The Long Price Quartet

by Daniel Abraham

3 avg rating
Book 61 of 255 in the Best Fantasy Series
176 votes 4 comments
The powerful city-state of Saraykeht is a bastion of peace and culture, a major center of commerce and trade. Its economy depends on the power of the captive spirit, Seedless, an andat bound to the poet-sorcerer Heshai for life. Enter the Galts, a juggernaut of an empire committed to laying waste to all lands with their ferocious army. Saraykeht, though, has always been too strong for the Galts to attack, but now they see an opportunity. If they can dispose of Heshai, Seedless's bonded poet-sorcerer, Seedless will perish and the entire city will fall. With secret forces inside the city, the Galts prepare to enact their terrible plan.
 
In the middle is Otah, a simple laborer with a complex past. Recruited to act as a bodyguard for his girlfriend's boss at a secret meeting, he inadvertently learns of the Galtish plot. Otah finds himself as the sole hope of Saraykeht, either he stops the Galts, or the whole city and everyone in it perishes forever.

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4 comments
Anonymous | 2014-08-03 03:30:57
Too slow, didn't like the characters. Decisions of characters made no sense or were very unlikely.
Anonymous | 2015-04-03 02:05:31
I just did not get into these...at all. The last one, The Price of Spring, has taken me over a month to read, and that means nothing favorable. I read Joe Abercrombie's books in 2-3 days each and almost cried when I was done for lack of more. Some good characters in here but the world is *meh* and the action is *none* and the main plotline regarding the andat is 100% predictable. I prefer to write favorable reviews and stay away from the negative. With that in mind, the fact that I am here should tell you how I felt: Jane Austen level boredom. By all means, read it and disagree with me if you want. Not for me. Top 5? Really?
Anonymous | 2015-07-24 06:40:49
I am a long-time fantasy lover and a discerning reader across all genres. The Long Price Quartet was an insightful poetic and beautifully rendered story—the characters fly off the pages, and drive the story. And the ideas presented, the human struggles of power, how to manifest in our lives, love, loss, and celebration are all present and resonate with all of us. Great quartet!
Anonymous | 2015-11-21 02:48:38
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