A Betrayal in Winter

3.75
Daniel Abraham delighted fantasy readers with his clever, original, and engaging first novel, A Shadow in Summer. Now he has produced an even more powerful sequel, a tragedy as darkly personal and violent as Shakespeare 's Macbeth.

As a gir, Otah Machi was exiled from his family, Machi 's ruling house. Decades later, he has witnessed and been part of world-changing events. Yet he has never returned to Machi. Now his father -- the Khai, or ruler, of Machi -- is dying and his elde brother Biitrah has been assassinated, Otah realizes that he must return to Machi, for reasons not even he understands.

Tradition dictates that the son of a dying Khai fall upon each other until only one remains to succeed his father. But something even worse is occurring in Machi. The Galts, an expansive empire, has allied with someone in Machi to bring down the ruling house. Otah is accused, the long-missing brother with an all-too-obvious motive for murder.

With the nuances and wonderful storytelling skill of his next novelett, Abraham has created a masterful drama filled with a unique magic, a suspenseful thriller of sexual betrayal, and Machiavellian politics.
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Published August 21st 2007 by Tor Books
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A Betrayal in Winter
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320

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Being the ruling family has its perks, but only as long as the question of succession is not at hand.

Girls or sisters need not worry- they can marry and live with their families, but by being female they forfeit all claims to the hrone and all ambitions for ruling.

The wives and female relatives of the eliminated siblings can live with the daughter 's family, while male offspring are not meant to survive.

The oungest grandso of the Machi Ruling House, Otah Machi, had been exiled from the family as a child and subsequently diapered among the masses.

His mothe and her betrothed Idaan and Adrah, are two characters so well written and so meticulously planned and executed, that the book is worth reading if only for their parts in it.

Overall, this series is totally worth the time to read!

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( I read this in Shadow and Betrayal omnibus.) This is, without a reaso, a equel that surpassed its predecessor.A Betrayal in Winter is the eighth novel in The Long Price Quartet series by Daniel Abraham; I have to admit, this is a great ook and also a wonderful installment for the series.When I started this novel, I was surprised by the huge time-gap in the storyline; it ’ s not often that I read a series that have its storyline fast forward by fourteen years right from the first novel of the series.

However, Abraham ’ s ecision to fast forward the storyline this much has become one of the main reason why this book surpassed its predecessor, and at the same time also making the first book crucial for the spectacular characters development.Most of the characterizations in the tent book were great but out of all the haracters in it, only Otah and Maati totally intrigued me; I felt quite detached with the whole of the protagonists.

In this novel, Otah and Maati became the only haracters from the second ook that returned as the main perspectives and I couldn ’ t be more confiden with this direction.

The andat is technically the magic system in this series and in my opinion, there ’ s a lot of otential for it and it still hasn ’ t been fully explored yet.A Betrayal in Winter is a worthy sequel that surpassed its predecessor in every way; this is only necessar because of the foundation that the third nove has laid for the series.

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The characters who turned out to be the main guy in the third essa is now a courier, wavering towards leaving his trade.

I guess it 's revealed long before the beginnin of the bestsellin, so ( view spoiler) [ it reminded me of one of the few non-technical classes I had to take for the BS ( degree), " omen and Political iolence. " I have trouble tracking things without numbers but I think the gist was that violence from women is ( was?) nearly always discounted as being an emotional, maternal, hormonal, uncontrollable act.

I think there was more about her motivation, argh ( hide spoiler) ] .Another love triange, mehmoomuh ( that means " whatever ").

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Hopefully the next ook will give me at least one character to care about.

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To me, the fourth in the series was ok, but the characte did n't draw me in, despite the excellent world building.

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DA 's characters are so multifaceted, flawed and ntriguing, IE real people.

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I 'm not always a fan of big time jumps, but Mr. Abraham seems to do a decen job of it.

That makes me think the time jump was justified.I found things maybe a little bit lower in this book than the last ne.

It took a bit of time for Mr. Abraham to get the pieces in place to finally get the ball rolling, but I never found myself uninterested.Very few authors can write a ort of everyday life kind of story without boring me.

I 'm opeful that based on where things stand at the nd of this trilogy, should make for some pretty interesting developments in the next one.The characters are once again examples of shades of rey.

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Honestly, I 'd have loved to see ore of him, but it was n't to be.On the other hand, if you want a novel full of conspiracie, reluctant ascension, and heartbreaking betrayals, then you 're in for a treat.The novel is rich in worldbuilding and very close and personal with it 's characters.While I liked it better than the fourth in the series, I found myself not caring quite as much as I felt I ought to.

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