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Publisher's Summary

The rise of the dragon and the fall of kings Lord Regent Geder Palliako's war has led his nation and the priests of the spider goddess to victory after victory. No power has withstood him, except for the heart of the one woman he desires. As the violence builds and the cracks in his rule begin to show, he will risk everything to gain her love or else her destruction. Clara Kalliam, the loyal traitor, is torn between the woman she once was and the woman she has become. With her sons on all sides of the conflict, her house cannot stand, but there is a power in choosing when and how to fall. And in Porte Oliva, banker Cithrin bel Sarcour and Captain Marcus Wester learn the terrible truth that links this war to the fall of the dragons millennia before, and that to save the world, Cithrin must conquer it.
©2014 Daniel Abraham (P)2014 Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By Lore on 05-02-15

The resistance starts to take shape

Daniel Abraham and Pete Bradbury team up once again on book 4 of the series and deliver an engaging story. If you haven't read/listened to the first 3 books then there is no sense starting here.

Lord Regent Geder Palliako remains a brutal yet naïve dictator. His spurned love for Cithrin now fuels his paranoia and the rest of world suffers the consequences. Antea continues to expand and conquer neighboring nations but has spread itself so thin as to become vulnerable. The spider priests meet resistance of their own as another version of the "truth" appears in the form of the dragon Inys.

Inys reveals the details of the ancient Dragon War and the origin of the races of humanity. His knowledge exposes the lies of the spider priests for what they are and he reveals tactics of how to best fight them. Marcus, Yardem, and Kit are all alongside Inys and attempt to help the dragon orient to the realities of the new world.

Cithrin continues to reshape the bank that raised her by changing the rules of the financial game they play. She concludes that for the bank to survive she must fund the resistance to prevent Antea from achieving it's goals so she positions herself to do just that.

As you may have guessed by the title, Clara comes to the forefront in this book and house Callium becomes a focal point. Clara has lost her husband to Geder's wrath, one son to Geder's banishment and a second to the spider priesthood and she has had enough. She takes action to prevent Geder from ruining what little she has left.

This is book 4 of 5 so it goes without saying that little is wrapped up here. The story gets flushed out, the background behind the motives of the spider priests is exposed, and everything is set up for a final showdown in book 5, The Spider's War. I can't wait.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By JPaladin on 12-11-14

Best book in the series!!!

Up until this book I enjoyed but didn't love this series. This is the book in which it all really starts coming together. The character development is paying off. The actions of the characters in prior books fits. The epic storyline is coming into fruition. I'm hooked on the series.

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