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Seasons of War (Long Price Quartet #3-4)

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The poets and their magical andat have protected the cities of the Khaiem against their rivals in Galt for generations. Otah, Khai of the Winter City of Machi, has tried for years to prepare his people for a future in which the andat can no longer be safely harnessed. But his warnings have been ignored, and now it's too late. A ruthless, charismatic Galtic general believes ...more
Paperback, 674 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Orbit (first published September 3rd 2009)
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There was this fantasy series I loved like a mad thing when I was about fourteen or so, but I won’t say which one as I don’t want to spoil anyone. There was one character in particular I was very fond of, a dashing young prince. The trilogy, among other things, followed Prince Dashing on various adventures until he saves the land and his lady love and lives happily every after.

But the author did not stop with just this trilogy, he went on to wri
Joshua Perry
Jun 09, 2014 Joshua Perry rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who love fantasy without wands or Hobbits or dragons
This review is a combination for the separate reviews of "An Autumn War" and "The Price Of Spring", the two books in this omnibus edition

Click here to read my review for the previous omnibus edition, "Shadow And Betrayal"

"An Autumn War"

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 Sha
A fitting conclusion to the Long Price Quartet, and one of the best darn books I've read this year (and I do average 4 books a week). A meditation on the nature of power, of man vs. woman and of forgiveness. The epilogue is a kick in the gut (in a sad but good way).
Rich Taylor
This is actually two books in one and they deserve to be reviewed separately!

An Autumn War - Five Stars

Wow. This book, building on the great characters and complex world of its two prequels, really put me through an emotional wringer. The titular war obviously being no surprise in itself, or indeed how it progresses (well, mostly anyway!) is nevertheless a journey from despair, disaster, hope, triumph and tragedy the conclusion of which is a masterly piece of storytelling, and surely the high po
An autumn war
Terzo libro del Long price Quartet, primo del secondo tomo Seasons of war.
Finalmente i Galtici fanno la loro mossa, guidati dal generale Balasar Gice, e niente sarà più lo stesso.

Lo stesso Otah, ora Khai Machi, aveva più volte provato ad avvisare gli altri Khai e i Poeti sulla fragilità dell’equilibrio raggiunto. La sua esperienza con Seedless era stata illuminante, e aveva intravisto cosa sarebbe potuto succedere senza il controllo sugli Andat. Senza il controllo su queste entità s
Panayotis Dulberis
The whole quarter is about having taking responsibilities, but also of "paying" the price these responsibilities have.

It is about having aspirations, but also of having to live with the actual consequences these aspirations have, and of how they differ from what we had imagined the consequences would be.

I have to say it does start slow in the first two books, especially in the first hundred pages of the one, where there is a sence that the whole story concerns a handful of persons, and concern
I really enjoyed the first two parts of this series (comprised in Shadow and Betrayal), which introduced an interesting culture and setting for the story to play out in, and the whole concept of the andat. So, I was very pleased that Seasons of War lived up to expectations.

The writing was excellent, and I was quite often moved by the thoughtful prose which complimented the steadily unfolding story and the moral dilemmas which are presented, logical extensions of the previous stories. Like Shadow
This second omnibus collection of Daniel Abraham's The Long Price Quarter, The Price of War, is a page turner from beginning to end in a complete contrast to the first omnibus that was characterized by being a slow burner. Otah and Maati again dominate the two novels that tell the two sides of a devastating war and its long disastrous consequences in which both men take different paths to solve, in both novels previous secondary characters return as well as new tell about how high the price of w ...more
Well, I finally got through it. This series may hold more interest for those who like Chinese culture. For me, most of the descriptors became overly repetitive in the first few pages. Do I really need a shopping list rundown on what the characters ate for every meal? Do I need to know the position of every characters hands to tell me to accent to their words? I found myself liking the antagonists better and hoped they would win so they can stop the pros from talking/miming. And as it seems, that ...more
This took me ages to read not because it wasn't brilliant, but because I didn't want it to end. I think it's just leaped to one of my favorite fantasy series ever, because it's utterly different from most of them - it's not a quest for a magical object in the classical sense (there are magical objects but ... they're complicated because they are also human thoughts given form), nor is it entirely the story of a special person destined to be king (although that also happens.) And it takes place o ...more
The first story in this collection is probably more exciting than this one, but this one is based on an interesting start. It drags on a bit and I could have done without the epilogue.
A fascinating series spanning the whole of the two primary characters intertwined lives.

It has outstanding world building that mostly skips the cod-medieval Europe tropes combined with an artful magic of narrow focus but global reach.

The reason this book (and the series as a whole) is 4 rather than 5 stars for me: While the backdrop and story-arc are compelling it never generated the sense of emotional involvement/investment in the central characters needed to keep the pages turning at pace. I
I'm talking about the series as a whole, not just this book. It's really, really good. A sort of grown up take on epic fantasy. Some of the things that Abraham did to make his world different from ours (communicating through physical poses, the name suffixes, etc...) were a little bit distracting at first. But after a while, they faded into the background. The story is very interesting. The characters are very fully drawn and their conflict feels very real. I would recommend it to anyone.
The Long Price series is one of the best I've ever read. Its worldbuilding is solid, its magic system is inventive, and fully worked out. Moreover, the plot is completely unpredictable, and the story is centred around very strong (though not always likeable) characters. Some of the imagery in the novel was so inventive and such a pleasure to read that I couldn't stop talking about it to others.
I can't wait to read more of his work.
It was an okay read but less enjoyable than the first two books. The span of time between the four books keeps it interesting, in that the main characters mature, change and develop over the years, so you can follow the passage of time. I did not find the series particularly inspiring, however, but that was me. I've certainly read far worse.
Elizabeth Dehoff
These two are really the page-turners in this series. Themes of power and responsibility dominate, and one can't help but draw parallels to our own world. Yet even as the drama plays out on a grand scale, it is humanized by the characters' individual dreams, pains, triumphs and mistakes. I'll be rereading this series.
Gwen K.
Do yourselves a favour and read the Long Price Quartet: 'Shadow and Betrayal' and 'Seasons of War'. Probably the most beautiful fantasy series I've ever read. Maybe not as epic as others, as gory and battle-soaked. But definitely the most special, mature and close to the very essence of our existence.
This book was at times pretty OK but I often caught myself being a bit bored with it and not quite wanting to finish it. Granted at times it was interesting and good but... well... I dont know how to put words to it.

So overall an OK book, I think I preferred the earlier ones though.
Somewhere between KJ Parker's Engineer trilogy and Rothfuss' Kvothe.
Somewhat biased positively because I love seeing the improvement of a writer over the course of a work.
Also enjoyed the slightly different take on demon binding, the personal price and ingredients.
Christopher Dodds
A much better effort by the author who improved greatly on his character's, the way the story was written and the addition of new as well as the old. But what I think helped the most was reading the first book in the series which kind of prepared me for this one.
Danny Bulshtein
Excellent, just excellent. My words won't do justice to this brilliant series. It got better with every book. The story was good, sad but hopeful. Must read book for me.
Brilliant!! Without doubt one of the best set of books I have read!! Am gutted it is over!!
Virtually sobbing by the end.
must read!
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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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Long Price Quartet (4 books)
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  • An Autumn War (Long Price Quartet, #3)
  • The Price of Spring (Long Price Quartet, #4)
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