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An Autumn War (Long Price Quartet #3)

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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 Shakespeare�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

Hardcover, 366 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Tor Books (first published July 1st 2008)
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A lot of the time you read fantasy the book ends up being some world-traveling epic. Lots of the second half of the Wheel of Time series, for instance, seemed to be making a checklist of all of the assorted nations that the action had not been to yet, and going to those places. Lots of politics, lots of tertiary characters, sad yarns spun. It's automatically epic if a half-sketched world is threatened, right?

Some wars are fought between good and evil. Some wars are just fought because two sides,...more
...that feeler explodes. Um, not a spoiler to say it's a big ol' war (see book title).

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
4.5 to 5.0 stars. This is the third book of the Long Price Quartet following A Shadow in Summer and A Betrayal in Winter. It is also the strongest and best book in a series that is fast becoming one of the best in recent years.

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
I started out enthralled, got pretty unsure about this in the middle, but it finished up pretty strong. The end tattooed the moral onto my face more blatantly than I would have hoped for, but I still liked a lot of it. Plenty to talk about. Like:

"Good men shouldn't be able to make mistakes with such a high price."

Review to come after I finish book four.
Since the end of "A Betrayal in Winter," reluctant leader Otah Machi has tried to make some changes in the way the city of Machi is rule. He's taken only one wife who has given him two children. Otah would like to easily hand off the reigns of leadership to his son, Danat when the time comes, but Danat's poor health could mean the child will die before that can happen. It would leave a vacuum in the top leadership role and lead to potentially more chaos than when Otah took over the throne.

Balasar Gice is a Galt with a mission. He’s back from a long trek in the desert, prepared to move his massive army against the Khaiem and the andat they control under the most tenuous circumstances. Balasar believes he will save the world from a potential disaster—the memories of a tortured city seen through the eyes of himself as a boy are almost too much for him to bear. And so he marches, gathering soldiers as he goes to confront Otah the Khai Machi and change the present to force amends on t...more
This book is so fu**ing beautiful. I need to go back and reassess every other book I've ever rated 5 stars.
It has been over a year since I read the first two entries in Daniel Abraham’s Long Prince Quartet. Both A Shadow In Summer and A Betrayal In Winter are subtle, complex novels light on action but high on character in world that is wonderfully complex and refreshingly different from your everyday fantasy world. While each of the previous novels have primarily been about several deftly drawn characters and their personal relationships each novel has grown increasingly involved with examining how t...more
(First read:)

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.

(On re-read:)

My worry fr...more
He manages to keep this world interesting, AND he finally lets us see behind the secret curtain into the capturing of Andat. He also does that thing where he lets you have this easy hope based on something a character says that they'll recognize THAT as the beautiful solution to all the problems, and then he never has the characters be that clever. it's a great tactic for keeping the reader tied to the book. It's a wonderful story and creative. He lets us see the life of peace, privilege, and so...more
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The first two books in the series didn't thrill me. Took too long for the protagonists that we were following to act, rather than to be acted upon.

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
Michael Kelley
Man, Abraham keeps hitting them out of the ballpark. An Autumn War was even better than the second novel in the series, which was superior to the first. It's quite a feat to achieve, although I feel he is finding his full legs as a writer so it makes sense that he could only go up in his early efforts.
The third novel throws off the earlier novels' looks at economics and politics to focus fully on the more common fantasy-novel plot element: all-out invasion by a superior force. But, as usual, Abr...more
Adam B.
Definitely the best book in the series so far and one that I'm struggling to describe. The story of men and women doing the best they can with the understanding they have to make the world a better and safer place, but unaware of the painful price they will have to pay--a long price indeed.

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.
Joshua Perry
Jun 09, 2014 Joshua Perry rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with a mind for fantasy
Click here to read my review for the previous two books in this series in the omnibus edition, "Shadow And Betrayal"

Where to begin? This book is excellent, 5/5 stars.

This book, especially the latter few chapters, is horrifying in the best sense possible. It takes place several years after the events of "A Betrayal In Winter", which in turn takes place several years after "A Shadow In Summer". The basic premise of the book is the Galts are trying to rid the world of the andat. As the title sugges...more
To my eye, fantasy stories do not get any better than this. I loved the character driven plot all the way to this point and the end of this book, while it does involve massive magic, was not out of place. Abraham gives me the sneaking feeling that something like this was going to happen. So while the event was certainly god-like it was not "deus ex machine."

Abraham channels some Shakespeare in his portrayal of human motivations and emotions. He makes his villains complex and likeable while the h...more
This third installment of Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet is definitely more than the sum of its predecessors, both of them outstanding books: where the first two parts of this series introduced the world in which the action unfolds, and fleshed out the characters peopling it, An Autumn War brings all these elements to fruition in a tale that is both enthralling and satisfying.

One of the most fascinating aspects of this series has been the notion of the andats, the anthropomorphic manifestat...more
Janice Bonczek
Goodreads just ate my entire review, so this one probably wont be as long or as eloquent as my first >:(

This is the third book in "The Long Price Quartet" by Daniel Abraham. While I liked the first two books in this series, I loved this one. The whole series has been marked by moral gray areas, where you can see the good points of characters on both sides of the story, and the "good guys" and "bad guys" aren't necessarily as clear cut as you might normally see in a fantasy novel.

