- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (5 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841498882
- ISBN-13: 978-1841498881
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 3.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,495 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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Top Customer Reviews
George R R Martin describes this as everything he looks for in fantasy: me too. The world building is rich and varied. The plot is intricate and clicks together well but it's the characters that will stay with you. Multiple point of view structured books are a gamble; because if one character is weak, that chapter will suck the life from the book and destroy the momentum. That's not a problem here. All the characters are fascinating - not necessarily likeable - but fascinating all the same.
There are two characters in particular who are simply outstanding creations. First is Geder: a bullied, put upon, bookish but highly intelligent minor noble, he is a revelation. His story arc stunned me in a truly positive way.
Next is Cithrin: a young woman who was orphaned and brought up as a ward of the bank. As with Geder, she shows growth albeit in a more subtle and complex way. Both are a marvel.
It's also a unique novel in that it uses finance, economics and trade to rationalise and explain characters actions and interactions. If I've made it sound dry, don't worry it's not. Abraham makes it very accessible and it blends seamlessly into the plot as all good exposition should.
The magic element is perfectly executed. This review is as spoiler free as possible but the magic is something I haven't seen much of in the genre and it's such a clever thing and has the potential to create intriguing plots.
One slight problem was the character of Dawson. As stated above not all the protagonists are likeable and he is absolutely odious. But he's still interesting and that's what counts. It was a brave choice to have chapters based around him but it works.
Complex, satisfying and highly recommended. 10/10.
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.
The characters are generally likeable and believable, there are some of the standard fantasy types but written well and there are a few surprising characters too.
The good and bad side is left largely unclear although the bigger plot looming makes it clear who the bad guys will eventually be.
The ending tidies up a lot of plot threads while leaving bigger ones open for the following books.
In some ways this reminds of R Scott Bakker's "The Prince Of Nothing" series but with more humour and more likeable characters.
It doesn't have the scope or depth of a Steven Erikson book but it is an intelligent and enjoyable read.
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
After a slow start introducing the main characters,this developed into an interesting tale. I'm looking forward to the second book and hoping it does the first justice . Read morePublished 7 months ago by andrew moffat
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 14 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 19 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 22 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 on 25 May 2015 by Jamie Hibbert