Started reading: 13th February 2011
Finished reading: 23rd February 2011
As Tchaikovsky’s fantasy universe in the “Shadows of the Apt” series continues, it becomes increasingly difficult to classify it. It certainly contains elements of high fantasy (sweeping scope, magical races, a race against time to save the world), but it also contains elements that aren’t so easy to identify.
For all the trappings of High Fantasy, though, there are also other goodies to be found here. At times, Shadows of the Apt borrows components of spy thrillers, murder mysteries, and even Steam Punk; and the effect is electric.
Blood of the Mantis continues the story arcs of Cheerwell and Tisamon, while also introducing new characters into the mix. This has the effect of broadening the story, while at the same time enriching the tapestry of the story. There is magic, battles, clandestine plotting, deceit, and betrayal. All of it is told through superb writing and dialogue, with an eye to detail.
As I’ve already said, the whole series is highly recommended, and it just continues to get better.