Daniel Abraham’s first SF novel, A Shadow in Summer, was included on Locus magazine’s Recommended Reading List for 2006. He is a winner of the International Horror Guild Award and has been nominated for the Nebula Award.
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and the Long Price Quartet series:
Known for The Expanse and adapting A Game of Thrones to comic books, Daniel Abraham is also well known for the Long Price Quartet series which begins with A Shadow in the Summer.
“Can’t” is a word for small imaginations.”
― Daniel Abraham,
The powerful city-state of Saraykeht is a major center of commerce and trade. Its economy along with the preservation of its culture depends on the power of the captive spirit, Seedless. This powerful spirit has the ability to give the city a major up in the cotton trade by taking the seed out of cotton plants, thus, giving them a huge advantage upon other cities that need to hand pick the seeds out of each cotton bushel. The spirit is bound to the poet-sorcerer Heshai for life.
The Galts is an empire committed to laying waste to all lands with their ferocious army. They want to free the spirit or control it so that they can then monopolize the cotton trade.
Saraykeht, though, has always been too strong for the Galts to attack, but now they see an opportunity. If they can dispose of Heshai, Seedless’s bonded poet-sorcerer, Seedless will perish and the entire city will fall. With secret forces inside the city, the Galts prepare to enact their terrible plan.
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.
Were you paying attention to the synopsis of A Shadow in Summer?
Trade is central to the story of A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham and is vital for the city of Saraykeht. What is Saraykeht’s most important export?
The correct answer was D. Cotton
“What I really start with—and what carries me through that first draft—is picturing scenes. What happens first? And then after that, and after that, and then eventually, what happens last. It think that may be an artifact of growing up with movies and television. I like plot. Even in the books where the pace is arthouse stately, I’m thinking about what’s going to happen, and a little about how the characters are going to go about it, and then I make up the details within that as I’m going.” – Daniel Abraham (Peter Orullian interviews Daniel Abraham)
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