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An Autumn War

(Long Price Quartet #3)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  6,542 ratings  ·  276 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 th

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Hardcover, 366 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Tor Books (first published July 1st 2008)
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Petrik
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Petrik by: Scott Hitchcock
Shelves: favorites
(I read this in The Price of War omnibus.)

4.5/5 Stars

Heartfelt, original, and magnificent; I’m baffled by how underrated this series is.


Usually in a series—doesn’t matter what the genre is—there’s a tendency where I wish some of the characters would just die because they just don’t provide anything to the main storyline; or maybe just utterly boring and infuriating (I’m looking at you, Isana from Codex Alera). This is not the case with this series, I did think that way towards several characters
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Mayim de Vries
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was brilliant. Heartbreaking but brilliant. Also vicious. Still brilliant, if you get my meaning.

The third book in the Longest Price Quartet is neither about cotton or mining industry nor about betrayals and conspiracies (well, maybe a bit); it is mainly about war and other things even worse than book-burning. The intrigue grows in scale and the spins out of control. War is hell waged to escape the fears of what might happen, magic is a weapon of mass destruction. It is not about individua
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Scott  Hitchcock
Another phenomenal book in this series and the best so far. I'm still in love with all the eastern culture and how subtly it's projected. The characters are just so real as are their emotions and interactions.

The horrors of war are not sugar coated in this book nor are they stylized or heroic. They are a brutal reality. The ending of this book was likewise brutal on a different scale and completely unforeseen. The horror of what they had wrought and the scale of grief it represented was chillin
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David Sven
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I had trouble motivating myself to pick this up each reading session. I think I'm all Abrahammed out at the moment.

The central and cool concept of the Andat was all done in the first book and it hasn't really developed much further from there. The Khaiem and the system of succession by attrition was explored in the second book and that was interesting

This book the Galts play there master stroke and there is war as the title suggests. It should be the best book so far - but it just didn't grab m
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Lee
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 3....wow... 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
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Allen Walker
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Holy. Crap.
Margret
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very good and emotional. Daniel Abraham is best when he's portraying the true cost of war ...more
Mark
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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,
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Chris
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
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Klaus
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
27/25 (108%) 5 stars.
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THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE MASTERPIECE THAT WAS EVERYTHING I'D HOPED FOR AND SO MUCH MORE.
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LOOOOOOOOOVE IT.
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READ THIS SERIES, GODDDAMIT.
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JUST READ IT ALREADY.
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Dialogue 5
Setting 5
Characters 6
Writing Style 5
Plot 6
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Rob
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Executive Summary: Best one yet. More action than the previous two, but again the emphasis is character driven political conflicts.

Audio book: Neil Shah continues to be a good, but not great narrator. It makes audio a viable option, but far from a must listen.

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I continue to be impressed with Mr. Abraham. Each book continues to improve on the previous one.

This one has more action than the previous ones, but again the main focus is on the politics of the Khaiem, and raises the stakes
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Justine
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
This is an easy 5 star rating for me. Abraham weaves a tale of war and heartbreak with signature skill. Finally in book three, we see the female characters stepping to the fore, and as expected, their involvement feels necessary and natural to the evolution of the story. One of the best (and most impressive) parts of the story arc as a whole has been seeing the characters change and mature.

What I like most about Abraham's characters has always been their reality - they do not act like perfect a
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Eh?Eh!
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: babble-added, weep
...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
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Lema
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lema by: Kylie
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
My first favorite book of 2018 and the book that would add this quartet to the rank of my FAVORITE SERIES OF ALL TIME.

