A Shadow in Summer

A Shadow in Summer

Book - 2006
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The powerful city-state of Saraykeht is a bastion of peace and culture, a major center of commerce and trade. Its economy depends on the power of the captive spirit, Seedless, an andat bound to the poet-sorcerer Heshai for life. Enter the Galts, a juggernaut of an empire committed to laying waste to all lands with their ferocious army. Saraykeht, though, has always been too strong for the Galts to attack, but now they see an opportunity. If they can dispose of Heshai, Seedless's bonded poet-sorcerer, Seedless will perish and the entire city will fall. With secret forces inside the city, the Galts prepare to enact their terrible plan.In the middle is Otah, a simple laborer with a complex past. Recruited to act as a bodyguard for his girlfriend's boss at a secret meeting, he inadvertently learns of the Galtish plot. Otah finds himself as the sole hope of Saraykeht, either he stops the Galts, or the whole city and everyone in it perishes forever.
Publisher: New York, NY : Tor, 2006.
ISBN: 9780765313409


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May 19, 2015

A very different type of Fantasy novel, A Shadow in Summer lacks the epic battles, terrible magics, and horrible monsters we so often find in the genre, and places the emphasis on storytelling, world-building, and intrigue. It is a subtle read, full of nuance and biting social commentary. It is also a complex read, masterfully written by Daniel Abraham, and is clearly meant to serve as the introduction to a the broader world of the Long Price Quartet.

While it will not appeal to everyone, I would recommend giving it a try. Those who delve deeply will find a deep and rewarding novel that will challenge their sense of justice and morality and leave them wanting more.

Jan 29, 2014

It's impressive how good this is despite a plot that is at best simmering. There's essentially no magic here, but it's well written and I feel like this was just a buildup to a bigger story. Good enough to get me to read the next book where I hope to hear about something more intense than trade negotiations and romances.

Aug 04, 2011

After you get used to the language, the story is absolutely compelling, the magical-use/system is fresh and interesting and the world is enchanting! I loved the characters, the story, the world! A really great book!

Apr 04, 2010

This a remarkable bit of world builsing with a unique magic system. In this world, magic is preformed by poets who try to capture useful ideas and force them into a human form. That idea-in-a-human-form becomes an andat, a being capable of preforming specific magic. For example, the main andat in this story is called Seedless because he can cause the seeds to fall out of the cotton. This has lead to the city of Saraykeht becoming a centre for the cotton trade. But Seedless is also capable of making a pregnant woman spontaneously abort. And this is where his power is. No one would dare attack the city for fear that Seedless would be used on their women and crops back home.

Into this world is thrust Itani, a labourer who is not all he seems to be, and his lover Liat as they try to navigate through the murky politics of the trading houses and the Khadim. Layered on top of that is the older, wiser and more practicle Amat who must flee for her life when she uncovers a plot to bring down the city-states.

This is a very good first novel, but as I read it, I found that I wanted to spend the most time with Amat. She alone is not a trope that we have visited in fantasy a hundred times. Still, the book moves at a good pace and is an entertaining read.

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Aug 04, 2011

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