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An Autumn War (The Long Price Quartet, Book 3) Hardcover – July 22, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (July 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765313421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765313423
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,214,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Much of the praise that SF critics offer for An Autumn War sounds like a review of a more-mainstream literary novel, with observations on Abraham’s complex and engaging characters, the multiple layers of power throughout his plot, and the excellent writing. “Rarely does the penultimate volume in a series carry such a charge of its own,” notes Locus. But the reviewers return to full geek mode to gawk over the game-changing plot twist and ensuing cliff-hanger. Subtle plot development and engaging characters are great, they seem to sayâ€"but, just to show how compelling this series really is, what they really want is the next (and last) book, The Price of Spring (2009).
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"A Betrayal in Winter is exactly the kind of book I love: dynamic characters, sharp plotting, and an original, thoughtful take on magic." —Brandon Sanderson, author of Mistborn

“Compellingly plotted and elegantly written, A Betrayal in Winter is a very successful continuation of what promises to be a significant and original contribution to fantasy literature.” —SCIFI.COM


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Excellent story and in-depth character development!
Ken Hall
While there is fun to be had while reading these books, I wouldn’t recommend them if you’re looking for a fun fantasy escape.
J. C. Amos
This is a very unusual pattern -- most often the first book is strong and the following books are weaker.
J. Lindsay

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By critical reader on July 25, 2008
Format: Hardcover
In the first two books of The Long Price Quartet, Daniel Abraham focused on the wealthy, slightly decadent world of the Khaiem Cities, whose ability to bind the andat (natural forces) with magic gave them immunity from military danger; the warlike, technology-using Galts to the west were only a shadowy threat. In book three the threat becomes real as General Gice of the Galts sets out on a crusade to save the world by destroying the andat forever. Since the andat are treacherous and potentially dangerous, even to their controllers, the reader can sympathize with Gice's aim. But the tension becomes great as Gice's attack threatens the world, realm, and family of Otah Machi, Khai of one of the most powerful cities, and the continuing hero of the series.

Abraham's ability to create sympathetic, believable characters on both sides of the conflict is one of the strengths of this book. Another is the fast moving plot. In less than 400 pages Abraham can tell more story than many other fantasy authors can in 600. War, family tensions, long-held resentments, the power of love and forgiveness, are just a few of the themes played out in this story. There's also a bit more examination of the magical process that binds the andat and the way in which the nature of the "poet" who does the binding determines the results. The novel is a page turner, with a conclusion that is surprising, satisfying, and yet leaves more conflict to be resolved in the fourth and final book of the quartet. This is a very good fantasy series that deserves success. I'll be waiting for number four!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead on April 3, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Several times the rulers of Galt have attempted to destroy the poets, the sorcerer-mathematicians who defend the Cities of the Khaiem through the power of the spirits known as andat. Each time they have risked discovery and exposure and the destruction of their homelands in retribution. Now the Galtic general Balasar Gice has returned from a dangerous quest into the heart of the ruined Old Empire and brought back textbooks that may hold the key to destroying the andat once and for all, and enable the armies of Galt to purge the Khaiem before they can bind new spirits.

As the Autumn War begins, Otah and Maati discover that only they have the skills and abilities that can stop the invasion, but only if they have enough time, and only if they can fully control the powers they seek to summon...

An Autumn War is the third and penultimate volume of The Long Price Quartet, and also the fastest-paced and strongest book in the series. The first two books were slow-building tragedies revolving around intrigue, ambition and betrayal. The third book is about war, the reasons for it and its devastating consequences. Balasar believes that the world is threatened with annihilation at any time if the andat remain alive, whilst Maati is convinced that their powers can be harnessed for the good of mankind. Otah stands between them, having himself seen the evil and destruction that the andat can unleash and the imperfections in the poets' training, but at the same time rejecting the Galts' murderous answer to the quandary.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rich Gubitosi on November 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Daniel Abraham has improved with every volume of his debut series The Long Price Quartet. In A Shadow in Summer, he introduced a unique setting and compelling characters; in A Betrayal in Winter, he increased the complexity and maturity of the story; and now, in An Autumn War, he heightens the drama and adds earth-shattering plot twists worthy of George R. R. Martin. In my opinion, Abraham writes the best kind of genre fiction: confident, original, and sophisticated yet comprehensible.

The Autumn War is about Otah, a former poet-in-training and outcast who reluctantly became lord of the Khaiem city of Machi after his family died. Because he disapproves of Khaiem tradition, he struggles to maintain his authority with his citizens. Now he also has to face an external threat: The Galtic Empire has long coveted the riches of the Khaiem and finally has a ploy to negate the Khaiem's sole advantage: the andat. Otah has to defeat the finest military in the world or risk annihilation and enslavement.

The Autumn War is also about Balasar, a Galtic general who sees the andat as the ultimate danger and strives to eradicate it. By introducing Balasar, Abraham forces us to see the Khaiem from a different perspective. Nowadays, it is common for writers to include both heroes and villains as viewpoint characters; however, here, Otah and Balasar are neither hero nor villain--they are just at opposite ends of an argument that will shatter the world by the time it is resolved.

Overall, The Autumn War is about consequences: the consequences of relying on the andat or technology; the consequences of staying with a child or leaving him; the consequences of remaining loyal to a lord or betraying him; the consequences of trying to be a good man and failing. It is a stunning, dramatic novel from an author who is quickly established himself as one of the elite writers in fantasy.
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Daniel lives in New Mexico. He keeps a blog at www.danielabraham.com. He also writes as MLN Hanover and (with Ty Franck) as James S. A. Corey.

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