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The long view,
This review is from: Seasons Of War: Book Two of The Long Price (Paperback)
The series (that this is parts 3 and 4 of) encompasses the breadth of a lifetime - going from the child, teenager, young adult, parent and finishing as old person. These book have genuine emotion in them and made me well up a number of times. They are set in an unusual slightly oriental setting although this is only really shown via the pose based language and food and wine. The story focuses on the how people change as they grow old and yet there early mistakes or triumphs stay with and effect their decisions. Unlike the suggestion from the overtly aggressive front cover - these books are in fact very gentle dealing far more with politics and relationships than battles and fights (although there are more in book 3 and 4 than in the previous 2 books).
I really enjoyed these as an antidote to some of the more kinetic dark fantasy novels that are around at the moment.
I read this quite soon after reading the the Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and found there was a lot to compare between the two.