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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 was...

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  • Author: Daniel Abraham
  • Publish Date: 2007-07-31
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    Reviews/Comments On The Long Price Quartet


    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful
    RE: Best Fantasy Series
    By: Anonymous
    2014-08-03 03:30:57

    Too slow, didn't like the characters. Decisions of characters made no sense or were very unlikely.

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    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful
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    By: 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?

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    By: Anonymous
    2015-07-05 06:06:02

    http://isaachooke.com/interview-with-daniel-abraham-author-of-calibans/

    "Your characters are remarkably well-written, real people living real lives within real relationships. What’s your best advice for writing characters?

    Put yourself in the character’s place, and see if there isn’t something unexpected that comes out of it. There was this really gorgeous exercise I did one time that was about taking expected situations and finding ways to play against the expectations. The example was a boy who’d just gotten his first girlfriend talking to his mother. The expectation is he’s gong to be reticent, and mom’s going to be well-intentioned but prying. If you turn that around, though – if the boy’s come to mom because he actually wants to talk about it and the mom is the one that’s reticent, you have an equally possible situation that feels plausible because it’s unfamiliar."

    This attitude is prevalent throughout the series. There's little for me to add that wasn't already said on the recommendation. One of the more constructive reviews mentions there's no action. In the entire series, I can recall no more than 5 instances of fighting, and there are none in the first book nor the last. They ended it by comparing the work to Jane Austen and I read that as a compliment: Jane Austen is fairly well regarded.

    In contrast I found the world to be thoroughly interesting. The magic system is the most original I've ever read or played in. After growing tired of the same magic inspired by The Dying Earth (Dungeons and Dragons, The Riftwar Saga, etc), Lord of the Rings, it was so refreshing to read something so thoroughly original. I used to believe George R.R. Martin was the pinnacle of the fantasy genre. Then I read Joe Abercrombie. I felt Daniel Abraham blew both of them out the water.

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    By: 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!

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    By: Anonymous
    2015-11-21 02:48:38

    Not available in iBooks unless you want to listen to it.

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