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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (2 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230757006
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230757004
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 4.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 319,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire 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 stage-fighting, and keeps no exotic or dangerous pets of any kind, possibly excepting his son.

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Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Lincolnshire 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 in Leeds, where he now lives. Married, he is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor. He has trained in stage-fighting and keeps no exotic or dangerous pets of any kind, possibly excepting his son.

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Dure on 11 Aug 2012
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This installment number 8 out of ten, is a stand alone volume focusing on the apt air cops, updates of how Seda has taking control of the wasps, more on known and new characters. Searches for more inapt magic, while leaving out some main movers which i'm sure will come together as we begin to reach the end of the series, the pace of the story is relentless, the action full on, the plots thickening, what more could you ask for a volume of shadows of the apt?
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If you buy this one, don't read it unless you have read the first 7 books in the series! Wonderful, and totally addictive!
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This is a tricky one to comment on as I found the quality shifted quite a bit. Essentially I found the first act of the book to be an incredible drag. We were introduced to a new generation of collegiate students who felt partly redundant and had to endure Stenwold and co refusing to to prepare for the inevitable. At the same time we had a fairly tedious build-up of the wasps with an unexciting POV character. Lastly we had the fly spies which I could not get in to. The other weird problem was that I found the air battles boring and long-winded. In fairness I'm pretty sure the air battles are pretty authentic and well researched but for someone wanting entertainment I was lost. Sounds pretty negative?

The thing is once the second act kicks in the book is entertaining throughout (minus the fly spies and the aerial combat). It essentially feels like the series' "battle of britain" and the politics surrounding tactical decisions and war time behaviour are well played out. Those collegiate students that seemed redundant? All of a sudden I realised they were there to give weight to various stories set within a city under attack. The other thing that Tchaikovsky captures really well is the fact that soldiers on either side of the war are just people and the wasps often seem just like those on the side of Collegium. Case in point, a wasp general is likeable because he is competent at his job and never comes across as "evil". It's nice to see this world isn't black and white.
This book also maintains the seamless mix of steampunk tech, swords and magic that the series is renowned for.
So if the intro had maybe been streamlined and if I had a greater appreciation of aerial combat (it's probably a must for people who like that kind of thing), this would have been an excellent book. As it is the latter half of the book feels dragged down by the former. I'm still looking forward to reading the next installment though.
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By Stuart S. on 15 Dec 2013
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fantastic a must for all scifi people you will read and read until your eyes hurt, its that good, that's wen the matchsticks are needed
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Shadows of the Apt has been one of my favourite series for a number of years now, even if you consider that it's rather more technologically advanced that the fantasy I like to read. The unique insect-kinden and their gripping story were enough to get me sucked in when starting Empire in Black and Gold, and once that happened I was hooked even when it began to include snapbows and orthopters and all the other advances the artificers brought us. The Air War is the eighth instalment in the series and while I've never ranked them in order of enjoyment, I'd say this would be in the lower half of the list if I did.

The first half just seemed to drag on without the usual excitement I've come to associate with Adrian Tchaikovsky's writing. Whole chapters seemed filled with text and so little dialogue to break it up. Even with another two books scheduled to complete the series, I struggled my way through the first half of The Air War wondering to myself if this was the end of Stenwold Maker's tale as far as I'm concerned.

Fortunately for me, things did pick up after I persevered through those opening chapters, and the second half of the book was back close to the sort of level I expect from this series. Where early battles in the air seemed slow and almost forced, the latter ones took on new life and zipped back and forth across the pages. Where new characters had come in and added nothing, suddenly I cared about them and appreciated their freshness compared to those I'd been reading about for much of the previous seven titles.

One key joy to picking up any Shadows of the Apt novel is the introduction of new insect kinden. We've previously seen the moths, butterflies and sea-kinden to name but a few, and these additions can really freshen up a multi-title series.
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By An Avid Reader on 18 Aug 2013
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I,ve read all the Shadow of the Apt books up to date and find them very enjoyable, once you start reading you can,t stop
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By Big Guy on 25 July 2013
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I am a long time fan of this series. It has a charm and a very easily understood world setting. Unique and unforgettable are two good words to describe it. This novel explores more of the technological revolution and the factions doing everything they can to survive each others progress. The book is huge but came in perfect condition. I overspent a little due to the foreign currency exchange but it was still a great purchase!
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By glenn roper on 15 Jun 2013
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just gets better and better great story whiles a way late knights when i find it hard to drop off
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