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The Tyrant's Law (The Dagger and the Coin #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  7,085 Ratings  ·  399 Reviews
The great war cannot be stopped.

The tyrant Geder Palliako had led his nation to war, but every victory has called forth another conflict. Now the greater war spreads out before him, and he is bent on bringing peace. No matter how many people he has to kill to do it.

Cithrin bel Sarcour, rogue banker of the Medean Bank, has returned to the fold. Her apprenticeship has plac
Paperback, 497 pages
Published May 14th 2013 by Orbit
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Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
4.5 stars.
I think for the first time, my system of having 4 books on the go at once let me down..that plus a busy week at work, meant that I read the first half of the book a couple of short chapters at a time. This meant I couldn't get into it as fast as I did with the previous volumes and so I presumed this book wasn't as good.
Thankfully I was really wrong. The second half of this book I read almost in one go and it was great. The ending was fabulous and I can't wait to read the next book.
This series has everything I want from a fantasy story. EVERYTHING.

Oh, and the ending to this one? So great I nearly peed a little...
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013

"Come!" she cried, her voice filling the darkness. "Gather near, my friends, or if you are faint of heart, move on. For our tale is one of grand adventure. Love, war, betrayal, and vengeance shall spill out now upon these boards, and I warn you not all that are good end well. Not all that are evil are punished" Clara felt her throat growing thick, her heart beating faster. The words seemed like a threat. Or worse, a promise. "Come close, my friends, and know that in our tale as in the world, an
Scott  Hitchcock
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each of these books has gotten a little bit better. The tension a little tauter. From the beginning the writing, world and characters have been excellent. Now the action is starting to accelerate. Every character given a cliffhanger, a purpose and something to fear. And then there's that one word ending in the final scene which was epic. The first two were 4*'s and this one is close to a 5.
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Executive Summary: Probably my favorite book of the series so far. It just keeps getting better.

Audio book: Once again another great performance by Pete Bradbury, making this a great series to do in audio.

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So in book two of a three book series, it's easy to suffer from "middle book syndrome". So with this being the middle book of five book series, I wondered if that would be the case here. I'm happy to report that it's not. This book is easily my favorite so far.

Once again Mr. Abraha
Ross Evans
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Picking up right where “The King’s Blood” left off, The Tyrant’s Law continues the tale of Cithrin, Marcus Wester, Kit, Geder and Clara. This was by far the weakest entry in The Dagger and the Coin series, and I was a little shocked due to the fact that I enjoyed the first two books so much.

Geder steals the show for the third consecutive time with this entry and there is no doubt that he is destined to become the villain of the series. His chapters were my favorite throughout the book and Abrah
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was a little bit slower than the others, and in truth I don't think a whole lot happened until the final 100 pages. Even still, I love the characters and the story here, and I want more! I want to know what's going to happen next.

For a lot of the book, there was a lot of build-up for things that were in the works, but when they happened they happened so fast that it was a bit of a let-down. That, until the final part, where everything culminates into a terrific plot with enough twists
this is really good so far - expands very well the universe

a choice early quote with persons removed though it's easily guessed who is talking with whom; fantasy version of science clashing with religion...

“That can’t be right, can it?” **** said.
***** raised querying eyebrows.
“The three-year fire,” **** explained. “A fire that went on that long would have left a layer of ash all over the world. And there are cities that stood where they are now since before the dragons fell.”
“If it must be, it
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought the first half of this book was uncharacteristically slow for a series that's moved on with such a steady rhythm, but the second half was a happy return to pace.

