The Dragon's Path

The Dragon's Path

Book - 2011/04/07
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All paths lead to war...

Marcus' 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.

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

Baker & Taylor
Marcus, Cithrin, and Geder ponder their destinies as they are drawn into a war where dark forces are at work.

& Taylor

Marcus, Cithrin and Geder ponder their destinies as they are drawn into a war where dark forces are at work. By the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Long Price Quartet. Original.

Publisher: New York : Orbit, 2011/04/07
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316080682
Branch Call Number: SF ABRAHAM
Characteristics: 576 p


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Jun 06, 2014

I'm always happy when a random book, picked off the library shelves, turns out to be this good.

The warrior hero is Marcus, tired of war and wanting to keep his contract guarding a caravan he resorts to unusual measures.
Cithrin is part of this caravan and while Marcus is moved to offer her protection, she has secrets that could endanger them all.
Geder is a pawn in the politics of the Severed Throne but surprises them all with his drastic command.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The aspects relating to the economy of war and peace was nice to see in this type of book. I quite liked Marcus and his team but I found Cithrin very annoying. A girl who gets entrusted with the cargo she did, shouldn't have quite that many vices or breakdowns.
Still, interesting characters, good politics and the promise of more excitement to come had me ordering the next book in the series right away.

Library_Dragon Oct 10, 2012

Personally recommended by George R. R. Martin at Comic Con in 2011.

lasertravis Feb 12, 2012

A fantastic fantasy book. When I started reading it I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy it. After about 50-100 pages I was enthralled. I am anxiously anticipating the rest of the trilogy. Great character development. Great dialogue, including internal dialogue. As the plot thickened I found myself hardly able to put the book down. Not a lot of action, but it isn't needed to push the story along or keep interest and excitement. Political intrigue and twisting character arcs. Great book.

Jul 26, 2011

Simply one of the best fantasy novels I've read in a long time. Right up there with George RR Martin and Patrick Rothfuss. This is the first novel in a planned trilogy. Tonnes of great intrique and suspense, waring factions trying to influence the king, and memorable characters. Citherin is a really neat and relatable character and so is Wester. Not that much traditional action/battles but that didn't impact my enjoyment of the book. Can't wait for book 2. You should read this if you at all like epic fantasy.

May 16, 2011

Has a little bit of the flavor of R Scott Bakker's Warrior-Prophet without that author's dense writing style. His charactor's are complex, interesting and believable but not warm. But nevertheless this promises to be a captivating series.

Apr 25, 2011

Rather a meld between Joe Abercrombie and Greg Keyes, it's an absorbing read. The world building is done very well and the characters are quite believable and often times do not behave in expected ways. Have really enjoyed it.


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