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Monday, May 27, 2013

The Dragon's Path


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.

11 comments:

  1. Sounds like a winner - I've heard of Abraham but never got around to reading any of his stuff. Once my TBR pile goes down a bit, I might give it a shot.

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  2. Hello Ross! Nice to meet you!
    I'm here via the followers blog hop and since I love fantasy I'm gonna go ahead and follow you.
    I've both never heard of Abraham or this series of books but you've successfully piqued my interest enough to make me look into it. Thanks!
    Bev
    http://bev-thebevelededge.blogspot.com/

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  3. Sounds like an interesting book. I'll have to check it out.

    Jai @And then...

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  4. Here from the blog hop. Have a lovely day.

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  5. Great book recommendations and tattoos on this blog. I am following your blog now.

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  6. Great review! I'll have to check this one out!

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  7. I am definitely going to add this to my goodreads list.

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  8. Sounds like a great read. I'm popping in from the bloghop yesterday. Are you there? *batting eyes*

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  9. Haven't read this book, and actually...the only fantasy I have been reading....Hunger Games! lol....Love it!

    Stopping by to say hello, you signed up for the blog hop...

    Sandy of sandysanderellasmusings.blogspot.com

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  10. Nice review. Got me curious. Thanks

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  11. Over from the blog hop, about to follow you. Can't wait to look through the rest of your blog. Here's me www.nisfornail.blogspot.co.uk

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