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The Scarab Path ➤ [Epub] ➞ The Scarab Path By Adrian Tchaikovsky ➮ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk 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 b 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 The Scarab ePUB ↠ and seeking meaning in a city that no longer feels like homeThe Empress Seda is regaining control over those imperial cities that refused to bow the knee to her, but she draws her power from something 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 once againOut beyond 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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  • Paperback
  • 692 pages
  • The Scarab Path
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • English
  • 24 April 2018
  • 0330511459

About the Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky

ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY was born in Lincolnshire and studied zoology and psychology at Reading, before practising law in Leeds He is a keen live role player and occasional amateur actor and is trained in stage fighting His literary influences include Gene Wolfe, Mervyn Peake, China The Scarab ePUB ↠ Mi ville, Mary Gently, Steven Erikson, Naomi Novak, Scott Lynch and Alan Campbell.



10 thoughts on “The Scarab Path

  1. proxyfish proxyfish says:

    Reviewed on my blog Books by Proxy5 StarsI love Adrian Tchaikovsky The Shadows of the Apt series has taken my breath away with each successive book Tchaikovsky has created a universe which is truly unique a universe in which insectoid human races vie for supremacy over one another in a rich and vibrant world Every time I read another addition to the series, I can t help but berate myself for leaving it on my bookshelf for so long before picking it up The Scarab Path is no exception After Reviewed on my blog Books by Proxy5 StarsI love Adrian Tchaikovsky The Shadows of the Apt series has taken my breath away with each successive book Tchaikovsky has created a universe which is truly unique a universe in which insectoid human races vie for supremacy over one another in a rich and vibrant world Every time I read another addition to the series, I can t help but berate myself for leaving it on my bookshelf for so long before picking it up The Scarab Path is no exception After two long years of waiting I opened it up, read the first page and was once again drawn into a world of magic and artifice, of war and peace and a clash of cultures I can t believe I left it this long.The Scarab Path continues the story of Cheerwell Maker of Collegium self effacing bumbling Beetle and Thalric of Capitas Wasp and erstwhile officer of the Rekef following the events in Salute the Dark.After an explosive conclusion to the war with the Wasp Empire, Cheerwell finds herself lost lost in a city she once called home, lost in her grief, and suffering from another loss too great for any Beetle kinden to comprehend Determined to draw his niece from her reverie, Stenwold encourages Che to join a Collegium expedition of academics to the mysterious Beetle city of Khanaphes An expedition which might just hold the answers to those questions which have been unsettling her mind, and an expedition where she might just findthan she was looking for.Meanwhile, the Empress Seda is consolidating power in what remains of the Wasp Empire Thalric, now Regent, finds himself at the mercy of this powerful and dangerous woman a woman whose secrets are far darker anddeadly than anyone could imagine Under the threat of assassination, Thalric must throw his loyalties to the wind yet again and escape fromthan just the assassin s blade Finding himself in company with a deputation of wasps bound for Khanaphes, events conspire to bring both Che and Thalric together.But the world has turned its eyes to Khanaphes There are rustlings in the Scorpion held deserts of Nem and the wheels of the war machine are turning once again Surviving an encounter with even a small contingent of the Wasp Empire is never simple, and with the Many of Nem at their backs and fronts, and sides things are about to get a whole lotcomplicated But the heart of Khanaphes holds a secret an ancient and powerful secret hidden throughout the ages and one which might just fight back The Scarab Path, like the books which precede it, creates a world so rich and varied that with every addition it becomesreal and tangible By the time Tchaikovsky finishes this series, I may start believing it is real His worldbuilding is outstanding every culture is unique yet distinctly human in their isolated motivations as though one facet of human emotion has been magnified tenfold and applied to a whole race of people These people are the extremes warriors, manipulative game players, artificers, cut throats and peacekeepers The detail in which Tchaikovsky describes these distinctive cultures and the conflicts surrounding their lives is almost like he s lifted an entire history from an alien world Perhaps this is the true benefit of having a lengthy fantasy series, but few do it so well as Tchaikovsky.And if his worldbuilding wasn t brilliant enough, his characters are incredible I love them, I hate them, I can easily go through the full range of emotions during an encounter with a Tchaikovsky book They are so well written, so unique and infinitely relatable that each book can pick up a new set without diminishing the ones left out Even small, sideline characters are given a touch of the Tchaikovsky magic and become real Cheerwell is an incredibly endearing and lovable character, bumbling and stumbling into trouble at every opportunity I ve loved her from the very first encounter in Empire in Black and Gold Thalric has also been one of my favourite characters since his Rekef days, a calculating liar and a manipulative antihero and boy do I love a good antihero The Scarab Path develops both these characters in a highly satisfactory way and firmly secured them as two of my favourites.After the climactic events of Salute the Dark, I wasn t sure how this story would develop, or even if it could develop without become a shadow of the other books But who was I kidding, of course it could I am not exaggerating when I say that every single book gets better, every one makes the world a little richer, a littlebelievable, and makes me love the characters evenTchaikovsky is a master of storytelling The Scarab Path is a great addition to the series I honestly can t commend the entire Shadows of the Apt enough I for one never want to see it end.Gushing over

