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War Master's Gate (Shadows of the Apt) Paperback – 1 Aug 2013

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230757014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230757011
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 5.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 453,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The whole Shadows of the Apt series has been one of the most original creations in modern fantasy, and Tchaikovsky is slowly winding the story down in War Master's Gate. I might be imagining it, but it certainly feels like there's a sense of deep accomplishment and celebration imbued in the pages of this penultimate volume so it is with great eagerness that I'll be eagerly anticipating final novel in the series.' --Upcoming4me

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The ninth in the Shadows of the Apt series

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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 16 May 2015
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This is the ninth book in the ten-book series, Shadows of the Apt. The series started with the first book being published in 2008, and the author has been publishing the astonishingly accomplished further books in the series since.

Where the eighth book, The Air War, was a little slower in its movement of the overall narrative, with the setting of the various pieces in place and moving them bit by bit nearer the ultimate showdown, this book is breathtaking both in its pace and momentum. The Wasp Empire armies are heading to their placements – the Eighth under General Roder is moving against Sarn, but stops to settle the Mantis-kin of the Etheryon and Nethyon first. The Second under General Tynan is relentlessly rolling towards Collegium, but the city is not going to let the battles be easily won. In Collegium the fight to stand against the Wasp Empire is reaching its height. And further north, someone is about to step in Empress Seda’s path and attempt to stop her.

It pays to note that there is, at the back of this book, a section marked as a “short story” – a 50-page story that fits well into the narrative of this book, as a backstory. I think it is best read where it is first mentioned as a past event – at the end of Part One of the book, where Gjegevey tells the Empress about the actions of a Sergeant Corver. For it is his story that is covered in the additional story at the end of the book.

I was utterly blown away by this book; there are old friends and enemies back in the main storyline, new friends and enemies to cheer on or wish ill to, and throughout it all the apparently unstoppable Wasp Empire rolls forward on its path to ultimate conquest.
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Fantasy fans have long been aware of the writing of Adrian and to be honest since I read the first book, he's always been an author that I've eagerly awaited to release his next title. How this guy manages to write so much and so often is a miracle and to be honest the sheer talent presented is something that will make many others sick as its just so good.

As usual the story arc has a great set of twists and turns, the characters work wonderfully well and the supporting case also bring avenues to the overall story that you may occasionally miss until a reread. Add to this an author who clearly loves giving the reader a kick ass story alongside bringing events to the readers attention all round makes this a book that's another cracker for the series. How he keeps managing to do this amazes me but hey, as long as I keep getting a lot of fun from the reading I'm not going to complain. Great stuff.
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The penultimate book in the series is definitely one of the strongest and has plenty of developments while giving the whole cast something to do (a weakness in some of the later books). As has often been the case in the series, I find myself gravitating towards the villains and Adrian has to be commended for making sure the wasps never feel like just the bad guys. This is largely because many of the wasp agents are decent people doing their duty. This is exemplified in General Tynan, my favourite wasp since Thalric lost his edge. Another species that I came away liking more were the mantids who have evolved beyond the warrior elf stereotype into an even more tragic race.
My only concern is that a whole new threat is introduced towards the end of this book and I worry that it may be too late to do so. I guess i will find out upon reading the final book but this installment has given me quite a bit of hope.
As an aside, I found the short story at the end to be a bit of a slog but I can't really complain about additional material.
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I appear to have lost the several days of my life that I spent reading this.... Boy, this book was good. perhaps too good.
The plot really is quite simple. General Tynan's coalition of wasps and spiders (by this point, the names will seem quite normal) are marching from the Felyal to collegium. The collegiate Air Force desperately pounds away at them, using every trick that they possess. Both sides know that they cannot afford to back down, and neither will give quarter.
Meanwhile, Empress Seda is playing around with forces beyond her control, and is willing to destroy a culture to get her way. Che is ideally placed, both physically and magically to stop her. Unfortunately, Seda has subverted one of the mantis tribes, and civil war now blooms amidst collegium's Allies.
This entire series took me by surprise, as I was somewhat unsure about the first book. The second gripped me. And I had an up and down relationship with the next few. Eventually, The scarab path and sea watch stuck a mental fishhook in my mind, and I was ready to read the series to the bitter end. Getting there is a fight however, as by this point, we care deeply about our characters, and they have developed an alarming fatality rate in previous books, and this one sends it into overdrive.
The book is cataclysmic, to say the least. It is a thrilling, brutal read, that will grip the reader to the bitter and tragic end. And as always, tcaikovsky surprises us with the depth and prose of his writing. After reading this, I am shocked that I ever mistook his books for immature or childish, for this is one of the best fantasies that I have read. He conatantly breaks the expected mould, both within our world, and within the world of his books.
My only recommendation is, buy seal of the worm as well... And perhaps a box of tissues.
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