Seal of the Worm (Shadows of the Apt #10) (Final)

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Title: Seal of the Worm

Series: Shadows of the Apt

Author: Adrian Tchaikovsky

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 624


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.

My Thoughts:

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.


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