I’ve said all I needed to say about the great thing of this series in my previous three reviews and they are all still true. I’m just going to add a few more things about this series and what kind of audience it catered to.
The Long Price Quartet is thoroughly an adult fantasy, and by that, I don’t mean it as gritty, heavy world-building, and that kind of stuff; I truly meant it as a series that will appeal more for an adult. The main theme of this series is the cycle of life, the passing of the torch to the next generations, regrets, acceptance, and how the passage of time changes people and the world we lived in. If I was younger, this series wouldn’t have worked at all for me, it would bore me to death. I’m not kidding, there’s no action within this series.
“Every nation ends and every empire. Every baby born was going to die, given enough time. If being fated for destruction were enough to take the joy out of things, we’d slaughter children fresh from the womb. But we don’t. We wrap them in warm cloth and we sing to them and feed them milk as if it might all go on forever.”
Ever since the beginning of the prologue in the first book of the quartet, 50 years have passed and within that period of time, these characters went through tons of changes, regrets, and consequences. This is a series that I think will truly appeal to an adult audience, especially if you already have kids on your own or lost your parents; not secondhand experience but truly experience it on your own. Parenthood, redemption, family, and friendship are a huge aspect of this series. When we were young, we tend to act righteously without thinking about the future. When we have become an adult, we look back at what we did, regret them, or laughed at some of the things we thought were a big deal back then.
“if good judgment were part of being young, there would be no reason to grow old”
With great characterizations, excellent world-building, unique originality, and wonderful prose, The Long Price Quartet is a great series that will appeal better to the readers as they grow older and have experienced the harshness and beauty of life.
That said, the last installment is not the best part of the series; the third book is. In this book, Abraham changes a bit of its storytelling style. In the previous three books, the POV changes between multiple characters; that is not the case here. Prologue and epilogue aside, the content of the book shifts only between the two main characters of the series. This is good for the more intimate approach as we have watched the two character’s growth from childhood. However, one of the character development infuriate me repeatedly and I simply can’t empathize with him. This character’s POV ruined a bit of my enjoyment of the last book, sometimes even bore me.
Regardless of the minor con I had on the book, The Long Price Quartet is a wonderful series that I highly recommend to anyone looking for a highly original low fantasy series with a lot of subtlety and Eastern influences. Thank you to Scott Hitchcock for recommending me this series, thank you to my friend Lema who Buddy read the entire series with me, and finally, thank you to Celeste who bestowed me the two omnibus of this series for my Xmas and birthday present.