Man, let me start out by saying that EVERYONE should read this book!
But Lema, you didn't give the full 5 stars to the first two? (You can see here the reviews for Book 1 and Book 2)
Well I was an IGNORANT FOOL BACK THEN! ok not really, it's just that this book is everything and it's totally worth it to read the first two just to get to this one (true they can be a bit slow, but
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Scott
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I probably say this in all my reviews of Abraham's books but I'm so impressed with his writing. There's nothing wasted in these books; each chapter, each paragraph, each word feels meticulously planned to create the desired affect. His stories truly feel alive

And not only that but his characters always feel honest and human. There are no perfect people in this world, who always do the exact right thing at the right moment. There are people who love, who hate, who make mistakes, who attempt to be
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Robyn
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
That did not end the way I thought it would, and I think that's a good thing. In many ways, I think this has been the most relatable book of the series - for the most part, the characters feel extremely real and the world remains utterly vibrant. I was thankful for the Galt POV this time around, but at the same time I continue to find their motivations very obscure. (To offer advice in hindsight, I think Abraham should have been including them from the very beginning.) It would appear, though, t ...more
Mike
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy shit.

Holy SHIT.

Next book please.
Campbell
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
I like this series. I really like this series. It's fantasy, but not as you know it. No dragons, no flashy magical pyrotechnics, no annoying youthful protagonists who become puissant practitioners of High Art.

Instead we have the mundane, mercantile Empire of Galt facing off against the exotic, Ottoman-esque Khaiem city states with their pet Djinn (known here as 'Andat') and the Poets who both wield then and keep them from destroying the world.

The world-building is particularly well thought-out.
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Birte
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have finally finished this book. Although I've enjoyed it more than the first two entries in this series, it still took me forever to read this because I was never motivated to read it.

One of the reasons for that is just, that I'm not really invested in any of the characters and even the plot couldn't interest me that much. But that sounds a bit too negative than my experience actually was.

I did really like the story, just how it was sometimes told didn't sit right with me. And the fact that
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Stephen
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
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Kylie
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, this book series is so underrated. It is really fantastic and also the writing is beautiful and gives us a unique look at our characters. This magic that I've thought was so interesting for two books made me turn against it and hate its existence. Ridiculous! I've never changed my mind about something big like that in a book. Ever! Cannot wait for the last installment in this companion book Quartet.
Edit two minutes after I posted this: I enjoyed the first book for its un-epic-ness but
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Grace Dionne
Sep 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
This book was absolutely incredible. Video discussion will be coming at some point soon :)
Barry
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
4.5 Star.

Unlike the first two books, where I felt the plots were too convoluted just for the sake of being convoluted, I really thought the plot in this third book of the Long Price Quartet series to be fairly straightforward. I knew and expected, based on the title, to see the long-awaited war between the Galts and the Khaiem, and Daniel Abraham delivered. I also absolutely agree with the price of war that Mr. Abraham set for both sides in this war. Masterfully done.

Another element that makes
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Narilka
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, fbr
An Autumn War is the third in Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet. The story kicks things up a notch as the long awaited war between Galt and the Khaiem finally arrives. The result is nothing short of brilliant though I almost gave up on the story due to it's glacial pacing in the first half of the book. Reader be warned: this is not a happy tale. Abraham paints war in all it's horrifying and tragic glory.

Fourteen years have passed and Otah Matchi has settled into his role as Khai for the people
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Althea Ann
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Silvana
So many twists and turns. I have a lot of questions. Not sure I have somebody to root for anymore except Eiah.
Rinaldo
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5

Autumn is the season of harvest, the twilight of age. It is not only a time of mourning for fallen leaves, but also a time of celebration for the nature's bounty. An Autumn War perfectly encapsulates these nuances by exploring the elements that the Long Price Quartet series has been building in the previous two books. Another time skip of 13-14 years has matured the plot and characters further; now that the pieces have been set on board, the time is ripe for the final harvest.

The Galt conqu
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Caitlin S
Jun 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Ben Wright
Sep 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, fantasy
This is nigh on perfection.
Abrahams character work in this series is excellent, and this book builds on what has come before while going darker, and more grey. Otah and Maatis friendship was one of my fav friends in any novels and I loved watching them grow from kids to now older men, dealing with the issues of life. It was nice to see Liats growth and her relationship to both Maati and Otah, as well as their families.
Balasar is one of my new fav antagonists, hes flawed but you can understand
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Hacen
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5
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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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