  2. Eric Eric says:

    3.5 StarsI m rounding this one down to 3 stars It s the first time a book in this series has been below 4 stars for me While there were some very well done elements in the book, overall it was a weaker entry for me Fair warning, spoilers coming for previous books in the series The war with the Wasps is over, at least for now, leaving Stenwold and the other survivors to rebuild Focus shifts from fighting to adjusting to a new normal brought about by new allies and other kinden encountered du 3.5 StarsI m rounding this one down to 3 stars It s the first time a book in this series has been below 4 stars for me While there were some very well done elements in the book, overall it was a weaker entry for me Fair warning, spoilers coming for previous books in the series The war with the Wasps is over, at least for now, leaving Stenwold and the other survivors to rebuild Focus shifts from fighting to adjusting to a new normal brought about by new allies and other kinden encountered during the war The world has become a much smaller place now that Collegium has started looking beyond the Lowlands Rumors trickle back to Stenwold and his allies of a distant city of Beetle kinden As a political favor to a friend, Stenwold endorses an expedition to the city of Khanaphes, led by Che, still grieving the loss of Acheos Meanwhile the Wasp Empire is undergoing a change of its own Its advance into the Lowlands thrown back, their focus has shifted to consolidating its power as they adjust to rule for the first time by an Empress There is unrest in several of their conquered territories as local governors attempt to turn the upheaval for their own profit Thalric, newly installed Regent of the Empire, does his best to stay as far away from the capital and his new wife as he can, having discovered a terrifying secret about the Empire s new leader The book started out well, showing a realistic look at the aftermath of a devastating war on both a culture and the individual people in it Most books rarely address what happens once the battle is over and I thought that aspect was well done The author continued to expand the remarkable world he s created, this time showing in detail the savage Scorpion kinden I am continually impressed by the creativity shown in the worldbuilding, it is some of the best and most unique of any fantasy series I ve read Things stayed interesting once we arrived at Khanaphes, the distant and unknown Beetle city There is a secret to the city, a mystery that no one has been able to decipher In the beginning, I thought the mystery angle was quite well handled I was intrigued and wanted to know the secret Unfortunately, the secret dragged far too long, which made the eventual reveal underwhelming There have been a few stretches of the first four books that were slower paced, but in the Scarab Path the first 300 pages were slower than anything else in the series Things picked up in the last 200 pages, but not quite enough to compensate for the beginning This book is also muchtightly focused than the first four The majority takes place entirely in and around the city of Khanaphes, which far fewer POV characters The two characters that we do see a lot of are Che and Thalric, which was both good and bad for me.I am not a fan of Che It feels like events simply happen to her as opposed to her influencing them Multiple other characters comment on how she seems utterly incapable of taking care of herself, and I grew increasingly frustrated with her On the other hand, Thalric is a very interesting character, and I thoroughly enjoyed every time the POV switched to him, or even when he was involved in the action I think the author has done a great job portraying someone who has done terrible things for a perceived higher purpose and whose loyalties are hopelessly conflicted.Despite my issues, I did enjoy spendingtime in the world the author has created I m in the series for the long haul, and have already started the next book

  3. Clawfoot Clawfoot says:

    I think someone whose fantasy world includes 3 foot Fly kinden, 11 foot Mole Cricket kinden, and everything in between should perhaps not use the phrase as tall as a man quite so damn much.

