A Shadow in Summer

Written by:
Daniel Abraham
Narrated by:
Neil Shah

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2014
14 hours 38 minutes
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, an empire committed to laying waste to all lands with their ferocious army. Saraykeht has always been too strong for the Galts to attack, but now they see an opportunity. If they can dispose of Heshai, Seedless will perish and the entire city will fall.

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.
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This is the first book in The Long Price Quartet series by Daniel Abraham, and in my humble opinion, is a masterwork, and it hasn't received the far reaching recognition (or cover art for that matter) that I feel it deserves. Filled with masterfully written, relatable characters and poignant, deeply sad and beautiful story arcs, this may be my favorite series I have ever read. Abraham is also perhaps my favorite author, though I haven't read all of his works yet, his other series, The Dagger and the Coin, is fantastic, and he serves as co-writer for The Expanse, another series I absolutely love. I truly believe this series transcends most of the fantasy series I have read, and deserves to be seen as a contender with their greatness. I would love for Abraham to return to this world and flesh out the histories and futures of the brilliant world he has created. I can't recommend this series enough - it is different from anything I have ever read and took a bit for me to grasp the world I was reading into, but once I did, I fell in love, and I know I will return to this series time and time again. The narration of this audiobook is also excellent, however I do believe that a chapter or two may have been transplanted to the end of the recording. That happened for me at least, but not sure if the error was just a glitch. Regardless, it doesnt detract from my love for this series. 5 stars.

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