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The Scarab Path (Shadows of the Apt, Book 5) Paperback – April 26, 2011
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"Tchaikovsky’s fifth delving into his complex, vibrant Shadows of the Apt series takes the reader on an exhilarating journey rich with the engaging dialogue and scenery fans have come to expect. This offering invigorates the series, and if you have not yet read the other four books, The Scarab Path is why you should. It’s the perfect series to enjoy as the spring season, rich with humming, buzzing insects, begins."
-RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars, Top Pick
"All the elements that made the first four novels so good are still here—inventiveness, action, great world building and [this] novel achieved the tricky thing of combining familiarity with the new in all of its aspects that is a landmark of major leading sff series… A++."
-Fantasy Book Critic
"This series is strong on character, action, epic battles, political intrigue and a fascinate world. I highly recommend it to fans of fantasy, especially those who want to move away from the common trope of elves, orcs and goblins. Enter a world where insects and magic hold sway and go to battle."
-Night Owl Reviews, 5/5- Reviewer Top Pick
About the Author
Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, UK, before heading off to Reading to study psychology and zoology. For reasons unclear even to himself he subsequently ended up in law and has worked as a legal executive in both Reading and Leeds, where he now lives. Married, he is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor, has trained in stagefighting, and keeps no exotic or dangerous pets of any kind, possibly excepting his son. This is the fifth novel in his Shadows of the Apt series following Empire in Black and Gold, Dragonfly Falling, Blood of the Mantis and Salute the Dark.
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This also has my favorite battle of the series as well. I think I enjoyed it so much because the author kept it simple in terms of where the battle was taking place and the setting of the battle but was also able to make it take place on a grand scale. You were able to picture exactly what was taking place on the bridge as the beetles desperately tried to hold of the scorpions.
I usually don't go and write reviews but the fact that this book is so cheap and has so few reviews is a shame. Before reading The Scarab Path I felt that I was starting to loser interest in the series but this was able to deliver up enough new and interesting content that it was able to spark my interest in the series once again.
The main focus of this book is Che and Thalric (Wasp secret service). There are other familiar figures (as well as some new ones) from previous books, that sprinkle the character list, but in a somewhat lesser capacity.
Collegium's representative, Kadro, in the remote virtually forgotten city of Khanaphes (far eastern territories), has suddenly and unexpectedly gone missing. Master Stenwold Maker of the Lowlands, decides to send his niece, Che to go there as Collegium's new ambassador and try to find out what has happened.
Kanaphes as it turns out, is a city living in the past...very backward; resisting any and all attempts to get it or its citizens into the modern era. However, when Che gets there she finds her old arch enemy (quasi-ally) Thalric has arrived a few days before her. Together, in an uneasy alliance, they slowly begin to realize that all in not quite normal or as benign as it appears on the surface of this ancient metropolis. In addition, just to complicate matters, an old enemy of Khanaphes, the Scorpian desert tribes, decides to attack its long time foe (with the help, not unexpectedly, of a contingent from the Wasp Empire).
Again, as with previous books in this series, Tchaikovsky is able, through adept writing, blend a fascinating story, featuring non-stop intrigue and clandestine plotting. The story and its mysteries slowly unfold leading up to immense and prolonged siege/battle at the end and some startling revelations about Khanaphes and its past.
I liked Tchaikovsky's frequent use of italics to convey characters inner most thoughts and thinking (while often verbalizing something completely different). This technique really helps with character development and gives the reader a deeper, more personal relationship with many of the main-players.
Again two good maps, however the Kindle edition maps are somewhat blurry and because of this, getting exact names and placements of locales was somewhat more difficult that expected.
This is a magnificent story...arguably one of the best of this series. It's not often I've read books that are able to hold the readers attention consistantly throughout the entire work (and in fact, this applies to the entire series)...this, however is one of those books. 5 Stars.