  4. Alytha Alytha says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Read the fifth volume of Shadows of the Apt, The Scarab Path, by Adrian Tchaikovski while on holiday.Contains spoilers for all books of the series up to this one.The Scarab Path takes place about a year after the events of the previous book the defeat of the Wasp army, and the death of Achaeos Che is still extremely distraught, and can t let go, especially as she keeps feeling the ghostly presence of her unhappy dead lover She also lost her Aptitude at the end of the ritual that killed Achaeo Read the fifth volume of Shadows of the Apt, The Scarab Path, by Adrian Tchaikovski while on holiday.Contains spoilers for all books of the series up to this one.The Scarab Path takes place about a year after the events of the previous book the defeat of the Wasp army, and the death of Achaeos Che is still extremely distraught, and can t let go, especially as she keeps feeling the ghostly presence of her unhappy dead lover She also lost her Aptitude at the end of the ritual that killed Achaeos, and now feels doubly lost in a city full of machinery she used to understand.Meanwhile, the Scholars of Collegium have discovered an ancient Beetle city named Kanaphes on old maps Stenwold decides to send an embassy headed by Che there, both to get her distracted from ger sorrow, and to possibly help her, as reports indicate that these Beetles may be Inapt, as there is no artifice in their city.The first person Che comes across in Kanaphes is Thalric, formerly Wasp agent, formerly Collegium agent, now the consort of the Wasp Empress As the Empress is completely insane and has some very disturbing habits, he has fled there.At the same time, a half Wasp, half Scorpion agent is sent to the Scorpions of the New desert, in order to recruit them to destroy Kanaphes Which turns out to be the biggest cover up ever, as somebody really really wants Thalric dead, and will go into any kind of extremes to get there.As if that wasn t enough, Totho, now the head of a rich arms merchand consortium, also shows up, still utterly obsessed by Che.As the local population isn t very open minded, Che and Thalric become rather close, which doesn t make Totho any happier, and leads to some disturbing stalking Also, there s something really strange going on about the mysterious Masters of Kanaphes, extremely powerful people who went underground centuries ago, and left instructions to keep their subjects from exploiting their Aptitude, keeping them in an artificial stone age, so that the Scorpions, armed by the Empire, make short work of their fortifications.Che and Thalric finally get to meet the Masters, and there are some interesting revelationsI quite liked this one.There is finally some exploration of the Inapt kinden, in a way that they are not depicted as quasi retarded, defeated by a simple door lock While Che feels like she is disabled at the beginning, she finds alternative talents in Kanaphes, as she feels some kind of connection to the Inapt Masters, and finds that she can read writing and maps that don t make any sense to the local Apt Beetles So the Apt kinden get technology, but can t wrap their head around anything metaphysical, the Inapt kinden get powerful magic, whichthan makes up for the lack of technology especially if you get to keep some Apt kinden in slavery so they can take care of that stuff for you Which explaines how the Inapt were able to dominate the other kinden for millenia, and balances the power between Apt and Inapt somehow.The character development was quite interesting here Thalric definetely seems to be related to Jaime Lannister, a not actualy evil man, who has done evil things, and is now seeking redemption I think Che and him make quite a nice couple, actually Totho, on the other hand, is acting like Anakin Skywalker, ca the middle of Episode 3 His obsession with Che is rather disturbing, as she has become the yardstick against which he measures all his actions Understandably, she isn t too happy about this, as he s pretty much stalking her, going look at what I ve done, do you love me now The fact that he coldbloodedly killed a whole garrison in Szar doesn t help there He s a bit of an annoying character, really, and I hope we won t see muchof him in the coming volumes.One could argue that Che is a bit of a special snowflake character, as all the special stuff only seems to happen to her However, as we re in her point of view a lot of the time, and get a lot of her internal monologue and her motivations, we get to understand her, and sympathise with her, so that you end up quite liking her.Both plot lines, the one about the Scorpion invasion, and the one about the Masters are interestingly done, although personnally, I found the latterfascinating, as I m into worlbuilding mythology stuff We also almost found out why the Spiders and the Mantis hate each other so muchthat would have been interesting.A good transition from the Wasp war to other matters.8.5 10

