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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,312 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Abraham Narrator: Pete Bradbury Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dagger and the Coin Series Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781461847212
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All paths lead to war…

Marcus’s hero days are behind him. He knows too well that even the smallest war still means somebody’s death. When his men are impressed into a doomed army, staying out of a battle he wants no part of requires some unorthodox steps.

Cithrin is an orphan, ward of a banking house. Her job is to smuggle a nation’s wealth across a war zone, hiding the gold from both sides. She knows the secret life of commerce like a second language, but the strategies of trade will not defend her from swords.

Geder, sole scion of a noble house, has more interest in philosophy than in swordplay. A poor excuse for a soldier, he is a pawn in these games. No one can predict what he will become.

Falling pebbles can start a landslide. A spat between the Free Cities and the Severed Throne is spiraling out of control. A new player rises from the depths of history, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon’s Path—the path to war.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] rich, exciting, and fresh epic…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.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This complex and carefully orchestrated tale…never takes the easy path of good versus evil; the characters embody both moral strengths and weaknesses, and this gives them depth and solid grounding…Readers who enjoy intricate plots and true-to-life characters will appreciate this fantasy series opener.”

    Library Journal

  • “This ain’t your grandpa’s Tolkien…It’s as if Clint Eastwood went to Narnia…A pleasure.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Abraham deftly steps into this novel with a sense of familiarity as well as bringing a new and exciting world to life. Taking the more mundane aspects of life (banking, trade, caravans) and weaving them into a complex tale of politics, tragedy, maneuvering, and magic, Abraham’s strengths are in his lushly detailed world and his ability to make his characters walk through the reader’s mind.”

    RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

  • “Really damn good…As the plotlines take root and braid together, [Abraham’s] stereotypes shed their stock skins and start taking big, deep breaths…It’s a testament to Abraham’s sheer storytelling skill that he renders a showdown across a counting table as thrilling and fraught with consequence as any number of massacres, romances, and throne-room power plays. Comforting yet complex.”

    AV Club

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 George | 2/17/2014

    " Took a while to get into this book, and though nothing really happens, when I finished this book it had me wanting more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Steve Thompson | 2/9/2014

    " I just can't pinpoint why I have such a hard time enjoying Daniel Abraham's writing, but both this book and the first novel of his quartet I struggled really hard to finish. The plot's interesting, the characters are developed, the world's solidly built, but I just don't care about what happens to any of it. I know that's probably not a helpful review, but in case anyone else is having a similar experience, it's not just you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 2/2/2014

    " Initially it threw me off because each chapter introduced a new character. Stay with it though because they all come together in a meaningful way. This story has good strong characters, is not standard fare and has an interesting story that unwinds towards its conclusion. First of a series, it makes me want to read the next book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bret Harper | 1/31/2014

    " interesting - incorporated medieval banking into a fantasy plot. it was really short though and ended too abruptly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tami | 1/22/2014

    " I'd actually give this 3.5 stars if I could. There is a TON of material here and at times it was a bit hard to keep it all straight. In a fantasy where the author is building an entirely new 'world' it takes a lot to set the stage (pun intended). Rather than tackling so much all in one book it might have been better to have fewer story lines and since it's the first book in a series just bring in other characters in other lands over the course of the series. In some ways it was good to get an overall feel for the region but the characters and their regions were flung so far and wide that the author could barely tie them back together at the end. All in all I enjoyed the story and I really like the author's style so I will continue with the series and try the author's other series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Inman | 1/20/2014

    " Very very good started out slow but really picked up towards the end leads in well for the next book, I actually think I like this series better than the long price "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margo | 1/5/2014

    " I liked this after I got past the initial confusion of each chapter with a different character as main protagonist. Could have used a glossary describing each of the races living within this world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russell | 12/14/2013

    " Very enjoyable. Not up to the standard of the authors first series, but that series built slow, and I feel that this series is going to build to excellence "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Seth Davis | 12/1/2013

    " Who knew a fantasy centered around banking could be so fun and character driven. Still scratching my head about the racial structure. Might have to read the next book to find out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Night | 11/9/2013

    " This book was an unexpected attachment on the back of the Leviathan Wakes Kindle edition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 5/25/2013

    " S l 0 w. Towards the end, I started to see some hope for this series. I found the same to be true of Abraham's previous epic, "The Price of..." Perhaps this will compare to that (eventual) excellent series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grack21 | 9/12/2012

    " This is a weird one for me. I love it to death but I can see how it would turn some people off. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Lever | 6/4/2012

    " Really enjoyed this book. Looking forward to reading the next book in the trilogy. Would definately recommend this book to all fantasy fans. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 11/28/2011

    " A good read but not in the same class as George R R Martin, althoug his praise is on the paperback "

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About the Author
Author Daniel Abraham

Daniel Abraham is the author of the critically acclaimed Long Price Quartet and many other books. He has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards and won the International Horror Guild Award. He is also the author of the Wild Cards comic book miniseries The Hard Call, and coauthor, with George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, of the novel Hunter’s Run. He also writes as M. L. N. Hanover and James S. A. Corey. He lives in New Mexico.

About the Narrator

Pete Bradbury has appeared both on and off-Broadway and at many of the leading regional theaters across the country in plays ranging from Shakespeare and Molière to Edward Albee and David Mamet. He has also been seen on the CBS miniseries Sally Hemings. A former company member of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Bradbury received his training in their three-year advanced program. He lives in New York City with his family.