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Preview — An Autumn War by Daniel Abraham
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
Some wars are fought between good and evil. Some wars are just fought because two sides,...more
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
Abraham channels some Shakespeare in his portrayal of human motivations and emotions. He makes his villains complex and likeable while the h...more
One of the most fascinating aspects of this series has been the notion of the andats, the anthropomorphic manifestat...more
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.
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
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
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
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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"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.”