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An Autumn War (Long Price Quartet #3)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  3,434 ratings  ·  142 reviews
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 Shakespeare’s 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 for ye
ebook, 368 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Tor Books (first published July 1st 2008)
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A lot of the time you read fantasy the book ends up being some world-traveling epic. Lots of the second half of the Wheel of Time series, for instance, seemed to be making a checklist of all of the assorted nations that the action had not been to yet, and going to those places. Lots of politics, lots of tertiary characters, sad yarns spun. It's automatically epic if a half-sketched world is threatened, right?

Some wars are fought between good and evil. Some wars are just fought because two sides,
It will be difficult to go into any detail about this book without getting into spoilers, It is book 3 out of 4 after all.

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 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
This was brilliant at times. At others, it dragged a little. But even when it was moving slowly, I enjoyed it.

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
...that feeler explodes. Um, not a spoiler to say it's a big ol' war (see book title).

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
4.5 to 5.0 stars. This is the third book of the Long Price Quartet following A Shadow in Summer and A Betrayal in Winter. It is also the strongest and best book in a series that is fast becoming one of the best in recent years.

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
I started out enthralled, got pretty unsure about this in the middle, but it finished up pretty strong. The end tattooed the moral onto my face more blatantly than I would have hoped for, but I still liked a lot of it. Plenty to talk about. Like:

"Good men shouldn't be able to make mistakes with such a high price."

Review to come after I finish book four.
This book is so fu**ing beautiful. I need to go back and reassess every other book I've ever rated 5 stars.
Althea Ann
I really liked the first two in this series. This one, I loved. I feel like the themes of the story come to full fruition in this one.

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
Since the end of "A Betrayal in Winter," reluctant leader Otah Machi has tried to make some changes in the way the city of Machi is rule. He's taken only one wife who has given him two children. Otah would like to easily hand off the reigns of leadership to his son, Danat when the time comes, but Danat's poor health could mean the child will die before that can happen. It would leave a vacuum in the top leadership role and lead to potentially more chaos than when Otah took over the throne.

Balasar Gice is a Galt with a mission. He’s back from a long trek in the desert, prepared to move his massive army against the Khaiem and the andat they control under the most tenuous circumstances. Balasar believes he will save the world from a potential disaster—the memories of a tortured city seen through the eyes of himself as a boy are almost too much for him to bear. And so he marches, gathering soldiers as he goes to confront Otah the Khai Machi and change the present to force amends on t ...more
...After this reread I still think this book is my favourite in the series. The novel combines the dynamic between Otah and Maati with a view of the world outside the Khaiem cities. The problematic nature of the Andat is also addressed and the whole story reaches a point from which there clearly is no going back. While The Price of Spring is a very good novel in its own right, it feels almost like cleaning up after the big climax of An Autumn War. I've read a whole stack of Abraham's other sol ...more
3.5 / 5

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 books has two different halves.

I found the first half of the book marginally bearable. I w
Pauline Ross
This series just gets better and better. In 'An Autumn War', we have moved on another fifteen years or so, and for the first time the shadowy threat of the Galts, seemingly behind every conspiracy in the previous books, moves out into the open, with an audacious plan - no less than to destroy the andat altogether, and then destroy the Khaiem and their poets before they have time to create more.
But although war is the main story, the underlying themes are far more intimate - family, sons and daug
It has been over a year since I read the first two entries in Daniel Abraham’s Long Prince Quartet. Both A Shadow In Summer and A Betrayal In Winter are subtle, complex novels light on action but high on character in world that is wonderfully complex and refreshingly different from your everyday fantasy world. While each of the previous novels have primarily been about several deftly drawn characters and their personal relationships each novel has grown increasingly involved with examining how t ...more
(First read:)

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.

(On re-read:)

My worry fr
He manages to keep this world interesting, AND he finally lets us see behind the secret curtain into the capturing of Andat. He also does that thing where he lets you have this easy hope based on something a character says that they'll recognize THAT as the beautiful solution to all the problems, and then he never has the characters be that clever. it's a great tactic for keeping the reader tied to the book. It's a wonderful story and creative. He lets us see the life of peace, privilege, and so ...more
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Kat  Hooper
4.5 stars

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
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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 of the Kh ...more
The first two books in the series didn't thrill me. Took too long for the protagonists that we were following to act, rather than to be acted upon.

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
Michael Kelley
Man, Abraham keeps hitting them out of the ballpark. An Autumn War was even better than the second novel in the series, which was superior to the first. It's quite a feat to achieve, although I feel he is finding his full legs as a writer so it makes sense that he could only go up in his early efforts.
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
Adam B.
Definitely the best book in the series so far and one that I'm struggling to describe. The story of men and women doing the best they can with the understanding they have to make the world a better and safer place, but unaware of the painful price they will have to pay--a long price indeed.

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.
Joshua Perry
Jun 09, 2014 Joshua Perry rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a mind for fantasy
Click here to read my review for the previous two books in this series in the omnibus edition, "Shadow And Betrayal"

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 Shadow In Summer". The basic premise of the book is the Galts are trying to rid the world of the andat. As the title sugges
To my eye, fantasy stories do not get any better than this. I loved the character driven plot all the way to this point and the end of this book, while it does involve massive magic, was not out of place. Abraham gives me the sneaking feeling that something like this was going to happen. So while the event was certainly god-like it was not "deus ex machine."

Abraham channels some Shakespeare in his portrayal of human motivations and emotions. He makes his villains complex and likeable while the h
The Galtic (ie, Roman) Empire produces a Caesar-like general who invades the cities of the Khaiem. This series just gets better and better, and though its latest installment follows the trend (though it does take some simplistic turns, such as having the entire population of one city just up and move at a moment's notice over to the next city) I really did not love what happens at the about a hideous, pyrrhic victory! Well, on to v.4.
This third installment of Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet is definitely more than the sum of its predecessors, both of them outstanding books: where the first two parts of this series introduced the world in which the action unfolds, and fleshed out the characters peopling it, An Autumn War brings all these elements to fruition in a tale that is both enthralling and satisfying.

One of the most fascinating aspects of this series has been the notion of the andats, the anthropomorphic manifestat
Talbot Hook
This one was much better than the second, even though there are still some choices by Abraham that leave me baffled. It was quite unpredictable, which is both good and bad, and the characters developed similarly. At times, the character development seems very natural and sensible, and, at other times, characters make no sense given our mental pictures of them. Also, while I understand the pretty handy plot device, Abraham seems fixated on the concept of two men loving the same woman, and this th ...more
Shadow was good. Betrayal was quite good. This book is even better. Wow! Abraham is really firing on cylinders in this one. This book has everything and the author is clearly pulling no punches in what might be one of the best fantasy series I've ever read.
Another book that did not click with me, but I fast read it since I have it from the library and wanted to see what all the great reviews are about. I guess that Mr. Abraham's writing just does not chime with me since the book did not engage me in the slightest.
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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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“Danat was asking if we had any other books," Maati said.
"You have all of them," the boy said, awe I'm his voice.
Maati chuckled, and then felt the mirth and simple pleasure fade.
"Yes," he said. "Yes, we have all of them.”
“Has it ever struck you people how arrogant you are?" it asked, huge hands taking an attitude of query that bordered on accusation. "You're talking of slaughtering a nation. Thousands of innocent people destroyed, lands made barren, mountains leveled and the sea pulled up over them like a blanket. And you're feeling sorry for yourself that you had to wring a bird's neck as a boy? How can anyone have feelings that delicate and that numbed both at the same time?” 1 likes
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