Started reading: 9th February 2011
Finished reading: 13th February 2011
This book continues the story of Adrian Tchaikovsky’s “Shadows of the Apt” series.
Based upon an original idea of world building, where different races (known as “kinden”), are based on particular types of insect, Dragonfly Falling takes the best components of the first book (“An Empire in Black and Gold”) and builds upon them. It tells the story of a diverse group of characters, who feel like real people, and their adventures in a strange world. As unique as ideas of “kinden” may be, they are secondary to the story, and that is how it should be.
Also, Tchaikovsky has learned how to plot a story and build suspense. Where the first book felt like their were long periods of preparation, the action in Dragonfly falling starts from the first page and doesn’t let up. This book is a page turner that will mean many late nights.
It’s hard to say too many good things about it.