Empire in Black and Gold - Shadows of the Apt (Paperback)Adrian Tchaikovsky (author)
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Empire in Black and Gold is the first instalment in the critically-acclaimed fantasy series Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning Children of Time.
The days of peace are over . . .
The Lowlands' city states have lived in peace for decades, hailed as bastions of civilization. Yet that peace is about to end. A distant empire has been conquering neighbours with highly trained soldiers and sophisticated combat techniques. And the city states are its desirable new prize.
Only the ageing Stenwold Maker - spymaster, artificer and statesman - foresees the threat, as the empires' armies march ever closer. So it falls upon his shoulders to open the eyes of the cities' leaders. He sees that war will sweep through their lands, destroying everything in its path.
But to warn his people, he must stay alive.
Empire in Black and Gold is followed by the second book in the Shadows of the Apt series, Dragonfly Falling.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 624
Weight: 434 g
Dimensions: 197 x 131 x 40 mm
The Shadows of the Apt series is simply one of the best epic fantasy series out there -- LEC Book Reviews
Super worldbuilding, great characters and extreme inventiveness -- Fantasy Book Critic
Epic fantasy at its best. Gripping, original and multi-layered storytelling from a writer bursting with lots of fascinating ideas -- Walker of Worlds
Full of sparking, speculative innovation -- Stephen Baxter on The Doors of Eden
Breathtaking scope and vision. Adrian Tchaikovsky is one of our finest writers -- Gareth Powell on Children of Ruin
A joy from start to finish. Entertaining, smart, surprising and unexpectedly human -- Patrick Ness on Children of Time
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“An entertaining fantasy read with some fresh ideas.”
This is the first book in an enjoyable series that, while it didn't knock my socks off, kept me interested all the way through 10 volumes. Tchaikovsky has thrown in some novel ideas, especially the main premise... More
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