Title: Seal of the Worm
Series: Shadows of the Apt
Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
The Wasp Empire is collapsing beneath Seda’s actions. The Worm’s Empire is breaking free.
And the world as the Kinden all know it is changing.
This was more enjoyable and a good bit deeper than I was expecting. I suspect it had as much to do with my frame of mind [ie, Thanksgiving] than with the actual book.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It wraps things up while giving us a rousing good adventure story.
The series overall made me feel like I was on a roller coaster. Not because Tchaikovsky’s style significantly changed, but because it seemed the focus, the sub-genre almost, changed at the midpoint.
From starting out as a Heroic Quest to save Collegium from the Wasp Empire it changed to a much more relational, “think out the consequences” type of story.
I have to admit, I did NOT like the change after book 5. But the stories were still good, just different than what I had started out with.
With this ending book and seeing how everything works together, I do heartily recommend this series to any Fantasy fan who wants something that is just a tiny “bit” different. I did find the whole Kinden aspect to be wicked cool.