I’ll try to keep this short and sweet, as I have book 3 sitting right beside me. The King’s Blood picks up right where The Dragon’s Path left off. The dreaded “middle book syndrome” isn’t a concern here. Abraham knows the story he is telling, and nothing feels out of place or rushed. The characters all have a life of their own, and the series is starting to grow in scale. There were several memorable scenes in this second volume and one event in particular came as a shock. Daniel Abraham has made it clear that no characters are safe, and the unexpected danger feels real. Little humor combined with war and conflict should appeal to fans of dark fantasy, but Cithrin adds some light to an otherwise darker tone.
The cast remains small for book 2 which is both frustrating and rewarding at the same time. The plus side of a small cast allows the reader to really bond with the characters, but one more POV character would have been most welcomed. I hope that in the next volume we get a new perspective, even two wouldn’t hurt. The strange Spider Cult is also kept under wraps which is frustrating because to be honest, they don’t sound that bad! There are undertones hinting that this cult has bad intentions, but for the most part the reader is kept in the dark about their intentions. The slow decent in corruption that Geder experiences is quite fascinating to read, and Abraham has done a stellar job in developing his character from book worm to tyrant.
There isn’t a whole lot more I could add to what has already been said. This is a series to watch, and while it still feels somewhat generic, it is a rich world that any fantasy fan will enjoy. Book 3 here I come!