The Price of Spring (Long Price Quartet Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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Fifteen years have passed since the devastating war between the Galt Empire and the cities of the Khaiem in which the Khaiem?s poets and their magical power known as ?andat? were destroyed, leaving the women of the Khaiem and the men of Galt infertile.

The emperor of the Khaiem tries to form a marriage alliance between his son and the daughter of a Galtic lord, hoping the ...
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The Price of Spring (Long Price Quartet Series #4)

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Overview


Fifteen years have passed since the devastating war between the Galt Empire and the cities of the Khaiem in which the Khaiem’s poets and their magical power known as “andat” were destroyed, leaving the women of the Khaiem and the men of Galt infertile.

The emperor of the Khaiem tries to form a marriage alliance between his son and the daughter of a Galtic lord, hoping the Khaiem men and Galtic women will produce a new generation to help create a peaceful future.

But Maati, a poet who has been in hiding for years, driven by guilt over his part in the disastrous end of the war, defies tradition and begins training female poets. With Eiah, the emperor’s daughter, helping him, he intends to create andat, to restore the world as it was before the war.

Vanjit, a woman haunted by her family’s death in the war, creates a new andat. But hope turns to ashes as her creation unleashes a power that cripples all she touches.

As the prospect of peace dims under the lash of Vanjit’s creation, Maati and Eiah try to end her reign of terror. But time is running out for both the Galts and the Khaiem.

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Publishers Weekly

"Nothing ever goes the way I plan," laments Otah, long-suffering emperor of the Khaiem, concisely summarizing Abraham's melancholy and near-perfect conclusion to the Long Price Quartet. Fifteen years after the disaster that led to the sterilization of all Khaiem women and Galtish men in 2008's An Autumn War, Otah seeks an alliance between the two long-warring nations in hopes of there being a next generation, while former poet Maati tries to teach young women to summon andat, beings that embody and control concepts. Maati's student Vanjit harnesses the andat Clarity-of-Sight, but war trauma transforms her from possible savior into deranged dictator. Abraham shies away from the blood and swashbuckling of the previous novels, instead telling a tale of forgiveness and catharsis that concludes this complex saga with mixed notes of sadness and hope. (July)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429960120
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 7/21/2009
  • Series: Long Price Quartet Series , #4
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 66,254
  • File size: 622 KB

Meet the Author


DANIEL ABRAHAM won the International Horror Award for best short story, “Flat Diane.” His previous novels include A Shadow in Summer, A Betrayal in Winter, and An Autumn War, the first three volumes of the Long Price Quartet. He has been a finalist for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. He is also the author of the Wild Cards comic book miniseries The Hard Call, and coauthor, with George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, of the novel Hunter’s Run. He lives in New Mexico.


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  • Posted May 25, 2009

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    fantastic finish

    Fifteen years have passed since the war to end all wars between the Galt Empire and the Khaiem left both sides as losers as the outcome is all Khaiem females are sterile the poet mages are dead along with their andat magic; while all Galt males were also sterilized (see AN AUTUMN WAR). Desperate the Khaiem Emperor Otah knows the hostilities must end before each nation becomes extinct with no next generation. With that in mind he seeks a political marriage of convenience between his offspring and that of a high ranking Galtish aristocrat.

    Meanwhile former poet Maati comes out of hiding, in an attempt at redeeming his soul for what he and his peers caused, breaks tradition to mentor young female students in summoning and controlling the andat essences. His top student Vanjit manages the andat Clarity-of-Sight, but though good intentions the remorseful Maati fails to understand the impact of the great war on survivors; instead of saving her people, the traumatized Vanjit who saw her loved ones massacred becomes a mad dictator.

    The final tale in the Long price Quartet saga takes a fantastic spin away from the three previous super but bloody and deadly seasons into a more personal thriller of individuals filled with contempt and guilt willing to pay THE PRICE OF SPRING to renew life. The story line is action-paved, but at a smaller scale yet much more complex as several people who directly caused the cataclysmic war seeks redemption for themselves though each knows they will never overcome what they caused. They also want to bring renewal for others. Daniel Abraham closes out the quartet with a terrific spring entry.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2013

    Wow

    Tremendous end to the series, the end had me crying even though it wasn't from tradegy but from the sense of scope and the connection to the main characters. So glad I bought the first book that has now turned me into an Abrahams fan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2012

    Great story

    Well written.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    Beautifully done

    A brilliant and moving conclusion to an amazing, heartfelt, engrossing, and profoundly human story. I am so greatful to have read it. A series to treasure.

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

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    What a Conclusion!

    The characters in these books are so memorable that I'll not forget them or their story anytime soon. Abraham has a strong and unique voice that deserves to be heard in the fantasy world. His work is original, and yet boast all of the important characteristics I demand from fantasy authors. Give him a try! If you liked this book, you might also like "Thief's Gamble" by Juliet E. McKenna, "Last Stormlord" by Glenda Larke, and "Assassin's Apprentice" by Robin Hobb!!

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  • Posted January 31, 2010

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    Read the whole series

    This is book four in a four volume series. As the final one it brings all the themes together from the previous books. Characters who were young in the first book are gray in the last. Each book covers a specific part of the whole story so you can stop at volume one and be satisfied with a complete story - but if you want to learn about how the character's lives turn out - you must read through each book. If you start the first book (A SHADOW IN SUMMER) you will want to read all four, I promise you. Very well written - exciting and touching. Get them all and keep them to reread in the future. (The second and third books are A BETRAYAL IN WINTER and AN AUTUMN WAR.)

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