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The Widow's House (The Dagger and the Coin #4)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  5,092 Ratings  ·  303 Reviews
THE RISE OF THE DRAGON AND THE FALL OF KINGS

Lord Regent Geder Palliako's war has led his nation and the priests of the spider goddess to victory after victory. No power has withstood him, except for the heart of the one woman he desires. As the violence builds and the cracks in his rule begin to show, he will risk everything to gain her love or else her destruction.

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Paperback, 495 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Orbit (first published January 1st 2014)
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Emma
Dec 07, 2016 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
I love this series, I really do! This was the 4th of 5. I found this one to get off to a much faster start than the other volumes but possibly losing a little pace in the middle.
A lot of readers of this book have been disappointed that there wasn't more of Inys in the story, as I was initially; but now I think that would have been a trap cleverly avoided by Abraham. Afterall, Inys' appearance is relatively late in the 5 book story and to have him come in and dominate- well that would be a differ
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Algernon
Oct 04, 2014 Algernon rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014

The Dagger and Coin series is still building up towards a final showdown between a world ruled by force (the military expansion pushed forward by Geder Palliako and his fanatical priests) and one ruled by commerce and negociated settlements (where Cithrin Bel Sarcour fights to prove that banks are not parasites feeding on the blood of their hosts but engines of progress and purveyors of peace).

The mundane stories of trade against the grandiose epics of slaughter and war. It struck her how deep
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Scott  Hitchcock
Another great installment. The plot has thickened and I cannot wait to read the last book. Inys was the great addition to this book. His causal arrogance and insouciant view of mankind was comedy gold. I do wonder (view spoiler)
BookBandit
Sep 27, 2013 BookBandit rated it liked it
A solid, but "unspectacular" installment in the Dagger and Coin series. If a trilogy can suffer 2nd book syndrome, maybe a quintet can suffer 4th book syndrome? I expect that this is merely the calm before the storm and we are in line for a strong finale.

A love sick Geder Palliako would have been a nice touch for part of the book, but listening to him pine for Cithrin the entire book slowed the pacing of an otherwise dynamic character. I mean, a super villain protagonist bent on conquering the w
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Ashley
Mar 21, 2017 Ashley rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, audiobooks
I feel like the time for me to realize this series wasn’t for me was back after book one or two, but I can’t quit now because I only have ONE book left and that would sit in the back of my brain gnawing with tiny teeth for the rest of my life, so I must finish this series even though I already know it’s not for me. So. Take my review with a grain of mountain-sized salt.

I still can’t figure out why this series doesn’t resonate with me. I should probably just call it a day, and sum it up by saying
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Nathan
Jul 31, 2014 Nathan rated it really liked it
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You follow four great books, and what do you get?

Pissed off at Gedar and a nation in debt.

Finally the ‘Coin’ comes out in the Dagger and the Coin. This after all was the promise of the series; the landscape of the conflict was to involve both violence and economic pressures. How this would take place was anyone’s guess but the hint of what was to come was there from the first time we met the banker’s apprentice Cithrin. And if our first big insight into how economics would
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Myke Cole
Jun 21, 2017 Myke Cole rated it it was amazing
I've written before that Abraham's experience as a protege of Martin is plain in his work. His epic style, his ensemble cast, his multiple POVs all evoke what's best about ASOIAF. But I've also said that Abraham corrects many of the mistakes his mentor makes, avoiding the sprawl and story creep that makes the later ASOIAF books so drifting.

The Widow's House continues this amazing epic tradition, marking Abraham as one of the best voices in epic fantasy. It is an absolute crime that a book as we
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Rob
Aug 18, 2014 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Executive Summary: While not quite as good as The Tyrant's Law, another solid book that sets things up nicely for the final book.

Audio book: Pete Bradbury once again gives a great performance, making audio the best way to do this series in my opinion.

Full Review
Well dammit. I've enjoyed this series so much that now I've caught up and have to wait a year or more for the next and final book. Thankfully unlike some other authors it seems like I won't have to wait too long for the conclusion, and
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Lindsay
Nov 13, 2015 Lindsay rated it really liked it
On the downhill run with this series now and you can see where it's going to finish in the final volume from here.

