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The Tyrant's Law (The Dagger and the Coin, Band 3) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Daniel Abraham
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14. Mai 2013 The Dagger and the Coin (Buch 3)
The great war cannot be stopped.

The tyrant Geder Palliako had led his nation to war, but every victory has called forth another conflict. Now the greater war spreads out before him, and he is bent on bringing peace. No matter how many people he has to kill to do it.

Cithrin bel Sarcour, rogue banker of the Medean Bank, has returned to the fold. Her apprenticeship has placed her in the path of war, but the greater dangers are the ones in her past and in her soul.

Widowed and disgraced at the heart of the Empire, Clara Kalliam has become a loyal traitor, defending her nation against itself. And in the shadows of the world, Captain Marcus Wester tracks an ancient secret that will change the war in ways not even he can forsee.

Return to the critically acclaimed epic by master storyteller Daniel Abraham, The Dagger and the Coin.

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  • Taschenbuch: 528 Seiten
  • Verlag: Orbit; Auflage: New. (14. Mai 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0316080705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316080705
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,1 x 15,2 x 3,8 cm
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"Abraham builds on The Dragon's Path to create and sustain a rich, satisfyingly complex epic fantasy."—Publishers Weekly on The King's Blood.

"This smart, absorbing, fascinating military fantasy, exciting and genuinely suspenseful, will keep readers on their toes."—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on The Tyrant's Law

"Prepare to be shocked, startled, and entertained."—Locus on The Dragon's Path

"It's as if Clint Eastwood went to Narnia...A pleasure for Abraham's legion of fans."—Kirkus on The Dragon's Path

"Everything I look for in a fantasy."—George R.R. Martin on The Dragon's Path

"Abraham is fiercely talented, disturbingly human, breathtakingly original and even on his bad days kicks all sorts of literary ass."—Junot Diaz on The Long Price Quartet

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Daniel Abraham is the author of the critically-acclaimed Long Price Quartet. He has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, and won the International Horror Guild award. He also writes as MLN Hanover and (with Ty Franck) James S.A. Corey. He lives in New Mexico.

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Auch der dritte Band der Serie lässt nichts zu wünschen übrig. Spannend und nicht zu weitschweifig, glaubwürdige Charaktäre und einfallsreiche Story.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen excellent continuation of excellent series 30. Mai 2013
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Best. Quest. Ending. Ever.

If that isn't enough, then keep reading to see all the other reasons to continue with Daniel Abraham's THE DAGGER AND THE COIN series, via book three--The Tyrant's Law. But really--Best. Ever.

As in the prior two books, Abraham tells his story through several focused POVs, the four main characters getting pretty much the same 10-12 POV chapters (the novel is bookended by two other characters' POVs). In the Antea capital city of Camnipol, Lord Regent Geder Palliako continues, under the influence of the Spider Goddess' high priest, to turn Antea into both an internal police state and an aggressive, genocidal Empire eager to gobble up its neighbors. Meanwhile, Clara, the disgraced wife of the former Baron Dawson Kalliam (executed after plotting against the Regent in the last novel), is still working to bring Geder down, though she's working with a lot fewer resources now and must also take care to keep her children out of her machinations. One of Antea's threatened neighbors is Suddapal, which just happens to be where Cithrin is apprenticed to Mgistra Isadau, head of that city's Medean Bank. Finally, far, far away, Captain Marcus and Kit, apostate former-priest of the Spider Goddess cult, are on a lengthy quest to gain a magic sword and then sneak into the cult's mountain fastness and use the sword to kill the Spider Goddess herself.

The Tyrant's Law has everything that has made this series consistently excellent and it makes three out of three that I've read in a single sitting. The prose, while not as elegantly lyrical as his first fantasy series (THE LONG PRICE QUARTET, which should be on everyone's shelves), is precise, fluid, intelligent without being showy, and always smoothly, perfectly matched to its tone and content, whether it be employed to convey humor, suspense, fear, etc.

The characters remain a strong point, continuing to deepen and develop, sometimes in subtly surprising ways, as the series continues. Many find new facets to themselves, new capabilities, or are awakened to some less positive aspects of themselves. What's nice to see as well is they do so in different ways, dependent not only on their plot circumstances (the usual method), but also in their life experience. Too often we see characters of different ages, races, genders, responding to the forces in their lives in the exact same way. Abraham, however, refuses to take that lazy path. Here, the older characters, such as Marcus and Clara, have to both deal with not just past events from their lives, but also from past behaviors and modes of thinking that they've formed over their years. And they have to learn how to integrate those past modes of thought into their changed lives, whether that means adjusting them, sticking to them, or dropping them entirely (not an easy process).

Clara, especially, faces this issue, having to reshape herself to meet both her new social-conomic status (greatly reduced due to being the wife to a disgraced traitor) and her newfound personal status (no longer a society wife but someone free to act wholly on her own, for good or ill consequences).

