The Dragon's Path
The Dagger and The Coin #1
by Daniel Abrahams
Summer is the season of war in the Free Cities.
Marcus wants to get out before the fighting starts. His hero days are behind him and simple caravan duty is better than getting pressed into service by the local gentry. Even a small war can get you killed. But a captain needs men to lead -- and his have been summarily arrested and recruited for their swords.
Cithrin has a job to do -- move the wealth of a nation across a war zone. An orphan raised by the bank, she is their last hope of keeping the bank's wealth out of the hands of the invaders. But she's just a girl and knows little of caravans, war, and danger. She knows money and she knows secrets, but will that be enough to save her in the coming months?
Geder, the only son of a noble house is more interested in philosophy than swordplay. He is a poor excuse for a soldier and little more than a pawn in these games of war. But not even he knows what he will become of the fires of battle. Hero or villain? Small men have achieved greater things and Geder is no small man.
Falling pebbles can start a landslide. What should have been a small summer spat between gentlemen is spiraling out of control. Dark forces are at work, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon's Path -- the path of war.
Aidan Moher has already reviewed it very favourably here, I'll get through more of it over the weekend and see if I can't do the same later in the week.
One of the issues I have, I guess, is that while I find Abraham's writing good, it doesn't grab me the way that Martin, Rothfuss or even Lynch does. And unfortunately the little catalogue blurb that was winging it's way around the 'net six months ago has missed the mark of what the story is actually about/like - but it certainly did a great job of selling it (which was what is was meant to do I suppose)! Based on that little blurb, and what I had read in the first half of the Long Price quartet I was expecting more - stylistically.
But I am only at the beginning and all of that could go completely out the window in a chapter or two more., so fingers crossed!