Usually in a series—doesn’t matter what the genre is—there’s a tendency where I wish some of the characters would just die because they just don’t provide anything to the main storyline; or maybe just utterly boring and infuriating (I’m looking at you, Isana from Codex Alera). This is not the case with this series, I did think that way towards several characters in the first book but this installment proves me wrong; they were all necessary. Abraham smartly used every knowledge that the readers have accumulated from the first book to create a sense of connection with the world and the characters; especially in their personality complexity and believability. Abraham’s characterizations are wonderful and felt real, ever since the second book, whether it’s new or returning characters, each of their journey was compelling and simply unpredictable.
Like the title said, the third installment in the Long Price Quartet is where war finally happened between the Khaeim and the Galtic empire. Surprisingly, beneath all the conflicts, the power of Abraham’s character-driven stories as he weaved a tale of war that’s highly original with tons of relatable message and topics spread throughout the pages. Three of the most often occurring themes within this book are parenthood, acceptance/regrets of our past decisions, and the horror of war. It’s been another 14 years since the end of the second book and Otah-Machi, our main character, is now 48 years old. After decades of scheming and political battles, the war with the Galt empire is finally here. An Autumn War is technically the most action-packed—though they are still very low in quantity—book in the series, it’s also the most emotional as Abraham managed to show the price of war articulately. Take a read at this passage:
"You're talking of slaughtering a nation. Thousands of innocent people destroyed, lands made barren, mountains leveled and the sea pulled up over them like a blanket. And you're feeling sorry for yourself that you had to wring a bird's neck as a boy? How can anyone have feelings that delicate and that numbed both at the same time?”
The last five chapters of this book were completely pulse-pounding. Even though the action scenes were done in minimum, the scale was epic, the stakes of the war are enormous, and these chapters made me grit my teeth and emotional; the slow story buildup towards the climax sequences pays off magnificently.
Picture: An Autumn War by zippo514
I don’t know how this series will end from here, my reviews for this series so far has been pretty short in comparison to my usual reviews but it’s really hard to go into full detail without spoiling stuff because of the series originality and unpredictability. If the fourth book of the series somehow ends up being even better than this, The Long Price Quartet will without question be included in my small list of favorite series of all time. I highly recommend this to anyone who’s okay with almost zero action scenes and are looking for an original adult fantasy series with a lot of Eastern influences.