The Dagger and the Coin – Book 3: The Tyrant’s Law – Daniel Abraham

Hey Jared,

Ok, I don’t really know what to do for this review. Either my experience was reflective of the material or…….I’m just completely unfocused.

thetyrantslawTitle: The Tyrant’s Law
Series: The Dagger and the Coin; Book 3
Author: Daniel Abraham
Genre: Fantasy
Audience: Adult
ROTS Setting: UU, Medieval, Dragons (Extinct?), Magic
Synopsis: 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.
Recommendation: Adult, but mid to late teen could probably read it too. Series is highly recommended!

I could not get into this book. Up until the first third I was doing ok but the middle third lost me. I lost the plot and didn’t feel anything for the characters. It wasn’t until the last eighth that I finally felt good about the book. But, my lack of focus might be more of a personal issue than anything else….. Then again, it’s also the middle book in the series.

So I’m torn.

The world building was decent, but the plot generally felt slow. There are some nice twists in the end, but not enough to redeem it. I also found the characters to be mostly in a holding pattern while the bigger events were taking shape, especially in the middle part of the book.

In the end, this is more my impressions than a full review. I don’t know if I can trust my feelings on this one right now. However I’m willing to overlook most of this given the previous two book and reevaluate after I read/attempt the next one. (Which given the title will hopefully focus on Clara….she’s amazing.)

Robert


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