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The great war cannot be stopped. The tyrant Geder Palliako had led his nation to war, but every victory has called forth another conflict. Now the greater war spreads out before him, and he is bent on bringing peace. No matter how many people he has to kill to do it. Cithrin bel Sarcour, rogue banker of the Medean Bank, has returned to the fold. Her apprenticeship has placed her in the path of war, but the greater dangers are the ones in her past and in her soul.

Widowed and disgraced at the heart of the Empire, Clara Kalliam has become a loyal traitor, defending her nation against itself. And in the shadows of the world, Captain Marcus Wester tracks an ancient secret that will change the war in ways not even he can forsee.

©2013 Daniel Abraham (P)2013 Recorded Books

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  • SAN JOSE, CA, United States
  • 04-27-15

When those who know the truth tell lies.

Book three continues the war against the Spider Goddess. All main POV characters are back advancing their storylines as you would expect:

Master Kit has recruited Marcus Wester and the two of them set off to slay the Spider Goddess. Of course Master Kit knows that the priests of the Spider Goddess are not spreading truth because he shares their same powers, but is he certain that he knows the actual truth? Probably.

Cithrin continues to learn the banking trade from another Magistra, this time in a different city than Porte Oliva. However, much like in her past, no matter where she goes the war comes to her and she is forced to make difficult choices.

Clara Kalliam is no longer the family matriarch and now must find her way without the support of the family that she kept together for so long. Much like Dawson before her, she considers the prospect of trying to save the nation of Antea by betraying it.

And finally, Geder Palliako remains at the center of it all. Still manipulated by the priests, he drives Antea's armies forward from victory to victory spreading "truth". As the chosen of the Goddess he brings peace to the world through war and conquest.

This is the third book in a planned 5 book story arc and it reveals that the truth is not what it seems to be, which results in many of the characters having to adapt to their ever-changing understanding of the struggle before them.

Pete Bradbury is excellent once again and if you have already listened to the first 2 books then you will feel right at home with this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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No Let Down As Series Continues

This series has really grown on me, and The Tyrant's Law is no exception. While often an epic fantasy series will become bogged down in middle books, this series grows stronger and better with each book.

This book continues in the format of the last two, with the chapters divided among four main characters, Cithrin, the voice of the Madean Bank, Captain Wester, her body guard and friend, Geder, the naive minor noble who has made his way to power with the help of a dark foreign priest, and with the death of her husband, Clara now takes over as a main character in the book, and it is her story that drive much of the tale here.

The story itself broadens out, while at the same time, brings into focus the direction each character's role within the story. Geder continues to be manipulated by the Spider Preist, and his extreme paranoia sparks a deadly reign. The other characters conspire to bring him down, with Clara seeking to topple him from within, and Cithrin without. Captain Wester and Master Kip seek a long lost magical weapon to use against him. The country and the world itself are falling to war and famine.

Overall, this series is becoming one of my favorites. Both the writing and narration combine for an excellent book. I highly recommend this series.

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Gets better and better

Where does The Tyrant's Law rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Definitely a 4 of 5 star

What other book might you compare The Tyrant's Law to and why?

This story reminds me of Game of Thrones with multiple characters, various locales and a myriad of races.

Which scene was your favorite?

I like the development of Lady Clair who had her high ranking world destroyed and has reinvented herself.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Oh yes. I'm disappointed there is a book 5 that has yet to be on the market.

Any additional comments?

If you are a fan of GofThrones, check this out.

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  • Cody
  • Bellevue, NE, United States
  • 09-09-13

Great Story Continues

Not really much I can say, this book was awesome. If you thought the twist at the end of book one was fun, the twist at the end of this book is going to blow your mind.

I can't wait for book 4. It's a damn shame there is such a time delay between physical book and audiobook release in this series. Hopefully this great series does well so we get to see Daniel Abraham's other series, The Long Price Quartet, released in audio format.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Plot keeps boiling

The second book in The Dagger and the Coin series continues Daniel Abraham’s Game of Thrones-like epic fantasy about politics and scheming in a low-magic medieval fantasy kingdom.

