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.
I always love when you pick up a book by an author you have never read before and are instantly mesmerized by the world that they have created. This book fell into that category.
There were many key elements that have been revisited in fantasy book through the years. This book had many of them. However, that didn’t detract from this book. In fact, I think it actually enhanced my enjoyment.
This book is set in a world that was once inhabited by dragons. The dragons bred thirteen different factions of humans as slaves. Eventually, the dragons die off and all that remains are the humans. The humans had been living in these separate factions for so long, that they continue on in them.
This is the first book in a new series by this author. I plan on reading his prior series while I wait ever so impatiently for the next one in this series.