The Dragon's Path (The Dagger and the Coin #1)
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The Dragon's Path (The Dagger and the Coin #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  6,252 ratings  ·  542 reviews
**Includes an advance reading copy of Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey**

All paths lead to war...

Marcus' hero days are behind him. He knows too well that even the smallest war still means somebody's death. When his men are impressed into a doomed army, staying out of a battle he wants no part of requires some unorthodox steps.

Cithrin is an orphan, ward of a banking house...more
ebook, 451 pages
Published April 7th 2011 by Orbit
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Joel
The star rating system is vague and imperfect. My feelings on this one are somewhere between "liked it" and "really liked it," but I decided to give it four stars because if any author deserves an extra star, it is Daniel Abraham. His first published series, The Long Price Quartet, has been named among the best fantasy series of the last decade by just about everyone whose opinion I respect. As a reward for his efforts, he was dropped by his publisher.

You could argue that this is justified, sin...more
Jonathan

4.5 Stars

When it comes to writing modern fantasy it appears that authors need to do one of two things. They need to write something unique or edgy, something or a treatment not seen before. A prime example being how J.R.R Tolkien took Norse mythology and turned it into his own mythology of the world or how Brandon Sanderson took the idea of the physics' based magic system and made it his own. The second thing authors can do is to write very, very well: the best examples being E.R.R Eddison or Me...more
Justin
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The Dragon's Path marks the sixth book I've read from Daniel Abraham and the first time I've reviewed an author twice. Abraham has been a favorite of mine ever since his Long Price Quartet. His more recent science fiction debut, Leviathan Wakes, under the pseudonym James S.A. Corey was also impressive. Although Abraham's first series never garnered wide spread popularity, I never doubted he would one day put himself among the bestselling authors in the spe...more
Liviu
Excellent series debut and while a partly introductory book, there are a lot of goodies, a great ending at a perfect stopping point and potential for this to become of my top series of all time.

I will add more as the release date gets closer and of course I will add the full FBC review later in the year but for now if you want a reasonable comparison, i would say that this reads like a much better Way of Kings without all the unnecessary verbiage that was such a drag there - traditional fantasy...more
Tyson
A good start to a series, but I had a few quibbles.

1) Daniel Abraham (DA) needs to write more from the gut and less from the brain. His books come across as if he's over-intellectualizing everything. It really sucks the life out of the narrative sometimes. I can't write worth a shit, and DA is one of the top 5 fantasy writers working today, but sometimes I want to sit him down and explain a few things about exciting narrative to him. It's hard to describe what I mean, but everything he writes se...more
Patremagne
Full review on my blog - http://abitterdraft.blogspot.com/2013...

The Dragon's Path by Dan Abraham was an interesting read for me. I hadn't read the Long Prince Quartet, so I was new to his writing style. I've grown accustomed to the multiple POV stories, and I tend to lean more toward those when picking a new book. Being a fan of A Song of Ice and Fire (unique, right?), I read reviews that told about how much of the novel was political battles rather than real ones. This can be offputting to som...more
Blake Charlton
4.5 stars. a wonderful opening for a nuanced epic fantasy with wonderfully well drawn characters. the magic in this series is subtle and not yet completely reviled in contrast to daniel's megawatt magic system long price quartet, which i personally prefer and wish were more widely known. there are many witty and quietly insightful moments. my particular affection is reserved for yardem, who i hope daniel one day writes about. someone should give a copy of this book to joss whedon so he can make...more
Tom Merritt
Who knew when I finished Leviathan Wakes and found an entire novel for free that I'd be so pleased. I was cheering for a banker and hissing at the underdog. And it all made sense. Well done Mr. Abraham.
Mikko Karvonen
Having missed The Long Price Quartet, The Dragon’s Path was my first encounter with Daniel Abraham’s work. I was not hugely impressed, but still somewhat intrigued.

