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Fifteen years have passed since the devastating war between the Galt Empire and the cities of the Khaiem in which the Khaiem’s poets and their magical power known as “andat” were destroyed, leaving the women of the Khaiem and the men of Galt infertile.

The emperor of the Khaiem tries to form a marriage alliance between his son and the daughter of a Galtic lord, hoping the K
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Tor Books (first published July 1st 2009)
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Stephen
No elves…no trolls…no hobbits…no magic wands, no legendary swords...absolutely no problem.

The Long Price Quartet is one of the truly remarkable achievements in epic fantasy over the last decade. A unique, fully-realized and thoroughly convincing three-dimensional world that oozes authenticity and has been decorated with a single, amazing fantasy element (i.e., the andat) that forms the dramatic focal point for the narrative tension throughout the series.

Congratulations, Mr. Abraham, on a job mo
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Chris
Wow, great ending to a great series. This one was almost a letdown after the last two, but it turned into more of a slow build with yet another great payoff. That's a trademark of this series, the endings.

I'm a bit sad that I've finished this. While I didn't ever love it enough to quite give it 5-stars, it came damn close, and it held that 4-4.5 star range beginning to end. The characters were a strong point too, many of them coming to full resolution here in the last book.

It really makes me loo
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Eh?Eh!
15 years later.

Now this one, I broken-record-like call this amazing. The last, desperate act at the end of the previous book has had time to really sink in. In atonement, in anger, in shame, in pride, in helplessness, in hope, the last active poet has been secretly training girls (even though the andat creation and poet roles had always been a "no gurls allowed" club). A diplomatic mission from the Summer Cities is not fully supported but is successful...until the renegade poet succeeds in his g
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Christy
Review #2: [I have been putting this off, thinking that I'll be able to sit down and come up with something amazing to say about the series that does it justice. I've just decided that that's not going to happen, so here's a slightly edited version of my notes from reading this last book in the series.]

I don’t read that much fantasy. In fact, I often have trouble with fantasy – I don’t care about elves and shit, I don’t generally like to read about battles, and I prefer science to magic. This se
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Mark
The highest praise I can offer for the final volume of The Long Price Quartet is that the room was rather dusty as I finished it. Few books can say this. Even books I like, to have the kind of emotional connection with any of the characters as I felt for the people in this book, it's just rare.

Then again, perhaps it's not surprising. Otah and Maati, still two of the important characters even though it's been 50 years since the first book of the series, we have literally followed them through the
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JW
Jul 07, 2014 JW rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy
"Want something new? Something legitimately different?

Read this book."

That was the beginning of my review of the first book in this quartet, A Shadow in Summer. Each book increased my admiration of and appreciation for the author, his characters don't feel real, they ARE real. The world is perfectly rendered, giving enough detail to see everything without drowning in minutiae. I got TPOS from the library soon after it came out and after a chapter I set it aside. When I finally picked it up agai
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Mav
There's a scene in this book where the main characters are left to ponder in silence and exhaustion the weight of all that has happened, of the world being broken and remade half a dozen times over the course of the series that does an excellent job of conveying how I felt after reading this book.

The Long Price Quartet is the most understated and yet powerful epic fantasies I've ever read. It deals with events are are epic and world changing in scope, yet the story moves by grounding itself in
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Maggie K
Wow,I can't say enough good things about this series. An unexpected wonder. I was always surprised with action and the characters. A new favorite!
Songsofautumn
Exceptional end to one of the most original and well executed epic fantasies to come along in many a year. Despite the whole series being about the same length as the door-stoppers that have become quite common in the genre, and despite much of that space being spent focused on the detailed internal lives of the characters and the intracies of their interactions, Abraham manages to tell a sweeping story of a world facing dramatic change. There is no dark lord here, just the evil humans can creat ...more
Matt
The fourth and final book of the Long Price Quartet may not have been the best (that definitely goes to An Autumn War), but it was still an engrossing read.


It's unfortnuate that this series is over but the ending left me very satisfied.

Again, I recommend this to all fantasy fans. Just don't expect lots of action/battles/etc.
Joshua Perry
Jun 09, 2014 Joshua Perry rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves fantasy
Click here to read my review of the omnibus edition of the first two books in the series, "Shadow And Betrayal"

Click here to read my review of "An Autumn War"


This book. Oh my God, this book.

I was reluctant to read the conclusion to this fantastic quartet. I thought that the ending would either not be as good as the rest of the series and thus sour my experience, or it would be fantastic, and leave me disappointed that the series was over.

That was my main concern. I was sure Abraham would deliv
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Kris Sellgren
I loved the Long Price Quartet. It covers about 7 decades, from childhood to old age of the central characters. The system of magic is novel, and the politics complex. The depth of characterization is astonishing, as is how much the characters change throughout. The writing is sensuous: the wind's touch, the scent of hair, a building ticking as it cools through the night, the bitterness of over-brewed tea. Themes of slavery, oppression of women, the rise of technology, and the hidden dangers of ...more
Kelly
Yeah. Wow. I don't even know where to begin, you guys. I'm going to need a few days before I even try to review this.
Christopher
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Tyson
Wraps up the series nicely. This is as close to Literature with a capital L that high fantasy gets. Speaking for the entire series, not just The Price of Spring, these may be the most realistic, well-drawn characters I have ever read in any books anywhere. Abraham uses magic to present delicate moral issues, and then he does not hit you over the head with the obvious solutions. Instead each character does what he or she thinks is best based on their own experiences.

And the characters are portray
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sologdin
Very strong. Narrative develops organically and dialectically out of prior installments. Principal villain, to the extent that there is a villain, likewise develops organically from the events of the third volume. Plato’s forms deployed as weaponry and counter-weaponry. Conclusion is satisfying.

