5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An improvement in almost every way,
This review is from: The King's Blood: Book 2 of the Dagger and the Coin (Paperback)
I believe "The King's Blood" to be a masterpiece. The first book in this series was very low key and political. This one builds upon this promise, but ups the stakes. There is action to be had from King's Blood. Not only is it action, but when it happens the feeling of real stakes comes out. This isn't the kind of fantasy where the main characters walk away unscathed.
Speaking of the main characters. They were the best thing about the first one. Daniel builds the promises of The Dragon's Path, and makes them even stronger than before. Characters morph and change because of the events of this novel. New relationships are forged in a believable manor. These are some of the best characters that I have ever read from fantasy. They are not one note heroes and villains. One chapter towards the end made me want to put the book down out of fear, of what was about to happen!
This whole series has felt like Daniel is mulling over the issue of the Dagger vs. the Coin. Which is the same thing as butter vs. guns. What you have here is superb characters, exciting mythology, tense action, and metaphors that will keep you thinking well after the last page has been turned.
This all builds to an amazing climax. I won't give anything away here. Let me just say that the finale (which is long) is as absorbing as the best of Game of Thrones. This series does feel a little like Martins. If you are looking for books similar then I would say look no further. I would also say that if you are frustrated with "Games" to many characters then don't fear. This book had only 6 point of view characters. It seemed that the first book stood in the shadow of that series. For my opinion this book made it stand shoulder to shoulder with it.