Popular author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In The Dragon’s Path, former soldier Marcus is now a mercenary—but he wants nothing to do with the coming war. So instead of fighting, he elects to guard a caravan carrying the wealth of a nation out of the war zone—with the assistance of an unusual orphan girl named Cithrin.
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For fans of the genre, this book has what you'd look for and expect in a fantasy tale with multiple main character perspectives and twisting plot points. You even get some fantastical creatures and powers thrown in for the bargain. The book starts out making you think it's going to be heavy on the military strategy front but softens the corners with interpersonal relationships and the characters' inner struggles. I enjoyed the story and would recommend it to others. However, to really appreciate its conventions and denials of those conventions found in the book, a fan of the genre will enjoy it more.
I found similarities in this series with Joe Abercrombie's First Law series.
I really enjoy Pete Bradbury as a reader and his performance was part of the reason I picked up this title.
Some of the characters are incredibly frustrating people and, just when you expect them to break out of their nature... they don't. Or they do. It's a good bit of unpredictability.
I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.
I read this book when it came out last year, and enjoyed it, but the characters lingered with me more than I would???ve expected. So much so, I ended up picking it up in audio to revisit it in anticipation of the sequel coming out. And now I???ve spent several days grinning so much that my face hurts.
For those looking for an epic fantasy filled with bloodbaths, this is probably not your ticket. There are battles and swordfights, and people die, but generally, the action tends to take place in dark alleys and small rooms filled with quiet, desperate moments. It focuses a lot on the journey of its characters, and what???s best about these characters is how sympathetic they all are - even the characters with despicable beliefs, or those who go on to do despicable things. They all think they???re heroes, and even if we don't agree, we understand why they think that.
From the acting troupe that gets hired on to pretend to be caravan guards, to the orphan girl brought up as a ward of the bank, to the political maneuvering that places an unlikely character in power, Daniel Abraham is clearly having a lot of fun playing with the tropes of the genre, all the while creating something unique. Abraham (who co-wrote Leviathan Wakes under the pseudonym James S.A. Corey) has become one of the top authors I watch for in the SF/F field.
I loved listening to Pete Bradbury???s narration ??? his voice has a natural gravity that lends itself to epic fantasy, and it really added to the story???s atmosphere.
I???m glad I listened to it ??? I certainly picked up on a lot more hints and themes Abraham had layered in, and I???m really looking forward to his follow-up The King???s Blood, and listening to these books over and over again.
The Dragon's Path was an enjoyable story, if not terribly original in plot. It felt very traditional--at first--in that all the usual fantasy tropes were in place. This is not a bad thing, however, when done properly. Daniel Abraham knows his business. I was hooked to the story after the first few paragraphs in chapter one. Marcus, Cithrin, Geder, and Dawson are fully-fleshed characters. The world they inhabit is mysterious, intriguing, and colorful.
If you enjoy Joe Abercrombie or George R.R. Martin, The Dragon's Path is right up your alley. Only don't expect a ton of action. This is book one, and is setting the stage for things to come. It doesn't stand well on its own.
A lot of the focus is on economics and banking, which I found refreshing for a fantasy. (Those of you upset with this should have paid attention to the series title: Dagger and Coin.) This different approach to fantasy is where The Dragon's Path shines. It feels traditional out of the gate, and then rises above the same old stuff by its conclusion.
A credit well-spent. (Oh, and the narrator is perfect for this story. Suppose I should mention that since I listened to it.)
I am currently listening to the second book in the series...
Love the reader!
I seem to fall asleep allot listening to this series and I need to go back an re-listen..
The series is "Good" but not great.
Daniel Abraham has hit a home run with Dragon's Path- and I am none to easy on Fantasy Series (read my other reviews). Equal to George RR Martin's first three novels (not an imitation any more than Monet copied Manet) but compelling- excellent prose- (not to much ala Jordan in Wheel of Time) nor to little (Malazan Empire). Great Character Development - you care about them and when a POV changed I felt myself saying "drat, I am regret this segment is ending" then two minutes later I could care less because I am engrossed in the next POV segment.
