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Product Details

  • Series: The Dagger and the Coin (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (May 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316080705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316080705
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


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

"This smart, absorbing, fascinating military fantasy, exciting and genuinely suspenseful, will keep readers on their toes."—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on The Tyrant's Law

"Prepare to be shocked, startled, and entertained."—Locus on The Dragon's Path

"It's as if Clint Eastwood went to Narnia...A pleasure for Abraham's legion of fans."—Kirkus on The Dragon's Path

"Everything I look for in a fantasy."—George R.R. Martin on The Dragon's Path

"Abraham is fiercely talented, disturbingly human, breathtakingly original and even on his bad days kicks all sorts of literary ass."—Junot Diaz on The Long Price Quartet

About the Author

Daniel Abraham is the author of the critically-acclaimed Long Price Quartet. He has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, and won the International Horror Guild award. He also writes as MLN Hanover and (with Ty Franck) James S.A. Corey. He lives in New Mexico.

More About the Author

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

Customer Reviews

I enjoyed reading the first 3 books of the Dagger and the Coin series for all of those reasons and more.
Deb Duck
At times, one individual or another's story seems to move forward only slowly and the reader aches to go to other characters whose story is more compelling.
Brian Asalone
Another great book in the series, the plot moves very quickly, the characters are intriguing and complex.
Brice E. Carson

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. Capossere TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 30, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Best. Quest. Ending. Ever.

If that isn't enough, then keep reading to see all the other reasons to continue with Daniel Abraham's THE DAGGER AND THE COIN series, via book three--The Tyrant's Law. But really--Best. Ever.

As in the prior two books, Abraham tells his story through several focused POVs, the four main characters getting pretty much the same 10-12 POV chapters (the novel is bookended by two other characters' POVs). In the Antea capital city of Camnipol, Lord Regent Geder Palliako continues, under the influence of the Spider Goddess' high priest, to turn Antea into both an internal police state and an aggressive, genocidal Empire eager to gobble up its neighbors. Meanwhile, Clara, the disgraced wife of the former Baron Dawson Kalliam (executed after plotting against the Regent in the last novel), is still working to bring Geder down, though she's working with a lot fewer resources now and must also take care to keep her children out of her machinations. One of Antea's threatened neighbors is Suddapal, which just happens to be where Cithrin is apprenticed to Mgistra Isadau, head of that city's Medean Bank. Finally, far, far away, Captain Marcus and Kit, apostate former-priest of the Spider Goddess cult, are on a lengthy quest to gain a magic sword and then sneak into the cult's mountain fastness and use the sword to kill the Spider Goddess herself.

The Tyrant's Law has everything that has made this series consistently excellent and it makes three out of three that I've read in a single sitting.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Angie, When will those clouds all disappear? on June 22, 2013
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First of all, I loved this book. There may be some minor spoilers for book two in this review.

I'll start with the bad. The editing really could have been better. I ran across missing words now and then, often enough to have noticed it. And that's pretty much all I have for bad stuff.

I admit to a favorable bias toward this author. When I first began this, I was too excited to do more than reread the first couple of sentences, again and again. But once I settled down, I got into it right away. I was worried I might have forgotten what was going on since 'The King's Blood' but it was rather easy to fall back into the world.

Geder is, beyond a doubt, the most terrifying villain I've ever read, because he is so very believable. I can't help imagining any number of guys I rejected, and wondering what they might have done if they had this much power. I have been afraid for Cithrin in this regard since book two.

I have wondered if the author is drawing some parallels to the holocaust in here, with some of the treatment of the Timzinae. It occurred to me early on, and as I read more and more, it just got worse. I also couldn't help thinking of Geder's elusive conspirators as Bush's weapons of mass destruction that never existed. I'm not sure if that's a deliberate allegory of if it's just me seeing that. I also felt Cithrin's story served a purpose of assuring us that the Timzinae are, in fact, people, regardless of claims made otherwise.

I loved the character development in here. Cithrin and Clara went through the biggest changes in this particular book. Marcus and Geder perhaps didn't evolve as much in this particular book, although I would say everyone has changed at least somewhat over the course of the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N.J. Sommerhoff on June 7, 2013
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Daniel Abraham is a terrific author and has always seemed a bit underrated to me. He creates interesting worlds, characters you can love or hate and care about in some fashion, even if you cared for them to die a miserable death. It follows the point-of-views of mainly four characters:

Marcus Wester: the famed mercenary captain, on a quest with Master Kit through lands forgotten since the Dragons ruled.
Cithrin bel Sarcour: a Voice of the Medean Bank, currently tasked with being an apprentice in all but name.
Geder Palliako: Currently the Lord Regent, and perhaps the most brilliantly written villainous geek to have ever been created. Spreading war yet again in this book, and with it, the spider temple as well.

Clara Kalliam: the fallen Baroness that sees Palliako for the danger he is, even if she is unaware just how insidious the power that backs him is even more dangerous. In the humble and subtle ways available to her, she attempts to subvert Palliako in what ever way she can.

The storylines cross in wonderful and unexpected ways. The actions by and reactions caused by the characters are interesting and run the emotional gamut between hilarious and heart-wrenching. All characters face suffering and growth throughout the book that doesn't feel forced, but rather a natural and real progression of life itself.

His stories are easy to read through, yet have a bunch of depth if you care to look for it. (However, he writes in such a way you can treat the stories lightly and still enjoy them.)

'The Tyrant's Law' is the third book in a five book series. The pacing felt correct for a middle book and by the end, the story is definitely setup for a intense conclusion in the next two books.
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