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An autumn war
Daniel Abraham
Adult Fiction ABRAHAM

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In the sharp and powerful third Long Price novel (following 2007's A Betrayal in Winter), Abraham continues to explore the implications of his fantasy world, in which powerful elementals called andat are enslaved by poets to work for the city-states of the Khaiem. The ongoing struggles of familiar, aging characters--poet Maati, his ex-lover Liat, the mercenary Sinja, and Otah, now the reluctant ruler of his Khaiem city--occupy much of the story, but a new voice drives the plot. Gen. Balasar Gice, of the rival Galt Empire, is convinced that the andat are a threat to mankind and wants to eliminate them for good. As Gice's plan comes to fruition, everyone must confront changes in their world that go beyond anything they'd ever imagined. New readers will find Abraham's deft storytelling style accessible, but returning fans will most appreciate the growth of the world and the characters. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

As the Galt Empire advances, they focus on the once invulnerable eastern city states, using a special weapon to strip the cities of their magical defenses until only the city of Machi remains. Led by their ruler, the unpredictable Otah Machi, the poets and warriors of the city clash with their opponents in a war that will change the world. The third volume in Abraham's "Long Price Quartet" (A Shadow in Summer; A Betrayal in Winter) brings the complex political and military action to new heights. Powerful writing and a keen eye for detail make this a strong addition to most fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Otah Machi
Reluctant ruler of his city; trying to prepare his people for a future where the currently enslaved elementals will no longer be kept safely harnassed.

Balasar Gice
Otah's rival; general of the Galt Empire; wants to eliminate the elementals.

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