Waiting on Wednesday: Blade of Dream by Daniel Abraham - The Fantasy Review

Waiting on Wednesday: Blade of Dream by Daniel Abraham

What are we waiting on this week? Nathan is waiting on Blade of Dream!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where readers and bloggers share and discuss books they are excited about reading and which have generally not yet been released.

Daniel Abraham’s most popular work is probably The Expanse series (he was half of the writing team working under the pseudonym James S.A. Corey, but I have to say that I think Abraham’s solo works are his absolute best. Daniel Abraham has two finished fantasy series under his belt – the emotional and introspective Long Price Quartet and the more traditionally epic The Dagger and the Coin. I highly recommend checking both of them out!

Abraham’s current series is the Kithamar trilogy. Starting with last year’s Age of Ash (see my full review here), each book in the series is set in the same city at the same time, but following different characters and different events. Age of Ash (don’t worry, I won’t’ spoil anything) followed a young thief who is recruited into a political conspiracy that goes to the very top of the political hierarchy. It was a fascinating book that played to Abraham’s strengths – well developed characters, resonant themes, and a careful look at how even small decisions can have significant consequences.

The next book in the Kithamar trilogy, Blade of Dream, comes out July 20 (at least in the US), and it seems that in this sequel that we are going to dive into the merchant class of Kithamar! I cannot wait to see what Abraham brings next, and I am eagerly awaiting to get to this book as part of my summer TBR!

Blade of Dream

Here is the official blurb for Blade of Dream:

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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My name is Nathan and I'm currently getting my Ph.D. in archaeology in the US, but in my freetime I absolutely love reading any kind of fantasy book (and watching way too much TV). So I guess you could say that during the day I like to escape into the past and in the evening I like to escape into other worlds! Review requests can be sent to nathansfantasyreviews@gmail.com. You can also find me on twitter (@nathan_reviews) and TikTok (nathans_fantasy_reviews).

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