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The King's Blood (The Dagger and the Coin) Paperback – May 22, 2012
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"[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."
"Well worthwhile; curl up with this one!"―RT Book Reviews
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Kings Blood is a great book. If you love fantasy, try Daniel Abrahams books.Published 16 days ago by Melanie
Book two is lively, well-told with a few surprises. Just when I thought I picked up the wrong novel, I was happily surprised. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs.Quinci35
I really like David Abraham and waited very eagerly for the completion of this series before starting this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jared D
This series was a bit short but action packed in parts and also made one actually think... not in the bad oh my gosh I can't keep up manner but the ah that's what he is doing haha. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anthony Wible
Great book. Interesting take on "grey" characters, the nature of truth vs lies, good vs evil. Highly recommend!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent continuation of the story and of the ongoing struggles for power.Published 4 months ago by JAMM
i did not know this was a 2nd book of a series.....I read it and bought the 1st, 3rd and 4th and when the 5th comes out in Mar 16 I will purchase that one as well.....A great read!Published 5 months ago by jeanne fanning
The first book in the series found its way onto my coworker's desk, and then into my bag. I have to read the next book, as I'm in love with the characters and their ideals of... Read morePublished 6 months ago