  5. Jason Jason says:

    After 4 spectacular fresh fantasy novels in this series, I was skeptical at where Adrian Tchaikovsky would take our characters and the story At the end of the 4th novel we found the war with the Wasp Empire now over, and the death to many of our favorite protagonists, including main line heroes Tchaikovsky has done it again, in creating a new feel fantasy novel, this one even differing from his previous 4 novels This story is tight and focused and centers around Cheerwell and Thalric These After 4 spectacular fresh fantasy novels in this series, I was skeptical at where Adrian Tchaikovsky would take our characters and the story At the end of the 4th novel we found the war with the Wasp Empire now over, and the death to many of our favorite protagonists, including main line heroes Tchaikovsky has done it again, in creating a new feel fantasy novel, this one even differing from his previous 4 novels This story is tight and focused and centers around Cheerwell and Thalric These were definitely two of my favorites going into this novel, and now they hold that title to me The story here is focused around the mysterious far off city of Khanaphes Che is sent as an Ambassador of Collegium, Thalric the Ambassador of the Empire, along with the Ambassador of The Iron Glove The story is the mystery of the city, it is about the growth of Che and it is about the trials and tribulations of Thalric Magic runs deep through this one, very different from the first books of this series Dark, relentlessly paced, and filled with characters that you can believe in I loved the first 4 books of this series They are a great achievement in themselves This book however read too me on entirely higher level It was among the best reads of 2010 for me and will remain a fantasy novel to beat through out the next year If you call yourself a fantasy reader than by all means make The Shadows of the Apt a priority to read You are missing out if you do not read this Spectacular

  6. Emma Victory Emma Victory says:

    Would be a solid four stars if the beginning was better I can t recall another book which was such a long hard slog at the start but then picked up to become so entertaining 200 pages in So many times I almost gave up because it was so dull Surely that s poor writing editing to allow that to happen

  7. Matt Matt says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I guess i would have to begin this review by saying up until this book i ve thoroughly enjoyed the previous 4 installments of Shadows of the Apt I do admit that i m somewhat disappointed with this novel and am by no stretch placing this at the top of my favorites list Even after completing the novel i have absolutely no idea why it was titled The Scarab Path it has nothing to do with scarab kinden at all Evenfrustrating for me was that this novel had so little to do with it s predec I guess i would have to begin this review by saying up until this book i ve thoroughly enjoyed the previous 4 installments of Shadows of the Apt I do admit that i m somewhat disappointed with this novel and am by no stretch placing this at the top of my favorites list Even after completing the novel i have absolutely no idea why it was titled The Scarab Path it has nothing to do with scarab kinden at all Evenfrustrating for me was that this novel had so little to do with it s predecessors I believe Tchaikovski shot himself in the foot by killing off so many of the exciting main characters in the last novels Being left with a story based almost solely on Che there wasn t enough action in this novel Almost 300 pages were dedicated to Che and a collection of scholars either travelling to the city of Khanaphes or going about some boring tasks within the city Che s plot in the story was very strange throughout She had been seeing ghosts, having weird dreams, became Inapt, and for some reason beyond my knowledge was the chosen one by the Masters of Khanaphes to run the entire cityall things that made very little sense at this point in the overall plot of the 5 novels Even the whole sub plot about the Master of Khanaphes was ridiculous The idea of the Fir and a whole city run by ministers speaking their masters was painful to read The way the war ended was an easy way out for Tchaikovsky and added very little excitement to the overall story If it was not for Thalric s being highlighted as a main plot once again this novel would have received an even lower rating from me Even Thalric in this novel is a little less himself he was quite a bitemotional and a littlelame then i like him Totho is brought back into the plot heavily, but he is also an emotional mess and his insecurities were a little too much for me to enjoy Luckily for all the readers Tchaikovsky left Stenwold out of a large majority of the story so i didn t have to struggle through the chapters with his involvement All in all i believe this whole story had some very weak connections to previous 4 novels and so many of the great characters were missing With the losses of Salma, Tisamon, Felice, Archeos,Balkus and any other character you may have enjoyed, there is not much for the reader to look forward to in the next installment However, there is one thing we can all look forward to we know Tynisa is alive somewhere as she was mentioned infrequently throughout the novel i m sure she will turn up in the following novel Hopefully the author will develop some new strong characters that the reader can grow to love I will definitely read book 6 when it is published but if it isof the same i will have to say goodbye to this series

