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An Autumn War

(Long Price Quartet #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  5,861 ratings  ·  221 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 f

Hardcover, 366 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Tor Books (first published July 1st 2008)
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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
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
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
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
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 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
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,
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
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 w
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Holy shit.

Holy SHIT.

Next book please.
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
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2015
The series really hit it's stride with this book, the way the author wove together layers of the story from the first two books and embellished upon them was very powerful and interesting. And the storytelling that went off in a bit of a direction in book two to some degree, this time pulled back in many of the things and people who were enjoyable or interesting from book one, even if only as brief references or short appearances.

When I first realized that book two started approximately thirteen
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.
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.
Sep 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2010
This book is so fu**ing beautiful. I need to go back and reassess every other book I've ever rated 5 stars.
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Started out slowly, but was an excellent 3rd book of the series. Totally did not see that ending coming!
Mar 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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.

Jan 02, 2015 rated it liked it
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 book has two different halves.

I found the first half of the book marginally bearable. I wa
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
...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
Kat  Hooper
Nov 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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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May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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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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Long Price Quartet (4 books)
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“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?” 3 likes
“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.”
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