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A shadow in summer
Daniel Abraham
Adult Fiction ABRAHAM

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Gesture and posture convey as much information as spoken words in Abraham's impressive first novel, a fantasy set in a world where poets create and bind powerful shape-shifting creatures called "andat." The Empire hangs on, literally, by a thread; the cloth industry depends on the ability of andat Seedless to magically remove seeds from cotton plants to keep commerce flowing and the barbarians in check. Seedless, who can also remove unborn children from their mother's womb, aims to drive his poet-creator, Heshai-kvo, mad with grief. A love triangle develops among a threesome-Heshai's apprentice, Maati; Itani, a laborer with a past; and the beautiful scribe Liat-as they unknowingly assist the andat in his plot to abort a wanted child. When Liat's master, Amat Kyaan, uncovers the plan, Amat must flee and live as a bookkeeper in a brothel. The complex characters all struggle to navigate a path between their duty to their Empire and to themselves. A blurb from George R.R. Martin will help alert his fans to this promising newcomer. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Fleeing the harsh school where families send noninheriting sons to save them from certain death at the hands of their sibling heir, Otah Machi changes his name and seeks to lose himself in the city. His encounters with a former student and a young woman bearing an unsanctioned child draw him into a world of conflict and a struggle for survival. Abraham's debut novel presents a fantasy world of ruling nobles, poet mystics, elemental spirits, and elegantly ritualized customs. The author's fresh approach to world-building and his emergent storytelling talent make this a good addition to most fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Seedless
Male
Shapeshifter
Magically removes seeds from plants to keep commerce flowing; can remove unborn children from their mother's womb; bound to Heshai for life; has a plot to abort a wanted child.

Heshai-kvo
Male
Seedless's creator.
Poet

Maati
Male
Heshai's apprentice.
Apprentice

Itani
Female
Laborer

Liat
Female
Scribe



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