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The Long Price Quartet: The Complete Quartet

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"There is much to love in The Long Price Quartet. It is epic in scope but character centered, with a setting both unique and utterly believable. The storytelling is smooth, careful, and—best of all—unpredictable." —Patrick Rothfuss

The unforgettable fantasy epic series that marks Daniel Abraham, one half of the writing team behind The Expanse, as one of the most enthralling
Paperback, 976 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Tor Books
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Jamie Collins
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This contains all four novels in the Long Price series. While they each have their own arc, they form one continuous story with largely the same characters. Overall I liked this very much, despite some unconvincing characterizations and plot holes.

These books are low on magic, but what they have is pretty unique: the Khaiem have “poets” who are able to create and enslave something called “andats”, which are “ideas translated into a form which includes volition”. The andats are essentially gods,
Anthony Hayes
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whew. I just finished this wonderful series last night (stayed up late to finish) and this definitely ranks as one of the best series I have read in a long, long time. I came to the Long Price Quartet via The Expanse series. After devouring all the available books by James S.A. Corey, I wanted to seek out some of the previous works by those authors. I chose this series randomly but also based on the reviews and the description. Also, I was just in the mood for a really long, epic, well-written F ...more
Doc Opp
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to give such a depressing series of books five stars. Because as brilliant as it was, it really made me miserable. But it was so, so clever and thoughtful and thought provoking and memorable that I can't really give it anything else.

I rate the quartet as a single book, even though the books are also sold individually rather than as a compilation, because the series was clearly designed as a single unit. Yes, there are four plots. Yes, each book concludes and does not rely on what follo
Rif A. Saurous
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is four novels in an omnibus volume: A Shadow in Summer, A Betrayal in Winter, An Autumn War, and The Price of Spring. I'd never read any of them before, so I'll do a single review of the omnibus.

The novels are set in a fantasy world, with exactly one fantasy element: the andat. The andat are "concepts made flesh": within their conceptual domains, they exercise essentially unlimited power. The andat are bound by "poets", who train all their lives for the task. For instance, in the first nov
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
We say that the flowers return every spring, but that is a lie.

It is true that the world is renewed. It is also true that that renewal comes at a price, for even if the flower grows again from an ancient vine, the flowers of spring are themselves new to the world, untried and untested.

The flower that wilted last year is gone. Petals once fallen are fallen forever.

Flowers do not return in the spring, rather they are replaced. It is in this difference between
returned and replaced that the pr
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
Absolutely loved this book series! The premise is so unique (andats, poets, body language) and it was so cerebral and political, I thoroughly enjoyed that 🤗
I've read somewhere that he also works with grrm - which doesn't surprise me at all. Because even though these books were def high fantasy, they were very adult (not in a sexual kind of way) but rather that people are grey - not entirely good or bad and that actions have consequences that shape lives and personalities. I know this sounds so
Gina W Fischer
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Confession-I find trilogies and long series tedious. Can’t I just read a damn book without having to read several more in the same universe to get any kind of a conclusion? And my experience has been that the further you get in the series, the weaker they get-kind of like cloning.
This series is the exact opposite of that.
Book 1, A Shadow in Summer, which we read for our discussion group and all loved, is a great, fascinating and unique book. The world-building is unsurpassed, and the characters
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Two boys. One ten, the other six. Both younger sons of noble families. They have been sent to what is essentially a monastery to learn the discipline necessary to be a poet. A poet is not as we think of, but one who, by the intricacy of his words, bring imagined power into tangible being. So a poet is essentially a sorcerer. One of the two leaves the monastery, rejecting the poetic call. The other chooses the line of the poet. The story traces their lives as they intertwine over the decades and ...more
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book! Highly recommended for fantasy readers.
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, countytime
this book made me uncomfortably aware of my own mortality 5/5
Ellen Flottman
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I may never have read anything better!
Joel Rosen
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very slow burn but well written and engrossing. Worth the investment of time. Will continue to search out and enjoy Abraham’s work.
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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

Other books in the series

Long Price Quartet (4 books)
  • A Shadow in Summer (Long Price Quartet, #1)
  • A Betrayal in Winter (Long Price Quartet, #2)
  • An Autumn War (Long Price Quartet, #3)
  • The Price of Spring (Long Price Quartet, #4)

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