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Smart and fast paced.
on 8 August 2014
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.