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The Dragon's Path (The Dagger and the Coin) Paperback – April 7, 2011
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Starred Review. Abraham (the Seasons of War quartet) starts this rich, exciting, and fresh epic fantasy series opener in a fairly standard fashion: an orphaned girl and a once great general escape from a city under siege with the help of a traveling theater troupe. But that's where the clichés end, for Marcus Wester would far rather guard humble caravans than cruel kings, and Cithrin bel Sarcour's loyalty is not to her long-dead noble parents but to the Medean Bank that took her in. Cithrin and Marcus must smuggle the treasury of the lost city of Vanai through a war zone in which every army seeks new sources of funds and every king wants them dead. With a deft and light hand, Abraham questions and explores the fantasy-world assumptions that most authors take for granted, telling an enjoyable and genuinely innovative adventure story along the way. (Apr.)
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Abraham weaves several characters into the story, each with their own flaws and ghosts that haunt them. Character development is quite deft and the author provides believable, fallible, and interesting players on his stage . . . THE DRAGON'S PATH is an enjoyable read that holds great expectations for the series * SF Signal * THE DRAGON'S PATH is a winner. The characters are engaging and well-motivated, the plot intriguing * The Wertzone * THE DRAGON'S PATH is a tremendous novel and Abraham deftly mixes the classic foundations of the genre with a sophistication expected of him and rarely found in the work of his compatriots * A Dribble of Ink * THE DRAGON'S PATH is a first superb installment in a series that has established itself already in my top level of current ongoing fantasy series * Fantasy Book Critic * Everything I look for in a fantasy * George R. R. Martin * --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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That being said, I enjoyed the world setting, story building, and most of the characters. A fantasy setting with different human races (I wish there was a chart or something listing them and their characteristics, I couldn't find one on my Kindle) that felt completely fresh and new was a relief. While I am not sure about finishing the series thanks to how long it took me to finish this book, I do recommend it for those who want a fantasy story with so many plot twists you won't know where it ends.
The writing is tight, intelligent so Abraham deserves respect and high marks in this alone. The names and species took time to understand and remember from chapter to chapter. Once I achieved this feat, I felt more confident to move on. Im giving it three stars because I found it difficult to follow and required work. This rarely happens to me with books I select so I'm factoring this into my review.
Oh one gripe I had that is not related to the quality of the story and in no way affects my score for this book was that almost half of the ebook was samples of Abraham's other writings. It shouldn't have bothered me, but I thought I had more of the book to read than I did!
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