The Tyrant's Law

Orbit: Hachette. (The Dagger and the Coin, Bk. 3). May 2013. 528p. ISBN 9780316080705. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780316235549. FANTASY
The Lord Regent Geder Palliako has begun his great war determined to bring peace even if it means imposing his will on the rest of the world. Independent-minded banker Cithrin Bel Sarcour has returned to the Medean Bank and to the fold, but her desire to change the world has not lessened. Although her husband was executed as a traitor, Lady Clara Kalliam remains loyal to Prince Geder for the sake of her son, Jory, an officer in Geder's army; at the same time she secretly works against the prince. And Capt. Marcus Wester and his companions search for an ancient relic. The third volume in Abraham's epic fantasy (The Dragon's Path; The King's Blood) follows different factions as war looms and finally erupts.
VERDICT Abraham is a graceful writer, treating his male and female characters with respect and exploring both their strengths and weaknesses; his latest calls to mind Melanie Rawn's "Sunrunner" and Terry Goodkind's "Sword of Truth" series.
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