A Shadow in Summer
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... show more
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.
Publish date: July 31st 2007
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
Pages no: 364
Edition language: English
Series: Long Price Quartet (#1)
I have not read a huge number of epic fantasies in my life; my experience in that genre is limited primarily to GRRM's Song of Ice and Fire and Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy. But one thing I hear about a lot of fantasy epics is that there is a great number of characters in them, and the scope...
I was aware of Daniel Abraham as one half of the J.A. Corey partnership that penned the Expanse Trilogy, so I decided to try out his fantasy novels - and made a great discovery. Over the years I've become somewhat picky in my fantasy reading, and whenever I find myself confronted with over-used tro...
A Shadow in Summer (Long Price Quartet, #1) by Daniel Abraham Shadow in Summer had one of the most interesting magical systems and cultures I've encountered. In this world, poets use words and rhythms to trap ideas into the corporeal forms of andat. In the main culture, gestures and positions play ...
3.5 StarsAs a disclaimer the edition I read this in was an omnibus but since the book is due back I shall have to finish the quartet at a later date. Such a date to be determined in the indefinite future.I feel one should aim to give most books a taste, unless of course you understand them to be com...
Rereading, I still love this book. Actually, I think I love it more. However, one thing did start to bother me. I love Amat. She's an archetype you so rarely see in fantasy novels: an older woman, no magical skills or combat abilities, just tenacity and mad talent at accountancy. I love that she tri...