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Brimming with imaginationThe Shadows of the Apt series is simply one of the best epic fantasy ser... Read More

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Brimming with imaginationThe Shadows of the Apt series is simply one of the best epic fantasy series out thereSuper worldbuilding, great characters and extreme inventivenessEpic fantasy at its best. Gripping, original and multi-layered storytelling from a writer bursting with lots of fascinating ideasFull of sparking, speculative innovationBreathtaking scope and vision. Adrian Tchaikovsky is one of our finest writersA joy from start to finish. Entertaining, smart, surprising and unexpectedly humanAdrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Children of Time, brings you an epic fantasy series of war and empire. In this third volume, Stenwold must rally his allies for battle.

Blood of the Mantis is the third novel in Adrian Tchaikovsky's richly imagined Shadows of the Apt series, following Dragonfly Falling. Stenwold must rally his allies for battle against the Empire, even as it seeks a dangerous artifact of enormous power.

A dread ritual casts a deadly shadow . . .


Achaeos the seer has finally tracked down the stolen Shadow Box. But he has only days before this magical artefact will be lost to him forever. Meanwhile, the Empire's dread forces are mustering for their next great offensive. Stenwold and his followers have only a short time to gather allies, before the enemy's soldiers march again – to conquer everything in their path. If Stenwold cannot hold them back, the hated black and gold flag will fly over every city in the Lowlands before the year's end.

Yet a more insidious threat awaits. Should the Shadow Box fall into the hands of the power-mad Emperor, nothing will save the world from his relentless ambition.

Blood of the Mantis is followed by Salute the Dark, the fourth book in the Shadows of the Apt series.

Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, and headed off to university in Reading to study psychology and zoology. For reasons unclear even to himself, he subsequently ended up in law. Adrian has since worked as a legal executive in both Reading and Leeds and now writes full time. He also lives in Leeds, with his wife and son. Adrian is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor. He has also trained in stage-fighting and keeps no exotic or dangerous pets of any kind – possibly excepting his son.

Adrian is the author of the critically acclaimed Shadows of the Apt series, the Echoes of the Fall series and other novels, novellas and short stories. The Tiger and the Wolf won the British Fantasy Award for Best Fantasy Novel – and Children of Time won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. This was in the award’s thirtieth anniversary year.

The Shadows of the Apt series by Arthur C. Clarke Award winner Adrian Tchaikovsky is an utterly immersive epic fantasy adventure. This ten-book extravaganza is perfect for readers who enjoy the richly imagined worlds of Brandon Sanderson and George R. R. Martin. Magic, intrigue and danger abound in Empire in Black and Gold, which introduces the world of the ‘kinden’. Each kinden is a race of humans, named after – and sharing certain characteristics with – a different insect. And they do not coexist peacefully . . .


‘Brimming with imagination’ SciFiNow


‘The whole Shadows of the Apt series has been one of the most original creations in modern fantasy’ Upcoming4me

Product Details

Title: Blood of the Mantis
Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
SKU: BK0469117
EAN: 9781529050301
Binding: Paperback

About Author

Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, and headed off to university in Reading to study psychology and zoology. For reasons unclear even to himself, he subsequently ended up in law. Adrian has since worked as a legal executive in both Reading and Leeds and now writes full-time. He also lives in Leeds, with his wife and son. Adrian is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor. He has also trained in stage-fighting and keeps no exotic or dangerous pets of any kind – possibly excepting his son.

Adrian is the author of the critically acclaimed Shadows of the Apt series, the Echoes of the Fall series and other novels, novellas and short stories. The Tiger and the Wolf won the British Fantasy Award for Best Fantasy Novel – and Children of Time won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. This was in the award’s 30th anniversary year.

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