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The Price of Spring (Long Price Quartet #4)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  4,147 Ratings  ·  227 Reviews
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
ebook, 352 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Tor Books (first published July 1st 2009)
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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
Apr 05, 2011 Eh?Eh! rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: babble-added
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
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
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
Oct 17, 2013 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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
Executive Summary: An excellent conclusion to an enjoyable series. 4.5 stars.

Audio book: Another solid, but not remarkable job by Neil Shah.

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Another book, another time jump. It's not something I normally like, but I think it's worked well for Abraham in this series. It may be problematic some though.

Time changes a person, and that's most dramatic in this book than it has been in any of the previous ones. I found Maati downright unlikeable. He was never my favorite character, but age
Aug 22, 2015 Robyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
I feel like all four of these books should be read in omnibus form - it makes it clear how much more striking the story format is, following the central characters from their teens to old age. I also really appreciate Abraham's world-building - the cities & their culture feel very real. I am left with a lingering sense of unease when it comes to how women are dealt with in the book; Abraham deals with really sensitive topics, sometimes not very well. I admire him for taking it on, and for fe ...more
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
Dec 27, 2016 Kylie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Quartet ended exactly as it should have. All of the books in this series are separated by 15 years and you can tell that our characters have grown and changed and developed off the page and it's unlike any fantasy I've ever read before. Really great.
Sep 28, 2009 JW rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2015 Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
A really satisfying conclusion to this wonderful series.

There's not much more I can say about these books that I haven't already. This was probably the best of them even though it was bittersweet having to leave these characters.
Maggie K
Jan 11, 2015 Maggie K rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Feb 14, 2016 Metaphorosis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 stars - Metaphorosis Reviews

The cities of the Khaiem are without andats - the concepts-made-physical that can be controlled by poets and that gave the Empire its strength. The last andat, Sterile, took away the generative powers of the women of the Khaiem, and of the men of Galt. Now, Otah, reluctant Emperor of the Khaiem is trying to form a complex alliance with Galt. Maati, his one-time friend and poet, is trying to bind new andats. Their inevitable clash will bring both nations to their kne
Θα πω για το 4ο βιβλίο πρώτα και μετά η εντυπώσεις μου για ολόκληρη την σειρά.

Για το 4ο βιβλίο:
Είναι το χειρότερο απο όλα τα προηγούμενα 3. Είμαι με τους ανθρώπους που λένε οτι η σειρά θα έπρεπε να τελειώσει στο 3ο βιβλίο και θα ήταν μία χαρά η ιστορία. Το πρόβλημα είναι πως μου έδωσε την εντύπωση σαν μία σειρά που τελείωσε και επειδή πέσανε λεφτά είπαν να βγάλουν ακόμα μία σεζόν. Το 4ο βιβλίο ακολουθεί και αυτό με την σειρά του την λογική "μετά απο 10-14 χρόνια απο τα τελευταία γεγονότα" οπου κ
Dec 08, 2015 Cathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2015
This was one of the most satisfying conclusions to a series I've ever read. I turned the last page and felt truly at peace, totally gratified. I couldn't say exactly why. Nothing dramatic happened at the end of the story proper, it wasn't a big huge exciting thing or anything. But the books weren't like that either, they weren't full of chases and explosions and huge battle scenes or swords and knives and blood and guts. It was forty-plus years of these people revolving around each other and how ...more
Jan 05, 2014 Songsofautumn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kris Sellgren
Apr 21, 2014 Kris Sellgren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
Jun 23, 2010 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it, favorites
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.
Margret Lacombe
Jan 04, 2017 Margret Lacombe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars very emotional book
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.
May 01, 2010 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Joshua Van Dereck
Mar 08, 2016 Joshua Van Dereck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings about this book. But that is largely about the ending. Having reached the conclusion of this series, a certain reflection is in order.

The Long Price Quartet is an extraordinarily elegant, even astounding contribution to the world of fantasy. The exercise of world-building here is rich and nuanced. Each city we inhabit, from Saraykeht to Machi to Udun is rich, painstakingly rendered, and filled with subtle, delicate details that bring it to life. The characters are comparabl
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
Joshua Perry
Jun 09, 2014 Joshua Perry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kyle Muntz
Jun 28, 2015 Kyle Muntz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Probably the best book in the series. This is really different from most final volumes, since the novels in the series are all standalone, but it's the one where the thematic scope of the novels really became clear, and where the passage of time--60 years, jumping forward 15 between each book--is felt the most. It's also the most like what I wanted from the series. Instead of the war novel that was book 3, instead we get a deeply character driven, intensely thoughtful resolution to the series an ...more
Jan 26, 2013 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Sep 02, 2009 Tyson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2011
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
Jan 12, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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
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Daniel James Abraham, pen names M.L.N. Hanover and James S.A. Corey, is an American novelist, comic book writer, screenwriter, and television producer. He is best known as the author of The Long Price Quartet and The Dagger and the Coin fantasy series, and with Ty Franck, as the co-author of The Expanse series of science fiction novels, written under the joint pseudonym James S.A. Corey.
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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)

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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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