Marcus and Kit find and awaken the dragon Inys, whose information about the origin of the spiders fills in important gaps. Geder falls deeper into his psychopathy with his obsession with Cithrin being a handy excuse to extend the Antean conflict even further afield, even as far as Porte Olivia. Meanwhile Clara continues to plot and takes desperate action by following her son Jory int
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Maggie K
Jun 09, 2014 Maggie K rated it really liked it
When I sat down to write this, I realized it kind of didn't make sense how much I liked this book....It was all about banking ideas, and an army on the march. Should be kind of boring, right? NOPE! For some reason it still seemed pretty action packed.
I will note that the dragon really didn't do much, which was a bit of a disappointment.
Lee
Jun 18, 2015 Lee rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Well I have to say that this book is my favourite so far. Having pretty much read 4 in a row I am right back into this story. I was worried that it was going to fizzle out on me as i found it bogging down somewhat in the last book.
This book however does pick up the pace a fair bit, especially since the first line in the book mentions a dragon flying, which means after many many pages, finally the bloody dragons are part of the story in reality. I was beginning to think that would be no magic in
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Pauline Ross
Aug 05, 2014 Pauline Ross rated it really liked it
Warning: this is the fourth book in a five-book series, and for anyone who hasn't read all the previous books, there will be spoilers ahead, so read at your own risk.

When I first saw the title of this book, I deduced that the widow was Clara, whose husband Dawson was executed as a traitor in a previous book. Clara had a walk-on part in the first book, and her own chapters thereafter, but now she finally takes centre-stage, not necessarily as a player in her own right (although to some extent she
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Rob
Sep 13, 2014 Rob rated it really liked it
...I have often wondered what this series could have been if Abraham had taken a few more chances. He consciously avoids a number of overused tropes of the genre (the promised one, a clear good versus evil story, quests for magical artifacts etcetera) and includes elements in the plot that you don't come across often. The banking, the way he handles female characters and his take on religious fanaticism are good examples of that. Despite all that, the series has a very familiar feel to it for re ...more
Mike
Oct 29, 2016 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
It...doesn't...get...better...than...this! Fourth in the series and still excellent. Great heroes and heroines and supporting characters. Like Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, I can see this on screen, battles, intrigues, quests, dragons, darkness, light, all the elements of a great tale told well.
Five Stars Number Five sits on the bedside table, anxious and, yet not, to start the final trip.
David
Aug 06, 2014 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
So good to be back among old friends. Very easy to pick up after being away from the series for so long. Best novels of the series so far. Every little thing is paying off big time! This volume and quite lifted my esteem for both the author and the series. Quite good. Should please most fantasy fans. Much better than some more popular Fantasy series that I can think of...
Sotiris Karaiskos
Λίγο πριν το τέλος φτάνουμε σε ένα βιβλίο που μπορώ επιτέλους να το χαρακτηρίσω αρκετά συναρπαστικό. Υπάρχουν πολλές ενδιαφέρουσες εξελίξεις που φτάνουν τους ήρωες μας στα όριά τους και πέρα από αυτά, μας βάζουν σε σκέψεις για τη φύση του πολέμου και στήνουν το σκηνικό για το τελευταίο μέρος που λογικά όλα θα ξεκαθαρίσουν. Για αυτές τις στιγμές άκουγα με αγωνία για να μάθω τι θα γίνει θα βάλω κάτι παραπάνω.
Liviu
I really liked The Widow's House - more than I expected for sure as the series so far has been a fairly consistent read but missing something (whether exuberance or larger than life characters not quite sure as the world building and storyline is top notch) to put it in my top-top;

same pov's (Clara, Cithrin, Geder, Marcus), action in many places, the invention of government fiat money, the usual prologue and last chapter from a different pov, cast, taxonomy races

overall The Widow's House worked
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Emily (BellaGrace)
Nov 10, 2015 Emily (BellaGrace) rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I'm torn between giving this 2 or 3 stars. I loved Long Price series and The Expanse books - but this series is solidly in the "average" category - this book specifically is the worst of the series. Let me save you the trouble of reading it - nothing happens. Seriously - skip this book and move to the last one and I think you'd be OK.

This book is BORING. I was forcing myself to read it. Towards the end, there was a marginal improvement in being less boring, but this one is rough. It's very remi
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Suzanne
Nov 07, 2015 Suzanne rated it really liked it
This has been a great series, and I'm excited for the last book. The characters are excellent, especially Gedar.
Justin
Dec 02, 2014 Justin rated it liked it
The worst book in the series so far, but still awful good relatively speaking.
Eric Smith
Mar 13, 2017 Eric Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
A coin can be as sharp as a dagger when the mind behind it is a keen one. As the world continues to spiral towards chaos and we begin to see how the "truth" can fracture we finally start to see the final act taking shape. Commerce as part of the art of war. Perceived truth versus perceived truth with neither actually being true. The final pieces begin to move into place in this book and the characters continue to maintain their complexity and still manage to surprise with their actions on both s ...more
Bee
What a great series. Loving it to bits. I'm sure other people have explained more eloquently that I can why this series is so good. The characters are great, and get better. The world is very interesting, as are the races. The politics is engaging. The villain is the most wonderfully flawed idiot. I really love to hate him.

