The Tyrant's Law: Book 3 of the Dagger and the Coin Paperback – 13 Feb 2014
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This smart, absorbing, fascinating military fantasy, exciting and genuinely suspenseful, will keep readers on their toes (PUBLISHERS WEEKLY - STARRED REVIEW)
You know what to expect from The Dagger and the Coin: terrific characters, strong and intelligent thematic roots, and silky-smooth prose . . . The Tyrant's Law is a fine addition to one of fantasy's strongest series (A DRIBBLE OF INK)
Boldly follows in the footsteps of Martin and Joe Abercrombie and does them one better by creating a truly sympathetic villain (Buzzfeed) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The third instalment in this enthralling epic fantasy series, from the author of the critically acclaimed Long Price QuartetSee all Product Description
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The same old characters, but with added depth, as well as some new ones.
The various sides of the war are shown as individuals and nations struggle against the unexpected power of Geder's priests.
There is plenty of action but the book bypasses tactics for magic leaving the actual prosecution of the war as a very shallow affair.
The personal side is better written and much more interesting, Clara's quiet war is an unusual angle to take and handled deftly, Cithrin's role in this book is less interesting but still keeps you interested and Geder's disconnected dual personality is shown throughout.
The plot thread with Marcus and Kit is by far the most interesting as it exposes new history, several plot twists and a potential new direction.
The ending is good and it really makes you want to get the next one.
What stood out for me in this installment was how each of the four POVs brings a very distinct voice and aspect of the story to life. We have the cringe-worthy tyrant (Geder) the power that banking and commerce can have (Cithrin), the affect of politics/rumours (Clara) and good old fashioned sword wielding (Marcus). What I enjoyed was how the lone hero is possibly the least effective which makes for a nice change of pace in epic fantasy.
The lead characters are interesting but Daniel does his usual trick of having excellent supporting characters in the form of Kit, Vincen and Yardem who easily come to life despite not having in-depth POVs and feel more "real" in the sense we don't know their inner thoughts.
Fans of action may be disappointed as there isn't much hands-on fighting and the large battles tend to happen off the page. Then again the book does have more than enough drama and tension exploring the other aspects of the war so the lack of action wasn't an issue for me.
Daniel also starts to explore racism among the 13 races - something that is often ignored in fantasies with such diverse inhabitants and I'm curious to see where this leads.
I also appreciated some unexpected developments in the book as there were at least two story threads that resolved differently one was plot driven and the other was character driven. The book doesn't end on a cliffhanger but the revelation of the final chapter has me eagerly awaiting book 4.
I won't bother with a synopsis as they are readily available in other corners. Allow me to simply give you my view on this book, this series and this author.
I first came across Daniel Abraham through George R R Martin - Abraham is one of Martin's unofficial apprentices, if you will. I began with The Long Price Quarter and was astounded it hadn't caught a wider following. The Dagger and the Coin is similarly superb and apparently widely ignored by the greater reading world, even to my dismay the more niche fantasy fiction fans like myself who voraciously devour everything fantasy. Let me say plainly, Daniel Abraham is up there with the best - Martin, Hobb, Rothfuss, Abercrombie, Lawrence and Lynch.
There is a precision and crispness to Abraham's prose that few can match. There are no long winding stuffy descriptions of the landscape or surroundings, yet somehow they manage to bleed through in perfect, startling clarity. The different cities of Camnipool, Porte Oliva and the other destinations are all vibrant, unique settings brought to life through the perspectives of some seriously compelling characters.
As with many of the best fantasy series, the focus shifts a little in this third entry in the series with supporting characters like Clara Kalliam, Vincen Coe, Yardem Hane and Master Kit taking significant promotions into the limelight while series staples like Geder and Marcus continue to keep you turning the pages until dawn. The real genius of the novel for me though, is the dialogue. It snaps off the page like a firework.Read more ›
Clara Kalliam finds herself in very different circumstances after her husband has been executed for treason against the Throne and Palliako. No longer a prominent lady in Court circles, Clara has to adjust to life on a limited budget while living in rented accommodation. However, her reduced circumstances don't stop her from planning the downfall of those who destroyed her happy life. She is secretly plotting against those in power in order to save the country she loves. But while her scheming appears to be successful, Clara will find out that the best laid plans can have unexpected and unwanted results.
Cithrin bel Sarcour has, at last, been accepted by the Medean Bank but has to serve a learning period with one of the branches; a posting that will put her directly in the line of war and force her to both grow up fast and make decisions that would have been impossible to even imagine in the past.
And while the war spreads ever further Captain Marcus Wester and Master Kit are on a quest to find a way and the necessary weapons to stop the progress of the Spider Goddess. This is a quest that will take them into inhospitable areas, shatter long held believes and lead to a surprising conclusion.
As I mentioned above, this is the third book in this series and while it could be read as a stand-alone I would really advice against that.Read more ›
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The most gripping entry in this unusual fantasy series to date, about halfway in I found myself not wanting to put the book down. Read morePublished 22 months ago by L. Bailey
Book 3 is between £2 and £3 more expensive than book 4, which is a rip off. There is no reason to pay between 7 and 8 quid on a Kindle book that's more than a year old. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Dave B