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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.

©2011 Daniel Abraham (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • JoR
  • S.F. Utah
  • 02-23-12

Surprisingly enjoyable

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.)

45 of 53 people found this review helpful

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  • Dave
  • Whittier, CA
  • 05-31-12

A Subtle, Smart, and All-Around Great Epic Fantasy

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.

49 of 59 people found this review helpful

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  • Lore
  • SAN JOSE, CA, United States
  • 03-22-15

Slow start that pays off in Book 2.

I will admit that I had to start this one a few times to get going. The opening chapters jump around from character to character and right when you start to get your bearings in this complex world a new chapter starts and you are lost again. This is all compounded by the fact that you are exposed to the history of the world along with the present and a myriad of different races of humanity. It is a lot to absorb all at the same time and it is easy to lose track when you don't know what is important and what is not. I am going to guess many listeners do not make it through the first third of this book so be sure you don't start this one when you are distracted.

Things do settle down after a while and the characters start to come together in the storyline but even then it isn't the most interesting tale. Laden with banking contracts and political maneuvering the story slogs on slowly - mostly setting things up for the second book. The very ending ties back to the very beginning and ties off one of the lose ends but I still found myself ambivalent toward most of the characters when it was over. The spider goddess and the powers of her priests do make things interesting but for the most part there is little magic in use throughout the story.

Book 2 is when I really started to care about some of the characters and what was happening to them. If you don't plan to give this series at least 2 books to form an opinion then I would recommend that you save yourself the trouble and go for a different fantasy series. Things definitely get more interesting in book 2.

Pete Bradbury does a good job on the narration and is the narrator for the first 4 books in the series which is all that is available as I write this. (The series is supposed to include a 5th book as well.)

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Interesting Split Story, Tough-to-Like Characters

This is a kind of book that I'm not used to listening to; an intriguing epic fantasy that focuses on a larger cast of characters and a sprawling story, but with largely unlikable main characters. Cithrin is the worst due to inconsistencies; she is presented as both stubborn as a mule and pliable as a wet noodle, a brilliant calculator while also a dull-witted clod, disciplined while also at times completely lacking self control, and caring while also emotionally numb. She makes no sense; it is impossible to imagine her as a real person. Marcus is a bit flat and impotent, with his emotional issues giving way to a surprising amount of motivation. Dawson is a hard-to-buy character who is presented as powerful and calculating while often seeming to jump into action without calculating anything at all. Geder is more intentionally unlikable, being awkward, sensitive, and naive but with a terrible vindictiveness... still, at this point in the story he feels more like a real person than the others I've mentioned so far.

Not all of the characters are unlikable, though. Master Kit is largely likable due to his compassion and cleverness, and (unlike the other main characters) a coherent sense of morality (for Geder this lake of moral consistency was intentional; however, for most of the others it just comes off as thoughtlessness on the part of the characters). Characters just off to the side of the main characters, specifically Yardem Hane, Clara Kallium, Jory Kallium, King Simeon and Prince Aster, are actually likeable and are characters that feel like they are real (within the universe of the story, of course. I do not know any gruff tralgu lieutenants).

After all of that being said, though, the actual events cohere into an interesting, unraveling epic story about an empire and its nobility, and wealth and power shifts within and around them, all underscored by an unfolding exterior threat.

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  • Kristin
  • Saint Louis, MO, United States
  • 05-15-13

Epic Fantasy and Something Else

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What other book might you compare The Dragon's Path to and why?

I found similarities in this series with Joe Abercrombie's First Law series.

Which character – as performed by Pete Bradbury – was your favorite?

I really enjoy Pete Bradbury as a reader and his performance was part of the reason I picked up this title.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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.

20 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Good, but slow at times.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Melinda
  • Putnam Valley, NY, United States
  • 01-12-18

well written beginning, anticlimactic ending

the beginning is great then the book wanders around searching for a point only to end in the most anticlimactic manner possible with the characters you can't stand coming out on top. if you like hundreds of pages of politics that don't make logical sense, this book is for you. if like me, you don't, then move along.

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Good start.. might continue

Good story over all, but very dense.

not a good story to multitask to, because there is a lot of info and most times very dry.
however it has set up the world nicely so I probably will continue

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Like poorly folded origami

Paper thin and not sure what I am looking at. Made it had half way through the book before I realized that I was dreading whoever was the point of view of the next chapter because there was no character that I cared about.

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Just not sure yet...

The story is a jumbled collection of connecting and overlapping lives. However, the meat of it was lost as it is obviously meant to introduce and attempt to draw you into a more intense struggle to come.

I am just not convinced yet. I saw that other reviews said much the same and that you"have to stick with it for another book," but I am not sure I like the material enough to waste another credit. I endured to the end and there were some moments where the content was interesting...just not overwhelmed by the desire to read what already seems to be a predictable storyline.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful