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Shadow and Betrayal

(Long Price Quartet #1-2)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  1,132 ratings  ·  81 reviews

In a remote mountain academy, the politically expendable younger sons of the Great Houses study for an extraordinary task. Most will fail, some will die, but the reward for the dedicated few is great: mastery of the andat, and the rank of Poet. Thanks to these men - part sorcerers, part scholars - the great city-states of the Khaiem enjoy wealth and power beyond measure, a

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Published (first published October 1st 2007)
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Look, it’s an epic fantasy series that’s not set in a feudal Europe analogue! And it’s got a relatively Campbellian hero-cycle plot that’s not based on the premise, ‘there is great evil in the land, I must fight it, though I am small/weak/young/reluctant/unprepared.’


The thing I’m finding most fascinating about this world are the poets – and therefore the use of language. Abraham creates a magical system that’s based on people being able to accurately describe forces of nature – and therefo
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Except from Daniel Abraham’s collaboration novel Hunter's Run and some comics I hadn’t had the chance before to read one of his solo works. So, this is, essentially, my first book that I read from Abraham and I must say that, although it’s definitely not perfect, he has made a very nice and interesting world.

The world of this series is heavily influenced from a medieval Asia, and more from the Japanese culture, and Abraham here brings a more different style than the usual in the Fantasy genr
4.5 stars.

Shadow & Betrayal is the omnibus edition of A Shadow in Summer and A Betrayal in Winter, the first two books of the Long Price Quartet.

I’m not going to try to describe the story; it’s simply too layered for me to do it justice. Let me just point out that it’s set in a different fantasy world: it has the flavour of the far east and is a rich and different fantasy world with a language that uses physical forms as well as words to convey all its meanings, the scheming children of kings an
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 / 5

Shadow and Betrayal, by Daniel Abraham, contains the first two books of the Long Price Quartet, namely the books A Shadow in Summer (SiS) and A Betrayal in Winter (BiW). After reading BiW, it is my impression that SiS is the weaker book of the two and functions mostly as an introduction or prologue to the series. That is not to say that SiS is a bad book, only that it's not as strong as BiW. BiW shows Abraham in his stride, showcasing his great narrative and storytelling skills with excell
Oct 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Repost from
I recently mentioned that the best SFF doesn't leave its world unchanged. For me, a story that ends 'same-old' falls far below one which explores the plethora of changes - not just 'new-king-on-the-throne' change (and he'd better not have been a farmboy...), but social change. Societal change. Magical change. Technological change. Fantasy in the Industrial Revolution? All for it.

...And at its heart, the Long Price Quartet is uniquely about ch
Mar 09, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book (or rather, A Shadow in Summer, as I never got around to A Betrayal in Winter) never really took off for me. I made myself read through the first 192 pages, and then I was through. I put it down when ‘life’ got in the way, and I felt no inclination whatsoever to pick it pack up and start reading again. That’s not to say it’s a bad book, but I just could not get into it. I appreciate what Abraham is trying to do by creating a Japanese-like culture (where the ubiquitous ‘poses’, a common ...more
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Both reviews originally posted on my blog)

A Shadow in Summer:

I’m more a fan of intricate, character-driven fantasy than sensational sword-and-sorcery quests; I’d choose Robin Hobb over David Gemmell in a trice. So when I was told that – despite the moody warrior on the front cover – Daniel Abraham’s The Long Price belonged more to the former camp than the latter, I was intrigued.

I was right to be. Having just finished A Shadow in Summer (book 1 of The Long Price quartet, and the first of the tw
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two books in this, and they really are two almost completely different stories, including some of the same characters in the second book, a dozen or so years later and at the other end of the country. There are some themes that carry over, some that counterpoint.

First, let me talk the world and the rich, glorious detail of it that seeps through in the crack of every lovely sentence Abraham crafts. Because I'd read a hundred and more pages of this without any clear driving sense of the story, but
Rob Damon
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first two books in a four part saga.

