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The King's Blood (The Dagger and the Coin #2)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,424 Ratings  ·  367 Reviews
The sequel to the acclaimed series launch, The Dragon’s Path, is the perfect summer read for fans of George R. R. Martin.

War casts its shadow over the lands that the dragons once ruled. Only the courage of a young woman with the mind of a gambler and loyalty to no one stands between hope and universal darkness.

The high and powerful will fall, the despised and broken shall
Paperback, 501 pages
Published May 3rd 2012 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jun 26, 2014 Conor rated it really liked it
'The Kings blood' is the follow-up to 'The Dragons Path', one of the best openings to a series that I've read recently. This book does an admirable job of continuing the story started in that book as it further expands the world and continues the development of the characters introduced already.

In this book we see more of the world established in book 1. This world isn't particularly deep or inventive but it is solid and serves as a good backdrop to events. The most unique feature of this world
I liked this better than the first one, especially at the end. This was bound to happen since I’m spending so much time with these characters, and Abraham is a consistent, talented writer. The first half continued a lot of the issues I had with the first book, though, so I can’t really give this four stars. Maybe the third book will earn it?

It’s been a little over a year since the start of the series. Geder Palliako has gone from social pariah to Lord Regent of Antea. Cithrin is still at her Ban
Neil McGarry
Sep 29, 2014 Neil McGarry rated it liked it
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As I may not be able to do a full FBC rv close to the US publication date, I will try to have a longer "raw thoughts" review here.

The book is secondary world fantasy at its best and in addition it has a writing style quite above the usual "utility English" of the genre; maybe not quite at (the top of) literary fiction levels (see Hari Kunzru's Gods without Men for recent such), but close, while pretty much all the things that I would mark as negatives come from the nature of the genre rather tha
Jul 19, 2012 Molybdenum rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
In many good series, often we see the first book is needed to set up the characters and the world, and the second book this foundation can be used to really have them develop and interact. What happens is the events of the novels start to take their toll on the characters, and all the fluff they build around themselves is pulled away.

This is what happens in The King's Blood. The Dragon's Path introduced us to young protege banker, awkward minor nobleman scholar who happens to fall into power, st
Jun 03, 2015 Lee rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Now that I have finished this story, I have to say that I am a little bit disappointed. We had some character growth in characters like Geder and Cithrin, but that is it. I was expecting a big part of the this novel to focus on the Spider Goddess and her plans to take over the world and the was nothing. Not even a hint of anything new. The story itself carried on where we left off, but in all honesty, it kind of just mosied on down the river, picking up some small insignificant character story a ...more
Ranting Dragon
Aug 10, 2013 Ranting Dragon rated it really liked it
Shelves: marty

At the opening of The King’s Blood, we find ourselves back in the remains of the Dragon Empire and the world of the Thirteen Races of Humanity. Geder Palliako is suddenly an important figure in the Antean Court, with the mysterious Spider Priests at his side. Kalliam Dawson, a noble of the old order, works to maintain the tradition of the court while Cithrin bel Sacour struggles to hold on to her branch of the Medean Bank, and Captain Marcus Wester, haunte
Ross Evans
Jul 08, 2013 Ross Evans rated it really liked it
I’ll try to keep this short and sweet, as I have book 3 sitting right beside me. The King’s Blood picks up right where The Dragon’s Path left off. The dreaded “middle book syndrome” isn’t a concern here. Abraham knows the story he is telling, and nothing feels out of place or rushed. The characters all have a life of their own, and the series is starting to grow in scale. There were several memorable scenes in this second volume and one event in particular came as a shock. Daniel Abraham has mad ...more
Jul 22, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Pretty darn good second book in the series although you can't start with this one. You must read the strong first book The Dragon's Path. This series is excellent and surprising it has not gotten more attention. See Conor's review for a great synopsis:

Great characters that keep you interested. 4 Stars
Nov 01, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2015
A little slow but still one of the better fantasy worlds because of the characters. I like that they're all a mix of good and flawed. Even the bad guy didn't start out as a bad fellow. As it said later in the book, he was a kid who really needed a mother to help him grow up and he never had that. He was really sheltered, immature and inexperienced and when he got thrown into situations that were over his head he reacted a lot like a twelve year-old boy would react. The really bad thing was that ...more
Jul 21, 2015 Lindsay rated it it was amazing
I don't give 5 stars to epic fantasy books lightly.

