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A superb conclusion to the series,
This review is from: Seasons Of War: Book Two of The Long Price (Paperback)
SEASONS OF WAR consists of the final two volumes of the LONG PRICE QUARTET. In AN AUTUMN WAR the rulers of Galt finally find a way of neutralising the powers of the andat and invading the Cities of the Khaiem. As the Autumn War erupts, it falls to Otah and Maati to find a way of stopping the invaders, Otah through forging a political alliance and Maati through a dangerous attempt to bind a new andat. Whilst Abraham's skills at depicting warfare are not the best, he minimizes this aspect in favour of the impact of the war on the three principle characters, Otah, Maati and the new character of Balasar Gice, a Galtic general who views tha andat as a threat that can sniff out his homeland in moments and must be neutralised if his people are ever to rest easy (basically a fantasy equivalent of WMDs).
In the concluding chapter, THE PRICE OF SPRING, the aftermath of the war is examined. Suffice to say that the war did not end as expected for either side, and Balasar and Otah are forced to try and forge a new peace between their peoples that has been poisoned by the deaths of hundreds of thousands. A disgraced Maati is attempting to start a new poets' school in the wilderness, but is unaware that amongst those studying to bind the andat are those who lost everything in the war, and who are interested in nothing more than bloody retribution...
The concluding chapters of the story are more dynamic and faster-paced than the first two books in the series (available in the omnibus SHADOW AND BETRAYAL), featuring a bloody war and an attempt to survive the devastating aftermath. The emphasis remains on our principle characters and their relationships, and Abraham depicts the ideas of warfare, betrayal and trust very well.
This is a worthy conclusion to the series, which overall is definitely one of the best fantasy series of the 2000s and marks the beginning a very promising career for a strong new voice in the fantasy genre.