Review: An Autumn War by Daniel Abraham

An Autumn War by Daniel Abraham
An Autumn War by Daniel Abraham

An Autumn War
Daniel Abraham
Tor, 2008

It has been over a year since I read the first two entries in Daniel Abraham’s Long Prince Quartet. Both A Shadow In Summer and A Betrayal In Winter are subtle, complex novels light on action but high on character in world that is wonderfully complex and refreshingly different from your everyday fantasy world. While each of the previous novels have primarily been about several deftly drawn characters and their personal relationships each novel has grown increasingly involved with examining how these characters’ actions affect the world at large. As in the previous two novels Otah and Maati remain central characters and it is the ripple of their actions in the previous two books that play an integral role in the threat unveiled in An Autumn War.  Some spoilers from the previous two books ahead (no more than what you’ll get if you read the jacket though).

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Review: A Shadow In Summer by Daniel Abraham

A Shadow In Summer by Daniel Abraham
A Shadow In Summer by Daniel Abraham

A Shadow In Summer
Daniel Abraham
Tor, 2007 (mmpb)

I’ll confess that A Shadow In Summer is a book I started once before and just couldn’t get into.  While the series has been well received by readers it has largely remained below the radar despite its solid reviews.  While I certainly had my own difficulties in getting through the book, particularly the first hundred pages or so, in the end I found it quite a satisfying read and I plan on continuing on with A Betrayal In Winter within the next few weeks.

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