The economic story is fascinating, and just detailed enough to keep me interested, but does not get bogged down in details.

I cannot wait to finish this tale! Also I don't wa
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Shawn
Oct 27, 2013 Shawn rated it really liked it
The latest entry in The Dagger and Coin series by author: Daniel Abraham finds the strong point of the series where it has been: Exceptional Characters. No one makes living, breathing, flawed, believable, and yet sympathetic figures like Daniel Abraham.

Geder is by turns bloodthirsty and compassionate, and believable in each role. When he makes his confession at the end of the book, my heart felt for him, despite everything. Cithrin goes through despair to find a weapon to use against the enemy.
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YouKneeK
Apr 17, 2016 YouKneeK rated it it was amazing
It’s hard to believe there’s only one book left to go. I’m still really enjoying the series and I look forward to seeing how everything is (hopefully) wrapped up in the final book.

We’ve been having some storms in my area and, about 15 minutes after I finished the fourth book, while I was catching up on new posts and getting ready to write this review, my internet service went down. My first thought was, “Thank goodness I already downloaded the next book!” My second thought was, “You buffoon, yo
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Simon
Aug 10, 2014 Simon rated it it was amazing
This book was great.

I wasn't expecting much as I never attached myself to the Clara chapters, but safe to say, the payoff was massive. Some of the scenes with Jorey were quite powerful and among my favorites in the whole series. I'm still not sure on the Vincen parts, but that's more due to discomfort than anything quality-related.

As for the rest, the 4th "The Dagger and the Coin" picks up right where "The Tyrant's Law" leaves off and our other characters must deal with the fallout of their acti
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Ojo
Thank God the torture is over! I skimmed huge chunks of the book.
I expected something a bit better than this, judging from how 'Tyrant's Law' ended. With the introduction of a real dragon into the story, I was anticipating a very huge and interesting role for the beast. It was a promise of some ginger into a story that was in dire need of it. Alas, I was to be disappointed. If Daniel Abraham was expecting to write a character-based story, The Dagger and the Coin has proved he exhibits a poor ha
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Aildiin
Feb 18, 2016 Aildiin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, novels
Very solid novel.
Marcus is back with Cithrin and that's really where you want to see him as there is a certain dynamic between those two. Clara is done playing behind the scenes and takes things in her hands and Geder keeps showing what a little weak man he is.
We learn a lot of what is really happening and what is fueling the conflict through the Inys, the dragon that was awoken at the end of the previous novel.
There's more action than in the previous novels and it's really hard to drop the book
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Susan
Nov 03, 2015 Susan rated it liked it
The fourth book in this series is just as well-written as the previous three, but it is also more of an in between book, and seems to suffer a bit of GRRM syndrome, where the characters you love and hate are moving across a landscape without really going anywhere or changing in any significant sense. Even the dragon didn't seem to impact the story so much as simply add chapters to it. I'm hooked now, and I'll certainly read the fifth book next year, but it remains to be seen whether the 500 page ...more
Chris
Aug 09, 2014 Chris rated it liked it
My last review started by noting that instead of spinning it's wheels the plot actually moved forward. No such worry here, the plot moves along at a glacier place. This is a classic filler novel, throwing crumbs at the reader to keep them interested.

The good news is that we get to meet a dragon. The bad news is that the dragon is a whiny, boring jerk. This series aspires to be the next song of ice and fire, but honestly it's not nearly as good. Not the worst thing in the world, I'm still reading
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Cottageunderhill
Wow is all I can say. How do you review a book that is almost finishing up the series without giving anything away?? The Spider goddess priests are crazy! The Dragon is awesome! Marcus is my favorite character! With Yardem, Master Kitt, and Vincin. Lots of surprises and the story is so good. Just wow. Cannot wait for the finale.
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Daniel James Abraham, pen names M.L.N. Hanover and James S.A. Corey, is an American novelist, comic book writer, screenwriter, and television producer. He is best known as the author of The Long Price Quartet and The Dagger and the Coin fantasy series, and with Ty Franck, as the co-author of The Expanse series of science fiction novels, written under the joint pseudonym James S.A. Corey.
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The Dagger and the Coin (5 books)
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