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Seasons of War

(Long Price Quartet #3-4)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  814 ratings  ·  45 reviews
The poets and their magical andat have protected the cities of the Khaiem against their rivals in Galt for generations. Otah, Khai of the Winter City of Machi, has tried for years to prepare his people for a future in which the andat can no longer be safely harnessed. But his warnings have been ignored, and now it's too late. A ruthless, charismatic Galtic general believes ...more
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Published January 1st 2010 by Orbit (first published September 3rd 2009)
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Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
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There was this fantasy series I loved like a mad thing when I was about fourteen or so, but I won’t say which one as I don’t want to spoil anyone. There was one character in particular I was very fond of, a dashing young prince. The trilogy, among other things, followed Prince Dashing on various adventures until he saves the land and his lady love and lives happily every after.

But the author did not stop with just this trilogy, he went on to wri
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
The world changes. Sometimes slowly, sometimes all of an instant.
But the world changes, and it doesn't change back.

In ‘Seasons of War’ Abraham continues even better as he takes us into a story of war and survival, and with the characters maturing, as they search for their own redemption in a world that is changing; while showing us more about the Galts, the rivals of the Khaiem, as also managing to combine some very nice ideas and even leaving a taste of steampunk.

Although Abraham introduced th
Jun 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second omnibus of the last two books of the Long Price quartet. As with the previous volume, it is brilliantly written. The world building and characterisation are flawless; this is a fantasy world that really has the feel of an entirely different world, not simply a medieval Europe that never was (not that there's anything wrong with that, but it makes a refreshing change). The plot is engrossing and gripping: again, this differs from most fantasy novels in that the danger here is n ...more
Jul 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A fitting conclusion to the Long Price Quartet, and one of the best darn books I've read this year (and I do average 4 books a week). A meditation on the nature of power, of man vs. woman and of forgiveness. The epilogue is a kick in the gut (in a sad but good way).
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Consolidates the extraordinary character development of the first two books.
Aug 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love this series. Oh, I quite understand why it isn't for everyone. The worldbuilding is dense and lush and constant, as much in the scrutiny and poetry of description and slow pace as those details included, though those details are thorough and coherent and magnificently used. The plot pivots on choices and small actions, on people being people, and while it's incredibly tense, it's not the swash and buckle of usual epic fantasy. I can see why these books might be too slow and careful a ...more
Charles Korb
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think these two are better than the first two by a fair amount, with the anguish of the final book as the crown jewel of the series.

Some things that this series did that many other fantasy series don't do
1) the time difference between stories, a decade and a half is enough to move the world to a different place while making it not feel like "the next generation" with a bunch of new characters you aren't invested in
2) the fantastical cold war, there are two powers trapped in a fragile equilibr
Peter Scoot
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent books

This is a fantasy that spends as much time filling out the characters as it does moving the story forward, and is much the better book for doing so. Well worth the read.
Nov 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I finally finished the "Long Price Quartet". I read the series in two omnibus editions and it took me a lot longer than I thought it would. It's not that I didn't like the books, they have a lot of qualities, but I wasn't really drawn to them. Especially the story lacked in parts to fully interest me. Luckily this improved with the second omnibus. See below a full review for each of the two books included in it.

An Autumn War:
This is definitely the best of the four, mainly because it is the most
In the second part of Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet, the characters we have come to know and love are thrust further into turmoil, as a new general from Galt threatens the very existence of the andat. For without their gods, how can they face the mighty army of the Galts? An Autumn War is told from the perspectives of Balasar Gice, the Galtic general, and the characters we already know from Shadow and Betrayal (I'm going to be quite vague here due to the revelations from the previous book ...more
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads, fantasy
This second omnibus collection of Daniel Abraham's The Long Price Quarter, The Price of War, is a page turner from beginning to end in a complete contrast to the first omnibus that was characterized by being a slow burner. Otah and Maati again dominate the two novels that tell the two sides of a devastating war and its long disastrous consequences in which both men take different paths to solve, in both novels previous secondary characters return as well as new tell about how high the price of w ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-noir
I really enjoyed the first two parts of this series (comprised in Shadow and Betrayal), which introduced an interesting culture and setting for the story to play out in, and the whole concept of the andat. So, I was very pleased that Seasons of War lived up to expectations.

The writing was excellent, and I was quite often moved by the thoughtful prose which complimented the steadily unfolding story and the moral dilemmas which are presented, logical extensions of the previous stories. Like Shadow
May 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The whole quarter is about having taking responsibilities, but also of "paying" the price these responsibilities have.

It is about having aspirations, but also of having to live with the actual consequences these aspirations have, and of how they differ from what we had imagined the consequences would be.

