No power has withstood him, except for the heart of the one woman he desires. As the violence builds and the cracks in his rule begin to show, he will risk everything to gain her love - or her destruction.

Clara Kalliam, the loyal traitor, is torn between the woman she once was and the woman she has become. With her sons on all sides of the conflict, her house cannot stand, but there is a power in choosing when and how to fall.

And in Porte Oliva, banker Cithrin bel Sarcour and Captain Marcus Wester learn the terrible truth that links this war to the fall of the dragons millennia before, and that to save the world, Cithrin must conquer it.


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The fourth volume in this enthralling epic fantasy series, from the author of the critically acclaimed Long Price Quartet

About the Author

Daniel Abraham is the author of the critically acclaimed Long Price Quartet. He has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy awards, and won the International Horror Guild Award. He also writes as M. N. L. Hanover and (with Ty Frank) as James S. A. Corey. He lives in New Mexico.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2898 KB
  • Print Length: 513 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0356504697
  • Publisher: Orbit (5 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KQNSK80
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,303 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Daniel Abraham is the author of the critically acclaimed Long Price Quartet. He has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, and won the International Horror Guild award. He also writes urban fantasy as M. L. N. Hanover and (with Ty Franck) space opera as James S. A. Corey. He lives in New Mexico.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart and fast paced. 8 Aug. 2014
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The Widow's House is Book 4 of 5 in The Dagger and the Coin series by Daniel Abraham.

The plot is epic in scope as the conflict escalates into a world war. However the author manages to keep The Widow's House tightly focused as we continue to follow Clara, Cithrin, Geder and Marcus.

Geder as the Regent is one of the most unusual antagonists. He is petty, insecure and weak which make him occasionally an object of sympathy but also very dangerous thanks to the machinations of the priesthood. Clara the widow tries to change things from behind the scenes as her family is forced to stand on both sides of the growing conflict. Cithrin the genius banker who just escaped Geders clutches (or embrace) continues to plot and scheme. Marcus, who unlike the others almost fits the stereotypical fantasy warrior, has to deal with the dragon he woke at the end of The Tyrant's Law.

Overall a very good read. I found the dragon to be a wonderful introduction, terrifying and very alien. The world building and fast paced storytelling are excellent. The characters remain compelling and the action is plentiful. Under the surface there are several interesting themes. Namely the influence of perception on reality, the distinction between types of power as well as the impact of banking and money on society.

Looking forward to reading the end of the series in The Spider's War next year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER 10 Sept. 2014
By Clive
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I've read some good books lately, including several in this genre, but as soon as I began The Widow's House I recognised the step change from good to great. Each of the three previous books in this series has improved upon the previous novel, with the characters becoming even more fleshed out, the pace of the plot accelerating and, very gradually, the reason for the series title of 'The Dagger and the Coin' becoming apparent. I love all of these books and I thought that I had it all worked out now and could see where it is heading but, even here, there are twists and revelations that I just hadn't foreseen.

All of the favourite characters play parts in this book and I guess that the title, 'The Widow's House', is appropriate because Clara is such a major figure in this book. It's weird to refer to a fantasy novel as 'believable', but, if such a thing is possible, then this does it superbly. I love the expression of the macho hero, Marcus Wester, weakening as time and effort take their toll on him and, all of the way through, there are thoughtful little details of 'reality', especially in the sections describing how an army passes through a region.

And then there's the dragon. This isn't like any dragon that I've ever come across in a fantasy book before and the complexities of Inys' character, status and, indeed, vulnerabilities, make for a fully rounded character in his own right. I can't describe more without spoiling some of the fun for those who haven't read this yet but, trust me, this dragon is much more interesting that anything you've read before; George RR Martin eat your heart out!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, clever, clever 22 Aug. 2014
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The plot/s thicken... Political, financial and a touch of romance. This is a wonderful series and I can't wait for the final denouement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well done 17 Aug. 2014
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Beautifully written with a good story line. Very interested to find out what happens next. Characters are well created and believeable
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch as the rubber tautens 20 Sept. 2014
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A better book in this splendid series than its predecessor. Learn the limits of the Spider and the Dragon, and how one big lie can bring down the Lord of Lies. Know the vengeance of a mother and a tyrant's darkest fears.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read 15 Mar. 2015
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Reasonable pace and good complexity of characters. Suitable read for us older folk who desire something less black and white.
The characters have been created with depth and humanity. Excellent read.
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The previous book was a bit slow, but this one picks up the pace considerably. The plot also keeps revealing uenxpected things, with the truth always a bit more complicated than i'd previously thought.
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