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All is in turmoil as the world moves towards war. In Solarno, the spies watch each other and ready their knives, while Myna sees the troops muster at its border and emotions run high as it vows never to be enslaved again. In Collegium, the students argue politics, too late to turn the tide. In the heart of the Empire, new pilots have completed their secretive training, generals are being recalled to service and armies are ready to march. Their Empress, the heir to two worlds, intends to claim her birthright.
To date, Shadows of the Apt has been an 1800’s magic warfare. In this book, things went all World War I, possibly even World War II level of tech. Airplanes, tanks and mechanized warfare. I signed up for Swords and Sorcery. And this series started that way.
The characters from the earlier books are dying, getting old, being pushed aside. New characters are being introduced, then either killed or sent on their own little side adventure, thus fracturing the overall storyline even more.
Stenwald is an old doddering man. Tisamon is a ghost working for the Wasp Empress. Stenwald’s niece is not even in this story, she’s somewhere else, doing something “magic’y”. Her moth lover is dead, Thalric is not part of the story, many of Stenwald’s apprentices are dead.
A lot of the things that I liked in the first 5 books are gone. I just hope the next couple of books improve things.
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
The Air War
Shadows of the Apt #8