I have to say it does start slow in the first two books, especially in the first hundred pages of the one, where there is a sence that the whole story concerns a handful of persons, and concern
Shane Kiely
Nov 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Has some problems that harken back to the first collection in terms of the plot being a little sluggish at times & it's still less action focused than I usually like but I do think the writing of this series has improved markedly as it has progressed. The third part/book "The Autumn War" in particular is very strong. These stories have a greater sense of urgency to them in that the fate of the whole World is put in peril. The characters have grown on me as the series has developed, so it's more ...more
Alister Black
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
In which the author considers Plato's Theory of Forms and combines it with the notion of the Muse, a spirit to be captured and enslaved for our benefit.
"Plato's theory of Forms or theory of Ideas asserts that non-material abstract (but substantial) forms (or ideas), and not the material world of change known to us through sensation, possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality."

Plato reckoned there was a perfect form of everything. Table, chai
Jan 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This took me ages to read not because it wasn't brilliant, but because I didn't want it to end. I think it's just leaped to one of my favorite fantasy series ever, because it's utterly different from most of them - it's not a quest for a magical object in the classical sense (there are magical objects but ... they're complicated because they are also human thoughts given form), nor is it entirely the story of a special person destined to be king (although that also happens.) And it takes place o ...more
Rich Taylor
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is actually two books in one and they deserve to be reviewed separately!

An Autumn War - Five Stars

Wow. This book, building on the great characters and complex world of its two prequels, really put me through an emotional wringer. The titular war obviously being no surprise in itself, or indeed how it progresses (well, mostly anyway!) is nevertheless a journey from despair, disaster, hope, triumph and tragedy the conclusion of which is a masterly piece of storytelling, and surely the high po
Jan 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I finally got through it. This series may hold more interest for those who like Chinese culture. For me, most of the descriptors became overly repetitive in the first few pages. Do I really need a shopping list rundown on what the characters ate for every meal? Do I need to know the position of every characters hands to tell me to accent to their words? I found myself liking the antagonists better and hoped they would win so they can stop the pros from talking/miming. And as it seems, that ...more
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
A fascinating series spanning the whole of the two primary characters intertwined lives.

It has outstanding world building that mostly skips the cod-medieval Europe tropes combined with an artful magic of narrow focus but global reach.

The reason this book (and the series as a whole) is 4 rather than 5 stars for me: While the backdrop and story-arc are compelling it never generated the sense of emotional involvement/investment in the central characters needed to keep the pages turning at pace. I
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Long Price series is one of the best I've ever read. Its worldbuilding is solid, its magic system is inventive, and fully worked out. Moreover, the plot is completely unpredictable, and the story is centred around very strong (though not always likeable) characters. Some of the imagery in the novel was so inventive and such a pleasure to read that I couldn't stop talking about it to others.
I can't wait to read more of his work.
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm talking about the series as a whole, not just this book. It's really, really good. A sort of grown up take on epic fantasy. Some of the things that Abraham did to make his world different from ours (communicating through physical poses, the name suffixes, etc...) were a little bit distracting at first. But after a while, they faded into the background. The story is very interesting. The characters are very fully drawn and their conflict feels very real. I would recommend it to anyone.
Jun 11, 2012 rated it liked it
It was an okay read but less enjoyable than the first two books. The span of time between the four books keeps it interesting, in that the main characters mature, change and develop over the years, so you can follow the passage of time. I did not find the series particularly inspiring, however, but that was me. I've certainly read far worse.
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
These two are really the page-turners in this series. Themes of power and responsibility dominate, and one can't help but draw parallels to our own world. Yet even as the drama plays out on a grand scale, it is humanized by the characters' individual dreams, pains, triumphs and mistakes. I'll be rereading this series.
Gwen K.
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Do yourselves a favour and read the Long Price Quartet: 'Shadow and Betrayal' and 'Seasons of War'. Probably the most beautiful fantasy series I've ever read. Maybe not as epic as others, as gory and battle-soaked. But definitely the most special, mature and close to the very essence of our existence.
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, digital
Somewhere between KJ Parker's Engineer trilogy and Rothfuss' Kvothe.
Somewhat biased positively because I love seeing the improvement of a writer over the course of a work.
Also enjoyed the slightly different take on demon binding, the personal price and ingredients.
Christopher Dodds
Sep 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
A much better effort by the author who improved greatly on his character's, the way the story was written and the addition of new as well as the old. But what I think helped the most was reading the first book in the series which kind of prepared me for this one.
Nov 19, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was at times pretty OK but I often caught myself being a bit bored with it and not quite wanting to finish it. Granted at times it was interesting and good but... well... I dont know how to put words to it.

So overall an OK book, I think I preferred the earlier ones though.
Rudi Opperman
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Long book, well, actually two books in one. Well thought out. Actually not too many fantasy elements. It is more about the consequences of decisions made and how the characters cope with how the world around them changes. An emotional book. A book that will stay with you.
Feb 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Very enjoyable conclusion to The Long Price series. Without going into too much details, it's the story of a few men and women, who find themselves in positions to change the world - but is anyone's idea of 'a better world' truly better?
Chester Henderson
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A beautiful and very well written series. It was a very nice change using Chinese culture as a basis for these fantasy novels. The beautiful flowing of time between books and its relationship between characters covers a vast and highly entertaining journey.

Would highly recommend.

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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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Long Price Quartet (4 books)
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