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Because it follows the same characters throughout Otah and Maati primarily , we as readers get to watch them age. We get to see them as children, teenagers, young men, middle-aged men, and old men, as sons and fathers, lovers, brothers, husbands, students, teachers. In the final book, we get to see where all of this leads: so much responsibility and power but bodies and hearts that are weakened, watching younger men and women take up the roles they are vacating.

I have recently found myself wishing for this kind of coverage of aging in more fiction and entertainment. So much of what we are given to read or watch focuses on young people growing up. That is an important and interesting story, but so is this progress from youth to adulthood to old age. There are lessons to be learned beyond those in adolescence and early adulthood. The fact that this series addresses all of those stages pleases me. Despite such heavy ruminations on responsibility, loss, and death, these books are remarkably hopeful. Every love ends in parting or death.

Every nation ends and every empire. This series is going on my list of books that I recommend to everyone. View all 3 comments. Apr 05, Eh? Now this one, I broken-record-like call this amazing. The last, desperate act at the end of the previous book has had time to really sink in. In atonement, in anger, in shame, in pride, in helplessness, in hope, the last active poet has been secretly training girls even though the andat creation and poet roles had always been a "no gurls allowed" club.

A diplomatic mission from the Summer Cities is not fully supported but is successful Whew, hard to twist around a sentence like that. Here is where I wish I could've been a better writer, to discuss this, to beat around the bush without flushing out all the ducks.

What is the worth of a woman? Is it more important to avenge or to heal? Can one release grievances without acknowledgement by the transgressor? I think there are many little "ah! Hilarious and touching courtship scheme. Blah, I hate that I end up summarizing. I'd been all grumpy and determined that I was done with epic fantasies. Boycott, handmade signs on sticks, chants. For series like this, I'll become a scab. Some more incomplete sentences on the series as a whole: - Great, great descriptive passages.

Epics tend to go long and boring on scenery chewing. This one was beautiful. Time passed, people grew. I appreciate it. There was this one part where someone was throttled and was unable to get fingers underneath the garrotte, then another person was throttled and the same fingers thing appeared. There were a couple similar scenes describing the taste of a green apple.

Series: The Long Price Quartet

There was a man who pulled out a chair and sat down, and then less than a page later pulled out a chair and sat down. That last one is probably an error, hah. View all 26 comments. Jan 11, Lema rated it it was amazing Recommended to Lema by: Kylie. Shelves: fantasy , favorites. I should give this like 4.

Did I mention emotional as well? Petals once fallen are fallen forever. Flowers do not return in the spring, rather they are replaced. It is in this difference between returned and replaced that the price of renewal is paid. You can expect however a cast of wonderful three dimensional characters that you follow throughout their entire lifespans, an original magical system, and just magnificent ideas wherever you go. Discussions that vary from right and wrong, forgiveness and vengence, racism and how to let go of old blood feuds, grief and emotional strength and so on and so on This finale was perfect, it certainly had its flaws; being not as epic as its predecessor, had a lot of scenes that could have been edited out, but I loved it nonetheless and I binge-read it with pretty much one breath.

Believe me, I had no control, I couldn't put it down until the end and then I just didn't want it to end. Daniel Abraham also has that talent that makes a book an immediate favorite of mine, is when he can masterfully play with character development, making us hate previously loved characters and make us absolutely adore previously loathed characters we need more of the trope of the old villain reluctantly agreeing to help!

And I just wanted to throw it out there that a certain element in this book certainly creeped me out and made my skin crawl, it almost reminded me of this little bugger.. In conculsion, I recommend this quartet to readers already familiar with the fantasy genre who are looking to freshen up their perspective, or to adult readers in general who are interested in a new spin on economical and political intrigue who don't mind slow burn books, because believe me you'll be rewarded freaking Book 3 guys, totally worth it!

A Shadow in Summer : 3. A Betrayal in Winter : 4 stars 3. View all 4 comments. Jun 13, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in A wonderful end to a brilliant series that turned out to be one of my all time favourites. May 10, Miche rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , ebook , Beautiful conclusion to the series. Jan 11, Maggie K rated it it was amazing. Wow,I can't say enough good things about this series. An unexpected wonder. I was always surprised with action and the characters.

A new favorite! Executive Summary: An excellent conclusion to an enjoyable series. Audio book: Another solid, but not remarkable job by Neil Shah. Full Review Another book, another time jump. It's not something I normally like, but I think it's worked well for Abraham in this series. It may be problematic some though. Time changes a person, and that's most dramatic in this book than it has been in any of the previous ones. I found Maati downright unlikeable. He was never my favorite character, but age Executive Summary: An excellent conclusion to an enjoyable series.

