Author Love: Daniel Abraham
Drinking: Green Tea with Mango, Bigelow
I’ve already written about my love for the late Madeline L’Engle. I try to read a wide variety of authors and styles, but one (still living) author who I will read anything they write is Daniel Abraham. His Long Price Quartet, the first full-length books he wrote, are absolutely fabulous with their world building, plot, and engaging characters. Each story takes place a decade or two after the previous, so we follow his main characters and the consequences (the long price) of their actions. Abraham’s language is beautiful, his Asian-inspired cultural world detailed and real. He investigates the power and consequences of ideas as well as actions – poetry and translation are important parts of the magic system of the world.
Abraham also lives in the great state of New Mexico and collaborates frequently with another giant of fantasy writing, George R. R. Martin.
I guiltily admit I haven’t read his two most recent novels, The Dragon’s Path and The King’s Blood, but I plan to rectify that as soon as possible. If you haven’t read Daniel Abraham, go get the first book, A Shadow in Summer, now. It’s short, deep, and makes you think.