A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham, 304 pages.
Let me say that this is a book club book first then go on from there. Usually 304 pages takes me two days to read. This took me a week. And I didn't read two books as usual but concentrated on this one. That's not to say that the book isn't good because it is but it's so slow that it seemed like a task at times. Okay now that I got that gripe off my chest let's talk about the good points.
Abraham builds a believable world. His characters are flawed but real. I could relate very well to a couple of the characters. The plot is intriguing, a balance of simplicity and complication that few writers could pull off. The magic is not overwhelming but is the undercurrent of the story. The themes of the book will give you something to think about. The theme of a price to paid for every decision made is the prevalent theme of the book. The prologue is very long but it gives vital information for the story. This is the first book of four and I'm looking forward to seeing how the issues brought up in this book are resolved in the others. It is a good book but make sure you have plenty of time to read it. I give it 31/2 out of 5.