An Autumn War (Long Price Quartet #3)
Daniel Abraham delighted fantasy readers with his brilliantly original and engaging first novel, and in his second penned a tragedy as darkly personal and violent as Shakespeareâ��s King Lear. Now he has written an epic fantasy of much wider scope and appeal that will thrill his fans and enthrall legions of new readers.
Otah Machi, ruler of the city of Machi, has tried
This book begins maybe another 10 years later. A rival nation, maybe based on England with its pale skinned people and steam engines, and a general determined to remove andats by wiping out the poets and their libraries. With a ploy that's a little too convenient for my taste, the general blitzkriegs the Summer Cities. War is hell, the locals attempt guerilla warfare, and a finally a love triangle I dig - more...more
Some wars are fought between good and evil. Some wars are just fought because two sides,...more
Following the events in A Betrayal in Winter, war is brewing between the Galts and Khaiem. The Galts are led by a brilliant and daring general named Balasar Gice who has a plan to remove the one great advantage of the Khaiem...namely the poets and their magical andat. Mea...more
"Good men shouldn't be able to make mistakes with such a high price."
Review to come after I finish book four.
In this one, Abraham finds a good pace for the political drama and maintaining all the actors doing acts. Characters finally are taking charge - the reluctant protagonists have been finally punished enough to go forth and do things.
It is odd to read this series and see my opinion growing, probably it stems from it being a first novel/series as the aut...more
Maybe it's being a father or maybe it's something else, but parts of this book brought tears to my eyes. And once again, I've ended a book in this quartet with no clue where Abraham will take me in book four.
One of the most fascinating aspects of this series has been the notion of the andats, the anthropomorphic manifestat...more
Daniel Abraham is a skilled craftsman. His use of the action of 'Posing' to add to verbal communication gives us another worldly feel, as well as sometimes the language that cuts out an essenti...more
Otah Machi has, somewhat reluctantly, become Khai, and is working on the difficult business of ruling. His job is about to get much harder, because General Gice, of the Galtic Empire, is terrified of the Khaiates. He believes that it is inevitable that the Khaiates, if left unchecked, will use the power of the 'andat' to destroy his civilisation, and he has made...more
The novel satisfies the obligations created in earlier volumes--it concerns primarily warfare, in which Plato is weaponized. The Forms deployed are essentially the forms of Genocide-of-Persons o...more
enjoyed the first two volumes tremendously, an...more
But although war is the main story, the underlying themes are far more intimate - family, sons and daug...more
Third book in quartet about a civilization committing suicide via demon. I'm not sure where I got that idea, actually -- I haven't read the fourth yet -- but everything bad that's happened so far is part of the "long price" of holding the andat, and this book furthers that theme, shall we say. The second book didn't engage me but this one did: a big scheme, undertaken by the survivors of the first book's mistakes, and oh do they multiply. Very finely written.
My worry fr...more
I have wanted to save the category of 'fantasy' for a novel that I feel is an ambassador of the genre. I have...more
Obviously, An Autumn War features substantially more of the latter, but it still doesn't sit front row centre as in so many fantasy novels. It's hard to say more without spoilers, but fans of the first two bo...more
This one just blows the roof off. Without giving away the details, this could be a down-in-flames ending for a series. Instead it's the third book of four.
While the plot keeps the pages turning, it's the characters that move the plot and they're quite the characters. Even the most despicable human characters are believable in a way that doesn't just show you how they...more
His short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. His novelette Flat Diane was nominated for the Nebula Award. His novelette The Cambist and Lord Iron: a Fairyt...more