The first book dragged in parts, but this one was easily better. The point-of-view characters are mostly compelling with only Marcus's stuff dragging a bit. This is very much a bridging novel in terms of his storyline.

Dawson and Clara dealing with Geder and his insanity in Antea is the main element of the book. Cithrin journeys from her quite holding in Porte Oliva as far as Antea and directly interacts with the other viewpoint characters there.
Apr 12, 2016 YouKneeK rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this second book in the series, even more than I enjoyed the first book. At this point the characters and their stories are well-established, and they continue to get more interesting. The first book had some pretty dark things in it, but I’d say this book was at least a shade darker. As before, the chapters switch between different characters to focus on different parts of the story. Some characters are in the same area of the world and involved in the same events, so we get to ...more
Apr 13, 2016 Helen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tricky: last 20%=5; 45-80%=4; The first 45% 2-3 stars. I'm rounding to 3!

I like Clara, Marcus, Kit and Cithrin grew on me just as Geder began annoying me. I enjoyed her description of him.

I'm reading straight on and hoping the five star feeling continues.
Executive Summary: Another great entry in this series that steps things up a bit.

Audio book: I remember being not all that impressed with Pete Bradbury with book 1. Maybe it was my confusion getting used to the world, or maybe his performance has improved with this second book. I'm not really sure.

Either way he has a really great reading here. He does voices for at least some of the characters such that I can now identify who is speaking just by the voice he's using. Highly recommend doing this
Jun 08, 2012 Daniel rated it liked it
THE DRAGON'S PATH was one of my happy surprises from 2011. While the content of the story was not exactly original, it was a book that I grew more and more impressed with as the book went on. One story decision after another just seemed right, and with Abraham's economical writing, they came one after the other. And there was something appealing about the way that Abraham wrote the POVs of even loathsome characters with total sympathy, not using the kind of implied judgments that (say) George R. ...more
Nov 19, 2012 Algernon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
The second book in the Dagger and Coin epic by Daniel Abraham builds on the strong foundation established in The Dragon Path and continues to impress me with the attention to detail in character development and in political powerplays. The story is told through the eyes of Cithrin Bel Sarcour, Geder Palliako, Dawson Kalliam, Clara Kalliam and Marcus Wester, familiar faces already. Despite several chapters set in Porte Oliva, Asterihold or Carse, most of the plot is concentrated in Camnipo
Dec 15, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
One of the occasionally frustrating things about Goodreads is when I look at a good book and see how few people have read it. Since reading Abraham's The Long Price Quartet, I feel this about him a lot. Only 2,000 ratings? This can't do! Meanwhile, books that I find far inferior get rated high and read in the five or six digits range. Even just judging other stuff within the SF/F genre, it really is regrettably underappreciated.

When I read the first book in this particular series, I took it as a
May 26, 2012 Mihir rated it really liked it

Full Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: Daniel Abraham’s debut series had a lot of readers and critics praising his original premise and that did get fans excited for his next series which was a move back to the favored pseudo-European setting. This series was also going to be an amalgam of some classic literature as well as genre favorites. The first book in the series really gave the readers a nice look into the world created by the author wherein dragons ruled a long time ago
Pauline Ross
May 10, 2012 Pauline Ross rated it really liked it
Daniel Abraham is one of my must-read authors. I reckon his Long Price Quartet to be the finest work of modern fantasy I've yet read, and his current sci-fi and urban fantasy series are coming along nicely too. Yes, he's prolific, and, even better, he writes fast - a new book a year for each series. No long waits. This book is the second in the Dagger And Coin Quintet, his first attempt at a more traditional form of fantasy, and as such is still settling in. The first book was promising, if a bi ...more
May 21, 2012 Nathan rated it really liked it
The first book of this series got mixed reviews in my circle. A lot of people saw some cliches, a simpler story than they expected, and strange world building that left a lot of questions. I was one of the people who loved it anyway, and hoped beyond hope that some of the minor quibbles would be taken care of over the course of the series.

Hopefully the people who had some quibbles but liked parts of Dragon's Path read this, because it shows where the series is heading, and that is no where but u
Myke Cole
Jun 26, 2013 Myke Cole rated it it was amazing
Abraham improves on what was already an excellent start to this series. The Dagger and the Coin is satisfying for all those A Song of Ice and Fire fans who are looking for in depth, extremely fleshed out worlds populated with a range of well realized characters, but Abraham shows his strength in his tight focus on a smaller cast of characters and really gives the reader the chance to fall in love with them, and root for them throughout the arc of their lives.

