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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 Shakespeareâs 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 f

Hardcover, 366 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Tor Books (first published July 1st 2008)
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David Sven
Jul 11, 2015 David Sven rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I had trouble motivating myself to pick this up each reading session. I think I'm all Abrahammed out at the moment.

The central and cool concept of the Andat was all done in the first book and it hasn't really developed much further from there. The Khaiem and the system of succession by attrition was explored in the second book and that was interesting

This book the Galts play there master stroke and there is war as the title suggests. It should be the best book so far - but it just didn't grab m
May 08, 2015 Lee rated it it was amazing
It will be difficult to go into any detail about this book without getting into spoilers, It is book 3 out of 4 after all.

Needless to say, this entire story creeps up on you and then completely hooks you in. I felt book one was an interesting story, but book I literally could not put it down. A late night reading became a very late night, because I just had to find out the ending. The pressure during the story kept building and building, the pace was brilliant and i got so antsy abou
Oct 17, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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,
Executive Summary: Best one yet. More action than the previous two, but again the emphasis is character driven political conflicts.

Audio book: Neil Shah continues to be a good, but not great narrator. It makes audio a viable option, but far from a must listen.

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I continue to be impressed with Mr. Abraham. Each book continues to improve on the previous one.

This one has more action than the previous ones, but again the main focus is on the politics of the Khaiem, and raises the stakes w
Apr 05, 2011 Eh?Eh! rated it really liked it
Shelves: babble-added, weep
...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
This was brilliant at times. At others, it dragged a little. But even when it was moving slowly, I enjoyed it.

I'm really starting to like some of these characters. New ones, and the ones carried over from the earlier books. Abraham writes them so well that love or hate them, they're worth reading about. Or listening, in this case. The audiobook performance of Neil Shah was perfect for this book. At first I wasn't sure at all I liked him, but after a couple of chapters his voice molded to the st
Aug 11, 2015 Justine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
This is an easy 5 star rating for me. Abraham weaves a tale of war and heartbreak with signature skill. Finally in book three, we see the female characters stepping to the fore, and as expected, their involvement feels necessary and natural to the evolution of the story. One of the best (and most impressive) parts of the story arc as a whole has been seeing the characters change and mature.

What I like most about Abraham's characters has always been their reality - they do not act like perfect a
Aug 22, 2015 Robyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
That did not end the way I thought it would, and I think that's a good thing. In many ways, I think this has been the most relatable book of the series - for the most part, the characters feel extremely real and the world remains utterly vibrant. I was thankful for the Galt POV this time around, but at the same time I continue to find their motivations very obscure. (To offer advice in hindsight, I think Abraham should have been including them from the very beginning.) It would appear, though, t ...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
Aug 11, 2015 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I probably say this in all my reviews of Abraham's books but I'm so impressed with his writing. There's nothing wasted in these books; each chapter, each paragraph, each word feels meticulously planned to create the desired affect. His stories truly feel alive

And not only that but his characters always feel honest and human. There are no perfect people in this world, who always do the exact right thing at the right moment. There are people who love, who hate, who make mistakes, who attempt to be
Dec 04, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2015
The series really hit it's stride with this book, the way the author wove together layers of the story from the first two books and embellished upon them was very powerful and interesting. And the storytelling that went off in a bit of a direction in book two to some degree, this time pulled back in many of the things and people who were enjoyable or interesting from book one, even if only as brief references or short appearances.

When I first realized that book two started approximately thirteen
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.
Jul 07, 2010 Tyson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2010
This book is so fu**ing beautiful. I need to go back and reassess every other book I've ever rated 5 stars.
Jul 12, 2015 Antonis rated it liked it
3.5 / 5

An Autumn War is the third part of the Long Price quartet by Daniel Abraham and it continues very much like the firs two books. If you loved the first two, you will like this one as well. If you didn't, well... this one won't change your opinion. To be honest, the rating/score for this one doesn't exactly reflect my opinion of it. You see, I'm of two minds about this one, not the least because this book has two different halves.

I found the first half of the book marginally bearable. I wa
Althea Ann
Jul 09, 2013 Althea Ann rated it it was amazing
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
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.

May 25, 2010 Erika rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 08, 2015 Rob rated it really liked it
...After this reread I still think this book is my favourite in the series. The novel combines the dynamic between Otah and Maati with a view of the world outside the Khaiem cities. The problematic nature of the Andat is also addressed and the whole story reaches a point from which there clearly is no going back. While The Price of Spring is a very good novel in its own right, it feels almost like cleaning up after the big climax of An Autumn War. I've read a whole stack of Abraham's other sol ...more
Kyle Muntz
Jun 11, 2015 Kyle Muntz rated it it was amazing
The third book in Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet is probably the most polished despite having the most conventional subject matter. The whole thing is focused on my least favorite part of fantasy novels--a war, escalating the much smaller stakes of the earlier novels in the series in a way a lot of readers seem to like. Initially, that put me off, but I think Abraham pulls it off better than almost anyone else (especially coming so recently from Guy Gavriel Kay's Tigana, where immediately a ...more
Apr 03, 2016 Nelson rated it liked it
An Autumn War is certainly a very interesting book. In it we are shown how the "End of magic" scenario that we read in so many other fantasy books could come to be. But other than that, it might be one of the slowest books I've ever read.

The time skips between book keep things fresh, but it might not have worked as good in this book. I'll be reading the last one in the future for sure.
Pauline Ross
Feb 26, 2011 Pauline Ross rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 10, 2010 Mike rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 13, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
(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
Jun 12, 2009 Pax rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
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
Jun 21, 2013 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kat  Hooper
Mar 20, 2015 Kat Hooper rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
4.5 stars

This third novel in Daniel Abraham’s LONG PRICE QUARTET is even more exciting than the first two novels. In the first book, A Shadow in Summer, we saw the Galts (the enemies of the city-states of the Khaiem) destroy the industry of the Khaiem’s most glorious city, Saraykeht. In the second book, A Betrayal in Winter, the Galts attempted to get control of the city of Machi by killing off the Khai’s sons and installing their own man as Khai. However, the failed poet Otah, the youngest son
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Dec 29, 2014 Fantasy Literature rated it really liked it
This third novel in Daniel Abraham’s LONG PRICE QUARTET is even more exciting than the first two novels. In the first book, A Shadow in Summer, we saw the Galts (the enemies of the city-states of the Khaiem) destroy the industry of the Khaiem’s most glorious city, Saraykeht. In the second book, A Betrayal in Winter, the Galts attempted to get control of the city of Machi by killing off the Khai’s sons and installing their own man as Khai. However, the failed poet Otah, the youngest son of the Kh ...more
Aug 09, 2010 Scott rated it liked it
Shelves: series
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
Michael Kelley
Aug 31, 2014 Michael Kelley rated it it was amazing
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
Adam Shaeffer
Jan 25, 2010 Adam Shaeffer rated it it was amazing
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.
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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
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Other Books in the Series

Long Price Quartet (4 books)
  • A Shadow in Summer (Long Price Quartet, #1)
  • A Betrayal in Winter (Long Price Quartet, #2)
  • The Price of Spring (Long Price Quartet, #4)

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“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.”
“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
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