The Long Price Quartet (along with Abercrombie's Third Law series) are the books that got me reading fantasy again. I had honestly written the genre off as uninteresting to me personally (outside of GRR Martin) but an intriguing review got me to read The Price of Spring and I was hooked and pulled back in. Since then I have been on a feeding frenzy of recent fantasy novels and have found them to be quite extraordinarily well done with richly drawn characters and plots that flow organically from the characters' motivations.
The review below says all I could hope for about these books, except I should add that they are about poets who write poems so thoroughly beautiful that they are able to capture and harness the forces of nature themselves. Only over time all the forces have been harnessed and lost, so the modern day poets struggle to find something new to say about the world, which of course does not end well.
Wizard poets. How can you not love that?
Fantasy for grown-ups: Daniel Abraham’s Long Price Quartet | tor.com | Science fiction and fantasy | Blog posts
The Long Price Quartet is a series of four fantasy novels that is complete, no more waiting required. They are, in order, A Shadow in Summer, A Betrayal in Winter, An Autumn War and The Price of Spring. They each stand alone, but contain spoilers for the earlier ones, so I recommend reading them in order.
These are books about love and death and power, about gender and cultural expectations, about parenting and fertility, about growing up and growing old. The more I read them the better I like them, and I liked them a lot the first time. They have wonderful complex characters, and while each book is a complete story, when you read all four together they make a continuing thing that is more than the sum of its parts. Abraham has a new book out, The Dragon's Path, but it hasn't got to Montreal yet, so I thought I'd re-read these four. Once again, they knocked me over with how good they are — they're not afraid to take on the big issues and say interesting things about them. And they have a fascinating world that's well thought through. And they don't have villains — everybody is comprehensible, even when they're doing awful things, so they have some of the best conflict I've ever read.
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