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An Autumn War (The Long Price Quartet) [Kindle Edition]

Daniel Abraham
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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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 the city of Machi, has tried for years to prepare his people for a future in which the magical andat, entities that support their commerce and intimidate all foes, can no longer be safely harnessed. But his efforts are too little, too late. The Galts, an expansionist empire from across the sea, have tired of games of political espionage and low-stakes sabotage. Their general, a ruthless veteran, has found a way to do what was thought impossible: neutralize the andat.

As the Galtic army advances, the Poets who control the andat wage their own battle to save their loved-ones and their nation. Failure seems inevitable, but success would end the Galtic threat.

With wonderful storytelling skill, Abraham has wedded the unique magic, high-stakes betrayal and political intrigue of his previous works with a broad tapestry of action in a spectacular fantasy epic.

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From Bookmarks Magazine

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1510 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765313421
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003K15OLQ
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine third installment... July 25, 2008
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The strongest novel in the series April 3, 2010
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars The series gets better with each novel November 4, 2008
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The long price is patience
With each book the story is begun and closed, but as a quartet the structure of the whole emerges. The price is patience to experience the unfolding as the author intends. Read more
Published 1 month ago by JScott
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy War done right
Man, Abraham keeps hitting them out of the ballpark. An Autumn War was even better than the second novel in the series, which was superior to the first. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Kelley
4.0 out of 5 stars I thourougly enjoyed this read
This covers the whole quartet. I thourougly enjoyed this read, this genre has not seen such originality for a while. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An Autumn War
An Autumn War is, so far, my favorite book in the Long Price Quartet. Although the first two books were enjoyable, An Autumn War exhibited a polished prose style that surprised me... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Eric Beyle
5.0 out of 5 stars An autumn war
I totally enjoyed this book, read the entire series, I would recommend anyone who liked game of thrones or dagger and coin series would probably enjoy this series of books.
Published 5 months ago by Jack Dodd
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
Excellent story and in-depth character development! Very enjoyable read, as have been all the books I've read by Daniel Abraham.
Published 8 months ago by Ken Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
If you can get around all of the silly hand gesture stuff the characters do in this book, it's not a bad story.
Published 8 months ago by Hannah
5.0 out of 5 stars Now, this is where things get beautiful
IMHO, the third novel of the Long Price Quartet is incredible. Where the first two novels have built up a marvelous setting and established the main ensemble of characters as close... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Traveller
5.0 out of 5 stars Very different from other Fanatasy books
All of the Long Price Quartet is very different from most Fantasy novels I have read. The main characters have no magic and although the magic of the world plays a major part in... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Tocla
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series
One of the best series progressions I have ever read! Can't wait to tackle book 4 now.

Love the culture, the characters, strong female voices, great story and completely... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Laurenod
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Daniel lives in New Mexico. He keeps a blog at He also writes as MLN Hanover and (with Ty Franck) as James S. A. Corey.

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