He was never my favorite character, but age and the weight of his past mistakes have turned him into an angry bitter and stupid old man. In some ways he has good intentions, but as per usual, he just goes about everything wrong. Otah continues to be the best character, but I really enjoyed both Eiah and Denat as well.

My only minor complaint is Vanjit. She's well written, but so grating. I probably shouldn't hold it against Mr. Abraham for evoking frustration and disgust at his characters, but it was just a bit much for me at times. Beyond that, it's hard to say much without spoiling this or previous books. This series is very much a slow burn, and is not action packed, high fantasy. It won't be for everyone. I've found each book better than the last, and was very happy with the conclusion. I'm sad that I'm out of books to read.

I wouldn't mind another book set in this world at some point in the future, but if we never get one, I'll be perfectly content. Aug 22, Robyn rated it really liked it Shelves: I feel like all four of these books should be read in omnibus form - it makes it clear how much more striking the story format is, following the central characters from their teens to old age. I am left with a lingering sense of unease when it comes to how women are dealt with in the book; Abraham deals with really sensitive topics, sometimes not very well.

I admire him for taking it on, and for fe I feel like all four of these books should be read in omnibus form - it makes it clear how much more striking the story format is, following the central characters from their teens to old age. I admire him for taking it on, and for featuring older, capable, intelligent women so frequently, but there are also cringe moments.

In this one, for instance, the idea that all women are so desperate for a baby that infertility drives them near-crazy - I know very well indeed that this is a real struggle, but not all women respond the same way. But anyway! I am glad I read the series. Aug 11, Scott rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , favorites. A really satisfying conclusion to this wonderful series. There's not much more I can say about these books that I haven't already. This was probably the best of them even though it was bittersweet having to leave these characters. Jan 04, Margret rated it really liked it.

Oct 21, Mike rated it it was amazing. Finished this about a week ago, only now getting to the point where I no longer feel like sobbing. Brilliant series. Oct 17, Mark rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy. The highest praise I can offer for the final volume of The Long Price Quartet is that the room was rather dusty as I finished it. Few books can say this. Even books I like, to have the kind of emotional connection with any of the characters as I felt for the people in this book, it's just rare.

Then again, perhaps it's not surprising. Otah and Maati, still two of the important characters even though it's been 50 years since the first book of the series, we have literally followed them through the The highest praise I can offer for the final volume of The Long Price Quartet is that the room was rather dusty as I finished it. Otah and Maati, still two of the important characters even though it's been 50 years since the first book of the series, we have literally followed them through their whole lives. They now stand opposite one another, taking differing views on how to salvage the world after the events at the close of the third volume - events for which they both should shoulder blame, but which ultimately fell upon Maati, something that comes with a cost years later, which is the story of this fourth and final part of the quartet.

Often, though not always, the fantasy battle between magic and technology casts the magic as the romantic view of the past.

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Abraham avoids this because the andat and what they can do and have done are just so terrible that, while the romanticism of the past is there, you just can't avoid their true legacy. Maati stands for the old ways and traditions of the Khaiate, but what does that really mean? People can be killed at will by unaccountable supreme beings. Great harm is done when these andat are controlled by the wrong people.

So the forces of technology - at least, they have steam wagons and steam ships - are the heroes of the tale because they are the ones who strive to bring an alliance out of the disaster that befell two peoples, to do the best they can to make whole what was done wrong. Old enemies coming together for the common good of all their people. Now that's a romantic notion. Well-written but not over-written, The Price of Spring is, if not the best, one of the best concluding books to a fantasy series ever written.

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The story rises and falls, at the same time a story that is intensely personal and focused on its characters, while also feeling larger than this, with world-shaking importance. And as mentioned in the review of the previous volume, I have got to appreciate a fantasy author in my lifetime who conceives of a series of modest length, writes and publishes it in short order, keeps things tightly focused, doesn't let it spiral out of control, and finishes. It is done. No years to wait for the next book. It is good. You should read it.

Dec 27, Kylie rated it it was amazing. This Quartet ended exactly as it should have. All of the books in this series are separated by 15 years and you can tell that our characters have grown and changed and developed off the page and it's unlike any fantasy I've ever read before. Really great. I feel like I should love this book. I was ready to give it at least four stars.

But I couldn't. The amount of drawn-out self contemplation in this book was killing me.

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Maybe it is because I am not the type of person who thinks about the past alot, this constant remembering of other people felt grating and made the pacing too glacial. It could have been a leaner book as well if there is less minutiae of court life in Otah's POV we have plenty of those in previous books and we already know he hat I feel like I should love this book. It could have been a leaner book as well if there is less minutiae of court life in Otah's POV we have plenty of those in previous books and we already know he hated them. And Maati.

