Shadow and Betrayal

Shadow and Betrayal

Book rating: 05 Paperback The Long Price

By (author) Daniel Abraham

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  • Publisher: Orbit
  • Format: Paperback | 624 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 197mm x 40mm | 490g
  • Publication date: 21 January 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184149612X
  • ISBN 13: 9781841496122
  • Illustrations note: maps
  • Sales rank: 35,567

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In a remote mountain academy, the politically expendable younger sons of the Great Houses study for an extraordinary task. Most will fail, some will die, but the reward for the dedicated few is great: mastery of the andat, and the rank of Poet. Thanks to these men - part sorcerers, part scholars - the great city-states of the Khaiem enjoy wealth and power beyond measure, and the greatest of them all is Saraykeht: glittering jewel of the Summer Cities. There are those in the world, however, who envy such wealth. There are great riches to be had in the Summer and Winter Cities, and only the threat of the andat unleashed holds the enemies of the Khaiem in check. Conflict is brewing in the world. Alliances will be broken and friends betrayed. The lowly will be raised up, the mighty will fall and innocents will be slaughtered. And two men, bound to each other by an act of kindness and an act of brutality, may be all that stands between the civilised world and war. War and something worse ...

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Daniel Abraham's short stories have been nominated for the Nebula award and included in Gardner Dozois's Year's Best Science Fiction anthology. He lives in New Mexico with his wife and daughter.

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By T.Eveleigh 05 May 2011 5

The "Long Price Quartet", begining with these two novels, is a dark, gritty and heart-wrenching fantasy novel that explores the depths of human emotion. It contains many of the usual fantasy tropes, such as a splendidly unique magic system, vast landscapes, political intrigue and battles between nations. But it is so much more than this; it is a coming of age story that spans the life of two young boys, as they experience love, death, murder, tragedy, betrayal, abandonment and ultimately fear of failing thier friends. This emotional tidal wave sets as a superb backdrop to the intriguing twists and turns of the political landscape that is created by the spirit-like beings known as the andat. These are concepts and ideas provided with bodies and their own volition, who wield enormous power but are bound to their creators, known as Poets. These sentinel beings act as an analogy to modern day weapons of mass destruction, deterring enemy nations from starting wars.

In the Long Price Quartet, Abraham tells a beautiful story of epic proportions, one that will tear at your emotions and leave you feeling breathless.

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Enjoyable, intelligent, original fantasy Starburst One of the most elegant and engaging fantasies I've read in years, based on an intriguing, original premise. I eagerly await the remaining volumes in Daniel Abraham's The Long Price Quartet Jacqueline Carey In addition to the creation of an architecturally-perfect fantasy world filled with a fascinating, highly distinctive set of characters, Daniel Abraham has introduced into fantasy one brilliant, stunning new idea, a magic system in which the Word is made Flesh Walter Jon Williams on A Shadow in Summer There's something genuinely new here... Fascinating Locus