This is an unusual but interesting and well written saga set in a time and place that is not of this Earth (I don’t think). The main characters (Maati and Otah) lives are bonded together but go their separate ways while intersecting at numerous points as they both grow and learn and get caught up in a devious plot to topple the leader of a city.

The most bizarre and original and interesting element to these stories are the manifestations of ideas into physi
Apr 16, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars, for each book. (There are two in this volume: A Shadow in Summer and A Betrayal in Winter.) I find the idea of the andat very intriguing! Slow to read, for some reason. I still would recommend the series.

Review later.
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
“Shadow and Betrayal” is the first omnibus of two in the Long Price Quartet series. It contains the first two books in the series: “A Shadow in Summer” and “A Betrayal in Winter”. Both books will first be discussed separately and afterwards I'll give an overall conclusion.

A Shadow in Summer:
The first book mostly plays out in Saraykeht, the dominating city of the Summer Cities. It has immeasurable wealth and a lot of this wealth comes forth from an andat named Seedless. It’s a creature made by th
Rachel Holierhoek
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this fantasy quartet which challenges the standards of fantasy. Setting is not quasi medieval Europe, or so yt as all those are. Magic is very different. Concepts of power are held in thrall by poets whose words must be carefully chosen to be effective or they will die. It's also interesting to see the colonizers aren't the powerful ones, as they lack magic, but their technological advances far outstrip the nation states that depend upon magic to prosper.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Two very good books.

The magic is original and the politics is viscous and believable.

The characters are well written, changing as they get older and experience more.

The endings are both good but the first one is better, Seedless steals the show.
Aug 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing worldbuilding - it really swept me off my feet. Intriguing characters and interesting interactions between them. It is, however, the opposite of action-packed, and sometimes, especially during the second half of the first volume it was a little slow for my taste.
The Fool
3.5 stars.

Good book, not amazing, but interesting characters and world.
Mark S
Sep 10, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've tried twice to get into this book and both times after about 50-75 pages I give up. It's just not doing it for me. Story and characters aren't pulling me in at all.
For some reason, fantasy and Sci-Fi epics tend to be written as trilogies. However, Daniel Abraham has chosen to do something different and make his "The Long Price" series into a quartet. "The Long Price, Book One: Shadow and Betrayal" is an omnibus volume of the first two parts of this quartet: "A Shadow in Summer" and "A Betrayal in Winter".

The world we are introduced to is largely controlled by The Cities of the Khaiem; city states ruled by a controlling family headed by the Khai. The reason
The Long Price Quartet is a series that often gets recommended on reddit, for having very clear undertones of Game of Thrones; by which presumably they mean there is sex (and the author isn't shy about it), there is court intrigue and the worldbuilding is solid and interesting. Perhaps the best part of Abraham's work (also known as one half of James S.A. Corey and for works such as The Dragon's Path) is the fact that pretty much all of the main characters are not white. It's never really an issu ...more
Oct 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A Shadow in Summer was my third book club read with Fantasy Faction, the first book in The Long Price Quartet by Daniel Abraham. Since I purchased the omnibus edition with the first two books, this post will be a review of both A Shadow in Summer and A Betrayal in Winter.

The thing I love the most in A Shadow in Summer is the amount of world building and the attention to detail. The Khaiem has a very strong Oriental feel. First, the school that Otah Machi attends reminds me very much of the Shaol
Carrie Mansfield
Four stars for A Shadow in Summer
Two-stars for A Betrayal in Winter

My full review can be found on my

Shadow and Betrayal is actually a compilation of the first two novels of the Long Price Quartet (A Shadow in Summer and A Betrayal in Winter respectively). I was drawn to this series not only for the Asian influences (down to the style of the prose, which might feel familiar to those who have read The Analects of Confucius or another such work in translation) but because it promised to cover the
Oct 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2013-reads
After years of reading recommendations about The Long Price Quartet by Daniel Abraham and waiting to purchase all four volumes, I finally delved into the world Abraham created and I found myself pretty impressed. This omnibus edition featured the first two volumes of the Quartet, A Shadow in Summer and A Betrayal of Winter, which not only introduce the world but are separated in time from one another to be both independent and interdependent on one another.

