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The Dragon's Path

(The Dagger and the Coin #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  19,259 ratings  ·  1,389 reviews
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 gol
Paperback, 555 pages
Published April 7th 2011 by Orbit
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Derrick Lewis This is definitely not a spin-off of "The Expanse". It is a fantasy series by Daniel Abraham, who is one of the two authors that make up the pen name …moreThis is definitely not a spin-off of "The Expanse". It is a fantasy series by Daniel Abraham, who is one of the two authors that make up the pen name James S.A. Corey. The writing style is very similar to "The Expanse", so if you are looking for the same style in a very different setting, then this is a great series.(less)

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 Kindle US 7/7/19

First off, I love this freaking cover!!

I loved this book better the second time around! Must have been my mood the first time or I have evolved! The narration was great!

Anyway, the book revolves around four characters, but my favorite is Cithrin and then Geder. They seemed the most interesting to me.

I really, really hope to like the rest of the series 😊

Mel ❤️
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of epic fantasy
Shelves: fantasy, 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
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
Mayim de Vries
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
“There are two ways to meet the world. You go out with a blade in your hand or else with a purse.”

Here is the main thing: just because there is G.R.R. Martin on the cover, it doesn’t mean that this is a GOT book. Now, this is both bad and good news. Bad, if you wanted to read yet another GOT and good if you didn’t. What I mean to say is that: Dragon’s Path is different. Daniel Abraham is not your mediocre copycat writer who explores vampires when they are hot just to abandon them in favour of an
Nick Borrelli
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that this book was such a breath of fresh air for me. Have you ever had that reading rut where you feel like every fantasy book that you read has essentially the same plotline, characters, tropes etc...? Well The Dragon's Path is an amazing story that thankfully takes familiar themes but somehow manages to make them seem fresh and original. Yes there are the usual quest and battle scenes that we have grown very accustomed to in the genre. But there are als interesting sideplots tha ...more
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While The Dragon’s Path was entertaining, I’m sad to say I didn’t like it nearly as much as the other two series I’ve read from this author (The Long Price Quartet & Leviathan).

Abraham has a talent for orchestrating multiple POVs. While it was especially brilliant in Leviathan and LPQ, it didn’t work as well for me here. I’ve been known to criticize authors who have more than two POVs because they run the risk that readers will have a hard time g
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I've been a long time picking up this the end I didn't pick it up at all- it picked ME up and charged through the story with me in tow!

'There are two ways to meet the world. You go out with a blade in your hand or else with a purse.”

And this was one of the things I loved about this book. It is an example of the fine balance between war and economics.

This is character led story telling at its best.: they change and evolve, grow and transform. The world building was fabulous. I would lo
Igor Ljubuncic
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
OK, so this is a weird book.

The fact Martin, GRR is a buddy did not help. Because I could not escape the feeling of heavy influence on our present author.

It seems Daniel has heard of epic books and that, if you want praise from Martin, should contain dragons, puppet shows, nice clothes, a sense of noble melancholy and pending doom, characters that are gritty and confused and human, and such like.

Sounds good.

But the execution is, like I mentioned, weird. First, there are three or four main charac
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I guess it's a good sign when you read the first few chapters of a book and start searching google for similar books. Man, this book was amazing. Less action, but more character development, realistic dialogue, unpredictable plot twists and just awesomeness.

Geder was my favorite character and i cant wait to see how his story unfolds. Vincen Coe was another favorite, a man of few words, usually lets his sword do the talking but his loyalty is what i love most about him.

The Dragon's Path has intr
11/4/2014: I didn’t go in to this book expecting to be disappointed (quite the opposite, in fact). It just worked out that way.

Firstly, The Dragon’s Path is the first in a five book epic fantasy series. It’s a multiple POV novel, in the style of GRRM, although with only four POV characters instead of who knows how many at this point. The four characters are Dawson Kalliam, a noble who gets embroiled in political intrigue of the court; Cithrin Belsarcour, a young orphan raised as a ward of a ban
Manuel Antão
Sep 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
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Good Dribble Drab: "The Dragon's Path" by Daniel Abraham

Does it matter if books, novels, stories call it what you like, are hmmm fantasy when they kinda think they are factual enough? Crime fiction is a thing and criminal behaviour crops up in classics (haha, is that like health behaviour?). Does the glamourising of murder, for instance, and of the murderer matter? Because mostly, almost invariably, it is not glamorous. I've read a sta
Maria V. Snyder
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finally finished listening to this one! The narrator is fantastic - he did a great job with the reading and the voices, which I think for an audio book is key! The story is also well done - it's an epic fantasy and has a great cast of characters and plot and I was drawn into the world. It didn't seem too heavy with the details, but there's lots going on and the pace is brisk. If you enjoyed The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, you'' like this one as well! ...more
Paul E. Morph
I absolutely loved Daniel Abraham's fantastic Long Price Quartet when I read it a few years ago, so I'm quite surprised it's taken me so long to start his other major fantasy series, The Dagger and the Coin, of which this is the first volume.

