The Scarab Path (Shadows of the Apt, Book 5)

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The war with the Wasp Empire has ended in a bitter stalemate, and Collegium has nothing to show for it but wounded veterans. Cheerwell Maker finds herself crippled in ways no doctor can mend, haunted by ghosts of the past that she cannot appease, seeking for meaning in a city that no longer seems like home. The Empress Seda is regaining control over those imperial cities who refused to bow the knee to her, but she draws her power from something more sinister than mere armies and war machines. Only her consort, the former spymaster Thalric, knows the truth, and now the assassins are coming and he finds his life and his loyalties under threat yet again. Out past the desert of the Nem the ancient city of Khanaphes awaits them both, with a terrible secret entombed beneath its stones...

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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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"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

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