The Scarab Path (Shadows of the Apt Series #5)

The Scarab Path (Shadows of the Apt Series #5)

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by Adrian Tchaikovsky
     
 

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The war with the Wasp Empire has ended in a bitter stalemate, and Collegium has nothing to show for it but wounded veterans. Cheerwell Maker finds herself crippled in ways no doctor can mend, haunted by ghosts of the past that she cannot appease, seeking for meaning in a city that no longer seems like home. The Empress Seda is regaining control over those imperial

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The war with the Wasp Empire has ended in a bitter stalemate, and Collegium has nothing to show for it but wounded veterans. Cheerwell Maker finds herself crippled in ways no doctor can mend, haunted by ghosts of the past that she cannot appease, seeking for meaning in a city that no longer seems like home. The Empress Seda is regaining control over those imperial cities who refused to bow the knee to her, but she draws her power from something more sinister than mere armies and war machines. Only her consort, the former spymaster Thalric, knows the truth, and now the assassins are coming and he finds his life and his loyalties under threat yet again. Out past the desert of the Nem the ancient city of Khanaphes awaits them both, with a terrible secret entombed beneath its stones...

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"Tchaikovsky’s fifth delving into his complex, vibrant Shadows of the Apt series takes the reader on an exhilarating journey rich with the engaging dialogue and scenery fans have come to expect. This offering invigorates the series, and if you have not yet read the other four books, The Scarab Path is why you should. It’s the perfect series to enjoy as the spring season, rich with humming, buzzing insects, begins."
-RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick

"All the elements that made the first four novels so good are still here—inventiveness, action, great world building and [this] novel achieved the tricky thing of combining familiarity with the new in all of its aspects that is a landmark of major leading sff series… A++."
-Fantasy Book Critic

"This series is strong on character, action, epic battles, political intrigue and a fascinate world. I highly recommend it to fans of fantasy, especially those who want to move away from the common trope of elves, orcs and goblins. Enter a world where insects and magic hold sway and go to battle."
-Night Owl Reviews, 5/5- Reviewer Top Pick

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616143619
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Series:
Shadows of the Apt Series, #5
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
1,015,211
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, UK, 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 stagefighting, and keeps no exotic or dangerous pets of any kind, possibly excepting his son. This is the fifth novel in his Shadows of the Apt series following Empire in Black and Gold, Dragonfly Falling, Blood of the Mantis and Salute the Dark.

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The Scarab Path (Shadows of the Apt Series #5) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The war between the aggressor Wasp Empire and the Collegium of the other states is over with a cease fire. Both sides have been devastated with many dead and a horde of wounded veterans needing assistance, but lacking funding to care for the discarded soldiers. Cheerwell "Che" Maker struggles with the horrors of war though she was successful. Her Post Traumatic Disorder leaves her haunted and feeling displaced even at her home as her Aptness Daratyon has disappeared and assumed dead turning her into an Inapt Beetle Kinden. Her Uncle Sten, assigns her to escort academics to the bizarre city of Khanaphes, way in the beyond east as a diplomat of sorts. At the same time the Wasp Empress Seda begins her evil scheme to consolidate the power she lost during the stalemate and expand on that. Seda sends assassins to murder the one person who knows her entire plot, her former spymaster Thalric. He flees to Nem Desert where the arcane archaic city of Khanaphes lies. The Scarab Path, the fifth Shadows of the Apt, moves away somewhat from the overt epic military fantasy of the previous four entries though their remains some large scale blood and gore battles, but is more introspective. The audience sees close and up front what the war cost even the heroes especially Che, the focus of this super story line as she evolves into an Inapt. Loaded once again yet sort of reloaded, fans will Salute the Dark opening will relish Adrian Tchaikovsky's new arc as an unsettled peace has come to the Lowlands. Harriet Klausner