Daniel Abraham is one of those authors that somehow slipped under my radar for the longest time. I’d vaguely heard about him before and I knew that he was chums with George R.R. Martin. I was initially put off by the cover of The Dragon’s Path due to the fact that it had a pretty cheesy sword on the cover. It kind of reeked of “old school” fantasy which isn’t something I’m too fond of these days. With a bold quote by none other than George R.R. Martin on his cover proclaiming, “Everything I look for in a Fantasy” I decided to pick it up. Martin recommended The Lies of Locke Lamora a few years ago and so I figured if he was backing Abraham then it might warrant a look. After reading The Dragon’s Path I can confidently say that his recommendation doesn’t disappoint.
This book really grabbed me from the first few pages and right away I knew I was in for a good story. At first glance the characters in The Dragon’s Path all seem rather traditional. You have the “war torn old veteran”, the “orphan girl disguising herself as a boy” and “the noble who wishes to escape his duties”. While these might sound like they’ve been done a thousand times, Abraham gives them a breath of fresh air due to his wonderful writing. The character of Geder was especially well done and his progression over the course of the novel was awesome.
It seems that Abraham is attempting to write a traditional fantasy novel, but give it a face lift. This first novel keeps the setting and pace relatively calm, but by the end of the book you know that something epic is brewing. Abraham writes with confidence and the story never really stalled and nothing felt out of place or forced. I am so glad I decided to give this book a shot, and I can’t wait to dive into book 2. Mr. Abraham you have a new fan.