A SHADOW IN SUMMER
March 20, 2006
A SHADOW IN SUMMER by Daniel Abraham (Tor, 2006) I cannot pretend to be objective on this one. Daniel Abraham is a good friend and sometime collaborator of mine, a member of my local writer’s workshop, and a former student of mine at Clarion West., so I suppose you could say that I am predisposed to like his stuff. Actually, though, I love his stuff. He is one of the most talented new writers to enter the field in years, and he just keeps getting better and better. When Tor asked me for a jacket blurb for his first novel, I wrote, “A SHADOW IN SUMMER is a thoroughly engrossing debut novel from a major new fantasist. The world of the Khaiem, the andat, and the poets makes a fresh and original setting for a poignant human tale of power, heartbreak, and betrayal that kept me reading from first page to last. Abraham’s varied cast of characters are a lively and interesting bunch, and he tells their stories in an elegant style that reminded me by turns of Gene Wolfe, Jack Vance, and M. John Harrison, while still remaining very much his own. So when is the next volume coming out?” It’s all true, folks. Read this book. You can thank me later.