The Sea Watch (Shadows of the Apt) Paperback – 4 Feb 2011
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Superb world building, great characters and extreme inventiveness (FantasyBookCritic blog)
Adrian is continuing to go from strength to strength. Magic (Falcata Times blog)
I cannot even begin to explain how much I enjoy the Shadows of the Apt books . . . some of the best fantasy entertainment out there (LECBookReviews blog)
The sixth novel in the thrilling Shadows of the Apt seriesSee all Product Description
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With the Sea Watch, the initial insect focus becomes even more awry, with the revelation of an entirely new category of kinden - no surprises for guessing where they come from. After the events in the Scarab Path we return to Collegium, where Stenwold Maker is trying to prepare for the inevitable resumption of hostilities with the Wasp Empire, whilst avoiding a war between supposed allies in Tsen and Vek. And while he does, ships keep on disappearing...
This is a book of three halves, and the initial part, as Stenwold slowly descriptions the mystery of the vanishing ships, I though was gripping We are treated to some new characters, and I liked the Fly Laszlo. There are some stunning developments with Teornis the spider savior of Collegium during the Vekken war and Arianna, Stenwold's lover. One of the strengths of this book is that we get a much better insight in to the spider mindset, and these two characters really come alive in this book. The second part of the book - I cannot say much without giving much of the plot away - I found tended to drag. The descriptions of the new Sea-Kinden are good and as ever the abilities and synergy between creature and kinden are well thought out, but as we are literally flooded with new information the plot itself tends to grind to a halt.Read more ›
Strangely enough the part of the book i enjoyed the most was the beginning which dealt with a lot of the politics hanging over from previous books. There was also the beginnings of some really well-handled espionage/gangster politics too, which I'd love to see more of in the remainder of the series. Adrian does a good job of handling the two different sections and tying them together in a satisfying, if overly neat fashion.
Ultimately I feel as though this entire book is a fun "first contact" style diversion to the main series and fleshes out two existing characters and introduces several more. I think it suffers slightly from only focusing on one character and plot though as all the previous books have at least featured several core cast and I don't think Stenwold was the character to pick for a solo adventure. That said he was the only logical character to pick for the story being told so I commend Adrian for not forcing another character into the role. For fans of the series, it is still one of the best books in the series and it successfully introduces a whole new world into the overall saga.
Still - really enjoyable fantasy. I'd give it 4 stars but wanted to illustrate that I feel it's a step below the other books in the series.
The first four books centred on the war with the Wasp kinden, and were very tight and had a really good arc to tie them together. The 5th book (The Scarab Path (Shadows of the Apt 5)) followed on from the war, but seemed separate from the others for the most part - instead focussing on a little known civilisation where the beetles weren't quite as apt as the ones from Collegium. That said, I really liked it. The story was a good one, and I got the impression that it would lead somewhere in the future books. This one, I'm guessing is along the same lines. We are yet again introduced to a whole new civilisation, this time living under the sea.
Here lies my first issue with this story. The idea of this series has been that there are lots of different races of human, all taking attributes from a particular insect - the wasp kinden with the ability to shoot lightening bolts from their hands, the moth kinden who can see in the dark, the fly kinden who can of course fly etc etc. This book introduces us to many different kinden living under the sea, and to be honest I found it hard to keep up with - let alone pronounce - who was who. That aside however, there are some sea kinden who are related to the Octopus - the Krakind. Now I'm no expert, but is an octopus an insect? The list goes on, and I know it's not really that important - but it bugged me (no pun intended).
This book is also long. Too long? I don't know. The story did flow, but it just seemed to really drag on in some places, with no end in sight.Read more ›
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Loved this book and love the series. It keeps going from strength to strength. This book focus' on a new threat. This time from the sea! And guess who is in the middle of it? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lel
This is without doubt one of the best fantasy books I have ever read. The whole new world underwater we are introduced to is extremely interesting, the characters very well... Read morePublished 21 months ago by RL
If you like fantasy then this book, part of a set, for you. I got the first five and thought that was it. When I saw there where more I bought them too. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2014 by Joanne
Enjoyed every page of this book/series. The story can not finish as far as I'm concerned. Sooo looking forward to more Tchaikovsky booksPublished on 9 Oct. 2013 by MRS LYNDA WILLIAMS
It's a great book, aside from some stumbling prose, easily forgiven by the way the series has taken yet another intriguing and expansive step in world building.Published on 18 July 2013 by Chch
so sten takes the reigns in this one and has an adventure at/under the sea. if you are a fan of thee series then read this book, if you haven't read the others i think you should... Read morePublished on 10 April 2013 by Chris McMinn