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The powerful city-state of Saraykeht is a bastion of peace and culture, a major center of commerce and trade. Its economy depends on the power of the captive spirit, Seedless, an andat bound to the poet-sorcerer Heshai for life. Enter the Galts, a juggernaut of an empire committed to laying waste to all lands with their ferocious army. 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A thoroughly engrossing debut novel from a major new fantasist. A poignant human tale of power, heartbreak, and betrayal.”

    George R. R. Martin

  • “Reader, be warned: If you open Daniel Abraham’s A Shadow in Summer, he will lead you into a strange, seductive world of beatings and poets and betrayals, intrigues you do not fully understand and wars you cannot stop and places you are not sure you want to go. Intricate, elegant, and almost hypnotically told, this tale of gods held captive will hold you captive, too.”

    Connie Willis, Hugo Award–winning author of To Say Nothing of the Dog

  • “Narrator Neil Shah matches his delivery to the complex social conventions of the formal society portrayed in this fantasy. Among them is the adopting of a “pose” to reflect the tone of the comment to follow. Shah expresses the attitude of the pose, such as a pose of apology or reassurance, in the dialogue as the characters engage with one another. Each subplot in the story centers on a different character. Shah fully captures the strength and resolve of Mantat, an older woman who is always scheming. He’s equally at ease portraying the two young men featured in subplots that weave together.”

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