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The King's Blood: The Dagger and the Coin, Book 2 | [Daniel Abraham]

The King's Blood: The Dagger and the Coin, Book 2

Acclaimed author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In this compelling follow-up to The Dragon’s Path, Geder Palliako enjoys high social standing as protector to the crown prince of Antea - but a looming war threatens to change his way of life. Meanwhile, Cithrin bel Sarcour is counting her blessings: long under close surveillance, she hopes a battle will be the opportunity she needs to regain her freedom.
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Acclaimed author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In this compelling follow-up to The Dragon’s Path, Geder Palliako enjoys high social standing as protector to the crown prince of Antea - but a looming war threatens to change his way of life. Meanwhile, Cithrin bel Sarcour is counting her blessings: long under close surveillance, she hopes a battle will be the opportunity she needs to regain her freedom.

©2012 Daniel Abraham (P)2013 Recorded Books

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    Dave Whittier, CA 05-15-13
    Dave Whittier, CA 05-15-13 Member Since 2010

    I'm a big fan of SF/F/Horror, and all things in between and out.

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    "The Best Kept Secret in Epic Fantasy Continues"

    The priests have spiders in their blood.

    They worship a goddess that has spend centuries in hiding, “a spider” who blesses them with the power to divine whether or not someone is lying, as well as the ability to speak truth. When you hear them, you believe – despite the circumstances, or whether you have evidence to the contrary, you believe. And so what the priests say comes to pass. They are prophets, and they’re creating self-fulfilling prophecies. Probably.

    “Probably” is what’s important. Because what the priests are speaking isn’t actually the truth. It’s a belief made of sincerity, certainty, and absolute conviction. Even if it’s wrong.

    If you haven’t checked out Daniel Abraham’s The Dagger and the Coin series, you need to do that ASAP, starting with The Dragon’s Path. It’s epic fantasy, and it does what it says on the tin – it’s full of all the stuff we love about epic fantasy – an incredible cast of characters, magic (albeit a very subtle magic), fantastical creatures, adventure, romance, and most surprisingly – banking. And yet, it grapples with big ideas like forced belief and fundamentalism.

    If you’re looking for B&B (Battles & Badasses), there’s some of that but the books are generally more subtle, and instead focus on what’s really special about this series: the characters. Whether it’s ex-soldiers Marcus and Yardem waxing philosophical and theological while collecting a debt (like shades of Jules and Vincent from Pulp Fiction) or banking ingenue Cithrin meeting up with her old friends from an acting troupe, the characters feel like friends you haven’t seen in years, but when you reunite with them, it’s like no times gone by.

    Not all of them are heroic – some are monstrous, whether in actions or philosophy, but Abraham doesn’t let us forget they’re humans too, and gets us to empathize with them far easier than we should. Dawson Kalliam’s class-warfare attitudes are despicable, yet the genuine affection he showers on his wife and children is endearing. Geder Palliako was bullied before his unpredictable rise to power, and so when he uses his newly gained positions to keep people from lying ot his face and taking advantage of him, we understand, despite his awful and barbaric actions.

    The Dagger and the Coin is one of the best kept secrets in epic fantasy. Unfortunately, the audiobooks aren’t released until about 9 months or so after the print and eBooks come out (which seems to happen as often as not for Recorded Books)…or maybe that’s a good thing? Like The Dragon’s Path, I ended up reading this book, and then listening to it once the audio came out, right in time for The Tyrant’s Law (3 of this 5 book series). There are two reasons for this: 1) Daniel Abraham’s series is just that good (I expect to revisit these books and characters many, many more times, and 2) Pete Bradbury’s narration gives an added gravity to the story that’s phenomenal. Daniel Abraham was born to write SF/F, and Pete Bradbury was born to narrate it.

    Let the countdown to The Tyrant’s Law audiobook commence!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Jared C. Serra st. louis, MO USA 03-22-13
    Mr. Jared C. Serra st. louis, MO USA 03-22-13 Member Since 2010

    Fathers Face Remembered

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    "Part 2 in the most over looked fantasy series."
    What made the experience of listening to The King's Blood the most enjoyable?

    The novel is an amazing piece of storytelling. Characters evolve logically. Moral choices ring true. This is fantasy at its best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The last half is heart stopping. I couldn't stop towards the end.


    What aspect of Pete Bradbury’s performance would you have changed?

    To me it just seems like this was made quickly. He isn't awful. Just nothing to make it stand out above the narrators that I love.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    King's Blood will run.


    Any additional comments?

    Take a chance on this criminally overlooked series. The first one is really good. This second book is even better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Vivian Portland, OR, United States 06-10-14
    Vivian Portland, OR, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Makes me want the next book"

    Again, the story moves swiftly through many channels without losing the listener. Narration is artful.

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    M. McCormick Texas 02-22-14
    M. McCormick Texas 02-22-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Series"
    Where does The King's Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top.


    Any additional comments?

    There is a lot going on in this series but it is so well written it is easy to keep track of. Wonderful book.

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