Category Archives: Marion’s Favorite Books

Marion’s favorite books that he has reviewed.

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 18: A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Long Price Quartet by Daniel Abraham has been a book series that I’ve meant to read for a long time. It has been on my radar for several years when it was recommended to me.  They have billed the series as original and fresh to the epic fantasy subgenre.  That billing has kept these books on my mind and now has come the time to read the series.

A Shadow In Summer is the first book of the Long Price Quartet and begins the story of Otah Machi.  The story begins with a lengthy prologue showing Otah as a child and training at school.  Otah is tested repeatedly but makes a decision that will alter his destiny.

The city-state of Saraykeht is under siege from the Galt Empire of the west.  However, the city has resisted the empire’s power with the andat, magical creatures brought into being by the poets who control them.  The Galt Empire cannot seize Saraykeht and the other cities of the east because of the andat presence.

Political maneuvering and intrigue has set a plan in motion for the Galt Empire to continue their expansion of the empire to the east.  Abraham has created an Asian-influenced secondary world of The Khaiem that was rewarding to read.  I believe the novel really shines with its characters.  I will admit it took about 50-60 pages to get a handle on where the novel was going but the characters kept me interested.

I will have to finish the rest of the series to make my determination on its originality to the fantasy genre.  But, I will write that A Shadow in Summer is off to a great start in that direction and I totally enjoyed reading it.  I’m looking forward to reading Book 2, A Betrayal in Winter, to find out what happens next in the world of the Khaiem.

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 16: The Freelancer’s Survival Guide by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

            Reading is a subjective experience. One person may like a book you recommend to them.  But, the next person you recommend the book may hate it and never take your book recommendations again. That is the risk you always take when to come to recommending books. However, what if… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 14: Hollywood Vs The Author by Stephen Jay Schwartz

                Most authors (I will include myself too) want to see their novels turned into a movie or television series. Movies and Television has been the most popular entertainment medium for at least fifty years.  An obscure novelist’s career can change overnight when Hollywood comes knocking at their… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 10: Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

                Cal Newport has written another excellent book about how technology (mostly social media) has affected modern life. Digital Minimalism is the follow-up the ground-breaking book, Deep Work and Newport expands on his ideals from that previous work to propose a new philosophy for the social media age.… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 9: Lord of Emperors by Guy Gavriel Kay

                Guy Gavriel Kay has become an author I look forward to reading. His brand of fantasy captured my attention in Ysabel, Children of Earth and Sky, and Sailing to Sarantium, the first book in Sarantine Mosaic series. Kay has carved out his own niche in fantasy that… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 8: Fantasy’s Othering Fetish by P. Djeli Clark

Fantasy’s Othering Fetish by P. Djeli Clark came onto my radar recently and after reading the comments in Goodreads about this book made me want to read it.  Actually, it is more of a long-form essay than a full-length book, Clark makes the argument about how the fantasy genre has treated the non-European as an… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 6: The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne

There are a lot of writing craft books out there for writers.  I’m sure many of them are useful for fledging writers to get better at their craft of writing fiction.  However, I realize that a certain writing craft book comes into a writer’s life at the right time. The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne… Continue Reading