Abraham, one half of the writing team for the Expanse series, has a similar style in this series, though he has a few writing ticks that are so repetitive as to be annoying in dialog. People are always replying “You are,” or “It is” or just “Is” to rhetorical statements. E.g.,

“It’s raining.
“It is.”
“We’re going to get wet.”
“We are.”
“Bummer.”
“Is.”

Okay, that’s not quite an actual conversation from the book, but a lot of them sound like that.

The King’s Blood continues the story begun in The Dragon’s Path. Geder Palliako, a minor nobleman who through a series of unlikely events has risen to become Lord Regent of the empire, is now the most powerful man in Antea, and step by step (urged on by the sinister priests of the spider goddess), he continues taking situations that could have ended peacefully and reasons himself into turning them into bloodbaths. Never with any explicit malicious intent, and despite the hints of cruelty as the former abused fat kid begins reveling in his power, he almost seems to be stumbling towards the dark side without meaning to. Yet everything he does makes things worse and darker. Geder Palliako is the banality of evil.

The multiple POV style shifts between Geder Palliako, Cithrin Bel Sarcour, the banking prodigy who is one of the few to recognize how dangerous Palliako is; Marcus Wester, the ex-soldier who winds up being enlisted to save the world from the spider priests, and Clara Kalliam, wife of the disgraced Baron Kalliam. Much of the book is fairly standard epic fantasy, complete with Marcus’s quest for a magic sword. But Daniel Abraham is playing a bit with the standard tropes, leaving us in suspense as to which ones will be played straight and which ones are subversions.

This not a brilliantly original series, but it’s a long story with a lot of interesting characters and multitudes of plots and subplots being laid down to be developed later. So far, nothing really “epic” has happened - we’ve got hints of a dark goddess who may or may not be real, several wars brewing, and of course, the long-dead dragons who are constantly being referred to, and who may or may not show up before the end of the series. It’s enough to keep you pulled in and interested in the next book.

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  • Howard
  • Concord, MA, United States
  • 03-25-14

EXCELLENT book and worth it.

Super performance by Pete Bradbury with another installment by Daniel Abraham. Excellent plotting- superb world created (his own not a pale imitation of someone else's). Another surprise ending. The only downside is waiting 3 years for Abraham to complete his next book. If you like medium (Low with a dash of high thrown in) some despicable, yet likable characters- look no further.

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  • Thomas
  • Tariffville, CT, United States
  • 09-15-13

The series has grown on me

In my first reviews and after some time I did not think that I enjoyed the series as much until I listened to this installment. The story wove itself together and Pete Bradbury does a great job. I am putting this series on a re-listen.

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Improving Story, Characters Still a Bit Senseless

It is difficult to separate the grander story with the actions of the various actors within the story, but on a whole, I feel that the third book has the story gaining coherence and depth and has genuinely unexpected and exciting plot turns, while the characters still occasionally act as if they get sudden strokes of idiocy in order to drive certain events; still, this is a small weakness because otherwise the third book offers up a higher-momentum leg of the story than the second book did. The result is that I am definitely interested in the next book; this is opposed to the second book, where I was unsure whether or not it was worth the time and money to continue the story.

For me, I feel that the author seems to have some difficulty making believable human characters. I feel that Cithrin has improved as a believable character but not by much, and her deterioration does not give me much hope of liking her as a character in future books; hard to believe and hard to like is a bad combination. I feel that Marcus' personality remains pretty flat and that his motivations are contrived or hard to believe. Geder, despite being insightful in some circumstances, amazingly refuses to mature, introspect, or partake in strategy even a little, making him a hard-to-believe character as well, especially at this point in the story. Master Kit and Yardem remain the characters that are the most fun, and Clara is also a favorite, though more somber.

The narrator also does a really great job; the performance is top-notch. Overall, the third book definitely piqued my interest as to what will happen in the next book, and I'd say is overall worth the time and money to experience.

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So good!!!

This series just keeps getting better and better! I'm excited about the next one. Definitely recommended.

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  • CJ
  • 05-04-15

Great. Still not a fan of swearing.

I liked this book a lot. The plot is growing well, and the voice actor is doing a great job differentiating between players. The unnecessary swear words thrown in is unnecessary I feel and makes the whole of the book a little less in my eyes.