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The Widow's House: The Dagger and the Coin, Book 4 | [Daniel Abraham]

The Widow's House: The Dagger and the Coin, Book 4

Lord Regent Geder Palliako's war has led his nation and the priests of the spider goddess to victory after victory. No power has withstood him, except for the heart of the one woman he desires. As the violence builds and the cracks in his rule begin to show, he will risk everything to gain her love or else her destruction. Clara Kalliam, the loyal traitor, is torn between the woman she once was and the woman she has become. With her sons on all sides of the conflict, her house cannot stand, but there is a power in choosing when and how to fall.
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The rise of the dragon and the fall of kings Lord Regent Geder Palliako's war has led his nation and the priests of the spider goddess to victory after victory. No power has withstood him, except for the heart of the one woman he desires. As the violence builds and the cracks in his rule begin to show, he will risk everything to gain her love or else her destruction. Clara Kalliam, the loyal traitor, is torn between the woman she once was and the woman she has become. With her sons on all sides of the conflict, her house cannot stand, but there is a power in choosing when and how to fall. And in Porte Oliva, banker Cithrin bel Sarcour and Captain Marcus Wester learn the terrible truth that links this war to the fall of the dragons millennia before, and that to save the world, Cithrin must conquer it.

©2014 Daniel Abraham (P)2014 Recorded Books

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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 05-02-15
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2008

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    "The resistance starts to take shape"

    Daniel Abraham and Pete Bradbury team up once again on book 4 of the series and deliver an engaging story. If you haven't read/listened to the first 3 books then there is no sense starting here.

    Lord Regent Geder Palliako remains a brutal yet naïve dictator. His spurned love for Cithrin now fuels his paranoia and the rest of world suffers the consequences. Antea continues to expand and conquer neighboring nations but has spread itself so thin as to become vulnerable. The spider priests meet resistance of their own as another version of the "truth" appears in the form of the dragon Inys.

    Inys reveals the details of the ancient Dragon War and the origin of the races of humanity. His knowledge exposes the lies of the spider priests for what they are and he reveals tactics of how to best fight them. Marcus, Yardem, and Kit are all alongside Inys and attempt to help the dragon orient to the realities of the new world.

    Cithrin continues to reshape the bank that raised her by changing the rules of the financial game they play. She concludes that for the bank to survive she must fund the resistance to prevent Antea from achieving it's goals so she positions herself to do just that.

    As you may have guessed by the title, Clara comes to the forefront in this book and house Callium becomes a focal point. Clara has lost her husband to Geder's wrath, one son to Geder's banishment and a second to the spider priesthood and she has had enough. She takes action to prevent Geder from ruining what little she has left.

    This is book 4 of 5 so it goes without saying that little is wrapped up here. The story gets flushed out, the background behind the motives of the spider priests is exposed, and everything is set up for a final showdown in book 5, The Spider's War. I can't wait.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Milwaukee, WI, United States 08-12-14
    Brian Milwaukee, WI, United States 08-12-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Please Don't Make Me Wait Long For The Final Book!"

    I thought this was a good book in the series, but with one more book to go it kind of left me just wanting to know how it is going to wrap up. If you've made it this far in the series I'm sure you will enjoy it. Pete Bradbury's narration is excellent as usual.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JPaladin 12-11-14
    JPaladin 12-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book in the series!!!"

    Up until this book I enjoyed but didn't love this series. This is the book in which it all really starts coming together. The character development is paying off. The actions of the characters in prior books fits. The epic storyline is coming into fruition. I'm hooked on the series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Le Grand, CA, United States 08-30-14
    Scott Le Grand, CA, United States 08-30-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Another Excellent Book In The Series"

    Wow, four books in, and you would expect a low in the series. Not happening here. The Dagger and the Coin series has been excellent so far, and the excellence continues here.

    The book continues the same format as the others, with four central characters split among the chapters. Geder's now control's much of the world, as it is now clear the Spider Priests wish not to rule the world, but to throw it into caos. While Geder has become a tyrant, you can empathize with him as he is still a chubby boy who has been picked on most of his life within his mind. He is manipulated by those he trusts, and you feel that he is beginning to realize that he has gone too far. The other charters continue their attempts to stop Geder as the war spreads farther and farther.

    This book is action packed, and it is a welcome relief to enjoy a series which gets better with each book. The narration is solid as always. I am eagerly anticipating the final book in the Dagger and the Coin.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Fuller CT USA 05-30-15
    Steven Fuller CT USA 05-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Impressive fourth book"

    Daniel Abraham keeps the storyline robust and fresh into the fourth book. I am reassured as the reader/listener that the author knows where he is going and has an end in sight. In light of some series recently that either lose their way in a muddle of details and side stories or else have no clear destination from the outset, these books get better and more focused as they go on. The many characters grow and change; they are diverse and interesting. Even the villains are unique and fascinating in their paths to destruction.
    Both men and women characters are strong and nuanced.
    I highly recommend this series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. C. Bowman PA 04-24-15
    M. C. Bowman PA 04-24-15
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    "What's next"

    This leaves you primed and ready for the next book in the series. I hope it is the last one as I hate waiting a year for each to come out. It looks like august this time

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Brennan 01-10-15
    M. Brennan 01-10-15

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    "Another artful addition to the series"

    Powerful story with rich characters doesn't let you go until the final period and still leaves you hungry for more.

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    Jared 08-02-15
    Jared 08-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Effin awesome"

    Good story awesome reader epic dialog cool over all story just really liked it all the way around.

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    Rebecca Puyallup, WA 07-24-15
    Rebecca Puyallup, WA 07-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Daniel Abraham is a Freaking Stud"

    I just re-listened to all four books and am again filled with the need to see how it all comes to an end. I love everything about this series. Abraham masterfully builds his characters (whichever of the 13 races they may belong to) into accessible, understandable individuals that you can't help but feel like you KNOW them. Not only is there heartbreak and friendship and bravery, but there is well-placed and clever humor that tips this series past 'good' into a realm better known as freaking LEGENDARY.

    I am not easily impressed by fantasy authors, and have little time for poorly-written, boring tomes. You can't just have good ideas, you need to have the prose behind them. Abraham has both because he is a freaking stud. He adds little details (not too many, just the right amount) that put you right there in the scene and the world he describes with those details is beyond intriguing. It's just awesome. If you like Peter V. Brett I would absolutely recommend this series to you, and if you like Brandon Sanderson I would argue that Abraham is better (just my opinion).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TemperPolk 06-19-15
    TemperPolk 06-19-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Enjoyed the first two way more!"

    I was disappointed with this one. About half way through, I started losing interest in the story and not even Clara or Geder's story lines failed to change that. I was never a fan of Marcus and Cythrons' stories and that didn't change here. The thing is, I can't really pin down the reason for this lack of interest. I think I will re-read it before the next book comes out and see if my opinion changes

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