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The Price of Spring

(Long Price Quartet #4)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  5,401 ratings  ·  314 reviews
Fifteen years have passed since the devastating war between the Galt Empire and the cities of the Khaiem in which the Khaiem’s poets and their magical power known as “andat” were destroyed, leaving the women of the Khaiem and the men of Galt infertile.

The emperor of the Khaiem tries to form a marriage alliance between his son and the daughter of a Galtic lord, hoping the K
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Tor Books (first published July 1st 2009)
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Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Petrik by: Scott Hitchcock
(I read this in The Price of War omnibus.)

The Price of Spring concluded the Long Price Quartet wonderfully and I couldn’t possibly ask for a better conclusion for this series.

I’ve said all I needed to say about the great things of this series in my previous three reviews—which I’ll link at the end of my review below—and they are all still true. I’m just going to add a few more tidbits about this series and what kind of audience it catered to.

The Long Price Quartet is thoroughly an adult fantasy
No elves…no trolls…no hobbits…no magic wands, no legendary swords...absolutely no problem.

The Long Price Quartet is one of the truly remarkable achievements in epic fantasy over the last decade. A unique, fully-realized and thoroughly convincing three-dimensional world that oozes authenticity and has been decorated with a single, amazing fantasy element (i.e., the andat) that forms the dramatic focal point for the narrative tension throughout the series.

Congratulations, Mr. Abraham, on a job mo
Scott  Hitchcock
All four books 5*’s.

I think the reason this series doesn’t have an overall higher rating is because you need the context of a full life lived to understand all the nuances. To be able to feel compassion for the flaws of characters who have made massive mistakes.

I don’t think I would have liked this series at twenty something. I didn’t have the depth of experience. I hadn’t learned enough compassion. At forty something I can appreciate it and feel empathetic towards the lives lived during this
Mayim de Vries
May 02, 2018 rated it liked it
“If it is the only way to save us, then we aren’t worth saving.”

I wanted to love this book. It turned out that the ultimate price was too high for me to pay.

The world is devastated and laid barren by the war. Two enemy nations after a genocidal campaign started by one and finished by another are locked in complementary curses. Otah Machi, the emperor of this fallen world faces a future with no future in it: if the Khaiem and the Galt do not unite, both will perish.

If you are afraid that this i
Wow, great ending to a great series. This one was almost a letdown after the last two, but it turned into more of a slow build with yet another great payoff. That's a trademark of this series, the endings.

I'm a bit sad that I've finished this. While I didn't ever love it enough to quite give it 5-stars, it came damn close, and it held that 4-4.5 star range beginning to end. The characters were a strong point too, many of them coming to full resolution here in the last book.

It really makes me loo
Review #2: [I have been putting this off, thinking that I'll be able to sit down and come up with something amazing to say about the series that does it justice. I've just decided that that's not going to happen, so here's a slightly edited version of my notes from reading this last book in the series.]

I don’t read that much fantasy. In fact, I often have trouble with fantasy – I don’t care about elves and shit, I don’t generally like to read about battles, and I prefer science to magic. This se
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: babble-added
15 years later.

Now this one, I broken-record-like call this amazing. The last, desperate act at the end of the previous book has had time to really sink in. In atonement, in anger, in shame, in pride, in helplessness, in hope, the last active poet has been secretly training girls (even though the andat creation and poet roles had always been a "no gurls allowed" club). A diplomatic mission from the Summer Cities is not fully supported but is successful...until the renegade poet succeeds in his g
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Lema by: Kylie
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
I should give this like 4.5 stars but screw that I'M GIVING THIS THE FULL 5 STARS <3
The perfect conclusion to a most elegant, thoughtful and sophisticated quartet.
Did I mention emotional as well?
oooooh the emotions...


"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 price of renewal is paid." *tears*

Let it be known though, don't except
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2017
A wonderful end to a brilliant series that turned out to be one of my all time favourites.
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, fantasy, 2018
Beautiful conclusion to the series.
Maggie K
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow,I can't say enough good things about this series. An unexpected wonder. I was always surprised with action and the characters. A new favorite! ...more
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Executive Summary: An excellent conclusion to an enjoyable series. 4.5 stars.

Audio book: Another solid, but not remarkable job by Neil Shah.

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Another book, another time jump. It's not something I normally like, but I think it's worked well for Abraham in this series. It may be problematic some though.

Time changes a person, and that's most dramatic in this book than it has been in any of the previous ones. I found Maati downright unlikeable. He was never my favorite character, but ag
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
I feel like all four of these books should be read in omnibus form - it makes it clear how much more striking the story format is, following the central characters from their teens to old age. I also really appreciate Abraham's world-building - the cities & their culture feel very real. I am left with a lingering sense of unease when it comes to how women are dealt with in the book; Abraham deals with really sensitive topics, sometimes not very well. I admire him for taking it on, and for featur ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
A really satisfying conclusion to this wonderful series.

