The Dragon's Path

The Dragon's Path

Book - 2011
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The dragons are gone, the powerful magics that broke the world diluted to little more than parlour tricks, but the kingdoms of men remain and the great game of thrones goes on. Lords deploy armies and merchant caravans as their weapons, manoeuvring for wealth and influence. But a darker power is rising - an unlikely leader with an ancient ally threatens to unleash again the madness that destroyed the world once already. Only one man knows the truth and, from the shadows, must champion humanity. The world's fate stands on the edge of a Dagger, its future on the toss of a Coin ...
Publisher: London : Orbit, 2011.
Branch Call Number: FANTASY
Characteristics: 555 p. :,map ;,24 cm.

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Eosos
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.

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Nords
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.

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BankShot
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.

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reginac
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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