Cithrin and Geder, meanwhile, don't have the years of life experience that Marcus and Clara do, and so they must navigate their new lives in much different, and often much more halting, insecure fashion. We've seen the Cithrin-as-apprentice-with-lessons to learn plot point before, but it works here because some lessons are different and some lessons need to keep being learned (or be re-learned). It's also an interesting and uncomfortable shift for her, to go from heading the bank in her former city to being an apprentice in an unfamiliar land amidst an unfamiliar people. Geder is also not wholly comfortable in his role as Lord Regent, what with the attempts on his life (both real and not-so-real), his changing relationship with the young prince, a new rival for his head priest's attention, his sometime-bemoaning of his past days as a scholar, and his under-developed set of emotions. Abraham's portrayal of him, the way we watch a monster develop out of an often likable character with seemingly good intentions, blind to his own monstrosity, is perhaps the most fascinating aspect of this novel, and the entire series.

As is the manner in which Antea falls beneath Geder's (or the Spider Goddess') spell. It doesn't take the keenest eye to spot both historical and contemporary analogues in Antea's transformation: its scapegoating of a particular race (the insectile Timzinae), the careful use of language (bugs, roach) to turn the populace against them, development of labor and internment camps, the ease with which the general population allows this to happen, whether by actively joining with it or simply staying silent. We've seen all of this before, and it sends true chills down the spine to see it in this world.

It's also a mark of Abraham's skill and integrity as a writer that he doesn't make this easy, doesn't simply put the racist lines in the mouths of his worst characters. Cithrin, for example, often thought of herself as quite the "liberal" when it came to dealing with other races, but when she finds herself the clearly visible minority in her new land, her view of herself (and others) begins to change, a point sharply made by a seemingly throwaway bit of plot dealing with the name of one of the characters who has been with us throughout all three books.

This same kind of complexity enters into even them most traditional-seeming of the plot lines--Marcus and Kit's quest to kill the Spider Goddess--the "Dark Lord" behind all this scheming and warfare:

"I [Kit] can't permit this destruction. Whatever the price, I can't permit it."
"Destruction's inevitable," Marcus said, and spat. "You do know we're about to destroy Antea? If you're right and their success is all based on your incarnated goddess, when we take her away, we'll take their successes away with them, and they'r in the middle of a fight. Soldiers of Antea are just men. Some of them are bastards and some are not. Some have children and wives. It's not their fault your old pals came and made their homeland into a tool for a spider, but they'll die because of it."
"Or, I suppose, kill for it if we don't. . . . I don't see there's any choice though," Kit said.
"Isn't . . Just didn't want you to get your hopes up about this being clean."

So much for "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" and let's all go home.

Strong, complex, developing characters. A layered plot that plays with standard genre tropes and offers up a level of serious depth. Precise, silky-smooth prose that sweeps you effortlessly along. All this and a good heaping of humor. In The Tyrant's Law, Daniel Abraham continues to show why he should be at the top of anyone's reading list.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen I'd been anticipating this book more than any other 22. Juni 2013
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First of all, I loved this book. There may be some minor spoilers for book two in this review.

I'll start with the bad. The editing really could have been better. I ran across missing words now and then, often enough to have noticed it. And that's pretty much all I have for bad stuff.

I admit to a favorable bias toward this author. When I first began this, I was too excited to do more than reread the first couple of sentences, again and again. But once I settled down, I got into it right away. I was worried I might have forgotten what was going on since 'The King's Blood' but it was rather easy to fall back into the world.

Geder is, beyond a doubt, the most terrifying villain I've ever read, because he is so very believable. I can't help imagining any number of guys I rejected, and wondering what they might have done if they had this much power. I have been afraid for Cithrin in this regard since book two.

I have wondered if the author is drawing some parallels to the holocaust in here, with some of the treatment of the Timzinae. It occurred to me early on, and as I read more and more, it just got worse. I also couldn't help thinking of Geder's elusive conspirators as Bush's weapons of mass destruction that never existed. I'm not sure if that's a deliberate allegory of if it's just me seeing that. I also felt Cithrin's story served a purpose of assuring us that the Timzinae are, in fact, people, regardless of claims made otherwise.

I loved the character development in here. Cithrin and Clara went through the biggest changes in this particular book. Marcus and Geder perhaps didn't evolve as much in this particular book, although I would say everyone has changed at least somewhat over the course of the series. I've found myself particularly fond of Yardem. He is perhaps my favorite secondary character, even above Master Kit.

I'd mistakenly assumed this series was a trilogy. I have mixed feelings about having been wrong. I am delighted that there is going to be more, but I also really want to know what happens next right now.

I highly recommend this series to pretty much everyone.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great book for a terrific series 7. Juni 2013
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Daniel Abraham is a terrific author and has always seemed a bit underrated to me. He creates interesting worlds, characters you can love or hate and care about in some fashion, even if you cared for them to die a miserable death. It follows the point-of-views of mainly four characters:

Marcus Wester: the famed mercenary captain, on a quest with Master Kit through lands forgotten since the Dragons ruled.
Cithrin bel Sarcour: a Voice of the Medean Bank, currently tasked with being an apprentice in all but name.
Geder Palliako: Currently the Lord Regent, and perhaps the most brilliantly written villainous geek to have ever been created. Spreading war yet again in this book, and with it, the spider temple as well.

