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

4.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  562 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
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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Joshua Perry
May 21, 2016 Joshua Perry rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who love fantasy without wands or Hobbits or dragons
Shelves: favorites
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
Oct 16, 2011 Megan rated it liked it
(Re-posted from

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
Aug 10, 2016 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love this series. Oh, I quite understand why it isn't for everyone. The worldbuilding is dense and lush and constant, as much in the scrutiny and poetry of description and slow pace as those details included, though those details are thorough and coherent and magnificently used. The plot pivots on choices and small actions, on people being people, and while it's incredibly tense, it's not the swash and buckle of usual epic fantasy. I can see why these books might be too slow and careful a ...more
Jun 30, 2015 Ale rated it really liked it
In the second part of Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet, the characters we have come to know and love are thrust further into turmoil, as a new general from Galt threatens the very existence of the andat. For without their gods, how can they face the mighty army of the Galts? An Autumn War is told from the perspectives of Balasar Gice, the Galtic general, and the characters we already know from Shadow and Betrayal (I'm going to be quite vague here due to the revelations from the previous book ...more
Jul 29, 2010 Aliette rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 28, 2014 Rich Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jota Houses
Jan 19, 2016 Jota Houses rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Gran continuación de la Tetralogía del Largo Precio. "Fantasía para adultos" dice Jo Walton en su blog, y no se me ocurre mejor definición. En estas cuatro novelas los personajes viven, maduran y envejecen mientras a su alrededor el mundo cambia. La historia es intima y familiar pero tambien épica en la escala de la Alta Fantasía. Pero sin duda, ademas de abandonar los caminos trillados de la Fantasía medieval y los hechiceros de barba blanca, lo que caracteriza estas novelas es la profunda huma ...more
Jul 08, 2016 Jakyro rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I finally finished the "Long Price Quartet". I read the series in two omnibus editions and it took me a lot longer than I thought it would. It's not that I didn't like the books, they have a lot of qualities, but I wasn't really drawn to them. Especially the story lacked in parts to fully interest me. Luckily this improved with the second omnibus. See below a full review for each of the two books included in it.

An Autumn War:
This is definitely the best of the four, mainly because it is the most
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
May 07, 2013 Panayotis Dulberis rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 12, 2013 Ben rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-noir
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
Apr 12, 2016 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2013-reads
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
Alister Black
Nov 21, 2015 Alister Black rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
In which the author considers Plato's Theory of Forms and combines it with the notion of the Muse, a spirit to be captured and enslaved for our benefit.
"Plato's theory of Forms or theory of Ideas asserts that non-material abstract (but substantial) forms (or ideas), and not the material world of change known to us through sensation, possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality."

Plato reckoned there was a perfect form of everything. Table, chai
Shane Kiely
Mar 07, 2015 Shane Kiely rated it really liked it
Has some problems that harken back to the first collection in terms of the plot being a little sluggish at times & it's still less action focused than I usually like but I do think the writing of this series has improved markedly as it has progressed. The third part/book "The Autumn War" in particular is very strong. These stories have a greater sense of urgency to them in that the fate of the whole World is put in peril. The characters have grown on me as the series has developed, so it's m ...more
Feb 21, 2014 Rob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bob Sharp
Jan 14, 2016 Bob Sharp rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I really enjoyed this series, it's not your usual sword slinging fantasy. An original magic system, great character depth, nice plot twists and turns. I thought the series was well thought out and very well written. One of my favorite fantasy series I read last year.
May 11, 2012 Bibliophile rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 11, 2014 Rosz rated it liked it
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.
Charlotte Hjelm
Jan 30, 2016 Charlotte Hjelm rated it liked it
Good enough, but it did not blow me away. It certainly had the story and content, but there was something missing which I can't really put my finger on.
Chester Henderson
Apr 06, 2015 Chester Henderson rated it really liked it
A beautiful and very well written series. It was a very nice change using Chinese culture as a basis for these fantasy novels. The beautiful flowing of time between books and its relationship between characters covers a vast and highly entertaining journey.

Would highly recommend.

May 25, 2014 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, fantasy
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
Mar 02, 2015 Loki rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Very enjoyable conclusion to The Long Price series. Without going into too much details, it's the story of a few men and women, who find themselves in positions to change the world - but is anyone's idea of 'a better world' truly better?
Jan 03, 2016 3sm3 marked it as not-for-me
Too much pregnancy stuff in it for me at the moment.
Jan 10, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 21, 2013 Manrix rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 14, 2012 Mei rated it liked it
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.
May 28, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 13, 2016 Gwen K. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Dec 12, 2013 Andreas rated it liked it
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.
Jun 25, 2016 Fox rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: low-fantasy
Sprachlich ebenso schön wie die ersten zwei Bücher.
Habe mich allerdings immer wieder dabei ertappt wie ich nur quer nach schräg über die Seiten gehuscht bin.
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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)
  • An Autumn War (Long Price Quartet, #3)
  • The Price of Spring (Long Price Quartet, #4)

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