I'm happy to say I enjoyed this every bit as much as I did the LPQ books... perhaps even a little more!

The world-building is superb; you really get a sense that this is a fully realised world and that there's so much more going on outside the parameters of t
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
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
Probably the best new fantasy epic in 2011. I already read and liked The Long Price quartet, but Abraham has upped his game in this ambitious project. The influence of George R R Martin I think is clear in the grand scale of the world, the low but powerful magic that is more a dark threat than an active presence, and most of all in the careful development of the main characters and in the unexpected / brutal twist in the storyline. In the interview at the end of the book Abraham also mentions an ...more
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
First up, let's get something clear, this book doesn't have any actual Dragons in it, despite the name, and The Dragon's Path is actually a road which connects various places in this world which was once made by Dragons (back when they were in the world). I don't know if going into this book I should have known that there were no dragons, because I would say that the title is misleading, but unfortunately I didn't realise and therefore the distinct lack of Dragons was a source of constant disapp ...more
Scott  Hitchcock
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: epic-fantasy
Very well written first installment of series. I enjoyed the story arc of all the characters but especially Geder who definitely took a different path than I thought at the start. Two of the main story lines only touched briefly a couple of times so I'll be interested to see how they affect each other. ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great start to a series !
Really enjoyed this book.
Will write a review when I finish the series.
A very good book...and 3 more to go, can't wait !
Jonathan Terrington

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
Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
Who wants to get on their medieval banking drama, yo?

A high quality, modern, straightforward fantasy from a reliable author with established bonafides. It reminded me a lot of Joe Abercrombie's First Law books in its approach to characters and plot progression, but despite a comparable quantity of deaths overall, it lacks the nihilism needed to classify it as grimdark.

I liked most of the characters with the exception of Dawson, the rigid nobleman maneuvering to make his vision for the kingship
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
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a book that is a must in fantasy literature, and it is a solid 3.75. It has the right amount of war(ish), political intrigue, unusual elements (a bank!) and a veteran.

The PoV are enough but not too many to confuse the reader.
The characters were okay for me, nothing special and nothing bad. I did not connect with any but I was extremely intrigued by the story and it was a difficult book to put down and stop reading.

Yet, I believe had a "big" miss which is the overarching story was pret
Jenna Kathleen
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, buddy-reads
Where are my dragons?!

Despite the lack of dragons, this book was great. I wasn't expecting much when I started, but I am now excited to see how the rest of the series will unfold.

Dawson was an incredibly boring character and it took awhile before Geder grew on me, but he had wonderful character development and I am sure it is only the beginning for him. I loved Marcus and Cithrin. The setting with the bank made the world very unique and well-developed.
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
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
Sad Sunday (If I say it's bad, it's bad)
DNF at hell knows how many % since it's hard to tell, since my ebook of "The Dragon's Path" had addition book at the end.

Verdict for this book:

Plain Jane.


You can smell G.R.R Martin everywhere (well, he even left his name on the cover - in my edition there was his quote that you should totally read this). And it's a fantasy that is easy to understand (go to Fifty Shades of Grey universe, you evil The Black Company) and despite continuous plot and stuff happening, somewhere you find yourself not
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
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Dragon's Path is the book I've been looking for for years. This is made all the more painful given that this book has been sitting on my to-be-read shelf for almost four years, waiting. The more I read it, the more I found myself agreeing with the GRRM blurb on the front: This book ticks off nearly every box on the list of things I look for in a good fantasy story. It's original, yet familiar. It's epic, yet doesn't shy away from letting you get into the heads of deep, believable characters ...more
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, epic-fantasy
Full Review at Tenacious Reader:

The book is reminiscent of a historical fantasy. There are references to dragons and different races of humans, but really there is not much “fantastical” (creatures or magic) in this book. Which is honestly fine by me as I most of my favorite books are low fantasy. There are four main characters that are really two sets of two, meaning Cithrin and Marcus’s storylines intersect and Geder and Dawson’s storylines intersect. T
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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. Co ...more

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