Clara Kalliam: the fallen Baroness that sees Palliako for the danger he is, even if she is unaware just how insidious the power that backs him is even more dangerous. In the humble and subtle ways available to her, she attempts to subvert Palliako in what ever way she can.

The storylines cross in wonderful and unexpected ways. The actions by and reactions caused by the characters are interesting and run the emotional gamut between hilarious and heart-wrenching. All characters face suffering and growth throughout the book that doesn't feel forced, but rather a natural and real progression of life itself.

His stories are easy to read through, yet have a bunch of depth if you care to look for it. (However, he writes in such a way you can treat the stories lightly and still enjoy them.)

'The Tyrant's Law' is the third book in a five book series. The pacing felt correct for a middle book and by the end, the story is definitely setup for a intense conclusion in the next two books.

(Note: I haven't looked at the physical edition, but if you get the Kindle edition, the "Entr'acte" chapter does not directly follow the last chapter. So, unless you recall the "Entr'acte" from previous books, you could miss it. You do not want to miss this.)

If you haven't started the series yet, I would highly recommend it. It is everything you probably want in an epic fantasy, yet not quite like anything else you have probably read.

If you have read the first two books, but the last one felt a bit slow in its pacing, I felt this one made up for it in spades.

If these are the only books you have read by Mr. Abraham, I highly recommend his 'The Long Price' quartet.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Surprising and smart 25. Mai 2013
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I have to confess that I didn't much care for the previous book in the series. I felt like it was treading water after a promising debut, with pov characters making stupid decisions that made it hard to like them.

If it was necessary to bring us this book, I retroactively recommend it. The characters in this book are, if not all likable (Geder could do with being tied up in the same bag as a honey badger coated in itching powder), generally sympathetic. They make smart decisions, learn from their mistakes, and deal with problems both ordinary (bereavement) and...not (social-engineering vascular spiders).

In this book, Daniel Abraham is to George RR Martin as GRRM was to pre-Game of Thrones fantasy. GRRM was shocking because he visits tragedy upon protagonists; Abraham is refreshing because he neither dooms his characters to ceaseless and constant brutality nor gives them a free pass for being the "good" guys.

I wasn't a fan before this book, but I am now.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A spectacular book. But it's not the last... 21. Oktober 2013
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George R.R. Martin seems to have had a huge influence on fantasy writing. Martin was one of the first fantasy authors to write about the filth, disease and hardship of feudal worlds. Martin is also famous for writing the vastly ambitious A Game of Thrones books with a story that never seems to end.

Daniel Abraham, author of the Dagger and Coin books (and many other excellent books) has collaborated with Martin and lives in New Mexico, as Martin does. So I can at least imagine Martin's influence on Abraham's work. Abraham's Dagger and Coin books have the brutal reality of feudal worlds. Reading these books feels more like reading a history of the early Renaissance than a fantasy novel, except that we get much more detail than would ever be possible in a history. Abraham plays with the elements of fantasy novels, and then stabs them to death. There is a bit of magic here, but not much.

Considering the quality of Abraham's books and the depth of his plots, he is a remarkably prolific writer (I'm sure that Martin's fans wish that he wrote as fast as Mr. Abraham does). Abraham is good at world building and at describing setting. What makes his novels powerful are the deep portraits of his characters. One of the most powerful portraits is that of Geder Palliako, the Lord Regent. The books follow Gedar from his early days as an incompetent knight to his rise as Regent and ruler of an empire.

In Geder we see the banality of evil. Geder has no moral compass. He was bullied and picked on and is determined that no one will ever laugh at him again. He is easily manipulated but also a somewhat tragic character as we see him become more and more of a monster. Many writers can create characters that are evil. Only a sophisticated writer can see that evil in the real world is not so simple.

Epic stories tend to be about the end of eras. This was the case of the Lord of the Rings and it is also the case of World War I and II. At the end of these epics and historical cataclysms new eras were ushered in. In the world of the Dagger and the Coin we see the rise of merchants and banking. In our world this eventually spelled the end of feudalism. One of the core characters in this story is Cithrin bel Sarcour, a banker. In this story I wonder if Cithrin will not be the harbinger of a new era that will rise out of the ashes of the conflict ignited by Geder.

The only annoying feature of these books are all of the questions about the nature of the world the story is set in. There was a dragon empire, ruled by dragons. But how would that work? Dragons don't have hands and thumbs. There are cities and dragon roads. How could the dragons build them? Or create the humans and the other thirteen species of humanity that inhabit this world? Abraham has published a brief description of the thirteen species, but there's not much in the way of historical detail beyond legend.

Like George R.R. Martin, Abraham writes large stories. The story of the Dagger and the Coin does not end with Tyrant's Law. Given the challenges of the plot, I'm not sure how many books will be required to bring it to an end. I hate waiting for the next book, but I will definitely be looking forward to the next book in the series.
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