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Blade of Dream

by Daniel Abraham

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"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"--… (more)
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second book in the Kithamar Trilogy, about a medieval-style city that is a character in itself, a character with a big secret. the class differences, the two principals and their relationships, the characters in the City Guard, and the mystery they have to solve together gains momentum as all these elements further a fairly intricate storyline. i like Daniel Abraham a lot: co-author of The Expanse series, he tends to write outward from the characters, creating a story that develops in a natural way. this series is pretty light work for him, but creative all the same and the characters themselves are likeable and comfortable to curl up with, so it held my attention and i look forward to Part Three. ( )
  macha | Jan 24, 2024 |
This middle book of a planned trilogy is unusual for a fantasy because there are no real fantasy elements until three-fourths of the way through. Instead, the bulk of the book is Elaine a Sal, the new prince of Kithamar’s heir, dealing with the change in her status including her tryst with a random citizen. The tryst throws both their lives off track—the citizen leaves his merchant family and joins the city guard, while Elaine starts to consider what parts of her life she actually wants, while investigating what is making her father so upset and closed-off from her. (That’s connected to the magic of the first book, as is what happens when, late in the book, the Thread of Kithamar tries to regain its control of the city’s rulers.) I’m interested to see what happens next. ( )
  rivkat | Jun 28, 2023 |
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"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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