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 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
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 ...more
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 3....wow... 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 ...more
Some wars are fought between good and evil. Some wars are just fought because two sides, ...more
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.
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 ...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
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 ...more
What I like most about Abraham's characters has always been their reality - they do not act like perfect a ...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
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 ...more
When I first realized that book two started approximately thirteen ...more
"Good men shouldn't be able to make mistakes with such a high price."
Review to come after I finish book four.
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 ...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 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.
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
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 ...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.
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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