Primary conflict places proponents of industrial development against irredentist true believers in platonist magickes. That these two essentially economic theses are represented respectively by the two p
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Pauline Ross
The final book, 'The Price of Spring', is a slightly slower read, perhaps, than its predecessor, but is even more powerful and moving. We see the final result of decisions made by the characters decades ago, and how these shape their lives and relationships. The focus is on the aftermath of the war, and how best to move forward. If nothing is done, both the Khaiem and the Galts will be destroyed. Otah's plan is to accept the world as it now is and unite the two nations in a bid to overcome their ...more
Erika
If you haven’t read the previous three books in Daniel Abraham’s The Long Price Quartet, I suggest you not read this review and come back when you’ve done so. There will inevitably be spoilers as this is the fourth—and final—book in the series.

Fifteen years have passed since Sterile was called into the world. Galtic men and Khaite women are still suffering the price for Maati Vaupathai’s failed binding; his shame and misguided optimism has left him roaming the countryside to hide from Otah, the
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Sarah
I'm going to pretend the series was a trilogy. In this, the author was unimaginative about how nationwide infertility would have affected how people lived their lives in the time gap between this book and the last one, and the main conflict throughout the book felt contrived. ("Should we do this magic thing which throughout the series has been seen to be terrible/ unethical for all involved, or develop peaceful relationships with our neighbors? HOW TO CHOOSE?") The pacing was often off as well.
Maddalena
The wonderful, enormously satisfying conclusion to the Long Price Quartet series: if Daniel Abraham captured my imagination with his s/f work (as half of the J.A. Corey duo who wrote the Expanse trilogy), he has totally won me over with this outstanding fantasy series and his rich writing.

Full review here: http://spaceandsorcery.blogspot.it/20...
John
In a fine conclusion to the quartet the threat of andat returning to the world sets off a chain of disasters and reconciliations. The central characters in the whole series turn out to have been Maati and Otah, and the main theme, as stated on p. 285, "I understand how hard and confusing it is to love someone you hate." Though I think there wasn't quite enough plot to keep this final episode from dragging in spots, and the author's female characters--while not simplistic at all, and also quite a ...more
Suzanne
Wow what a great ending to the series. The 4-book series is not action packed - but it is thoughtful and the issues faced by the characters are complex. I often didn't know whose side I was on.
Jeff Youngstrom
This is an excellent series about events that change the world. I have a pet theory about what world-changing event the change in the book was inspired by, but the beauty is that I could easily be wrong and the book would lose none of its relevance.

What makes the series great is how closely it tracks with its characters, letting events spring from their good and bad decisions. They make those decisions for realistically rational and irrational reasons based on their incomplete understanding of e
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D.w.
This series wraps up with one of the items that has nagged me the entire time. How the actual use of the powers that Abraham created would be and could be used offensively. How from nearly the start that I understood this magic system, I saw that they would be used, and until this fourth book, they had not been.

With tethered creatures of immense power comes actual power, not just implied force and now we see Abraham being to its conclusion the use, abuse and resolution that such force would ent
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Michael Kelley
While I loved the final novel of the series, and found it an excellent capstone to it all, it lacked a bit of the oomph of the more excellent second and third books.
I will say the arc of the series as a whole is really amazing. Seeing the two main characters change from somewhat careless youths to old men, yet staying vaguely recognizable as their former selves, is a feat I haven't seen accomplished in any other series.
And the ending isn't too surprising, but I like how the epilogue wraps things
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Penforhire
Bravo. A fine ending for this complex and subtle series. As much as I enjoyed the first book, the rest show an even better grade of writing. The final plot resolution to the 4th book's complication made perfect sense. It fit everything we were built up to understand and expect.

Somewhere in the third book it struck me that Mr. Abraham was cheating. But he does it well! Most of the use of "pose" etiquette in the cities of the Khaieim is a clever way of adding information. Some novice writers are c
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Rob Darnell
The Price of Spring is a beautiful but sad tale of a world that is broken. An empire where women are no longer able to bear children has never recovered from the last war with Galt. It’s up to the poets to make the world right again, or to do further damage. But with the old grammar lost, a new grammar must be made in order for a poet to bind an andat, a small god that from the moment it is bound must do the will of its poet.

Daniel Abraham‘s world develops in a way that makes me think of a bloom
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Whitaker
It's very well done. I'd give it more stars but the difference with which Maati and Balasar are treated just drove me nuts. One deliberately started an unprovoked war, chose to slaughter cities of innocents and Otah had less issues with him than with the one who followed his orders and failed and tried to restore things, even if he ended up inadvertently slaughtering a city of people but still succeeded in restoring the survivors. A deliberate comment by Daniel Abraham on injustice?
Dakota
(Review for whole series)


The Long Price Quartet is an entirely unique take on high fantasy, with no dragons, no different races other than humans humans, no magic… instead Abraham creates the concept of the “andat”, concepts and words bound into a physical shape and used by the person who bound them, known as poets. It’s unique, strange, complicated, and interesting as hell. The story focuses on one man throughout his life, each book skipping about 10 years in between. The novels are engaging wi
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Chris
Series as a whole was good, the final book was very good.
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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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“We say that flowers return every spring, but that is a lie. It is true that the world is renewed. It is also true that that renewal comes at a price, for even if the flower grows from an ancient vine, the flowers of spring are themselves new to the world, untried and untested.

The flower that wilted last year is gone. Petals once fallen are fallen forever. Flowers do not return in the spring, rather they are replaced. It is in this difference between returned and replaced that the price of renewal is paid.

And as it is for spring flowers, so it is for us.”
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