An Autumn War
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Some wars are fought between good and evil. Some wars are just fought because two sides, ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
What I like most about Abraham's characters has always been their reality - they do not act like perfect a ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Fourteen years have passed and Otah Matchi has settled into his role as Khai for the people ...more
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.
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 ...more
Edit two minutes after I posted this: I enjoyed the first book for its un-epic-ness but ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
When I first realized that book two started approximately thirteen ...more
"Good men shouldn't be able to make mistakes with such a high price."
Review to come after I finish book four.
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"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.”