WIthout giving to much away Abraham has surprises ala Martin- and each POV segment is titled with the characters name.
I can only hope he does not pull a G RR Martin as he continues (or a Robert Jordan) whereby somewhere in the series they lost their respective ways and turned a fantastic series into meandering cul -de-sacs of nothing.
I just realized as I am about to spring for volume 2 in the series that audible has not yet publisher VOLUME 3 (who knows why). I enquired and audible gave me the standard "sometimes we do not have rights to the entire series...blah blah blah"- Don't get me wrong I love audible- but with decent Fantasy Series HARD to find- it is infuriating to find this one not complete!
Please audible get the rights to the last of the series!!!
Okay- in summary if you like Abercrombie or Early Martin this series is a MUST for you!!!
The ending was superb, made me want to get the second book. It has a slow paced implantation of fantasy and action. I see why people compared it to some other popular epic fantasy books. So if you looking for a book that is not extreme Fantasy this is it. I cant not vouch for the next books however.
Marcus at first but Gedar kind of stole the show in the end. Marcus: a tough old ex captain turned mercenary: whats not to like about that. He seems to drive the story at first and keeps you interested.
Then Gedar comes in and you start to listen to castle politics. Then I start to thinking NOOOO not another one of these. But he comes out kind of a grey hero in the end that's fun to listen too.
I liked the narrator, however I think that there are too many characters for his style of reading. The voice changes in the main characters were, well not really there. I kept getting confused and would have to listen harder to figure out the characters I was with in the story. Sorry but I kind of love different voices. In his defense the guy has a awesome voice.
I really liked the end. It was fun. I liked it when the sudo vengeful geder won his day.
Its worth the read. But remember this has been labeled epic fantasy so be prepared.
This is not a typical fantasy novel, and not a single spell is cast, that takes a very different approach to the story telling. No brawny warriors or mystic mages are at the forefront, it follows a byzantine path that lays the groundwork for the fundamental story told through the eyes, varying chapter by chapter, of a small group of characters.
Geder was probably my favorite character because he was the most significantly transformed throughout the story and it's really unclear whether the changes are for the better.
All the character voices were distinctive and recognizable and he managed to do women's voices well.
I really enjoy stories where the action begins immediately or you're just dropped into a situation. Books that involve mind-numbing back stories that the reader/listener has to wade through may or may not pay off. After nearly 2 hours of listening to this a girl is dead, killed by somebody for some reason the author is evidently going to surprise me with at some point. Add to that a narrator who's voice is the same or all characters and I term any book a dud. I returned it.
Authors who show are to be sought after. Authors who tell, not so much.
Fathers Face Remembered
The Characters are maybe the best in modern fantasy.
The Game of Thrones series.
I haven't listened to anything else by Pete Bradbury. Though he was exceptional for this book. I want the next book to come out in audio so I can listen to him again!
Yes! It will grab you from the beginning.
Please guys release the second book on audio. It is even better than this one. I would call it a masterpiece. If you release it I promise I am one fan that will be purchasing it.
If you like epic fantasy loaded with intrigue, twists, and turns, you should like this first installment of the Dagger and the Coin series. One of things that stood out was the world building; that grounded feeling that the places in the story have been around for a while. The characters are well rounded and believable, not to say they are all nice, flaws abound, and that make them interesting. The multiple POV's and plot lines are enough keep you on your toes and listening.
Though I enjoy Captain Marcus Wester's POV chapters and especially his dynamic with Yardem Hane, Cithrin Bel Sarcour stole the show for me. Her growth and change (again not all for the good) from a protected girl-child to self sufficient young woman was masterfully done.
When Marcus and Yardem first come across the troupe and Marcus formulates his plan to re-assemble a company. Brings out a smile just thinking about it.
Though 17+ hours is a bit much for one sitting, at least for me; I did find myself lingering to keep listening.
A credit WELL spent. Thanks to both Daniel Abraham and Audible. Having said that, get off the schnide and release The King's Blood" already, and while you're at it, you can produce "The Tyrant's Law" too. These book are just too good to leave un-produced.
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