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05.13.13
by Daniel Abraham

Upcoming4me just put up a little article about the story behind The Dagger & the Coin.

“For my first fantasy series – The Long Price Quartet – I wanted to do something really different, and so I did.  It had a structure I hadn’t seen anyone do before, a different setting than the usual, an idea for magic that I’m still kind of proud of.  And then I saw this ketchup bottle.”

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  1. Daniel, as much as I like The Dagger and the Coin (and other things), I am not convinced that I will ever read anything that I like more than The Long Price Quartet.

    Also, write faster; I’m not looking forward to the withdrawal I’ll have to go through again after I finish reading Tyrant’s Law and Abaddon’s Gate.

  2. Will there be an audiobook for the third book?

    • I think I’ve read elsewhere that there will be, though they unfortunately seem to come out 9 months after the novels themselves come out.

    • I did a little search and I found that OneClickAudio.com has the library version listed with an “anticipated release” of September. Whether or not the audio version will be released for public purchase at that time as well, I don’t know, but it does give me hope that there will be an audio version and I hopefully won’t have to wait too long.

  3. This reminds me, Daniel…I’ve looked a couple of times for the posts you did way back when about The Symposium, to no avail. Perhaps it’s time to bring those back, here under the new shingle?

  4. What, no “Hooray! ‘The Tyrant’s Law’ is out”?

    (Waiting for my copy to ship to the Middle East.)

    • Fun to hear about the influences, especially the Babylon 5 ones. Basharaf has always reminded me of Mr Morden with his ability to grant wishes and power that ultimately serve himself (or his masters) more than the person receiving the gift.
      I always picture Geder as being a bit like Vir too – although John Bradley’s portrayal of Samwell is starting to creep into my image of Geder as well.

      You want Daniel to write faster!? Have you seen how many projects he has on release for the rest of this year? If he just wrote one series we’d probably get a book every 3 month – although then we wouldn’t have as much variety.

  5. D & C is the most fabulous way to distract one’s self from the everyday stress of real life. However I would ask Mr. Abrahams publishers to refrain from appending the books end with the teasers from the next installment. First of all, it’s an unnecessary bonus…and second…well, it’s simply cruel!

  6. “…I put Beth Harmon in.”

    I would never have made that connection on my own, but now that it’s been pointed out I completely see it. Wow.

  7. Hi Daniel,

    Loving the expanse series so far, thanks a lot.

    Any idea where I can get hold of The Price of Spring ? It’s not stocked in Australia, and even Amazon doesn’t really have it, except for pricey collectors hardbacks :).

    With the success of expanse there might be more like me who have discovered you through that and want to drill into the back catalog.

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