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Dragonfly Falling

Dragonfly Falling

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by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Two young companions, Totho and Salma, arrive at Tark to spy on the menacing Wasp army, but are there mistakenly apprehended as enemy agents. By the time they are freed, the city is already under siege. Over in the imperial capital the young emperor, Alvdan, is becoming captivated by a remarkable slave, the vampiric Uctebri, who claims he knows of magic that can


Two young companions, Totho and Salma, arrive at Tark to spy on the menacing Wasp army, but are there mistakenly apprehended as enemy agents. By the time they are freed, the city is already under siege. Over in the imperial capital the young emperor, Alvdan, is becoming captivated by a remarkable slave, the vampiric Uctebri, who claims he knows of magic that can grant eternal life. In Collegium, meanwhile, Stenwold is still trying to persuade the city magnates to take seriously the Wasp Empire's imminent threat to their survival. In a colorful drama involving mass warfare and personal combat, a small group of heroes must stand up against what seems like an unstoppable force. This volume continues the story that so brilliantly unfolded in Empire in Black and Gold - and the action is still non-stop.

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Publishers Weekly
Tchaikovsky returns to the caste-haunted insect-themed world of 2010’s Empire in Black and Gold, as the inapt kinden realize that their natural gifts and old knowledge are no longer sufficient to allow them to dominate their apt cousins, who can use technology. The Wasp kinden have been slowly conquering the land for three generations, and the people of the Lowlands are finally waking to the danger that confronts them. As Wasps threaten Collegium, a city of innovators and a rallying point for Lowland resistance, the diverse protagonists struggle to salvage what they can, unleashing forces beyond their control. The story will be recognizable to anyone familiar with modern fantasy (or even the Persian invasion of Greece), but Tchaikovsky’s setting is innovative, the characters are engaging, and the battles are epic. Several further volumes are planned. (Apr.)
Book Spot Central
Empire in Black and Gold is a very strong debut. It is a fast-paced and action-driven novel that nonetheless leaves plenty of room for character-development. Its primary strength is, however, the highly imaginative world that Tchaikovsky's has created. ...a remarkably strong fantasy debut and I for one am eagerly anticipating the sequels Dragonfly Falling and Blood of the Mantis.
Fantasy Book Critic
Full of colourful drama and non-stop action involving mass warfare and personal combat.
Graeme's Fantasy Book Review
Empire in Black and Gold has enough going for it to make it one of the most enjoyable books that I've read so far this year. I want more and there's nothing I can do but sit it out and wait...
Adrian Tchaikovsky makes a good and enjoyable mix between a medieval looking world and the presence of technology

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Meet the Author

Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire before heading off to Reading to study psychology and zoology. For reasons unclear even to himself he subsequently ended up in law and has worked as a legal executive in both Reading and Leeds, where he now lives. Married, he is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor, has trained in stage-fighting, and keeps no exotic or dangerous pets of any kind, possibly excepting his son. Catch up with Adrian at www.shadowsoftheapt.com for further information about both himself and the insect-kinden, together with bonus material including short stories and artwork. http://shadowsoftheapt.com/

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Dragonfly Falling (Shadows of the Apt Series #2) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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500BookReader More than 1 year ago
While reading the book I found it interesting and different from other books with new ideas. But after reading two of them and I needed to decide if I will buy the third one my decision was "no". Not good enough compared to other books on my order list or some series I have yet to start. Someone may enjoy this more than me, but my review is "not good enough" and I would recommend many others from my library before this series.
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
Dragonfly Falling is the second installment in the Shadows of the Apt series following the unique and brilliant Empire in Black and Gold. Basically, this addition is the story of war engulfing the lowlands on multiple fronts. The epic has sort of a post-modern feel to it, with the conflict being followed from varied viewpoints. Excluding a potentially villainous Mosquito-kinden (vampiric) manipulator who has captured the interest of the Wasp Emperor, there's no 'great evil' in this series. The Empire isn't evil, rather its a victim of its own success and relative youth. The combat is spectacular, and the conflict, especially the battle to defend the Collegium, is completely riveting. Also, there's a nice mix of technology and medieval battle tactics. The book rapidly skips from one story line to another, and every one of them ensnares the reader. The story of the battle of Tark, as told from the perspectives of Totho, Salma and the commanding Wasp general is alternately gripping, moving and terrifying. The story of the intrigue at the Collegium, (as Stenwold tries to get a hearing before the ruling Assembly and Thalric tires to circumvent him), is fascinating and compelling. Plus, new and interesting characters and story lines are added including one that follows the Wasp Royal Court and the warped perspective of the young Wasp emperor, Alvdan. Moreover, the world of the insect-kinden just keeps expanding and deepening. Although the plot lines concentrate on the roles taken by Totho and Stenwold during various conflicts, all the established characters remain emotionally engaging as they follow their separate paths. As regards Totho and Stenwold, both gain complexity and greater depth of character. Also note that magic begins to play an active role in the saga as an irresistible and subtle nightmare force sweeps over the Vekken army attacking the Collegium. The magic arises from the depths of the Darakyon forest where a mantid and moth invocation went terribly wrong at the end of the Days of Lore. Further, a magical artifact, (called the 'Shadow Box' and created 500 years ago during that invocation at Darakyon), is coveted by the Emperor and his Mosquito-kinden manipulator as well as sought by the dark forces of Darakyon itself.
harstan More than 1 year ago
For generations, the methodical Wasp kinden Empire has slowly conquered the Lowlands. Only recently has some enlightened members of the other species realize the perilous threat of the advancing Wasp horde. Currently the Wasp army threatens Collegium, a city with a mix of opinions as the resistance is strong here and so are the deniers. Stenwold so far has failed to persuade the Collegium leadership that the Wasp threat endangers the city. In Tark, Totho and Salma are arrested as spies by a fearful of strangers law enforcement officials who determine guilt based mainly on one's status. They are released, but seemingly too late as the Wasp army has the city under siege. This is a fascinating second tale (see Empire in Black and Gold) in a unique fantasy in which the world built by Adrian Tchaikovsky engages the audience. The strife is reminiscent of the Greco-Persan Wars (the movie 300 is one major battle) , but with the refreshing insectoid spin. Fans who appreciate something different in their military-social fantasies will want to read the strong Shadows of the Apt saga as a deep entrenched caste system struggles with survival since the invasion changes everything previously accepted as the divine order. Harriet Klausner