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Blade of Dream

By Daniel Abraham
Blade of Dream by Daniel Abraham digital book - Fable

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From the New York Times bestselling author and co-author of The Expanse comes an "atmospheric and fascinating" novel that unfolds within the walls of a single great city, over the course of one tumultuous year (Joe Abercrombie, author of A Little Hatred).

Kithamar is a center of trade and wealth, an ancient city with a long, bloody history where countless thousands live and their stories endure.

This is Garreth’s.
 
Garreth Left is heir to one of Kithamar’s most prominent merchant families. The path of his life was paved long before he was born. Learn the family trade, marry to secure wealthy in-laws, and inherit the business when the time is right. But to Garreth, a life chosen for him is no life at all.
 
In one night, a chance meeting with an enigmatic stranger changes everything. He falls in love with a woman whose name he doesn’t even know, and he will do anything to find her again. His search leads him down corridors and alleys that are best left unexplored, where ancient gods hide in the shadows, and every deal made has a dangerous edge.
 
The path that Garreth chooses will change the course of not only those he loves, but the entire future of Kithamar’s citizens.
 
In Kithamar, every story matters -- and the fate of the city is woven from them all.

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“I found this book weaker than <em>Age of Ash</em>, and yet I still enjoyed reading about the events from another angle. There are a couple reasons I didn't like this one as much. First, the primary POV characters were significantly less proactive than Alys and Sammish. They sort of stumbled into things accidentally most of the time and poked around for information occasionally, but rarely did they change the course of events by their own choices, aside from the stupid ones that other people took advantage of. The absence of an antagonist POV adds to this loss. In <em>Age of Ash</em>, Abraham showed us this subtle battle over Alys between Andomaka and Sammish as Alys struggles to determine who she wants to be and how she wants to honor her brother. We understand the push-and-pull. We understand the scope of the plot because we are privy to Andomaka's thoughts. We don't have that here because we don't have a secondary antagonist. We already know what Garreth and Elaine are up against. We already know they'll come up against Alys and Ullin, that Andomaka will stage a coup, etc. We don't need those POVs again. But it makes this book feel a lot simpler and a lot less significant. That feeling of scope and impact is gone. This book also lacks the mysterious and fantastical that drove the first one. We don't have the dagger, Ausai, Saffa, the wild man. We do get a cameo from him, but because Elaine doesn't understand who he is, it doesn't carry with it this feeling of mystical. We learn a little more through Aunt Thorn, but overall, I missed these elements of the tale. I'm a big Daniel Abraham fan, though, so obviously I still liked the book. It's easy to see that he has a plan, and that this storytelling structure is preparing to answer the lingering questions with impact.”

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