Don't talk to me about Maati. Maybe I am just not emphatic enough, but I just don't like characters that wallow most of the time. Having said those, I really loved the world. It is not your typical faux medieval sword and sorcery story. The magic is minimal and yet epically fatal. Strong, multifaceted female characters is another trait I totally applaud. Overall, I can definitely see that Daniel Abraham has grown a lot but he did already start from a very good spot. While my ratings are not as high as The Dagger and the Coin series, this is still a highly recommended series for those who like to try something different, more contemplative and perennially slow-burn.

View all 7 comments. Mar 27, Mav rated it it was amazing Shelves: , death-grief , speculative-fiction , family , series-finished , multicultural-setting , romantic-subplot , sisters-brothers , favorites , feminist-themes. There's a scene in this book where the main characters are left to ponder in silence and exhaustion the weight of all that has happened, of the world being broken and remade half a dozen times over the course of the series that does an excellent job of conveying how I felt after reading this book. The Long Price Quartet is the most understated and yet powerful epic fantasies I've ever read.

It deals with events are are epic and world changing in scope, yet the story moves by grounding itself in There's a scene in this book where the main characters are left to ponder in silence and exhaustion the weight of all that has happened, of the world being broken and remade half a dozen times over the course of the series that does an excellent job of conveying how I felt after reading this book. It deals with events are are epic and world changing in scope, yet the story moves by grounding itself in the lives of very flawed people. Somehow, in a story about choices, redemption, justice and power and two men, Abraham still manages to address the issue of women's bodies in relation to the nation-state.

This is the series that you give to fantasy readers - especially female readers - who've read so much fantasy that they're jaded. Aug 31, Liam Johnstone added it Shelves: A great finish to a wonderful series. I'm glad I read it. You should, too Apr 17, Rinaldo rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy , united-states , favorites. It's Long Price Quartet after all, a series about the weight a generation has to bear, the cyclical follies, and the price they have to pay.

Recently, I watched a documentary about environmental damage in my country. Dirty energy sources were the folly of the older generations, but an absolute necessity and inseparable element of life for my generation. Yet, it is also a price that my generation and the next have to pay at some point. The people who live in the proximity of the mining spots have already been bearing the consequences which are not their fault to begin with. The Price of Spring captures this feeling perfectly. Similar to how Tehanu serves as an epilogue of the previous trilogy and a prologue of a new saga, The Price of Spring also deals with the themes of getting old and the weight of the past: success, failure, vengeance, bitterness, victory, and everything in between.

Long price is all about things and people returning from the past, and the causes and effects. There's also the bittersweet memory of passing the legacy into the younger generation, even when the price is steep. The aftermath of the war between Galt and Cities of Khaiem was devastating, similar to the plot of Children of Men where there has been no born babies for the last generation. The Emperor of Khaiem tries to amend this by offering an olive branch to the Galts, as he plans cross marriages between their people to ensure the continuity of their nations. Meanwhile, back in Khaiem, there's also the effort to raise new poet and bind fresh andat, but this time with woman poets.

The implication of this is very fascinating, since this results in dramatically different grammar and approach. This book has most interesting depiction of andat in the series, as it redefines the relationship between the poet and their andat. The parallel endeavours to save the nation builds up to the clash of ideas and clash of cultures.

As usual, instead of relying on pure violence, Abraham put more emphasis on the conflict between person and their ideals. The stakes are higher than ever, yet they also feel personal. The value and vision difference between family members from different generations even sharpen the drama. Some characters from the past also return to make appearance in this book, getting to the mix for better or worse.

The whole book is a unique experience for me, it's the mixture of stressful situations and warm gatherings of family and friends.

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You can feel the weariness of age felt by the older characters, but there's also joy in sharing the old age with their students or children. The climax is a mixed bag for me. It gives bittersweet and relieving feeling, but it also leaves me wanting a little bit. If Nayiit is the symbol of failure, Eiah is the symbol of success. At the same time, the presence of Otah and Maati during the climax feels a bit pointless for me, since Eiah is the one who kills Vanjit and resolve all of the problems in which by undoing what Sterile did in the previous book, the solution feels a bit too neat and tidy for me.

Perhaps it's the whole point of passing the torch, but the final failure in the old day does feel a little too cynical. Conclusion The Price of Spring is the ending worthy of a series. With the most elegant prose so far and the accumulating plot elements over the 45 years in the books, this bittersweet instalment serves as both the extended epilogue of the third book while leaving a fresh, new beginning for an ending. An impressive conclusion to the 4-book series. Abraham does a great job creating conflicting moral dilemmas and putting enough tarnish on his protagonists that they aren't shining heroes.