The basic setting of the series is a very familiar. You have your nobles engaged in intrigue, several characters to offer different viewpoints to the two main plotlines driving the book, and the vague threat from the forgotten past. The ways to wield power seems to be the major theme here, as indicated by the name of the series The Da...more
Ranting Dragon
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Daniel Abraham is best known for his undervalued Long Price Quartet (we reviewed the first book in the quartet, A Shadow in Summer). However, he has also written under two different pseudonyms: the urban fantasy Black Sun’s Daughter series as M.L.N. Hanover, and the science fiction series Expanse as James S. A. Corey. His newest novel, published under his own name, is The Dragon’s Path, and it’s the first installment in a promising new series titled The Da...more
Paul Nelson
The Dragon's Path follows four main protagonists: Geder, a noble in military service, Cithrin, the determined ward of a bank threatened by invasion, Marcos the military hero who's chequered past leads him to take Cithrin under his wing and Dawson, a noble conspiring to protect his King against traitors and rebellion.

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 begin...more
Ross Evans
Daniel Abraham is one of those authors that somehow slipped under my radar for the longest time. I’d vaguely heard about him before and I knew that he was chums with George R.R. Martin. I was initially put off by the cover of The Dragon’s Path due to the fact that it had a pretty cheesy sword on the cover. It kind of reeked of “old school” fantasy which isn’t something I’m too fond of these days. With a bold quote by none other than George R.R. Martin on his cover proclaiming, “Everything I look...more
Lightreads
Interesting. I've been kind of off epic fantasy lately. There was an unpleasant . . . something lingering at the back of my mouth after Dance of Dragons. So you'd think I wouldn't appreciate another traditional epic, particularly the first volume (of five?) which consists of 550 pages of setup. And yet? I really rather did.

He's writing a good balance between traditional elements and reinterpretations of those elements. I mean, it's a safe bet the reader likes the old, bland stuff a little. Most...more
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
I'd heard great things about this author in the corners of the internet I frequent, so trying out his new book seemed like a good idea. The beginning didn't grab me, but in the first chapter we meet an acting troupe putting on a play that so cleverly mocks epic fantasy--"despite the actor's warnings [that anything could happen], the good triumphed, the evil were vanquished"--that I was intrigued enough to continue. And so I did, even though as of about halfway through the book I found myself dis...more
Crowinator
Abraham’s first in the Dagger and Coin series (love that series title after reading the book and seeing how balanced the book is between war and finances) uses many narrative techniques that annoy me in epic fantasies, but it has the distinction of doing them so well that I was drawn into the story and finished it in just a few days.

For example, it starts with the ubiquitous prologue, in which a character (the apostate) is introduced, flees mysterious priests hunting him, utters a dire statement...more
Aildiin
This is the second fantasy series by Daniel Abraham that I read. The first one was critically acclaimed but sold poorly, probably due to the lack of action in most books.
This book has a lot more action and a lot more characters and is probably more typical of classic epic fantasy.
The main characters are a young female orphan adopted by a banker that somehow will try to start her own bank ( the coin in the series name)and an old mercenary captain that will somehow take her under his protection du...more
Nico
Very good start to an epic fantasy story similar to ASoIaF. The chapters are divided in character PoVs, gladly not too many. I enjoyed a very well thought out world and great flawed characters. But don't expect many epic battles, the focus here lies more on political intrigues. The first book lays the foundation of what is to come and I think it will be great.
If you enjoy George R.R. Martin read this!
Tudor Ciocarlie
I find this depiction of conspiracies and economic repercussions, as well as only the hints of magic, much more compelling than epic battles and wizardly fire. For all of its familiarity, this novel feels incredible fresh.
Maitrey
The Dragon's Path was easily the most refreshing epic fantasy I've read in a while. While there's your usual politicking and sword-fighting, the book actually revolves around banking and commerce. (Spoiler Alert: There are no dragons in this book. Nor is that cheesy sword on the cover ever important.)

I'd read great things about Abraham's début series (also involving banking as a major theme), but decided to try this one out first as it supposedly was a quicker and more fun read (Plus, the series...more
Ron
I like this. I really, really like this. It's at least a 4.4. I may increase the rating after I've digested it a bit--maybe read it again--but I'm trying to make my fives mean something (Unlike folks who dispense fives like candy and then want a six star scale.)

This is epic fantasy. We were informed--warned, really--right up front that this would be a multi-volume tale. This volume is basically the introduction.