This is a fantastic book, and I can
May 17, 2016 Christina rated it really liked it
Impossible to talk about the plot of this book without spoiling it and the first book. But this was a solid second book. Some things really surprised me.

I really enjoyed the strong female characters- especially Clara. She fast became my favorite and the ending, GREAT last scene - talking about the one before the epilogue - so glad I have the next book. Well done.

I must say I am not enjoying the banking angle as much as I did last book. That subplot is a chore for me to get through. I liked the
The second book takes the few sticks of story left at the end of Book 1, and sets them on fire form the first page. Every character develops wonderfully, everything gets more complicated with loads of unexpected developments. I finished this morning, and immediately bought the next one. Good stuff. Great fantasy.
Петър Стойков
Jun 14, 2015 Петър Стойков rated it really liked it
Когато четох първата част, се чудех защо ми е интересна, след като няма кой знае какво действие или персонажи, за които да ти пука особено. Сега разбрах.

Представете си едно дете, което не се вписва добре сред връстниците си. Може би малко пълно, то не си пада по спорта, по големите компании. Другите му се подиграват, защото е свито и интелигентно и му липсва онази агресия и сила на характера, която би му позволила да се наложи сред тях. Детето прекарва по-голямата част от времето си в къщи, къде
Edwin Priest
Apr 30, 2016 Edwin Priest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The King's Blood is book two in Daniel Abraham's Dagger and Coin series and Abraham misses no beats as he jumps right in from book one, The Dragon's Path. There are a few tucked in reminders to bring the reader up to speed, but Abraham deftly keeps the story moving.

The King’s Blood feels more mature, and Abraham is clearly getting into stride now. There is more forward plot movement and a deeper story line that is taking on some real shape now. The characters are growing richer and more complex.
Nov 30, 2013 Aildiin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, novels
Very enjoyable sequel by an author that is fast becoming one of my favorites.
The book does contain some very surprising and unexpected plot changes ( at least two times I had to tell myself "I really did not see this coming"). After the first book I was expecting Cythrin to stay in Porte Olivia and build her bank up with Marcus's help. That is not the case.
The story takes a very surprising turn halfway through the book and I can honestly say I enjoyed the second part of the book a lot more than
Jun 12, 2012 Wm rated it really liked it
In some ways this is a fairly straightforward epic fantasy. But it's got these little twists and additions that I really enjoy. From he Medici style bank and the incorporation of economics to a greater extent than most epic fantasies) to the magic system based around amplified rhetorical power to the weirdness of the various races. With this second volume you get some deeper characterization, major happenings and a lot more clarification on the worldbuilding.

Now, it will be slow for some reader
Jun 26, 2013 Rob rated it really liked it
...Abraham does not intend something hugely original with this series. His Long Price quartet is much more challenging in that respect. That being said, Abraham has a control over the plot that is rare in epic fantasy. He seems to know exactly where he's going and how to get there. No meandering side plots, dozens of point of view characters or long rambles on the customs, culture or history of particular places. All of it is worked in to the story to the extent it is needed and not beyond. It's ...more
Sep 07, 2012 Kim rated it it was amazing
Okay, I’m reading fast and furious because I am loving the story and am excited to see what’s going to happen…and BAM…it’s over!

Funny Animals

Yes, big sad puppy dog eyes.

Once again Daniel Abraham wowed me with his story, characters, and style. This second book of The Dagger and the Coin series was even better than the first (and I loved the first).

Mr. Abraham, you get 5 stars from me and I’ll be waiting impatiently for the next book of the series to come out. You left me on the edge of my seat!

Tudor Ciocarlie
May 16, 2012 Tudor Ciocarlie rated it it was amazing
Excellent sequel to The Dragon Path and it is better than the predecessor in almost every aspect: the world is finally taking shape, the races are beginning to have real depth, the characters, especially Geder and Cithrin, are absolutely fascinating and the prose is top-notch.

There is only one problem with it, the same as with The Dragon Path: even if Abraham is trying to write some kind of ending, the story he wants to tell doesn't really allow for any kind of intermediate ending. So this serie
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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
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The Dagger and the Coin (5 books)
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