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Gesture and posture convey as much information as spoken words in Abraham's impressive first novel, a fantasy set in a world where poets create and bind powerful shape-shifting creatures called "andat." The Empire hangs on, literally, by a thread; the cloth industry depends on the ability of andat Seedless to magically remove seeds from cotton plants to keep commerce flowing and the barbarians in check. Seedless, who can also remove unborn children from their mother's womb, aims to drive his poet-creator, Heshai-kvo, mad with grief. A love triangle develops among a threesome—Heshai's apprentice, Maati; Itani, a laborer with a past; and the beautiful scribe Liat—as they unknowingly assist the andat in his plot to abort a wanted child. When Liat's master, Amat Kyaan, uncovers the plan, Amat must flee and live as a bookkeeper in a brothel. The complex characters all struggle to navigate a path between their duty to their Empire and to themselves. A blurb from George R.R. Martin will help alert his fans to this promising newcomer. (Mar.)
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Debut novelist Daniel Abraham bolts out of the gate with an enthusiastic recommendation from SF guru George R. R. Martin. The critics agree with Martin's appraisal, and reviewers welcome Abraham's rich characterization, deft plotting, and the particularly ambitious central conceit that ideas can be made fleshand controlled by poets, no less. Critics nitpick here and there (a communication method that involves posing rather than speaking furrows some eyebrows), but nothing dissuades reviewers from eagerly awaiting the Fall, Winter, and Spring installments. (Winter Cities will be published in 2007.)<BR>Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I had a hard time getting into this book, but I have read his second series before this so I knew he was amazing. Get past the slow start and I think you will be impressed. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Dani
I checked it out from my local library. I didn't even make it 100 pages before I quit. It initially had me wrapt in, but quickly became very boring. The writing style was....eh. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Al
Amazing book--best fantasy I've read in a long time. Abraham spins a truly original world (steampunk and oriental without resting on any of the tropes associated), has a cast of... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Levi Jacobs
I liked it. A 3.5 star average rating on this book is surprising. I thought the plot line moved along reasonably well. I liked the moral ambiguity of a lot of the situations. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BellaGrace
This series is based on an original and interesting concept: A large portion of the human world relies on captured gods (the "andat") for safety and prosperity. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Daarla
I think the best two features of this book are the clarity of the character development and the well-crafted description of intricate world in which the story takes place. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Usnav8r
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I’ve been meaning to read Daniel Abraham’s THE LONG PRICE QUARTET for years, because that’s how long Bill and Rob have been... Read more
I managed to finish the book with only a mild interest in it's end result. I would not select another of this authors books.Published 5 months ago by Brenda Sheets
This book was simply boring. Character primarily defined by their self-doubt or self-pity, spend an incredible amount of time accomplishing very little. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer