A Shadow in Summer is Daniel Abraham’s debut and the first book in the Long Price Quartet series. After finishing this book, I have to say that I’m deeply impressed by its originality. There is a lot of subtlety that goes into the book here, Abraham also has created a low fantasy series that’s influenced heavily by Eastern culture especially with the way he implemented poses in the characters daily activities.
However, the average rating on Goodreads speaks for itself already, this is not a book that most readers will enjoy. There aren’t any mythical beings (except for one, I guess), this book contained zero actions, literally zero actions throughout the whole book because the plot revolves heavily around politics, the pacing of the book also moved at an extremely slow pace and I, who loved slow paced books, found it was too slow at times. That said, Abraham’s characters are multi-layered and the world-building was excellent. These two factors are very important and crucial in making me invested in the book and yes, I am really invested to continue. Not to mention, the concept of andat was very interesting and I can’t wait to see what the series has to offer on this.
The prose also deserves high praise from me. It’s very engaging and beautiful that I forgot that this was a debut if I was to judge simply on the prose alone.
“Possibility is a wide field, dear. ”Can't" is a word for small imaginations.”
It’s quite a short book and in my opinion, Abraham has created something super unique in the market with this book and I will continue to the sequel. From the first book alone, I can conclude that A Shadow in Summer is a totally foundational book, making this series a slow burn series; I envision this is also one of those series that only gets better with each installment and I'm going to find out about it immediately.