There's not much more I can say about these books that I haven't already. This was probably the best of them even though it was bittersweet having to leave these characters.
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars very emotional book
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finished this about a week ago, only now getting to the point where I no longer feel like sobbing. Brilliant series.
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The highest praise I can offer for the final volume of The Long Price Quartet is that the room was rather dusty as I finished it. Few books can say this. Even books I like, to have the kind of emotional connection with any of the characters as I felt for the people in this book, it's just rare.

Then again, perhaps it's not surprising. Otah and Maati, still two of the important characters even though it's been 50 years since the first book of the series, we have literally followed them through the
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This Quartet ended exactly as it should have. All of the books in this series are separated by 15 years and you can tell that our characters have grown and changed and developed off the page and it's unlike any fantasy I've ever read before. Really great. ...more
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019, fbr
The Price of Spring is the fourth and final book of Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet. The series title is quite apt. There is both a high price to pay and yet even more time has passed between books. Fifteen years to be precise. Otah Machi now rules the Khaiem as Emperor and he has decided to ally with his country's rival nation and mortal enemy in order to save both countries. To say that Otah's decision for his country is unpopular is putting it mildly.

I found this book to be a fitting end
I feel like I should love this book. I was ready to give it at least four stars.

But I couldn't. The amount of drawn-out self contemplation in this book was killing me. Maybe it is because I am not the type of person who thinks about the past alot, this constant remembering of other people felt grating and made the pacing too glacial.

It could have been a leaner book as well if there is less minutiae of court life in Otah's POV (we have plenty of those in previous books and we already know he hat
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
The Price of Spring exceeded my already high expectations. Good intentions with unintended or unimagined consequences, and all the prices paid—for old hurts, for words said and unsaid, for betrayals, for misunderstandings and misplaced affection, and for love. Always the price of love.

This book (and series) is peopled with characters who are wonderfully imperfect. They inspire love, fear, despair, disgust, wonder, respect, frustration, and satisfaction. They face heartbreaking choices and u
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A truly excellent conclusion in my opinion. So glad I took the time to read this series.
There's a scene in this book where the main characters are left to ponder in silence and exhaustion the weight of all that has happened, of the world being broken and remade half a dozen times over the course of the series that does an excellent job of conveying how I felt after reading this book.

The Long Price Quartet is the most understated and yet powerful epic fantasies I've ever read. It deals with events are are epic and world changing in scope, yet the story moves by grounding itself in
Liam Johnstone
Aug 31, 2010 added it
Shelves: 2010
Amazing. A great finish to a wonderful series. I'm glad I read it. You should, too... if you can find it anywhere. ...more
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Once again, Abraham proved that long game does pay off. It's Long Price Quartet after all, a series about the weight a generation has to bear, the cyclical follies, and the price they have to pay.

Recently, I watched a documentary about environmental damage in my country. Dirty energy sources were the folly of the older generations, but an absolute necessity and inseparable element of life for my generation. Yet, it is also a price that my generation and the next have to pay at some point.
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a satisfying conclusion to a outstandingly unique series. Seriously this series brought a whole new perspective that was so fresh and right and I appreciate that. This series was so heavily character focused and let me tell you that it worked for this. The Price of Spring starts with another mind blowing time jump which just goes to show like I said that each story so far has been self contained but takes knowledge from past events to make another story. I say that because you can read this ...more
An impressive conclusion to the 4-book series. Abraham does a great job creating conflicting moral dilemmas and putting enough tarnish on his protagonists that they aren't shining heroes. ...more
Sep 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
"Want something new? Something legitimately different?

Read this book."

That was the beginning of my review of the first book in this quartet, A Shadow in Summer. Each book increased my admiration of and appreciation for the author, his characters don't feel real, they ARE real. The world is perfectly rendered, giving enough detail to see everything without drowning in minutiae. I got TPOS from the library soon after it came out and after a chapter I set it aside. When I finally picked it up agai
Jul 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
If you gave up on The Long Price Quartet early on, then I doubt I'm going to convince you to keep going.

If you've made it through the first three books, I'm not sure why you need any convincing to go on to the last book.

All I will say is that this is one of the most satisfying ends to a series I've read. During this reread, I deliberately stopped reading during the final chapter because I didn't want to cry again on the subway. And I knew I would, because while this series takes on questions of
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Going back to this series was extremely comfortable, like I never left. The world building is strong, characterization good and the dilemmas faced thought provoking. Now someone tell me why I can’t get into this author’s other books!
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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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