  8. Cyn Armistead Cyn Armistead says:

    It took me a ridiculously long time to finish this book, not because it isn t engaging it is, oh my goodness, it is I had devoured the first four books of the series, and the sheer emotional impact of them was starting to wear on me I finally had to put the book down and take a breather, reading some fluffier things When I came back to it, though, I fell right back in without missing a beat.Finishing the book was very emotional, after spending so much time immersed in the universe I had t It took me a ridiculously long time to finish this book, not because it isn t engaging it is, oh my goodness, it is I had devoured the first four books of the series, and the sheer emotional impact of them was starting to wear on me I finally had to put the book down and take a breather, reading some fluffier things When I came back to it, though, I fell right back in without missing a beat.Finishing the book was very emotional, after spending so much time immersed in the universe I had to go to the author s site RIGHT THEN and check through blog entries for reassurance I found myself breathing ever so mucheasily as soon as I found a post mentioning books six, seven, and eight None of them are published yet, of course, but they re coming, and I m satisfied with that for now

  9. LJ Waguespack LJ Waguespack says:

    Shadows of the Apt, continues to amaze me A sweeping epic of a story with many, many twists and links, done as well as i have ever read Onto book 6

  10. Madhurabharatula Pranav Rohit Kasinath Madhurabharatula Pranav Rohit Kasinath says:

    This is a review of the entire series there are NO spoilers When I look back at the Shadows of the Apt, what strikes me at first might seem incongruous to most.There are no unnecessary descriptions of food None at all 10 books, each of them 400 to 700 pages in length covering battles, history and multiple points of view and not a single one of them had any descriptions of food.Or sex, clothing, family crests, whores or incest And I loved it Not a single wasted line There may be many This is a review of the entire series there are NO spoilers When I look back at the Shadows of the Apt, what strikes me at first might seem incongruous to most.There are no unnecessary descriptions of food None at all 10 books, each of them 400 to 700 pages in length covering battles, history and multiple points of view and not a single one of them had any descriptions of food.Or sex, clothing, family crests, whores or incest And I loved it Not a single wasted line There may be many reasons why the Shadows of the Apt is a success, why you SHOULD read these books no matter how difficult it may get at times If I had to choose one, however, its this Tchaikovsky doesn t waste a single page, character or event in his storytelling the march of story is relentless through thousands of pages, culminating in a satisfying finale The World in which the Shadows of the Apt SOTA is set is astonishing in its originality There are no elves, trolls, orcs or dwarves instead, Tchaikovsky populates this world with Insect Kinden human beings of different races who derive their primary characteristics from insects Beetle kinden are slow, plodding, hardworking and intelligent with a flair for statesmanship The Ant Kinden are warlike and live in each other s heads, attempting to work towards the betterment of the Ant city a frightening and at the same time amusing allegory for communism The Mantis Kinden live in the woods, are excellent fighters and are generally rooted in arcane magic and rituals individualists who are dying out due to adherence to traditions which have lost all meaning There are Spiders, Moths, Thorn Bugs and Flies each with their own definite characteristics that would require an encyclopedia to cover in entirety At someone s last count there were close to thirty distinct kinden introduced in the series and I belive that must just be scratching the surface.Another important differentiating factor amongst the people of this world is Aptitude The Apt are those who are skilled in the art of artifice, and mechanics They are scientists, using the laws of nature to change the world around them Crossbows, artillery and even primitive air power all based on the principles of clockwork make their appearance in the early pages of the series On the other end of the spectrum however, are the Inapt the erstwhile rulers of the world to whom the apt were but slaves until a long ago revolution altered the power structure forever The Inapt live in a world of magic, intuition and prophecy incapable of so much as unlatching a door, their minds unable to comprehend the machine world in form or function.This status quo is under threat from the Wasp Kinden of the north a ferocious warlike race which has come into its own and seeks to conquer the world While this might sound like a cliche far too common to all fantasy fiction there is an important difference the Wasps aren t inherently evil The initial stand off isone of culture and ideology than of good and evil Two of my favourite characters are, in fact, Wasps The only people who are aware of the threat the Wasps pose to the world are the beetle Stenwold Maker, a master in Collegium and his Mantis friend Tisamon As the series