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The King's Blood

(The Dagger and the Coin #2)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  10,978 ratings  ·  518 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
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Rudy Dyck If you didn’t like the first book I would probably quit. That said I think the second book was more action packed with the second half featuring some…moreIf you didn’t like the first book I would probably quit. That said I think the second book was more action packed with the second half featuring some good twists and excitement. I enjoyed the second book more.(less)

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Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
Just as brilliant as the first. I love this series. It has everything I'm looking for; not just great characters, but in depth character development. The world building and culture imagined by the author is exceptionally well done. The plot is also complex and we'll crafted. Next!
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The last third of the book really saved this one for me and made me want to continue on with the series. All the action took place in Camnipol and Geder continues his transition to a tyrant bit by bit. Increasingly paranoid and thirsty for power/revenge and control. Looks like his priest friends are going to help him on this path. Even if you get the sense that the priests are using Geder for their own ends.

Marcus Wester snoozefest. Didn't really do anything. At least that's how it felt to me. W
Scott  Hitchcock
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
A great second book to the series. There were parts in this book which had that electric feeling the first book as good as it was didn't. Abraham has such a smooth writing style. He's up there with Lynch in being entertaining while character and world building. Clara's character in particular really stepped forward in this book and the end of her final chapter was brilliant.

Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Mayim de Vries
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
“Wars are easier to start than to end, and where they take you is rarely where you intended to go.”

In the second entry to The Danger and the Coin series Mr Abraham is down to business and he knows perfectly well where he wants his story to go. Sadly, he stumbles at times as if unsure how to get there; this concerns both the plotting and the pacing.

I really, really wanted to give this book 4 stars, the mean reader that I am, in spite of spiders, and dragons, and the most idiotic YA female lead yo
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Much stronger than the first book! I now find myself eager to see where it goes next. RTC! :)
Jun 10, 2014 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
Jenna Kathleen
Awesome development from the first book.

I didn't really like Dawson in The Dragon's Path, but he really developed as a character throughout this book. (view spoiler)

Geder is fascinating and so frustrating at the same time, but you can really see the consequences his power has brought to the world. His meeting with (view spoiler)

I'm happ
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
4.5 stars

I believe I found another series to add to my favourite shelf! This one is superb!
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
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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Ranting Dragon
Jul 02, 2013 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
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 18, 2012 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
Mark Halse
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This series keeps getting better and better! I gave the first book four stars as well but only because it was very well written. I didn't feel like it would be one of my all time fav rereads however with book two this series is starting to really grow on me.

I'm still a little confused about a few things. For instance, I wish the thirteen races would be explained a little more. Right when I think I really know a character I realize that they have tusks or dragon scales! Superficial, I know but w
Jun 03, 2015 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
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Pardon me, but bloody hell this is a great series !
I can't put the books down !
RTC when I am done with them all.
On to book 3
Saleh MoonWalker
Oct 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
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May 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure if I have a ton to say about this one ... It's the second in a five-volume epic fantasy, so the characters from the first volume (The Dragon's Path) are back, joined by a few new ones, some of them are meeting for the first time and the plot is, as they say, thickening.

As in the first volume, there's a particular attention paid to economics and banking (Cithrin, one of our POV characters, is a banker by trade although she spends a large part of the book being ridden herd on because she
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Oct 05, 2012 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
May 31, 2012 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
Mar 16, 2013 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 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a good follow up to The Dragon's Path. I enjoyed the pace of this book more than the first. The story is developing well, and the characters are starting to take on a life of their own.

Cithrin is striving to prove her worth to the Medean Bank and find her place in the world.

Geder is given a position of power that he doesn’t deserve and not equipped to handle.

Dawson the loyal nobleman trying to keep his country from being torn apart from within.

Marcus begins a journey that borders on
Myke Cole
Jun 26, 2013 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
Apr 07, 2015 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
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 This book elicited more emotion from me than I was expecting. Great characters and story. The only thing this book was missing for me was great action scenes, but every other aspect of it was top-notch.
Apr 16, 2013 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.
Pauline Ross
Apr 03, 2012 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
Dec 12, 2013 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 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
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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.

Other books in the series

The Dagger and the Coin (5 books)
  • The Dragon's Path (The Dagger and the Coin, #1)
  • The Tyrant's Law (The Dagger and the Coin, #3)
  • The Widow's House (The Dagger and the Coin, #4)
  • The Spider's War (The Dagger and the Coin, #5)
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