A Shadow in Summer: Otah Machi turns aw
Stephen Hayes
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: our-books, fantasy
A book set in an imaginary world where the geography is different from our world, but the climate and vegetation are similar. The sun and the moon behave similarly, winter and summar are more extreme. The setting is thus in one sense familiar, though the countries and their borders are strange. Like many other books of its type, the technology is vaguely pre-nineteenth century.

What is different are the peoples and their cultures, and this at times makes it difficult to read, as some of the feat
Jessica Strider
Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pros: lots of intrigue, complex characters, fantastic world building

Cons: characters make disappointing choices

Otah Machi, sixth son of the Khai Machi, gives up his chance to become a poet and leaves the training school he was sent to without a brand, in order to make his own way in life. Years later, one of Otah's pupils, Maati, comes to Saraykeht to apprentice with its poet. Poets keep Andat, spirits made flesh who perform particular tasks. Saraykeht's Andat, Seedless, helps with the cotton tr
Hot Pink Mess
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What sort of world would one inhabit, if, abstract thought and desires could be bound into a creature? What sort of creature would you birth with a flawed creator? In A Shadow of Summer, Daniel tackles a system of magic that I have not entirely seen before and--will probably never forget.

An idea that lives and is bound to its creator, where its purpose is to serve and continually look for means to break that servitude. It brings power...and it brings danger.

In the country of Saraykeht, the cap
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Found this seried via rec thread on reddit. Urgh. 1. Too heavy 2. Too fond of cheating. Not actually magical enough to warrant the fantasy in epic fantasy (by that I mean we see the andat use their powers exactly five times in the whole volume), though the idea/scope of the thing IS epic. The whole series encompasses a single person's lifetime, after all. But it's not THAT awe-inspiring. Also, the amount of cheating in this book is repetitive and cringe-worthy. I didn't really get the point of c ...more
Shane Kiely
An omnibus collection of the first 2 books of the Long Price Quartet that I quite liked but didn't love. The stories centre around intrigues & are quite interesting though they are very slow burners, the pace of action can be a little glacial. When the hammer does drop, the stakes generally are well established giving things a palpable sense of urgency. Very talky books, whether that be character dialogue or internal monologues & recollections. I generally like my intrigues to be of the blood le ...more
Apr 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
The "Long Price Quartet", begining with these two novels, is a dark, gritty and heart-wrenching fantasy novel that explores the depths of human emotion. It contains many of the usual fantasy tropes, such as a splendidly unique magic system, vast landscapes, political intrigue and battles between nations. But it is so much more than this; it is a coming of age story that spans the life of two young boys, as they experience love, death, murder, tragedy, betrayal, abandonment and ultimately fear of ...more
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elegant is how I would and do describe this series.
I don’t think any one thing in particular stands out as being particularly good, or bad, but overall I have the feeling of having read a book carefully crafted by a master. The plots flow naturally, and realistically. The prose is appropriate to the situation.
I can see why people have problems getting into “Summer”, however, it is an essential part of the quartet. The events that occur here echo throughout the rest of the books with significant
Gina Turner
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I sit here with tears streaming down my cheeks, having just finished the last book in The Long Price Quartet, and I don't know what to write here except that I can't remember ever reading a story so beautiful. It took my breath away. I started this series over a month ago, and while it has been a long read, never has any story been more worth it. Daniel Abraham writes with a beauty, grace, talent, and real love for the story and the characters he creates that very few authors can match. Although ...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. Co ...more

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Long Price Quartet (4 books)
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