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The King's Blood by Daniel Abraham
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May 23, 2012

bookshelves: fantasy, economics, medieval, secondary-world, author-male, female-protagonist, male-protagonist, dragons
Read from May 23 to 27, 2012

Better than the first one. Very readable. Still a little tepid somehow. Everyone is much too sensible and believable. It seems to be deliberate - and realistic - that they only inhabit their roles, heroic, selfish or villanious, rather than really being them. The downside is that it does make the whole plot seem like a series of unfortunate misunderstandings that could really be solved if everyone just got together for a nice cup of tea and realized that they'd really all like to be friends. Sometimes it manages to hit a nice tragi-farcical note, other times, it just leaved everything a little bland. Some nice developments at the end though. Looking forwards to the next one.

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Horza Got deeply annoyed with all the tough, sensitive, sensible, Whedonesque life-changing advice the protagonists kept dropping on each other - can't really create and sustain pathos when there's so much positive-reinforcement going on.

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Tamara Yes. It's all laid on just a little too thick. And I GET IT, Dawson is a principled reactionary. He likes things in their place. Can we move on?

Horza Other than that, there's good jokes, fun stuff, nice ideas, but I think the big criticism here is that Abraham's been watching too much Firefly (see also: Expanse Trilogy, the) and this is mellowing out what should be a tighter, nastier epic.

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