Shadow and Betrayal: A Shadow In Summer, A Betrayal In Winter by Daniel AbrahamShadow and Betrayal: A Shadow In Summer, A Betrayal In Winter by Daniel Abraham

Shadow and Betrayal: A Shadow In Summer, A Betrayal In Winter

byDaniel Abraham

Paperback | March 27, 2012

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A value-priced omnibus of the first two novels of Daniel Abraham's classic Long Price Quartet-groundbreaking, unique fantasy of rare power and originality

In this omnibus edition of A Shadow in Summer and A Betrayal in Winter, the aggressively expansionist Galt empire has already conquered lands across a huge continent. But the cities of the Khaiem resist Galt's power with the andat-creatures of magic with godlike powers.

Each andat is brought into being by a "poet" who must say the right words and exert the iron will needed to control gods. The industrialized Galt war machine is helpless against the powers of the andat.but political intrigue and deep treachery combine to shift the balance of power in a world of ancient empires and immortal magics.

One man, Otah Machi, stands at the crossroads of history in these imaginary world fantasies, the fulcrum around which the wheels of epic history rotate through achingly poignant cycles of life and death, love and betrayal.

Shadow and Betrayal marks Daniel Abraham as one of today's most brilliantly original young fantasy writers.

DANIEL ABRAHAM won the International Horror Guild Award for his short story "Flat Diane." He has been short-listed for the Hugo and World Fantasy Awards. His most recent novel is The Dragon's Path. He lives in New Mexico.
Title:Shadow and Betrayal: A Shadow In Summer, A Betrayal In WinterFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:528 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.17 inShipping dimensions:9 × 6 × 1.17 inPublished:March 27, 2012Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0765331640

ISBN - 13:9780765331649


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Abraham is a master of character and setting Pros: lots of intrigue, complex characters, fantastic world building / Cons: characters make disappointing choices / Otah Machi, sixth son of the Khai Machi, gives up his chance to become a poet and leaves the training school he was sent to without a brand, in order to make his own way in life. Years later, one of Otah's pupils, Maati, comes to Saraykeht to apprentice with its poet. Poets keep Andat, spirits made flesh who perform particular tasks. Saraykeht's Andat, Seedless, helps with the cotton trade. The Andat does not wish to be a slave and has plotted to bring his poet down. / Otah has built a new life for himself in Saraykeht, with a powerful trading house and a woman he loves. But everything changes when the overseer of the house finds out about Seedless's plot. / This is a very complex book. There are plots within plots and it's hard to know what will happen next. I loved all of the characters. Each one felt like a real person, with problems and strengths. In fact, when Maati makes a decision that would normally have angered me, in this book, it worked. I felt sorry for the characters involved and understood their complicated emotions when things went wrong. / The world also felt real. Abraham created a complex vocabulary of hand gestures meant to explain one person's rank in relation to another's, to ask questions, to give thanks. There's a flourishing bath culture for escaping the heat of the day as well as for doing business and learning gossip. The court ceremony and trade bureaucracy are intricate and time intensive. Though the greater politics between nations is only touched on in this volume, I expect it to show up more in later books. / Seeing the characters as real people made the ending difficult as I didn't like some of the choices they ultimately made. The good thing about having a two in one volume is that it's natural to keep reading, where I might otherwise have stopped, having enjoyed the book but not being sure I want to learn what happens next (as I suspect it will be bad).
Date published: 2012-04-11

Editorial Reviews

"A Betrayal in Winter is exactly the kind of book I love: dynamic characters, sharp plotting, and an original, thoughtful take on magic." -Brandon Sanderson, bestselling author of The Way of Kings"Daniel Abraham's spectacular debut [A Shadow in Summer] begins as an intimate story about one man's involvement in an unsavory job but soon expands into a breathtakingly complex conspiracy that could topple empires and kill thousands. In a word: Brilliant!", Editor's Choice: Top Ten Novels of 2006"An impressive start." -Kirkus Reviews"An ambitious, intelligent, and assured debut that should satisfy both readers hungry for the satisfactions of traditional fantasy and readers hungry for something more." -Science Fiction Weekly on A Shadow in Summer