Sep 28, JW rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. Something legitimately different? Read this book. Each book increased my admiration of and appreciation for the author, his characters don't feel real, they ARE real. The world is perfectly rendered, giving enough detail to see everything without drowning in minutiae.

When I finally picked it up agai "Want something new? When I finally picked it up again I kept thinking maybe this quartet should have been a trilogy, that diminishing returns had set in. And having finished it, maybe that's sorta kinda true still. See, the story of the series really ends after An Autumn War. It's by no means entirely necessary however it is, without question, the most accomplished ending to a story or series I've ever read.

Most stories either just stop or tie everything up. In fantasy you can't escape Tolkien and Frodo and Gandalf sailing from the Grey Havens is the best example of the latter.


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TPOS finishes the story with grace, class and an unmistakable finality that every person who's ever tried to write should strive to equal. But it also makes it clear that even changed the world goes on.

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Cynics would cry "sequel bait" but I don't think so. I'm glad I didn't give up on this book, I'm glad Daniel Abraham wrote it. I can't wait to see what he does next. Jul 19, Doug rated it it was amazing. If you've made it through the first three books, I'm not sure why you need any convincing to go on to the last book.

All I will say is that this is one of the most satisfying ends to a series I've read. During this reread, I deliberately stopped reading during the final chapter because I didn't want to cry again on the subway. And I knew I would, because while this series takes on questions of If you gave up on The Long Price Quartet early on, then I doubt I'm going to convince you to keep going. And I knew I would, because while this series takes on questions of human powers and superhuman powers and government and many other things, at the core it is a story of a friendship.

In this book, we see how that friendship that has developed over the course of four books after the two men involved have remade the world and are dealing with the aftermath of their actions. It's not clean, it's not easy, and it pushes both of them to their limits, but it's worth the trouble to get to the last two chapters.

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Feb 13, Richelle rated it really liked it. Going back to this series was extremely comfortable, like I never left. The world building is strong, characterization good and the dilemmas faced thought provoking. Feb 14, Metaphorosis rated it really liked it Shelves: rev , reviewed.

The last andat, Sterile, took away the generative powers of the women of the Khaiem, and of the men of Galt. Now, Otah, reluctant Emperor of the Khaiem is trying to form a complex alliance with Galt. Maati, his one-time friend and poet, is trying to bind new andats. Their inevitable clash will bring both nations to their kne 4 stars - Metaphorosis Reviews The cities of the Khaiem are without andats - the concepts-made-physical that can be controlled by poets and that gave the Empire its strength.

Their inevitable clash will bring both nations to their knees. It took me a while to get around to reading Shadow , because, after all, who wants to read a PDF? Something I wish publishers understood today. Happily for me, and perhaps less so for Mr.

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Abraham, there was a discount bookstore near my house, and when I saw book two of the series available cheap, I finally took the plunge. I'm glad I did. That first book was the start of an excellent and innovative series that concludes with this book, The Price of Spring. Shadow was an eye-opener in terms of tone, setting, and concept. While the elements weren't entirely novel, the combination certainly was. Much to my pleasure, Abraham's skill continued across the series. Every book had solid characters, beautiful writing, and intricate but clear plotting. The same is true of this closing volume.

I wish that Abraham had chosen a less traditional "men rule, women support" world for his series. In this final volume, he contracts Heinlein-Jordan syndrome, in which men are blind, and women are wise - but men still make the decisions. Luckily, it's a mild case, and there are also strong, self-willed women playing a part. Some of the gender-related crises feel manufactured, but can be accepted with a little effort.

Abraham ties up the ends of the story with a thoroughness that at times seems trite and slightly mechanical - things wrap around to their beginnings in a way that satisfies but also feels shallow. I didn't feel the depth of emotion that I expected to, and to some extent that's true of the entire book - it feels somewhat ironically, given the use of steam engines as a theme as if the series is running out of steam. There's enough here, however, to get us to the end successfully and without lagging. This final book doesn't have quite the depth that it should have, though Abraham gives it a solid try.

As the capstone to a truly excellent series, though, The Price of Spring is extremely strong, and well worth your time. I strongly recommend the series. Abraham is known these days as the co-author of the Expanse series - the first book of which was unconvincing and overly complex. It's the Long Price Quartet that he should be known for instead. While it may not be easily convert to TV, Long Price is the kind of series that an author might hope to crown a career with. While not all of Abraham's books have turned out so well, this series is proof that he's a writer of extraordinary talent.

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