begins Stenwold sends his niece Che, his adopted daughter Tynisa, a spider and his halfbreed student Totho and the dragonfly prince Salme Dien to the factory city of Helleron for espionage against the Wasp empire Having turned its eyes towards the university city of Collegium, a beacon of enlightenment and artifice in the Lowlands, the Wasps are determined to stop Stenwold Maker at any cost.Any would give away the joy of experiencing the plot for yourself Rest assured, things get complicated very quickly, alliances shift and change, people die and before you know you might find yourself rooting for a villain Over ten books we are treated to multiple detailed accounts of various battles, war movements and deaths The narrative moves effortlessly between personal accounts of war and one on one battles There is a very real sense of forward progression in the book with characters always changing, finding their ideals and comfort zone being challenged on a regular basis and reacting to the world in new ways These interactions might not always be pleasant and not everyone might walk away from them alive however, it is wonderful to see such attention to character progression No one walks out of this book unscathed or unchanged Some change for the better, some for the worse but all changes seem normal, organic and make sense This series capitalises on this characterisation to make things all thegripping.SOTA cannot be labelled as grimdark fantasy either There is war, death, murder, rape and cruelty There are slave camps, dying civilisations and loss A large chunk of characters are dead towards the end of the book However, there is a resilience to all the characters that makes it possible to believe they will eventually find a way out It might be because the author is British but all the characters have a stoic, stiff upper lip approach to situations which makes even the darkest segments of the book immensely enjoyable The dialogue is witty, snappy and fluidimportantly, it s distinctive in a sense and tailor made to each character Atrocities, when they are committed are mentioned but not described in detail This seems to be aeffective method of conveying the horrors of war I have seen fantasy where rape and murder are described to a distasteful degree under the excuse of realism Tchaikovsky actually doesn t indulge in voyeurism which significantly increased the emotional impact when bad things eventually DID happen Basically books 4 and 10 A standard fantasy talks about heroism in the face of darkness with a well demarcated line between good and evil SOTA takes a different tack While set in a fictional world the themes are often all too relevant The novels are given over to varied themes whether duty to oneself comes over and above duty to the city state, are we willing to enslave others so that we may be free, the struggle between the old world and new, between science and superstition There are also deeper questions about the creation of weapons of war and deterrents does an inventor take pride in a weapon that has been created solely for killing, and if he is horrified what mental toll does this take The stark contrast between killing a person yourself and ordering the deaths of hundreds in a mechanised attack is also touched upon The question asked of a lot of the artificers in this series is whether they feel war has allowed them progress and innovation and whether, coming on the heel of the human cost, this innovation is worth it A lot of the characters might answer yes The beauty in Tchaikovsky s characters lies in how easy it is to understand if not exactly sympathise this point of view.Over the course of the series, we are also treated to innovation and how it can change the face of war Ranged weapons are deployed against an unarmed infantry, submersibles are invented out of necessity and there is an entire book devoted to an Air War that brings to mind the Battle of Britain and the RAF during World War II This mechanical progress is a plot point which drives the book forward The enemy improvising and modifying weapons while the defenders need to think on their feet to win the war and vice versa.The only criticism I might want to level against this series is that it seems a little too dry at times.Tchaikovsky s prose is fluid, and wonderful on page However, at times, it fails to convey the images necessary to visualise the world around I am an extremely visual reader, by which I mean that I enjoy building the environment around me Tchaikovsky was adequate to this task but I wantedHowever, I choose not to reduce any points for this This is Tchaikovsky s first work A ten volume series which serves as a nuanced account of the wages of war in a fantasy world It is rare for anyone to get something THIS RIGHT on the first round and I am sure he will only get better as he continues to write .The SOTA is unlike any fantasy I have read in a long long time nuanced, with wonderful characterisation, multiple plot threads and points of view and absolutely no narrative drag It begins, builds to a crescendo and ends almost perfectly I don t recommend this to just lovers of fantasy but to all lovers of good literature Don t turn your nose down on this, you won t be disappointed

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