The twist here is that everyone is sucked in to this tale pretty much against their w...more
Kasyap
I love books with a lot of details. This one has a lot of medieval banking details. The world is very interesting. Once ruled by dragons and now inhabited by thirteen different races of humanity created by the dragons. Unfortunately not much detail is provided regarding the various races and their cultures.

Great character development. I loved Cithrin and Marcus. Cithrin is an orphaned girl who grew up as a ward of a bank. she has to escape a war zone smuggling the wealth of a city and ends up st...more
Jacqie
Daniel Abraham returns to high fantasy in this addictive start to a new series, The Dagger and the Coin. Read the book if you want to know why the series is named that. The first book, the Dragon's Path, is named after the path of civil war that apparently wiped out the dragons in the world over a millenium ago, leaving behind the thirteen humanoid races that were created to serve them. This is a world rich in history and culture. Abraham leaves you wanting to know more than he's given you, and...more
Mike
Daniel Abraham is the author of the Long Price Quartet (of which I have one volume left to read) one of the most underrated, under-promoted, and just plain under-read series to have seen publication. Thankfully Abraham is back at it again, this time for the folks over at Orbit, a new book in a new series. The Dragon’s Path marks the first opening of The Dagger and Coin series a somewhat more traditional epic fantasy when compared to Abraham’s previous work.

The Dragon’s Path follows four main cha...more
Natalie
This book had a lot of potential, but it just didn't live up to it. The plot was scattered and the characters were annoying. The story kept jumping around from person to person until I really didn't care anymore. Cithrin, who seemed like she is supposed to be the main character, starts out ok but then deteriorates from a naive and clever young girl into a power-hungry woman who ignores her friends and uses her body to help her business. Blech.

The only character I really liked was Marcus with his...more
Myke Cole
Abraham is a noted protege of George R.R. Martin, and the relationship shows in this sprawling epic. Abraham both makes an homage to Martin's empathetic portrayal of a wide range of characters, as well as improving on the Martin's straying into the kudzu of proliferating POVs.

The Dragon's Path is absolutely outstanding. It features all the incredibly satisfying portrayals of flawed and believable characters, an epic and fully realized world, but with a tighter narrative focus than A Song of Ice...more
Amy
I give this pretty damn close to five stars. It bears some similarity to GRRM's Song of Ice and Fire books (I think Abraham is considered a protege?), multiple points of view, violence and intrigue, but without quite the level of brutality seen there. Still, the bad stuff happens and none of the characters are all good or all bad. You even feel some sympathy for the guy who kills the most people. (Dude, a word of advice: aligning yourself with someone who follows a spider goddess is never a good...more
Carl V.
Fabulous, engaging beginning with plenty of surprises in what I hope will continue to be a great fantasy series. I wrote a more lengthy review which you can find at the length below:

http://www.stainlesssteeldroppings.co...
Mel
Perhaps it's just me but I found it tedious. The writing style was choppy with far too many sentences beginning with the word "but". I am surprised by the glowing reviews.
Jim
I held off a bit to start this series until the first three books were out. I wanted to read them closely together rather than wait between novels for each sequel to be published. As a result I was able really enjoy the extended story arc of the initial three novels together.

Daniel Abraham is fast becoming one of my favorite fantasy novelists. The world building is strong, yet the characters are the true story drivers. Abraham has a knack for creating real people, living real lives. The politic...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
While I normally strictly choose to read and review romance novels, I decided to give myself a small break and pick up The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham, which is a traditional fantasy novel with no romantic elements.

I am so incredibly glad that I did.

Abraham's gift of words weaves an intricate tapestry of politics, conspiracy, action, and intrigue that draws you in and won't let you go until the very end.

Each characters' actions create tiny ripples that reverberate across the Kingdom, settin...more
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Daniel Abraham is an American science fiction / fantasy author who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a graduate of Clarion West, and sometimes collaborates with George R. R. Martin, another New Mexico resident.

His short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. His novelette Flat Diane was nominated for the Nebula Award. His novelette The Cambist and Lord Iron: a Fairyt...more
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