Marcus and Kit are marching off to find a weapon capable of killing the Spider Goddess with a plan to visit the temple of the cult to use it. Cithrin begins her apprenticeship in the city of Suddupal which is bang in the middle of Geder's insane warpath. That fits in well, because Cithrin's apprenticeship is clearly not to be i
Milo (BOK)
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“A Wonderful read. Three Books in, Daniel Abraham’s Epic Fantasy series is just as compelling as his and Ty Frank’s The Expanse. Easily one of the highlights of 2013.” ~The Founding Fields

Another year, another Daniel Abraham fantasy novel, another James SA Corey Novel. In the past three years, all books have managed to make it onto my Best of… lists, and it looks like this year is going to be n
Jul 15, 2013 rated it really liked it

Full review originally over at Fantasy Book Critic (with analysis by Liviu)

ANALYSIS: I would be lying if I didn't mention that this book was heavily anticipated by lots of book bloggers, including me. Daniel Abraham since the start of this series has become more and more of a fantasy writing star. His debut series had established his writing credentials but with the Dagger And The Coin series he has really established himself as an epic fantasy writer. This series is a proper visitation of med
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great continuation of the story. Can't review in too much detail because *spoilers*. Great character development and twists.

Wow what an ending.

Definitely recommend this book and the series so far.
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Gregor Xane
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
This was a fairly disappointing entry in "The Dagger and The Coin Quintet." There weren't many major developments (or at least no really earthshaking ones) that justified an entire volume. The writing overall was good. But there were a few spots where I couldn't believe how awful the execution was. The scene that immediately springs to mind is the one where Marcus and Yardem meet up again. Their lack of a confrontation wasn't convincing and the dialogue in this scene was silly and not in keeping ...more
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
A certain amount of middle-volumitis here, as characters undertake a couple of loooong physical or maturational journeys that could have been cut down considerable. Still, the main plot moves along at least a little, Geder gets easier to despise, Clara is wresting the role of main female character away from Cithrin, and (though he's not on stage all that much) Yardem Hane is becoming more of a Player than Marcus Wester. Though there's a nice major development at the end, I think this series is s ...more
Apr 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The series just keeps on, moving through a fascinating world with many races and a little magic. You get a little better view of some of the other races but the characters are still mainly "FirstBlood", i.e., regular humans. Not as much action in this story but still exciting. 4 Stars
Pauline Ross
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is the third volume of the Dagger and Coin Quintet, the difficult middle book - the one that drags the weight of two books’ worth of previous history, that also has to begin arranging all the pieces for the endgame and still has to make sense by itself. It should be an impossible task, an experience as dense and heavy and glutinous as treacle. Yet it flows like cream, tastes like chocolate and slips down just as easily. Abraham’s prose is a joy to read, elegant and spare, every word in its ...more
Aug 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
We continue with the viewpoints of Marcus, Cithrin, Clara, and Geder.

Clara is trying to find her feet as a "loyal traitor". There was a lot of interior change on her part, but I frankly found her thread the least interesting of our POV characters. She is trying out baby steps of manipulation and revolution. I was hoping for something a bit more dramatic, but I suppose that drama is not Clara's thing. I wonder if she's an answer to Caitlin in GOT. Caitlin tried to brew a revolution and was bad at
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Third instalment of the 'Dagger and the Coin' series, and it does not disappoint. High points: Geder, who continues to be an absolutely fascinating monster, a man who you can almost sympathise with, until out of nowhere he makes the most appalling moves as if they were unremarkable. And Clara, who really grows into herself in this book - gaining a kind of freedom unknown to her before losing it all again, in the service of her goals. Really, we get too few characters like either of these in fant ...more
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The Tyrant's Law is the strongest of the Dagger and the Coins series by Daniel Abraham to date. Some main characters fall, and new ones rise up. Things are going down hill for many of the favorites characters, and the world is succumbing to a tyrant of the worst sort. The novel closes with a new force entering the field, but do we know if it is a force for good or ill?

And now I must wait months, months for the next installment.
Apr 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fat dorky tyrants in love, questers with spiders in their blood, guys who yell at sleeping dragons
In the third book in this five book series, the story of Geder Palliako, Cithrin Bel Sarcour, Clara Kalliam, and Marcus Wester continues. These four POV characters who've been around since the first book continue on their independent but intertwined stories, as the kingdom of Antea, now led by Geder Palliako as Lord Regent, begins conquering the world.

One of the themes of the series is war - when to wage it, what to wage it for. Geder Palliako, who since the first book has been developed as a fa
Jason Schneeberger
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another 4.5/5 for this series.

This series just continues to get better and build the tension. Several plot pieces are in place that I'm sure are going to bring things to an explosive setting in the next book.