Besides that,...more
David Molnar
Each of the four books in the Long Price series has its own distinct flavor, and since this is book three, it must be War. (It even has War in the title, in case we missed it.) Abraham does War a little different than most (see also The Dragon's Path) and it just works. He has also done a nice job building off of events from the first two books.

At the same time, I could have done without the continual reference to the price and "paying the price" - it started to remind me of a certain Home Movie...more
Stephen Betts
Another masterful tale that tore my heart and out made me giddy with delight by turns, and sometimes simultaneously. With Daniel Abraham it's equal parts bleakness and that in-your-gut certainty that things will get better if you can just hold on a little longer. I think the balance (on the edge of your nerves) is what keeps me coming back for more. Abraham builds the tension supporting his characters' success and utter failure with equal facility and even his catharsis is a mixed bag of "Finall...more
As with the previous two books in the series, this was a very enjoyable and fresh take on fantasy. As the series develops the depth of it becomes even greater and the twist at the end of the tale in this third of four parts made the entirety elevated beyond much of what else exists in the world of fantasy.

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
Althea Ann
I really liked the first two in this series. This one, I loved. I feel like the themes of the story come to full fruition in this one.

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
Michele (Mikecas)
Da: Terzo episodio della quadrilogia The Long Price Quartet. Ho presentato A Shadow in Summer come consiglio di lettura di Settembre 2012, e ho poi parlato anche di A Betrayal in Winter. In questo nuovo capitolo della saga lo scontro di civilt� tra le citt� dei Khaiem, con i loro andat, e l'impero dei Galts arriva al suo culmine. Grazie ad antichi libri recuperati con una spedizione all'interno del vecchio territorio del Primo Impero, spedizione che � cos...more
The adventures of Platonist Forms continue here, and the narrative ticks up a notch in this installment, as compared to the previous two. Part of the added tension is the addition of a perspective of the enemy, in the person of Balasar Gice, who is something of the setting's Miles Teg, (sans superpowers).

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
Jesse Whitehead
I think I’ve figured out why Daniel Abraham is not a very popular fantasy writer. It’s because his books are not part of the usual formula. Eschewing the usual medieval Europe setting that most fantasy embraces he turns instead to a definite Asian influence. Not only that but there are none of the tropes of fantasy that have trotted around until they became cliché. There is no young farmer/scullery boy/peasant who learns he is the true king/magician/powerful Jedi. Nobody discovers an unlearned m...more
Skott Klebe
Every once in a while a good book will have an ending that's so disappointing that it invalidates all of the enjoyment I had had in the book until that point. It's quite rare, though, that a book's ending can ruin the enjoyment I'd had in other books, too; in fact, I can't remember another case. However, this third volume of Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet has such an ending, and it's effectively ruined the first two books for me. Despite having
enjoyed the first two volumes tremendously, an...more
Pauline Ross
This series just gets better and better. In 'An Autumn War', we have moved on another fifteen years or so, and for the first time the shadowy threat of the Galts, seemingly behind every conspiracy in the previous books, moves out into the open, with an audacious plan - no less than to destroy the andat altogether, and then destroy the Khaiem and their poets before they have time to create more.
But although war is the main story, the underlying themes are far more intimate - family, sons and daug...more
"An Autumn War" is the third book of the Long Price Quartet. The first book, I had started because Goodreads recommended it to me. Furthermore, Patrick Rothfuss, a favourite author of mine, had a high opinion of the series. I was quickly seduced into the world of the novel, and went from confused to comfortable as I identified the usual aspects of epic fantasy and details were explained.

I have wanted to save the category of 'fantasy' for a novel that I feel is an ambassador of the genre. I have...more
I've criticized the first two books in the series for being a little too descriptive in parts, probably linked to their seasonal titles: so the Summer book never met a body of water it didn't want to describe, while the Winter book tends to describe at length the ice-like gray stones of the setting. In this vein, An Autumn War delights in leaves changing color--but this time around, either Abraham has reined in his descriptive tendencies or I minded less because the plot dragged me through the b...more
I thoroughly enjoyed the first two books of The Long Price Quartet. I enjoyed his concept of conjurers as poets whose verse shapes living embodiments of Platonic Forms, and both books also stand out in that they have interesting and enjoyable plots with very little actual physical conflict.

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
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Daniel Abraham is an American science fiction / fantasy author who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is a graduate of Clarion West, and sometimes collaborates with George R. R. Martin, another New Mexico resident.

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
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“Has it ever struck you people how arrogant you are?" it asked, huge hands taking an attitude of query that bordered on accusation. "You're talking of slaughtering a nation. Thousands of innocent people destroyed, lands made barren, mountains leveled and the sea pulled up over them like a blanket. And you're feeling sorry for yourself that you had to wring a bird's neck as a boy? How can anyone have feelings that delicate and that numbed both at the same time?” 1 likes
“Danat was asking if we had any other books," Maati said.
"You have all of them," the boy said, awe I'm his voice.
Maati chuckled, and then felt the mirth and simple pleasure fade.
"Yes," he said. "Yes, we have all of them.”
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