The Dragon's Path: Book 1 of The Dagger and the Coin Paperback – 5 Apr 2012
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Everything I look for in a fantasy (George R. R. Martin)
THE DRAGON'S PATH is a first superb installment in a series that has established itself already in my top level of current ongoing fantasy series (Fantasy Book Critic)
THE DRAGON'S PATH is a tremendous novel and Abraham deftly mixes the classic foundations of the genre with a sophistication expected of him and rarely found in the work of his compatriots (A Dribble of Ink)
THE DRAGON'S PATH is a winner. The characters are engaging and well-motivated, the plot intriguing (The Wertzone)
Abraham weaves several characters into the story, each with their own flaws and ghosts that haunt them. Character development is quite deft and the author provides believable, fallible, and interesting players on his stage . . . THE DRAGON'S PATH is an enjoyable read that holds great expectations for the series (SF Signal)
The start of a new epic fantasy series from Daniel Abraham, author of the hugely acclaimed Long Price QuartetSee all Product Description
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Add to this crisp prose, some great descriptiveness and some magical abilities and afflictions that will make this book stand out for quite some time. Finally as this tale unfurls the reader may find themselves slightly confused as the multitude of cultures populating this small world but each adds a unique flavour as well as perspective upon not only the frailty of the conditions within but also a deeper flavour to help bring this world alive. Wonderfully done and I'll look forward to the next part.
Daniel Abraham has never gotten to be a big player in fantasy. His books are not for everyone. I think this will remain true for "The Dagger and the Coin" as well. When people read Game of Thrones they know battles are coming. The sense of danger around every corner. I never got that while reading "The Dragon's Path". I instead was really caught up with the characters and their interactions. This isn't for fantasy lovers who are looking for blood.
What really makes this novel is the characters. They grow in the right places. They are stubborn in the right places. They feel real. The world they inhabit is good. I can't say the world feels that deep yet, but this is book 1. One of the best compliments I can pay this book is that I cannot say that I have a favorite character. Every time the POV would change I was delighted to be reading that characters perspective. That is rare in this type of material. Usually there is a character I don't want and characters I can't wait to get back to. Not so here. Add all this up, and add in a great ending, with a cool twist, and you have a really special story.
If everything I have described sounds like a breath of fresh air then you should but it. If the fact that big battles are not the focal point then I think that your dollars would be better spent on other books. For me I loved this novel. I can't wait to start digging into the second book!
All four of them are all flawed in some way creating interesting situations as their story's develop.
Cithrin is an orphan with a flair for business, coming into adulthood, she begins to see sex as a way to gain information and turns to alcohol when things start to go wrong for her. Her part is not the most compelling but the characters around her keep the story from becoming flat.
Marcus is more straightforward, the ex-hero who lost loved ones and becomes closed when coming into contact with others, aside from Yardem, his trustworthy Tralgu... His best moments are with Master Kit, a troupe leader with a lot of charisma and a hidden identity.
My two favorite characters were Geder and Dawson. Dawson is a stubborn nobleman believing in the higher calling of aristocracy, his plans to save his friend the King and the monarchy seemed doomed to failure, but the political intrigue was a stand out feature of the book for me. His family entourage is composed of a great supporting cast including his wife, bodyguard and sons. Geder is a young outcast dreamer, sent to war but he'd much prefer to read a book. A low born noble Geder is the butt of the company jokes until his fortunes take a better turn. His storyline is both fun, horrific and distressing to follow. He ends up being the saviour of the kingdom but equally he could lead to its doom.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The story kept me interested enough to read all 5 books.
Main characters were well fleshed out.
Some interesting ideas such as a banker being the hero ... Read more
Its well written. I'm only half way through and it seems to be building up nicely. Its not all action.Published 4 months ago by NovemberNick
Very few fantasy books are this complex and still fun to read. Started reading this a while ago, but got distracted, finally finished it and happy that I've connected back with the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Oludare Senbore
Lots of characters and plots going on kept me involved. Am confused as to who are the good ones, which is refreshing so will definitely continent reading.Published 12 months ago by Mrs. Patricia Simpson
I have read a lot of books in this genre and found this very enjoyable. The characters were interesting and the stage is well set for the rest of the series. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jamie Hibbert
Boring. I didn't ejoy it although I struggled to finish it in case it improved. It doesn't. I'm not buying the next book in the series. Very little happens in this book. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Reader