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

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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. Her job is to smuggle a nation's wealth across a war zone, hiding the g...more
Paperback, 555 pages
Published April 7th 2011 by Orbit (first published 2011)
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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
The Dragon's Path is the first book in a planned 5 book series. I found it very similar to ASOIAF in the complexity of it's characters and the scope of the political and military struggles. Abraham has worked with GRRM for many years and he's obviously learned a lot in his time getting coffee, helping kill off the Starks and fighting off angry fans who want to know when 'Winds of Winter' will be released.

This book is told using the same chapter/POV style as ASOIAF. After reading a lot of books...more
Carol. [All cynic, all the time]
Jun 08, 2014 Carol. [All cynic, all the time] rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of epic fantasy
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Three and a half stars.

I cut my reading teeth on fantasy and science fiction. A regular at the local library, I had gone through their “SF/F” offerings by early teens (which is how I came to read The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant) and relied on my babysitting money and the local Waldenbooks for more current fare. The scarcity of material meant I re-read books I owned many, many times. As a result, when I encounter something that feels new in fantasy, that has a fresh take or inspired writing, I...more

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
I really enjoyed this multiple POV low fantasy story. This was the first Daniel Abraham I've read, although I've enjoyed his work in the writing duo James S.A. Corey.

The characters are diverse and although it's seldom the case in multiple POV books, I found myself invested in all of them. I usually have favourites and not-this-one-again's fairly early in a series of this sort, but that didn't happen this time. I found each of the main characters engaging and interesting enough that I was always...more
Executive Summary: An enjoyable start to a fantasy series that seems to focus more on politics and the economy than it does on battles and magic.

Audio book: I initially really struggled with the audio book. This wasn't Pete Bradbury's fault. Rather there is a lot sort of dumped on you at the beginning and it would have been nice to go back and reread which isn't always possible for me when I'm listening.

By the second day I had my bearings though, and will continue on with this series in audio mo...more
The Dragon's Path is a story more concerned with character, politics, and economics more than battles and magic. We follow a mercenary, a bumbling soldier, and a banker throughout most of the story. I enjoyed the book despite having some issues with it.

What I really enjoyed about the book is that it's a nice change from what I've been reading lately, mainly the Malazan series. The Dragon's Path isn't grimdark. It's not doom and gloom, battles all the time, and solidering. Daniel Abraham focuses...more
Aside from two and a half books in The Expanse series co-written under the name James S.A. Corey, I'd never read anything of Daniel Abraham's, so I didn't know what to expect coming into this book, other than it would be fantasy rather than SF. And that I would probably like it, if the enjoyment I get out of the Expanse books is any indication.

And I did like it... though not QUITE as much as their SF effort. At times, I was reminded of GRRM's ASOIAF series, and kept drawing little comparisons....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
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
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

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
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
Mike (the Paladin)
This is another case where I "feel" I should open with an apology. Many of my friends here love this book...and the series I assume. It sounded good and I had purchased it a while back, I was in a slump so I decided to read it.

Look, the book is well written in some ways. The characters are complete...really'll be really, really completely informed. The book revolves around a story with political intrigue, religious upheaval... traveling players, smugglers, bankers, merchants, sold...more
I’ve seen a lot of comments about how this isn’t as good as The Long Price Quartet, and I agree that it hasn’t had as strong of a start, but this is Daniel Abraham, and I think that wherever he’s going with The Dagger and The Coin is going to be worth the wait.

This book is a long introduction to the characters and the world, its politics and dangers. Still, there are smaller story arcs that are worked through in this book, leaving the larger ones to continue. I appreciate when an author can do t...more
Full review on my blog -

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
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
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
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.
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
Hmmm. Some parts of this were SO COOL and other parts made me zone out hardcore from lack of interest. I can see how it might develop into a really great series, though, so starting the second one via audiobook as soon as my library is able to get it to me. Might as well do it now while I still remember (most of) the minutia of this one. Full review later.
Ranting Dragon

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
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
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
Eh, no. It's a first book where nothing much happens. There are four main POVs - Cithrin, the orphan, the smuggler turned banker; Marcus, the haunted mercenary, her protector; Dawson, a political animal plotting to stay true to archaic royal traditions; Geder, a tool who might be as dangerous as possible. There's a bonus POV of Dawson's wife Clara, who gets into some mildly alarming situations in an attempt to infuse action that is otherwise sorely lacking in the book.

From reading other reviews...more
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
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
Laura Hughes
'The Dragon’s Path' is a fantasy novel written in a similar style to GRRM’s A Song of Ice and Fire, with a nice blend of violence, war, political intrigue, and a variety of point-of-view characters. Although slow to begin with, both the story and the characters steadily improve as the novel progresses.

'The Dragon’s Path' is the first in a four-book series titled 'The Dagger and the Coin', a phrase which in this book refers to the two alternative paths of civilisation: war (or 'the dragon's path...more
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.
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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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