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The King's Blood (The Dagger and the Coin series Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Abraham
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)

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Book Description

WAR AND MADNESS CAST SHADOWS OVER THE LANDS DRAGONS ONCE RULED.

Geder Palliako's star is rising. He is a hero of Antea, protector to the crown prince, and darling of the court. But storms from his past are gathering, and with them, a war that will change everything.

Cithrin bel Sarcour founded a powerful bank on stolen wealth, forged papers, and ready blades. Now every move she makes is observed, recorded, and controlled. Unless Cithrin can free herself from her gilded cage, the life she made will be for naught; war may provide just the opportunity she needs.

An apostate priest sees the hidden hand behind all: a long-buried secret of the dragon empire threatens everything humanity has built. An age of madness and death approaches, with only a few doomed heroes to stand in its way.


The Dagger and the Coin
The Dragon's Path
The King's Blood
The Tyrant's Law
The Widow's House
The Spider's War


Writing as James S. A. Corey (with Ty Franck)

The Expanse (soon to be a major SyFy Channel television series)
Leviathan Wakes
Caliban's War
Abaddon's Gate
Cibola Burn
Nemesis Games


Books In This Series (4 Books)
Complete Series


  • Editorial Reviews

    Review

    "Abraham builds on The Dragon's Path to create and sustain a rich, satisfyingly complex epic fantasy." -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on The King's Blood.


    "[Daniel] Abraham just keeps getting better and better... [He] belongs in the first rank of today's fantasists." (George R.R. Martin, New York Times bestselling author of A Game of Thrones)

    "You have to admire ace storyteller Abraham's skill at building plausible alternate worlds, a trade much practiced, but not often so well, ever since the days of Tolkien and the Shire ... One of the many strengths of Abraham's storytelling is that he allows a little moral ambiguity to curl around the toes of his characters ... Another trademark romp in the otherworld, and a lot of fun."

    (Kirkus Reviews)

    "Well worthwhile; curl up with this one!" (RT Book Reviews)

    Review

    The King's Blood is the real deal, and cements Abraham's new series as one of the best new Fantasy series in recent years. If you're looking for something to read while you wait for the next George R. R. Martin book, Abraham's The Dagger and the Coin is sure to satisfy A DRIBBLE OF INK Absolutely massive recommendation as my favourite adult book of the year so far, my favourite fantasy book for many years, and the best adult series I'm currently reading by a long way THE BOOKBAG A very fine epic fantasy novel ... notable for its focus on finely-judged characterisation as much as the more traditional furniture of the genre. It's also a fast, addictive read that elevates The Dagger and the Coin into the position of one of the finest in-progress fantasy series around at the moment THE WERTZONE

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1868 KB
    • Print Length: 517 pages
    • Publisher: Orbit (May 22, 2012)
    • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B005SCSA9I
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,440 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars An improvement in almost every way May 20, 2012
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    I believe "The King's Blood" to be a masterpiece. The first book in this series was very low key and political. This one builds upon this promise, but ups the stakes. There is action to be had from King's Blood. Not only is it action, but when it happens the feeling of real stakes comes out. This isn't the kind of fantasy where the main characters walk away unscathed.

    Speaking of the main characters. They were the best thing about the first one. Daniel builds the promises of The Dragon's Path, and makes them even stronger than before. Characters morph and change because of the events of this novel. New relationships are forged in a believable manor. These are some of the best characters that I have ever read from fantasy. They are not one note heroes and villains. One chapter towards the end made me want to put the book down out of fear, of what was about to happen!

    This whole series has felt like Daniel is mulling over the issue of the Dagger vs. the Coin. Which is the same thing as butter vs. guns. What you have here is superb characters, exciting mythology, tense action, and metaphors that will keep you thinking well after the last page has been turned.

