All paths lead to war…
Marcus’ hero days are behind him. He knows too well that even the smallest war still means somebody’s death. When his men are impressed into a doomed army, staying out of a battle he wants no part of requires some unorthodox steps.
Cithrin is an orphan, ward of a banking house. Her job is to smuggle a nation’s wealth across a war zone, hiding the gold from both sides. She knows the secret life of commerce like a second language, but the strategies of trade will not defend her from swords.
Geder, sole scion of a noble house, has more interest in philosophy than in swordplay. A poor excuse for a soldier, he is a pawn in these games. No one can predict what he will become.
Falling pebbles can start a landslide. A spat between the Free Cities and the Severed Throne is spiraling out of control. A new player rises from the depths of history, fanning the flames that will sweep the entire region onto The Dragon’s Path-the path to war.
This book contains complex world building with vivid imaging. There are interwoven story arc’s to follow with all characters being three dimensional. I love dragons and anything to do with them so to find a book such as this containing dragons,, well it was a must read and I wasn’t disappointed.
Throughout the book there are questions raised and answered only to be replaced with more questions waiting for resolution. I personally would recommend reading this book over a couple of days as there is so much detail I believe you need to take a break to appreciate the complexity and divergent threads.
I will admit to struggling to grasp the political structures in each race as well as between the races but the more I read and took breaks the easier I found it. The only thing I found lacking was that there was not enough information on the dragon’s but I’m sure that will come out in the following books. If you like the Wheel of Time series and Kingkiller Chronicles, you are going to love this book