I can't wait to find out.
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
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I can think of no way to talk about The Tyrant’s Law without including some spoilers from the previous books. While I will try not to be blatant, consider yourself warned.

Three books in and the series continues to keep a hold of me. What the series is trying to be continues to confuse me, but if the sole goal of the author is to entertain me and steal my sleep whenever a new book come out the consider book three of ‘The Dagger and Coin’ to be yet another success.

I am not sure
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
You won't find a bigger fan of the second book of this series than me. It was exciting and twisting, yet organic. It was original in many aspects but familiar in others. The characters were drawn precisely, and never once made a move out of place.

This book is then a letdown. The characters are still incredibly consistent and well drawn. It is the greatest strength of these books and continues to be so here. Geder is such an incredible character, he may be my favourite in all of fantasy. The com
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book has really got me anticipating the next one. The story kind of dragged out in the middle, but things got rolling the last 100 pages. I have to say if I didn't already have the next book ready to start I would be pretty upset with myself.

As war begins to spread the priests of the spider goddess are sinking their claws deeper into the future of this world. Kit and Marcus are on a journey to find an object that will help them fight against the spreading darkness. Cithrin has become an app
Mark Halse
Dec 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Yet another great installment of THE DAGGER AND THE COIN. I didn't like this one as much as it's predecessors though. The story is getting a little bogged down and muddled in this book.

There have been many comparisons to A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE. I don't really see it. I couldn't really put my finger on it before but after three books I get it. These books lack the elegance of ASOIF. The world and the characters and these books seem clunky and over done. There are mother fucking thirteen races! Ha
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, novels
It took me a little time to go back to the universe since I read book two close to two year ago but overall it was an agreeable experience.
I do have one issue with the author writing. Daniel Abraham likes to alternates point of view between the different characters all the time. I am ok with that, but the chapters dedicated to each character have to be bigger than 8-10 pages otherwise the action gets cut into too many tiny pieces and we are treated to a small cliffhanger at the end of every cha
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Τρίτο μέρος η ιστορία άρχισε να βρίσκει ένα ρυθμό καθώς τα πράγματα μπαίνουν στη θέση τους και αρχίζουμε να καταλαβαίνουμε πού οδηγούμαστε. Παράλληλα από τη στιγμή που έχουμε γνωρίσει καλύτερα τους ήρωες μας μπορούμε να εμπλακούμε περισσότερο συναισθηματικά μαζί τους. Το πρόβλημα μόνο είναι ότι ενώ η πλοκή δίνει αφορμές για να γραφτούν μερικές συγκλονιστικές σελίδες (αυτό τουλάχιστον θα έκανε ένας πραγματικά σπουδαίος συγγραφέας) ο συγγραφέας καταφέρνει να γράψει μόνο κάτι απλά καλό σε αυτές τι ...more
Apr 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There are so many things I love about this series: the characters, the setting, the political intricacies . . . the banking! Seriously, so many epic fantasy series dispense with economics altogether, but this one has some great financial elements. And there are a couple neat twists in this book which only added to the fun. You should not start here--it's the middle volume in the series--but inasmuch as the first two volumes are also excellent, that shouldn't offer any hardship.
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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)
  • The Dragon's Path (The Dagger and the Coin, #1)
  • The King's Blood (The Dagger and the Coin, #2)
  • The Widow's House (The Dagger and the Coin, #4)
  • The Spider's War (The Dagger and the Coin, #5)

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“The weapon is poison,' Kit said. 'I believe that the cause we carry it in is just, but that will not protect you. It is not only death to those whose skin it cuts; it holds a deeper violence within it. If you carry it-just that, carry it and nothing more-the poison will still affect you. In time, you will grow ill from it, and eventually, inevitably, it will kill you.'

'It's a sword, Kit,' Marcus said, lifting the green scabbard from it's place. They're all like that.”
“There is great nobility in ordinary people. The world disappoints us all, and the ways we change our own stories to survive that disappointment are beautiful and tragic and hilarious. On balance, I find much more to admire about humanity than to despise.” 6 likes
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