    This all builds to an amazing climax. I won't give anything away here. Let me just say that the finale (which is long) is as absorbing as the best of Game of Thrones. This series does feel a little like Martins. If you are looking for books similar then I would say look no further. I would also say that if you are frustrated with "Games" to many characters then don't fear. This book had only 6 point of view characters. It seemed that the first book stood in the shadow of that series. For my opinion this book made it stand shoulder to shoulder with it.
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    16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Paperback
    The King's Blood is the worthy follow-up to Daniel Abraham's The Dragon's Path, which was one of my top reads last year. The book picks up where the first left off for the most part and continues on with the same major characters, as well as adding a few others (and subtracting some of the originals). ''

    The story continues some of the basic storyline, but offers up a lot of new plot. Geder Palliako is the new hero of Antea based on the events of the prior book, and here he continues his meteoric rise, becoming even more powerful as Antea embarks on war with its neighbor. With this rise, however, he gains powerful enemies who question not only his goals but those of the strange priests he brought back with him. Cithrin has managed to avoid prison or worse based on her deception that allowed her to create a new branch of the Medean Bank, but now chafes at the limitations her "official" status now brings. Dawson, the arch-conservative noble, continues to fight for his image of what the kingdom should be and damn the consequences, while his wife Clara tries to hold their family together despite those consequences. And Kit has decided it is time for him to throw off his new life as a player and bring an end once and for all to the spreading evil of the spider goddess, which leads to a hard choice for Marcus.''

    There are also pirates, assassination attempts, battles, dragon graves, conspiracies, and betrayals aplenty. Which makes it sound like there is a lot more of the typical "action" in this book than in the first, and I suppose that is true. But to be honest, The King's Blood didn't really feel all that "action-y." And I don't mean that in any bad sense whatsoever.
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    12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Dan Abraham shines! May 26, 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    Overall Rating = 4 & 1/2 Stars

    Daniel Abraham's debut series had a lot of readers and critics praising his original premise and that did get fans excited for his next series which was a move back to the favored pseudo-European setting. This series was also going to be an amalgam of some classic literature as well as genre favorites. The first book in the series really gave the readers a nice look into the world created by the author wherein dragons ruled a long time ago and created the thirteen races. The main characters were introduced and enough intrigue was created.

    With the King's Blood, we are once again swept in to the world of the Dragons. Cithrin has been successful with her moves and in setting up a front for the Medean bank in costal city of Porte Olivia what she didn't bargain for, are the chains the bank would set on her in the form of a clerk who cross-checks her each and every move. Geder Palliako never thought his star would ever rise so high but as the royal regent he now holds the most powerful court position and enjoys a good comfort level with his ward prince Aster. He however does not know that his ascent has only begun and further events will propel him into the limelight unsuited for him. Dawson and Clara Killiam are further faced with trials as they weave familial and political situations and try to do the right thing. Lastly there's Master Kit who remembers his past life and decides that the time has come for him to step back in his earlier life and accomplish what he first set out to do.

    Thus begins the second chronicle of the Dagger and the Coin, the author has raised the stakes in this book by further evolving the characters from the roles that they were assigned or deemed to follow.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
    Well developed characters and multiple view points kept the story fresh. Excellent story line
    Published 1 month ago by Jackie
    5.0 out of 5 stars I really like this series
    I really like this series. The characters are interesting and well developed. A very novel theme about humans being developed into 12 additional sub-species adds to the story. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by subvet 601
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Great series. Original world and characters. So different from the Long Price,but still super interesting.
    Published 1 month ago by Adam Brooks
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Follow Up to The Dragon's Path
    This is a terrific follow up to The Dragon’s Path and in my opinion is actually much better than its predecessor which is a rare feat. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by adidab14
    4.0 out of 5 stars good read
    I enjoyed this book and am on 3rd in series.
    Published 2 months ago by linda moore
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
    One of my favorite modern fantasy series, after Song of Ice and Fire, Gentleman Bastards, and Kingkiller Chronicles.
    Published 2 months ago by J. Adams
    2.0 out of 5 stars Callous characters behaving stupidly to serve the whim's of the plot...
    If this were a George R.R. Martin book, half the characters would be dead because of the sheer rashness and stupidity of their actions. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Samuel White
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Follow up
    While still not as thick on the world building as his Long Price Quartet, this series continues to get better and better and more intricate with each book. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Lynai Torabpour
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great!
    Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth M Barajas
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Effing fabulous.
    Published 3 months ago by Anakin Aragorn
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    More About the Author

    Daniel lives in New Mexico. He keeps a blog at www.danielabraham.com. He also writes as MLN Hanover and (with Ty Franck) as James S. A. Corey.

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